Edgartown: Live from Lowell Memorial Auditorium

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I’m writing this week from Lowell Memorial Auditorium. Dance competition is a lot about hurry up and wait, so I’ve learned to bring work with me. Having Riley and Ben DeBettencourt with me in the audience doesn’t hurt either. I will say that going from seven or eight numbers in past years to three this year is an almost casual experience. Well, it is for me, at least. Amelia does most of the work now. I’m just support staff. I drive. I pay, I steam costumes. And sometimes carry gear. Everything else is up to her now.

It’s official. Riley and Kiana will be going to college next fall. Kiana has committed to the University of New Hampshire, and Riley has committed to the University of New Mexico. So one will be relatively close and one will be far. Hopefully, both will be happy. These are exciting times. And a little sad too. Anyone else out there with college news to share? Send it my way, and I’ll share it in upcoming columns.

Happy birthday wishes go out to Heidi Cook, Hailey Rogers, and Brad Hill, who celebrated on April 7, Melinda DeFeo on April 9, Megan McDonald, Pam Cassidy, and Kathy Mercier on April 12, and Paula Smith on April 13.

Extra-special birthday wishes go out to Brant Maynard, who will be celebrating on April 16th with a trip to Australia with her dad. Sounds like a pretty amazing way to turn 15. Have a great trip, Brant, and share some news about it with me when you return.

Do you have questions about the Meals on Wheels program? If so, Michele Dupon will be the guest speaker on Sunday, April 15, at 11:30 at the Federated Church Meetinghouse. Please stop in to ask your questions, maybe have a cup of coffee, and learn more about the program, whether you might be interested in receiving meals or helping with the program. For more information, call 508-627-4421 or email them at admin@federatedchurchmv.org.

I received a very important email from a reader last week, and I’m so grateful for it. She wrote to share her disappointment that I don’t include more about Jewish holidays and events in my column, and she is absolutely right. In my response to her I stated that it is simply a lack of knowledge of the holidays. And any events that I share about church events are emailed to me from someone affiliated with the churches. That said, I promised that I would make every effort to note holidays in future columns. But if anyone wants to share any information with me to get it published, be it church-related, school, birthdays, please email me at ggardnermv@gmail.com, and I’m more than happy to include it. I’m grateful to those who send me news so I don’t bore you to tears with personal stories.

I was saddened to hear of the recent death of our former math specialist, Linda Brown, this weekend. Linda had battled illness for a long time, with grace and matter-of-fact attitude. She was as smart as she was funny, and she will be missed by all who were lucky enough to know her.

Don’t forget that school vacation is next week. April doesn’t seem to be as busy as February for vacations, so expect to see kids out and about. Drive carefully.

Have a great week. Be kind to one another, and smile each day. The temperatures are still cold, but the sun has been shining bright. Spring should arrive any day now.