Oak Bluffs: Kindergarten graduation

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Friday last, a very important event was held at the Oak Bluffs School. It was the kindergarten graduation, for 40-plus students. Family members and friends filled the bleachers to witness as the students marched into the gym proudly wearing mortarboards they had made, with

huge smiles on their faces. What a pleasure it was to see so much happiness as all received their diplomas and were greeted by applause and cheers. Parents, teachers, and students all worked together to bring this special day to a happy conclusion. Congratulations to everyone. Just think: Only 12 more years to 2028, and it will be high school graduation time for this class.

The next Ripple Group series, held by Martha’s Vineyard Community Services Island Counseling Center, will start Thursday, July 14. The group is for adult family members and friends of addicts, and will meet weekly on Thursdays through August 18 from 5:30 to 7 pm at the Island Counseling Center in Oak Bluffs. Registration is required, so call Mary Korba at 508-696-7900, ext. 222, or email her at mkorba@mvcommunityservices.com.

Our condolences and sympathy go out to the Gurney family for the loss of their husband and father Luke. A much-loved and respected father, husband, and fisherman, he perished in an accident at sea last week. His sons, Jacob and Sam Gurney, ages 13 and 11, have been invited presenters at the National Fossil Day every year, with the support of their loving family. We are so very sorry. Here is a website if you wish to help out this family: youcaring.com/robyn-jacob-and-samuel-gurney-589549

The second annual Featherstone House Tour fundraiser is coming up fast. The tour will be on Wednesday, July 14, with the rain date on the 15th, from noon to 4 pm at Hart Haven. This is a major fundraiser for Featherstone, so for tickets and information, call 508-693-1850.

The Martha’s Vineyard Camp-Meeting Association will be holding a new Sunset Concert series, which will kick off this Friday, July 1, at 6 pm on the Tabernacle lawn with the Mike Benjamin Band. These concerts are free of charge and are family-friendly. They have a great lineup of local artists, ending with Johnny Hoy and the Bluefish on August 12.

And this Saturday, July 2, the Island Community Chorus will be presenting its annual Concert at the Tabernacle to start off the summer. Always a crowd pleaser, this is a not-to-be-missed event. The concert will start at 8 pm.

Robert Gatchell of Splinters and Sawdust has crafted 22 lighthouses. Eleven of the 22 will be donated to the P.A. Club for their July Feast, and will be auctioned off in memory of friends who have passed away in the past year. Among them is one in memory of my late husband, retired Fire Chief Dennis Ally. The lighthouses will look like the Edgartown or East Chop lighthouses, and are about 32 inches tall, with a solar-powered light on top.

We send birthday smiles to Maddie Alley on July 1, Rahmale Hopkins and Deborah DeBettencourt on the 3rd, Joe Alosso on July 4, James Cage on the 5th, Barbara Fehl and Pam Gibson on the 6th, and Erin Pacheco and Karen Hunt Torrence on July 7.

Enjoy your week. Peace.