It wasn't the most exciting election season here in Edgartown, but lack of contention has its merits: way more smiling faces. Congratulations to all of those who retained their offices at the polls last Thursday. A particular shout-out goes to Donna Goodale, who nabbed a spot on the Board of Assessors by write-in. You will be an asset to your post. Also, congrats to Chief Shemeth and crew on the forthcoming shiny new big red trucks. I hope I never see one at my house, but maybe we can enjoy them bringing up the rear in the Fourth of July parade?
They're ba-ack! Kimberly and Jonathan Morse are back for the summer after spending the winter at their usual spot in Utah. That Island magnetism is not to be avoided. In fact, Kim had actually returned to the Vineyard for a visit about a month ago with every intention of shipping her summer clothes to Utah for the warmer months, but upon receiving the box in Utah, she turned it around and shipped it right back to M.V. There was just no way these two Edgartown fixtures could miss a summer here with us. Best buds Bruce Farland and Karen Jardin couldn't be happier about this development. Welcome HOME, you two.
I got some exciting new this week from Mike and Lucie Smith, who recently attended the promotion of their son, Sean M. Smith, to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. The ceremony took place at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland. LTC Smith is a 1992 Graduate of the Martha's Vineyard Regional High School and a 1996 graduate of Norwich University, the Military College of Vermont where he received his commission in the U.S. Army. LTC Smith has served tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan. He is presently assigned to the Pentagon in the office of the Secretary of the Army. LTC Smith resides in Churchville, Maryland, with his wife, Shantel, and their two children, Ryan and Savannah. Congratulations, LTC Smith, and thank you for your service.
The Library is offering all kinds of fun things to get the kids out of the house this school vacation week. On Thursday, April 18, you can catch spring story hour at 10:30 am and/or hop in a bit later for the featured movie at 2:30 pm. From the makers of "Wallace & Gromit," the film follows the wacky adventures of cartoon sheep. Next up, on Friday, April 19, at 2:30 pm, watch a movie about a charming chef who just happens to be a rodent. Finally, on Saturday, April 20, from 2:30 to 4 pm, enjoy an Earth Day craft project in which you can make your own Chia pet. You read that right: your own Chia pet. How cool is that? Call 508-627-4221 for details.
Another fun activity for the whole family is on tap for this weekend, as the FARM Institute will host its 3rd Annual Sheepapalooza, Saturday, April 20, from 9 am to 3 pm. Head on over for a celebration of sheep and shepherds, food, farming, and fiber. Start the day with morning chores, sheep shearing with Andy Rice, fiber arts, sheep herding demos, farm tours, and a whole lot more. Enjoy a delicious farm lunch of TFI burgers, sausage, and greens. Visit farminstitute.org for a full schedule of events.
Birthday wishes go out to Meghan Neely, who celebrates April 20, and to Derek Mahoney, who celebrates April 21. Do you know what that means, Wharf people? That means that Gooch's birthday falls on Sunday Funday, so get on down, grab a pint, and line up to show He of the Flowing Locks some b-day love — just be gentle with the wooden paddle.