Edgartown: They are subtle, but always there

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I missed you all last week! With work, and the holidays, and an injured (again) kid, I just couldn’t keep up with everything, and I missed the deadline for the Thanksgiving column. I hope you all had a wonderful and restful holiday. We had the best Thanksgiving that I can remember in quite some time, and I was, and am always, grateful for my family and all that we are and have together.

I cannot believe that the day has come, but Debby MacInnis is retiring from her post in the children’s department at the Edgartown library! Many years back, my first summer job was working with Debby in the children’s room, albeit down on North Water Street instead of the new library. I spent so much time there in my youth, it seemed to make perfect sense to work there. Never has there been a more knowledgeable or kind librarian, and while I am joyful for her for her next adventure, she will be sorely missed. Please join the Friends of the Library, the staff, and other community members for an open house honoring Debby on Friday, Dec. 1 from 1 pm until 4 pm.

I know I missed some birthdays last week. Happy belated birthday wishes go out to Maureen Hill on Nov. 19. Very special birthday wishes go out to a little boy who is near and dear to my heart, Griffin Craig, who turned 8 on Nov. 25, and to Heidi Schwab Vought on Nov. 27. And happy anniversary to Mark and Kelly Hess on Nov. 22.

The Edgartown School’s Winter Concert will be in the school gym on Dec. 7 from 6:30 pm until 8 pm. This concert is always a joyous and fun night. Come on out and support the kids as they sing their hearts out.

Christmas in Edgartown is Dec. 7 through 10 this year, with all sorts of festive events planned. You can visit the Board of Trade website for details here: Board of Trade. On the list of events are the annual Edgartown School Craft Fair in the school gym from 10 am until 4 pm on Saturday, Dec. 9, to support the eighth grade trip to Washington.

Also on Dec. 9, the Edgartown Patrolman’s Association is holding a Stuff-a-Bus event, starting at 9 am at the bottom of Main Street. Please help stuff the bus with a new, unwrapped toy that will go to the Red Stocking Fund. Not sure what to donate? Legos, action figures, baby dolls, Barbie dolls, balls, and sports equipment are always big hits. They ask that you do not donate electronics. Can’t make it there on Saturday to donate? You are also welcome to drop something off at the Edgartown Police Station between Dec. 7 and Dec. 9.

I’m saddened to share the news that former Edgartown School math teacher Roger Blake passed away on Thanksgiving Day. What a legend! I still share stories of “Mr. Blake” with my own students. He was the best kind of teacher. He was strict but with a kind heart, and I swear he loved every single one of his students. I struggled with algebra so much during my \ eighth grade year, and I wouldn’t be able to go on to Algebra 2 in high school if I didn’t pass the final. I remember being down in the gym decorating for graduation and he came down to find me. He had tears in his eyes when he hugged me and told me I had passed the final and was ready to go right into Algebra 2 in high school. I didn’t. We talked about it, and even though I technically could have moved up, we both knew that I’d be better off repeating Algebra 1. I was so touched by how much it mattered to him to share the news with me right away and how happy it made him that I had succeeded. That’s a teacher, and an example for teachers such as myself to follow. He expected a lot from us, and gave a lot back in return. His wake is Friday, Dec. 8, from 4 to 7pm. Graveside service Saturday, Dec. 9, at 10 am at West Tisbury cemetery.

We are now in the high-speed race to Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and a myriad of other winter holidays. Enjoy the season. Relish the lights and sentiments. And take joy in the miracles around us. Sometimes they are subtle, but they are always there. Have a great week.

 

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