Tisbury: Earth Hour

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Heard on Main Street: If all is not lost, where is it?

Last Sunday the entire congregation of the West Tisbury Church happily sang in tribute to Chuck Schmidt. It was a very special occasion: All his kids were there, and it was his 90th birthday.

You are invited for good music and good food at a benefit for Jakob Burton-Sundman on Friday, March 23, at 6 pm at the Portuguese-American Club. Jake is in recovery because he was suddenly paralyzed from the waist down in December. After surgery and lots of painful therapy, he is now back on island in a wheelchair, still learning to walk again. Tickets are $20, and there will be lots of silent auction items. His friends and family hope you can come and help — and have a good time.

Join the Tisbury School Building Committee at the Vineyard Haven library at 7 pm on Tuesday, March 27, as they present plans for the new Tisbury School. They have a scale model. You will need to vote on this at town meeting on April 10, followed by a ballot vote on April 24. Now you can get the facts and ask questions. Refreshments served.

The Federated Church invites you to their Palm Sunday service, March 25, at 10:30 am, followed at 12:30 by their last free lasagna luncheon for this year. On Maundy Thursday, March 29, they will reflect on the occasion of the Last Supper at 7 pm in the church. Also the Federated Church will be open on Good Friday, March 30, from 9 am to 3 pm. On Easter Sunday, April 1, there will be a sunrise service at the Mayhew Parsonage, 75 South Water St., at 6:30 am, and an Easter Service at 10:30 am in the Meetinghouse. All are welcome.

The League of Women Voters will introduce town candidates on Wednesday, April 4, at 7 pm in the Tisbury Senior Center. Contested races in Tisbury this year mean there should be some lively discussions. Election Day is April 24.

After four weeks of storms trashing our electrical connections, this next may be more than we can do. However, on Saturday, March 24, millions of people around the world — along with businesses, cities, and landmarks such as the Empire State Building — plan to turn off their lights from 8:30 to 9:30 local time in celebration of Earth Hour.

Share your wealth. For Easter, a gift of $25 to the Vineyard Committee on Hunger will feed a family a delicious holiday meal.

Next Sunday, you are invited to an open house at the new Vineyard Nursing Association building on Breakdown Lane from 4 to 6 pm. We hope there will be balloons as you turn on Holmes Hole Road, off State Road.

You might be interested to hear that weekend writer workshops for women are scheduled, one in mid-April and one in October, at Edgartown’s Hob Knob Hotel, and Island residents are welcome to sign up. Author Holly Hodder Eger will discuss her creative writing process at Hob Knob. The women will share a picnic lunch at Lambert’s Cove Beach and visits to other iconic Island locations featured in her book “Split Rock.”

Eger teaches writing in northern California, and is a seasonal Martha’s Vineyard resident. Her book chronicles a woman’s self-exploration during a summer on the Island. The weekend cost is $300 (plus lodging); Island residents may sign up without lodging. For more, contact hotel manager Diane Carr at 508-627-9510 or dianecarr@hobknob.com.

Make a note now: The Tisbury town meeting is on Tuesday, April 10, followed by a ballot vote on April 24.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go to Rosemary Milewski today. Wish a happy birthday next Wednesday to Linda Unczur and Dale McClure.

Heard on Main Street: It’s a lot easier to get older than it is to get wiser.