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Take some time Monday, January 20, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, to reflect on the accomplishments and sacrifices made by this leading civil rights leader. Everyone is invited to join the First Baptist Church at the corner of Spring and William Streets for Sunday worship on January 19 at 11 am for a special service honoring Dr. King.

Thanks to Peter Martell who has retired as Emergency Management Director. Peter devoted many years, much energy and time to perfect this department for our town. Great job, Peter, and congratulations to the new co-directors — our Police Chief Erik Blake and acting Fire Chief John Rose. Congratulations are also due to Shawn Broadley on his appointment as Deputy Fire Chief and Manny Rose as the new Assistant Chief.

The Board of Directors of the Vineyard Playhouse have received a most wonderful surprise. It is a major challenge gift of $75,000 from Jeremy and Friederike Biggs. Friederike is a devoted member of the Playhouse Board of Directors. They are honored and grateful for this opportunity! With the public’s help, they hope to meet this challenge and raise the matching amount by April. Remember, every dollar donated to the Biggs Challenge is doubled! Construction continues apace at the theater throughout the winter, and they we will re-open in June, with a full season of plays to be announced very soon.

Condolences to the family of John Potter. A familiar presence in our town, especially East Cho, he led a most interesting life. He will be missed by his family and many friends. We are sorry.

The Tisbury travel club has planned a trip to the 2014 Spring Garden & Flower Show in Providence on Thursday, February 20. This year’s show combines America’s passion for gardening with our love affair for classic cars. Vintage autos will be the centerpieces and time theme for the gardens, flower design, etc. You are welcome to call and register for the trip. The $38 price includes show admission, roundtrip motorcoach travel from Woods Hole to Providence, and driver gratuity. You will be leaving on the 8:15 am boat and returning at 5 pm. All Islanders are welcome. It’s a great way to beat the winter blahs!

The Methodist Church of Martha’s Vineyard will be restarting the weekly Oak Bluffs Community suppers on Saturday, January 11 at 6 pm at the Parish House in the Campgrounds. On Monday, January 13, the Edgartown Community Suppers will restart at the Edgartown Whaling Church.

Save Thursday, January 16, when Slow Food Martha’s Vineyard presents “Genetic Roulette” at the Oak Bluffs Public Library at 6 pm. Produced by the Institute for Responsible Technology (IRT), the film is concerned with the health dangers of genetically modified food, the impact on our food system and on us. It provides compelling testimony to help explain the deteriorating health of Americans, especially among children, and offers a recipe for protecting ourselves and our future.

There will be no school on Friday, January 17, due to a professional day. School will also be closed on Monday, the 20th, in honor of Martin Luther King Day.

We send birthday smiles to Katherine deBettencourt on the 17th, Brad Tanner on the 18th, Marcia Valentzas the next day, Alfie Araujo on the 20th, and my granddaughter Talia Rogers, Tristan Araujo, Catherine Deese, and Rosemary Hildreth on the 21st.

Enjoy your week. Peace.