Oak Bluffs: Oak Bluffs Fire/EMS Department open house

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Once again last weekend was a mix of sun and snow, and even rain and sleet, but that means springtime here in New England. Good news is the boats are back on schedules, flowers are blooming, and birds are singing. My 2005 Hyundai just registered 100,000 miles on the odometer, and I am celebrating the fact that it still runs well, and so far, so am I. Celebrated another birthday on Sunday with greetings from many family members and friends, and beautiful flowers. Life is good at this time. I am blessed.

We send condolences to the family and friends of Raymond Farland, a former Oak Bluffs fire chief and for whom Farland Square is named. Condolences also to the friends and family of Peter Martel, Island businessman, and someone who had devoted much of his life to various departments of the town of Oak Bluffs, especially the Oak Bluffs Fire Department. Peter loved a good challenge and never sidestepped controversy, but beneath the “barking” was a heart of sharing and caring. Both men will be remembered for their love of our town.

Curious about the details of Meals on Wheels? Michele Dupon from Meals on Wheels will be the guest speaker on Sunday, April 15, at 11:30 am, following the morning service at the Federated Church Meeting House in Edgartown. He will be there to answer your questions, such as, How often are meals delivered, how much do you pay for meals, whom are they provided to, etc.? Come and get answers to your questions and have a cup of coffee. For more info, call 508-627-4421.

Oak Bluffs Fire/EMS Department is holding an open house on Sunday, May 6, from 9 am to 12 noon. You can tour the facility and equipment, meet fire/EMS personnel, find out how to become a volunteer, check your blood pressure, and much more. There will also be plenty of activities for children, including a photo booth with props. There will be live fire-rescue demonstrations, including auto extrications, and aerial ladder and pumper truck use. There will also be offsite parking across from the station on Wing Road at the Island Spine Center, and a shuttle going to and from the Oak Bluffs School for those wishing to park there.

Sensory Storytime at the Oak Bluffs library is designed for children with autism spectrum disabilities and their typically developing peers. This month the storytime will take place on Saturday, April 14, at 10 am.

Move and Groove storytime, perfect for little ones always on the go, will also be held on Saturday, April 14, at 11 am.

Don’t miss the Library Nature Scavenger Hunt that runs from Saturday, April 14, through April 21. You may drop in anytime the library is open, and let the hunt be your guide to exploring the beauty of spring.

Wii U afternoon is Tuesday, April 17, from 2 to 3 pm. The teens and tweens 10-plus are playing Super Smash Bros.

Cookie Decorating on Wednesday, April 18, will give you an opportunity to decorate a freshly baked cookie from 1:30 to 3:30 pm.

Here is the correct contact info for those of you interested in information about the formation of a 4-H chapter here on the Vineyard. You may contact Brian Athearn at brian@mvasmv.org or 508-962-2477.

Along with showers and flowers, springtime also brings parent-teacher conferences. Conferences will be held on Wednesday, April 24, from 3 to 6 pm, Thursday, April 26, from 5 to 8 pm, and Monday, April 30, from 1 to 5 pm. Students will be dismissed at noon on these dates.

Felix Neck Stargazing with Mark Lovewell will be held on April 17 from 8 to 9 pm and May 18 from 8:30 to 9:30 pm. Charge for a member’s family or group is $7, and for nonmembers the charge is $10.

Time to think about registering for the Fern and Feather Day Camp at Felix Neck. Visit massaudobon.org/felixneckcamp.

Sexual Assault Awareness Walk takes place on Saturday, April 21, at the Ocean Park Gazebo. For preregistration, call 774-549-9667, ext. 106. If you preregister, the cost is $5, or $10 on the day of the race at 10:45 at the park. The walk starts at 11 am, with all proceeds going to Victim/ Survivors Services.

A sensory-friendly film showing of “Sherlock Gnomes,” presented by the Family Support Center of MVCS Disability Service, will take place on Thursday, April 19, at Entertainment Cinemas in Edgartown at 11 am. Please RSVP to Allyson Syslo at 508-693-7900, ext. 206. Admission is free.

We send birthday smiles to Michael Rebello on April 12, granddaughter-in-law Sarah Rivers on the 13th, Nicholas BenDavid on the 15th, and Mark Baird on the 19th.

Enjoy your week. Peace.