Can we talk about the ticks for a second? They are everywhere! What was once a seldom occurrence in my household has become a daily encounter. The dogs are covered, the husband is covered, and I constantly have that phantom sensation that they are crawling all over me. So let’s consider this a public service announcement: check once, check twice, then check again. Yuck.
June 6 is the 70th anniversary of D-Day, the outset of the Normandy landings, which have been called the beginning of the end of WWII. My grandparents, Ted and Floss Morgan, have headed down to the National WWII Museum in New Orleans to commemorate the event. During their visit, Grampy will be presented the French Legion of Honor medal for his service in helping liberate France from Nazi rule. My mother, Pam Dolby, will be there, as well as Uncle Teddy and Aunt Cindy, who live in New Orleans, and the group will be joined by the San Antonio contingent, Timmy, Marty, Matt, Debbie, and Riley Morgan. Additionally, the ceremony will feature representatives from the Museum, Allied countries, veterans, and a local student who will honor the memory of a New Orleans soldier who lost his life on D-Day with performances by Sharon Turrentine, the Museum’s Victory Belles, and the Military Band.
Tommy and Liam Smith headed across the pond to spend some time with Paula and Drew Smith in London. Highlights of the trip included a visit to the Cutty Sark, a street crossing at Abbey Road, straddling the Prime Meridian, toasted cheese sandwiches, and of course, an obligatory selfie with Big Ben. Looks like you chaps had a smashing time.
Be sure to check out the newly upgraded Katama Farm Trail at the FARM Institute, which was officially unveiled last Friday. With support from the Edey Foundation, TFI partnered with Vineyard Conservation Society to create educational signage for an interpretive trail covering the Farm’s history from its glacial origins to today’s efforts to renew Island agriculture. One unique aspect of the trail is that it is one of the most accessible on the Island. The area is very flat (as is all of Katama), and the paths are either dirt roads or mowed grass on firm ground. Also, thanks to the Vineyard Independence Partnership, an Island disability advocacy group, a state-of-the-art all-terrain wheelchair can be checked out from TFI’s farm stand. To reserve the chair in advance, call 508-627-7007.
June 14 is “Shorebird Saturday.” Join the Trustees of Reservations for a tour of active bird nesting sites on Saturday, June 14. Meet at 8:30 am at Norton Point Beach in Katama. Call 508-693-7662 for more info. Or for another option, walk the beach with Felix Neck staff to record field data, search for birds and nests, and identify bird and mammal tracks in the sand. Meet at 9 am at the State Beach access trail on the Oak Bluffs side of Big Bridge. For more info, call 508-627-4850.
You have one more day to shop healthy foods to help islanders in need at Stop & Shop. Through June 7, the “Share Your Bounty—Buy One, Give One” Healthy Food Donation Campaign encourages you to help increase the availability of nutritious wholesome food that complements and supplements what clients are given at the pantries and senior programs. The program aims to educate Vineyarders on how to make better choices about the food that they give to the Island’s food assistance programs: The Island Food Pantry, Serving Hands Food Distribution, and MV Center for Living. The campaign encourages folks to give foods that they love and use. Check that containers are unopened and the date on the container is not past the expiration date. Find out more at hungercommittee.org.
Birthday wishes go out this week to Susan Sellers and Denise Searle, who celebrate June 6; and to Courtney Berwind, who celebrates June 7. Hope it’s a good one!