Now that the air conditioners have been removed from the windows and, thanks to the expertise of mason Tom Furino and his crew, my chimney has been repaired and at last I can use my wood stove, of course we are in the midst of a fall warm spell. The mornings are a bit cool but once the sun comes up and shines in the windows, the house warms and I am even back to opening the windows again. Oh well, it is better than watching the fuel gauge on the oil tank creep down toward empty. Hopefully it will rain soon though, as even the shrubs and tree leaves are drooping from lack of water.
The biggest fundraiser for the Oak Bluffs School PTO is underway with Meadow Farms, where you can find quality products at affordable prices. Students will register online so family and friends, no matter how far away, can help them meet their goals. Every Monday, Meadow Farms will have a drawing for an Ipad-mini for all registered participants. if you have any questions, please contact Kimberly Averill, at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Oak Bluffs School track team season (for grades 6–8) has begun. All meets will take place on Fridays at 3:30 on the MVRHS track (in back of the school). A bus will transport athletes to the high school, but they will need to be picked up there after the meet is over.
The annual Camp Alton Jones (6th grade) trip takes place on October 28, 29 and 30. Students are reminded that there is a schedule for payments for the trip.
Martha's Vineyard Community Services will hold its annual fall electronics disposal day on Saturday, October 12, from 9 am to 2 pm, on the MVCS campus across from high school. You may bring your air conditioners, cell phones, computers, copiers, dehumidifiers, fax machines, microwaves, monitors, laptops, printers, ranges, refrigerators, scanners, stereo equipment, televisions, washers and dryers, etc. Fees range from $1 to $30. The full price list is available at http://www.mvcommunityservices.com/events/electronics-disposal-day/. All proceeds go to MVCS. No charge for mice and keyboards and 10 percent discount for car loads.
You could help to raise funds for the Animal Shelter of Martha's Vineyard when the second annual "Walk for The Animals" is held on Saturday, October 12 at Trade Winds Park. Whether you have a pet to walk with you, or if you just want to walk by yourself, you may start your walk anytime between 10 am and 12 noon. Parking and registration is available at the Oak Bluffs School on Trade Winds Lane in Oak Bluffs, where the course starts and finishes. The top fundraisers will receive tee-shirts, and all participating pets will receive a very special bandana to mark their participation. Registration forms are available online at: http://animalshelterofmv.org.
The West Tisbury story hours continue even while the new library is under construction. On Thursdays, October 3 and 17, and November 14, story time will be at the Oak Bluffs Library at 10:30 am. There will be no story time on Halloween (Oct. 31).
The Tisbury Senior Center is holding a program featuring an interactive, upbeat approach to improving everyday memory with an exploration of how the brain works and the latest thinking on how to expand brain cells. This is a free program for all ages. You may call the center by October 11 to register at 508-696-4205.
The library's annual Halloween party, just for kids, will be held on Saturday, October 26, at 12 noon. Come celebrate Halloween with crafts, spooky movies, and the spooky tunnel. Wear your costume and trick or treat in the library. Then, on Thursday, October 31 at 10:30 am, there will be a pre-trick or treat craft on. Come in costume and make festive candy corns! This event is for all ages.
This is the time of year when a pulled pork dinner sounds yummy. The First Baptist Church will be the place to go on Saturday, October 5, from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. The full dinner will include pulled pork, homemade coleslaw, cornbread, baked beans, beverage, and dessert. Take-out is also available. All for the bargain price of $12 for adults and $7 for children under 12.
Local author Susan Wilson's eighth novel, "A Man of His Own," has just been published and is available at your local bookstore or online. This is the story of Pax, a German shepherd, and the three people who come to depend on his strength and loyalty as they face their personal challenges following World War II.
On September 21, Nicholas Gonsalves graduated from the Coast Guard Academy in Cape May, New Jersey. Nicholas is the son of Sonya Sylvia and the late Anthony "Cuffy" Gonsalves. Among the people who attended the graduation were his mother, Sonya, his uncle, David Oliveira, cousin Mark Turner, and Jessica Sylvia, Bobby Joy, Maya Perez, Carly Rose, Lindsey Gonsalves, and Jordan Gonsalves. While in the area, David took many of the family members to the 9/11 Memorial, Times Square, and the Cake Boss Bakery in New York. Everyone had a great time and are so proud of Nicholas who is assigned to the Coast Guard Station in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
We send birthday smiles to Tony White on October 5, Robert Moreis and Mikaella Blake on the sixth, Donna Joyce the next day, Ann Knight and Daniel Blake on October 8, Todd Rebello and Mabel McCarthy on October 9, and grandson Benjamin Alley, Anita Billings, and Maximus Metell on October 10. Smiles to those I might have missed and get well wishes to those in need of a healing smile.
Enjoy your week. Peace.