Edgartown: Daffodil time

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While I know that these unseasonably warm temperatures are bad news for the world in terms of global warming, I sure have been enjoying the beautiful weather. Saturday was nothing short of amazing, and as I walked to the boat and sat outside on the top deck for the journey across the sound to spend a quick 24 hours of girl time with my sister, Pam, I felt that sense of security that I usually start to feel in March. The feeling that says, “You made it through another winter.” We can certainly have some bad weather ahead of us, but it just can’t ever seem to hold for too long in March. The end is in sight, and spring is on the horizon.

The Martha’s Vineyard Cancer Support Group’s Daffodil Time is coming. Daffodils will be sold for $10 per bunch at the Edgartown Stop and Shop, Reliable Market in Oak Bluffs, Cronig’s in Vineyard Haven starting at 9 am, and the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital at 11 am on Friday, March 17, while supplies last. Cancer is the leading cause of death on the Island, and a diagnosis brings not only emotional and physical pain but often financial difficulty. One hundred percent of the monies collected will be used to help patients and their families with medical expenses and the cost of transportation, lodging, and food when they have to travel off-Island for treatment.

Mark your calendars for the annual Edgartown School eighth grade auction and night of dancing with Johnny Hoy at the Loft. This year features a chowder bar and door prizes, with the silent auction starting at 6:30 and ending at 8 pm. The live auction happens after that, and you can enjoy dancing to Johnny Hoy throughout the night as well. Items on the auction block this year include an autographed golf bag, a biplane ride, rounds of golf, 100 gallons of propane, beach permits, and fishing charters. Come on out and support the Edgartown eighth grade trip to Washington, D.C., and win some awesome prizes as well, all while having a grand night out.

The Chilmark School is holding an all-Island event to introduce STEAM to adults on the Island. As more and more people are hearing about STEAM (activities that incorporate science, technology, engineering, art, and math), the Chilmark School administration and staff thought it would be good to give adults the opportunity to participate in some of these activities to better understand all the skills that are built when the curriculum is presented in this fashion. The STEAM night will be held on Wednesday, March 15, from 6 to 7:30 at the Chilmark School. Hope to see you there.

Habitat for Humanity of Martha’s Vineyard is building an affordable two-bedroom home in Oak Bluffs. You may qualify to purchase it if you are in need of year-round stable housing, your family income is no more than 70 percent of the Dukes County median income, and you are willing to partner with Habitat for Humanity in building your home and future Habitat projects.

Application and information can be found at habitatmv.org; at the Habitat office or Dukes County Regional Housing Authority office (both located at 346 State Road in Vineyard Haven); or at libraries and town halls. Application deadline is March 31, 2017. Habitat for Humanity of Martha’s Vineyard does not discriminate in the selection of applicants.

Habitat for Humanity of Martha’s Vineyard’s goal is to build simple, decent housing for families in the lowest qualifying income range. Our homes are built with volunteer labor, donated materials, and charitable donations. We believe that addressing the lack of affordable housing through building and rehabilitation will keep our Island a healthy, vital community. Contact Margo Urbany-Joyce, executive director, Habitat for Humanity of Martha’s Vineyard, at 508-696-4646, or email her at houses@habitatmv.org.

I received news from Amy Billings that friends and family of John Hilton, a graduate of MVRHS class of 1981 who passed away on Dec. 25, 2016, are having a memorial service for John on March 11 at 11 am at the Chilmark Cemetery, with a reception following at the P.A. Club.

Happy birthday wishes go out to Nelson Oliver on Feb. 28; Mark Hess, who is celebrating in the sun and fun of California on March 1; and to Kathie Case on March 3. Many happy returns of the day to you all.

As I mentioned in my opening paragraph, my sister and I met up in Plymouth on Saturday for a brief sister visit, something we never do. Kids and life always seem to get in the way. But this weekend we left responsibilities behind for 24 hours and pretty much did nothing but talk and hang out. It was a nice way to start my vacation week. And upon my return, I found an email from the Massachusetts Department of Education informing me that after nine long years of graduate school, mentor programs, professional development, and endless other hoop-jumping to learn my craft, I have finally obtained my professional teaching license. It’s been a good weekend. I’ll take it!

Have a great week!