How blessed we have been with this sunny but somewhat cooler weather. We are badly in need of rain still as each promising rain forecast seems to evaporate into nothing. As it gets cooler I have noticed that the winter tenants seem to have moved in and I am finding them everywhere. I am speaking about those many legged creatures known as spiders. They are crawling, jumping, hiding, or just hanging out on the ceilings, but I really wish they would find other housing. Some, I am able to reach and can send them quickly to spider heaven, but others move so quickly I would bet they would win at the Indianapolis speed races. As a child, I was always terrified of Daddy Long Legs and my father would patiently explain how they were harmless to humans but would help rid the house of spiders. Now I am hoping to see a few around.
Don't forget that the West Tisbury Library story time will be at the Oak Bluffs Library at 10:30 am on Thursdays, October 17, November 14, and December 12. Please note there will be no story time on Halloween (October 31) or on Thanksgiving (November 28).
Also at the library, there will be the Annual exhibit for National Fossil Day on Thursday, October 17, from 4 to 7:45 pm. Thousands of fossils will be on display and there will be time for questions and answers with collectors. Bring your fossil finds, and this event is free for all ages.
Hospice of Martha's Vineyard will present Handmade from the Heart again this Christmas season. All local and visiting artisans from candlestick makers to bakers are invited to contribute to this holiday fundraiser for Hospice. Hospice is seeking any unique, handmade items, including jewelry, needlepoint, knitted items, paintings, photographs, Christmas ornaments and more. The items will be sold at the Dr. Daniel Fisher House in Edgartown. There will be an open house evening with the Preservation Trust on December 13 from 4:30 to 7:30 pm with champagne and treats for $20 admission and again on Saturday, December 14 from 10 am to 3 pm when admission will be free. All proceeds go directly to patient care, which is provided for free. Anyone interested in donating to Handmade from the Heart can call the Hospice office at 508-693-0189.
Matt Gongola has a new companion these days. Samson, a chocolate lab arrived from the Lab rescue a few weeks ago, and after much anticipation, both dog and master are having a great time.
Grade 4-8 Parents/Guardians may now sign up for Parent-Teacher Conferences through Pick-A-Time located on the Oak Bluffs School website. For grades K through 3, parents should contact your student's teacher to schedule your conferences. Please remember that on all conference days, school dismissal is at noon. The conference dates are Tuesday, October 22, from 4 to 8 pm and Monday, October 28, from 1 to 5 pm, and October 30 from 3 to 7 pm.
Soon the School will conduct a Critical Incident Drill. This drill will prepare the staff and students for an emergency that would require them to "lock down" the building by securing all classrooms and offices. Oak Bluffs School staff members have trained in lock-down measures and in the near future, students will receive instructions and training from teachers during extended homeroom periods. It is currently anticipated that the drill will be conducted in the next two weeks. Prior to conducting this drill, any questions and concerns you might have will be discussed at the Wednesday open forums for parents where you can learn more about the drill. The parent forums take place at 8:15 am every Wednesday in the school library. You are asked to please call Principal Richie Smith at 508-693-0951 with any questions or concerns that you may have.
Middle school students (6th–8th grades) are required to volunteer a minimum of 24 hours by May 1st of their 8th grade year. Volunteering can be done at the OBS or at a designated 501 (c) (3) organization. A list of 501(c) (3) organizations is located in the back of the Island Book (phone directory). And a list of Middle School volunteer opportunities for October and November may be requested from the school.
We send birthday smiles to Vincent Frye and Fritz Knight on the 18th, Erich Luening on the 19th, Nathan Francis, Saige Araujo, and Jeanne Holenko share the 20th, Judy Williamson on the 22nd, Liz Field on the 23rd, and Chris Look III on October 24. Smiles to those I might have missed and get well wishes to all who need a healing smile.
Enjoy your week. Peace.