West Tisbury


It’s already darker when we wake up in the morning, darkening again by the time Mike comes home after work. Daylight savings time will end in two weeks. The days have been beautiful so far, but soon the flannel sheets will come out, and the woodstove will be lit every night. I drove up Middle Road last week at midday when the sun blazed through the trees making colors like fire.

Welcome to Jack Maddox Belain, newborn son of Jonathan and Pamela, brother of Jonathan, Jr. Jack was born at Martha’s Vineyard Hospital on October 13.

Marjorie Pierce is organizing the West Tisbury Church contingent of this year’s CROP Walk that takes place this Sunday, October 27, beginning at 1:30 pm from St. Augustine’s Church in Vineyard Haven. All are welcome to participate. Twenty-five percent of the money raised supports the Island Food Pantry. The remainder goes to international relief through Church World Service. Read about it on the West Tisbury First Congregational Church Facebook page or email Marjorie at mpontheroad@yahoo.com. In past years, church members have raised $5,000.

The Charter School is getting ready for Halloween and their Annual Scarecrow Festival. Scarecrows will appear around the Island by October 26, remaining on display until November 3. They are always a welcome and interesting addition to the traditional pumpkins and cornstalks.

The West Tisbury Halloween Party will be at the Grange this year. Come in costume between 3:30 and 5 pm on Halloween afternoon for hay rides, crafts, and refreshments. There will be no Mother Goose on the Loose story time that day.

Eighth graders from England, here on their exchange visit with West Tisbury School eighth graders, were treated to rides through the State Forest on Sunday morning. Firemen Greg Pachico and Jesse Oliver took them out on brushbreaker 732 and the new ATV after radio check at Station 2.

Tom Dresser is working on a new project, a book about the impact of World War II on Martha’s Vineyard. He is interested in interviewing West Tisbury residents about their experiences during the war, especially regarding the signal corps base at Peaked Hill, the USO, patrolling the beaches, practice invasions, and relations between armed forces personnel and Vineyarders. He has a Facebook page to look at: World War II on Martha’s Vineyard. Contact Tom at-508 693-1050 or thomasdresser@gmail.com, Herb Foster at 508-627-7456 or herblf@comcast.net, or Jay Schofield at 508-693-2957 or jayschofield@me.com.

Much love and happy birthday wishes to Millie Gault, who will celebrate her birthday on October 27.

Julia Humphreys called after reading about Nanuk’s and Talley’s unfortunate discovery (for me, not for them) on a recent beach walk. Her dog, Xochi, usually much more well-behaved than my two, enjoyed a good roll on a dead eel on Hancock Beach. Julia thought that my description of the disgusting smell and remains matched that of Xochi’s condition on the way home. He also had an immediate bath, given by his not very happy owner. Our walk had been at Quansoo, but I suppose dead eels can turn up anywhere. There is something particularly noxious about the remains of sea creatures. And dogs will likely always be attracted to rolling in them. At least no one threw up as a result of their adventure.