Edgartown: Snowy owls still around town


I’m on a plane now returning from a lovely, warm week in New Orleans, preparing to get dumped on by two feet of snow upon landing. What were you guys doing while I was gone, a full-on snow dance? I leave you all for one week and it’s wintertime all over again. When technically speaking, spring kicked off in my absence.

Well, it was all crabcakes and crawfish for me and my travel companions: my mom, Pam Dolby, and my gram and gramp, Ted and Floss Morgan. Our gracious hosts were the first-born of the Morgan tribe, Teddy, and his wife, Cindy. Grampy spent much of the trip at the WWII Museum, representing veterans who fought in the war and answering questions for museum visitors and tour groups. Meanwhile, Grammy and I managed to eat our way through town, devouring oyster po’boys, catfish, fried chicken, pralines, red beans, and everything else in sight.

Needless to say, I’m a bit out of the loop. What has everyone been up to—besides somehow drawing the wrath of Mother Nature once again? Aunt Allouise Morgan says the snowy owls are still around. She managed to spot two of them on Beach Road. I thought for sure the fellas would be gone by the time I got back from my trip, particularly since I hear the pinkletinks are back. What a confusing mess of a spring. The crocuses rear their heads, only to cower in fright. Is this the universe’s way of saying it truly is time to take my three-year-old snowshoes out of the box? Good grief.

The Dukes County and Friends of Sengekontacket Barrier Beach Task Force wants volunteers for a project aimed at improving the plant life at Joseph Sylvia State Beach. On Saturday, March 29 (rain date March 30), they will remove spotted knapweed, a persistent invasive species, and plant new beach grass. Volunteers are asked to meet at 10 am on the beach at the path closest to the Big Bridge on the Oak Bluffs side (Pathway 22). Bring work gloves, a trowel or garden spade, and sun protection. For additional information, contact Greg Palermo by email or at 908-403-0721.

The Trustees of Reservation will host a presentation and educational walk on Sunday, April 6, from 1 to 3 pm at Wasque, focusing on the history and science of the breach and the rapid erosion at the cliffs. Call 508-693-7662 for more info.

MV Community Services will hold its bi-annual Electronics Disposal Day, Saturday, April 12, from 9 am to 2 pm, on the campus of the MVCS at 111 Edgartown/Vineyard Haven Road (across from the high school). Bring your personal or business old and tired computers, monitors, televisions, printers, notebooks, copiers, scanners, air conditioners, stereo equipment, dehumidifiers, cell phones, microwaves, fax machines, all refrigerators, washers, dryers and ranges. Prices range from $2 to $30; 10% off for carloads. Mice and keyboards free of charge. Disposal is off-Island in an environmentally friendly way. For info, call Mary Korba at 508-693-7900, ext: 229 or email mkorba@mvcommunityservices.com.

In anticipation of the upcoming exhibit, Sea Change: Martha’s Vineyard in the 1960s, opening May 23, the Martha’s Vineyard Museum is hosting a photo collection day, Saturday, March 29, from 10 am to 1 pm, in the museum library, to gather images from the community. Museum curators are looking for photos taken on Martha’s Vineyard during any portion of the 1960s. They will be on hand in the museum library next Saturday to scan your photographs, collect any information known about the photographs, and add the scans to the museum’s growing digital collection. Scans of the photos may even be included in the upcoming exhibit. All images will be returned immediately. If you have 1960s photos, but cannot come to the Museum during this time, or if you have any questions, please contact assistant curator Anna Carringer at 508-627-4441 x114 or email acarringer@mvmuseum.org.

Birthday wishes go out this week to Amy Ellrodt, who celebrates March 27; to Janice Belisle, March 28; to Jona Dunphy, March 29; to Jennifer Smyth, March 31; and finally to the four-leaf clover rich and snowy owl poor, Michael Dolby, who celebrates March 31.

Happy birthday, Dad.

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