Tisbury: Protect our water

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Heard on Main Street: Never buy a car you can’t push.

We will miss Jan Van Riper, especially the bridge players among us. Jan died last week in the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital. She was an active volunteer, and an important part of many lives in our town and on our Island.

You all know about the disruption of work being done on the storm drains. You should know what can be done about the other issues involved. Flooding and beach erosion are only part of the problem in Tisbury. There are new processes that can be used to protect our water.

Next Tuesday, May 10, Tisbury Waterways invites you to the Senior Center from 6 to 7 pm to learn more. Stormwater management has gone from treating pollutants to managing rainfall as a valuable resource. Get the facts from Rich Claytor, a man with 30 years of experience in environmental engineering, and specific expertise in water-resource planning.

The Mini Maker Faire is part science fair, part craft fair, and part something else for all ages. This is a gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, and students. All come to show what they have made and to share what they have learned.

You should register online, so they have enough materials for you to take part in activities. You can Google “Mini Maker Faire 2018 Martha’s Vineyard.” It runs from 10 to 4 on Saturday, May 12, at the Ag Hall.

We were off-Island last week for a day, and ran into several other Islanders. Most were doing errands or seeing doctors. I would love to just go for the fun of going, but cannot seem to work that into my calendar.

Enjoy an Evening Under the Stars to benefit the Martha’s Vineyard Cancer Support Group. Dinner comes with a silent auction, cash bar, and music by Mike Benjamin at Farm Neck from 5:30 to 8:30 pm on Thursday, May 17. Tickets are $125, donations accepted, at MVCSG, P.O. Box 2214, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568. Remember that these are the folks who help support any cancer patients on the Island.

The sunshine has done wonders for our yard. The forsythia finally burst forth, and the daffodils are simply splendid. Anyone would think that spring has finally arrived. There were even deer in our backyard this morning. They were young, and a neighbor frightened them away. We haven’t seen any at all since the last close wooded area was cleared. It was a treat, but probably not a good move on their part to come this way.

If you are a senior citizen, and especially if you are housebound, you might like to become a pen pal with a student at the Regional High School. You can email Olsen Houghton at ohoughton@mvyps.org to find out more.

Congratulations to our son and his lovely wife. Craig and Laura Mayhew celebrate 16 happy years together this Saturday. You may call the day Cinco de Mayo. In our family this date is known as Cinco de Mayhew.

Heard on Main Street: Sometimes when I open my mouth, my mother comes out.