Oak Bluffs: big changes at the fire station

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If you read last week’s Oak Bluffs Column and thought it seemed familiar you were right. Because of a production error, instead of the newest and correct version being printed in the print version of the paper, the previous week’s column was printed. However, if you read the online digital copy of the Times, you were reading the correct column for December 24.  I am sorry some of the events that I wrote about have gone by already, but I am including the news that is still current.

January will be a busy month at our Oak Bluffs library. To kick off Mini Golf weekend, they will show the 1980 classic with Chevy Chase, Bill Murray, and a furry gopher on  throwback Thursday Movie Night on January 8, at 6 pm. This free event also includes popcorn and trivia.

The third annual Mini Golf Extravaganza will be held on the 9th & 10th. On Friday, January 9, from 5 to 8 pm you may enjoy food, beverage, and fun and play on the 18-hole indoor course.  This event is for those 21 years and up. The cost is $18. On Saturday, January 10, the mini golf runs from 10 am to 1 pm and is for all ages and free and is great family fun.

Are you ready for lobster rolls again? Then mark your calendars for Sunday, Jan. 4 from 12 noon until 2 pm. That is when Grace Episcopal Church in Vineyard Haven will once more serve winter lobster rolls. Their prize-winning rolls, with chips and beverage, are a bargain at $17, or you may enjoy  hotdogs for  $3 and assorted pies for $4 a slice. For info or advance orders call 508-693-0332.

Congratulations to Ashley and Jared Andrews who became proud parents of a son on Wednesday, the 17th of December. Cooper Christopher Andrews arrival also made Lynn Rebello of Oak Bluffs a first-time grandmother. What a great Christmas present.

The  community suppers at Grace Episcopal Church in Vineyard Haven will be held every Friday starting Friday, January 2, and run through March 26 from 5 to 6:30 pm. Everyone of all ages is welcome at these free suppers. There will be good food, a comfortable setting and a warm welcome. For info, call 508-693-0332.

Big changes at the four corners by the Fire Station in Oak Bluffs. The fire station is now surrounded by a safety fence and the demolition of the old station has already begun. It will be interesting to watch the progression of the new station.  The original station was constructed in the 1980’s. The foundation and finishing touches were put on that steel building mostly by volunteers and — you guessed it — they were  firemen, and the cost to the town was around $45,000.

We send belated birthday smiles to Roger Schilling Jr. on the 26th, Richard Tarter on the 28th. Smiles to Ava BenDavid, Anita Combra and Claudia Metell on December 31; Jen Araujo,  and  Michelle  Bettencourt on January 2, Nola Mavro, Chris Alley, and Nicole deBettencourt share the 3rd, Kate Feiffer and Jules BenDavid on the 5th, and Michael Araujo and Kelly Irene Pacheco on the 6th.

Many of us have lost dear friends and relatives this past year. Among those we hold close to our hearts and in memory are: Lester White, Gerry Davis, Scott Francis, John Potter, Ruth and Michael Davon, David Wessling, Henry Fauteux, Eddie Drew, Stacy Viera, Ann Margetson, Patricia Costa, Eddie Landers and Ann Tuccelli.

This poem by William Henry Harrison Murray says it all this season.

Ah friends, dear friends,

As years go on and heads get gray,

How fast the guests do go!

Touch hands, touch hands,

With those that stay,

Strong hands to weak,

Old hands to young, around the

Christmas board touch hands.

The false forget, the foe forgive,

For every guest will go

And every fire burn low

And cabin empty stand.

Forget, forgive,

For who may say that Christmas day

May ever come to host or guest again.

Touch hands!

However you celebrated this season, I hope that you celebrated together in peace.

Editor’s note: due to a production error, the Times printed the December 18 Oak Bluffs column in the December 24 newspaper. The correct column was published online and can be found at: mvtimes.com/2014/12/22/oak-bluffs-poem-season/.