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Kay Mayhew

Kay-MayhewThe Martha’s Vineyard Museum curators are looking for photos taken on Martha’s Vineyard during any portion of the 1960s. Curators want to see any you may have and will be available this Saturday from 10 am to 1 pm in their library.

The MV Museum exhibit, “A Taste for the Exotic,” closes April 26. Don’t miss a glimpse of the many different objects Vineyard mariners brought home as they traveled in east Asia, the Pacific Island, and the far north. Islanders get in free on winter Saturdays.

“Twelve Years a Slave” will be shown on Tuesday at 7 pm at the Vineyard Haven Library. The Oscar went to this as best picture. It is the story of a free black man from upstate New York who is abducted and sold into slavery. Rated R. Free popcorn and lemonade. More Oscar nominees will be shown on Tuesdays in April.

Jeremy Berlin will entertain the little ones at the Vineyard Haven Library on Tuesday, April 1. Then on April 3, at 4 pm, more Wicked Awesome Supah Fun with Corinne Dorsey. This activity is for children five and older.

Summer Art Camp at Featherstone is ready for you to register your camper at 508-693-1850. There are different classes, from jewelry making to painting masters, for different age groups. Magic Garden highlights the process of painting and drawing for ages 3 to 6. 3D art sounds fascinating for 7 to 11. The child can explore art and nature or clay or, for 11 and up, jewelry making.

ACE offers a meditation stretch class every Wednesday and a gerontology overview on Wednesday, April 16. Gerontology is the study of the social, psychological, and biological aspects of aging. Janet Holladay will introduce you to the Yoruba Religion on April 17. Spring courses are posted on

The Bunch of Grapes offers Saturday afternoon readings by ACE Authors. John Hough Jr. and his writing group members will read on Saturday, April 5, at 3 pm. Cynthia Riggs and her Writing Group Members are scheduled for 3 pm on April 12.

The MV Center for Living support the monthly 55+ in the MV TIMES and special events for seniors. They offer a taxi service for seniors’ medical appointments on Cape Cod, for a small monetary donation for islanders. They also coordinate food commodities distributed at the senior centers and the Baptist Church.

Wine and a matinee benefit the MV Center for Living is Sunday, April 13, at 4 pm at the MV Film Society Center. Tickets are $25 or $20 for members. Wine, hors d’oeuvres and mini-desserts will be offered before a showing of “Away From Her,” a movie starring Julie Christie: A marital relationship is strained when the wife is sent to an Alzheimer’s facility. While there, the wife falls in love with another patient in view of her husband and family. Witnessing both her happiness and her cognitive decline is heartwarming and heartbreaking.

Following the movie there is a Q&A with Karen Achille as Facilitator. Eileen Murphy, Supportive Day Program Administrator, and MVC4L Director Leslie Clapp. For reservations call Leslie @ 508-939-9440.

You may have seen Phyllis Dunn’s photos of the Vineyard at our library. More will be on display at the Chilmark Library in April.

A special program called Art & Memory is coming up for people with memory loss. Space is limited. It will be on Mondays at 10:30 am beginning April 7. This is a collaboration between Featherstone Center for the Arts, Martha’s Vineyard Museum and Windemere Nursing Rehabilitation Center. Call Mary Holmes 1-508-862-1933.

Ten local artists have been selected to show their work at the MV Film Center. Selections were based on technical and aesthetic criteria, as well as a balance of media suitable for The Feldman Family Art Space. The artists are Leslie Baker, Alan Brigish, Neil Goodwin, Cindy Kane, Elizabeth Langer, Marie-Louise Rouff, Donna Straw, Dan Vanlandingham, Janet Woodcock and Ed Schulman. Show dates will be announced soon.

We have been waiting for the next Electronics Disposal Day. It is Saturday, April 12, from 9 am to 2 pm at MV Community Services (across from the high school). Bring your computers, monitors, televisions, printers, notebooks, copiers, scanners, air conditioners, stereo equipment, dehumidifiers, cell phones, microwaves, fax machines, refrigerators, washers, dryers, and ranges. Prices range from $2 to $30; 10 percent off for carloads. Mice and keyboards free of charge. Final disposal is off-Island and environmentally friendly. For more Mary Korba 508-693-7900 x229 or

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out tomorrow to Hank and Linda Unczur. They both celebrate on the 28th. Wish a happy one to Dale McClure that day as well. Saturday belongs to Kaleena Searle and Kathleen Madeiros. Marco Daniels and Larry Sylvia party on Sunday. Happy birthday to Tom Zinno on Wednesday.

Heard on Main Street: Everyone has a photographic memory. Some just don’t have film.

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Kay-MayhewWelcome home to Nancy Gardella. She is recuperating and now feeling better. She did ask that I pass on her thanks to everyone for your cards and notes and good wishes.

I’m sure you will be interested in the latest news about our college kids: Toby Riseborough is studying at Rhode Island College and has an internship with Senator Jack Reed this semester. Maggie Riseborough is on break from UMass where she enjoys throwing shotput and weights in the track and field program.

Megan Buchanon and Micheli Lynn enjoyed their break at home last week. Samantha Valley is home this week from NYC, as are Isabella El-Diery from Howard and Mike Cutrer from Nichols College.

Thanks to excellent progress on construction at Grace Church parish hall, the Friday community suppers which were temporarily at the First Baptist parish hall are now back at Grace Church. Supper is Friday, 5 to 6:30 pm, tomorrow and next week. All are welcome. More at 508-693-0332. The community suppers end in March.

The Vineyard Haven Library offers two special story times on Tuesday for little kids with guest Kathy Forrester. Children five and older will enjoy Wicked Awesome Supah Fun craft activity with Kathy Forrester on Thursday at 4 pm. Create a special something to take home.

Learn more about Horseshoe Crabs: A Story of Beach Trysts and Bluebloods at the Vineyard Haven Library on Tuesday at 7 pm. Often misunderstood by casual beach goers and in high demand by the bait and biomedical industries, the horseshoe crab plays essential roles in modern medicine. Susie Bowman, Felix Neck teacher and naturalist, and Fred Hotchkiss, Director of the Marine Paleobiological Research Institute, will introduce you to these ancient marine residents of Martha’s Vineyard. Then you can sign up to be a citizen science volunteer to help count spawning horseshoe crabs on lunar high tides in May and June.

Our library is offering two more programs in the America’s Music series at the Katharine Cornell Theater. These are free and will be on Wednesday evenings, next week and April 9. Next Wednesday at 7 pm enjoy an evening with the Flying Elbows string band and Jemima James. Jemima James has been playing and singing American folk and traditional music all over the island and around the nation for decades, accompanying herself on her classic Gibson Hummingbird model guitar. The Vineyard’s own Flying Elbows old-timey fiddle band consists of Tom Hodgson, Nancy Jephcote, Bob Hammond, Brian Weiland, and Paul Thurlow. They have kept the Island tapping their toes with American traditional music for decades.

Have you met with our Senator Dan Wolf? He will be at the Chowder House in Oak Bluffs next Wednesday from 5 to 7 pm just to meet and greet constituents. This is your chance to tell him what you think about the issues and share your thoughts with friends.

You are invited this Saturday to the grand opening of the West Tisbury Public Library at 10 am. Celebrate the completion of the new library that nearly everyone in the town, in one way or another, has had a hand in shaping.

Do you have photos of Martha’s Vineyard in the 1960s? Will you share? Bring them to the Martha’s Vineyard Museum on Saturday, March 29. Curators will be in the Museum Library from 10 am to 1 pm. They want to scan your photographs and add them to the Museum’s growing digital collection. They may even be included in the upcoming exhibit, Sea Change: Martha’s Vineyard in the 1960s. All images will be scanned and returned immediately. For more call Anna Carringer at 508-627-4441 x114 or email

The Federated Church Cabaret has been rescheduled to Saturday at 7:30 pm. Peter Boak is at the piano to accompany songs, comedy, magic, and more. Admission fee $15 includes appetizers. Wine is available for $5 a glass. All to benefit Peace Quilts for Haiti and the Federated Church. More at 508-627-4421 or email

Search for spring in the Tisbury woodland and seaside. Sign up now to celebrate the wonders of nature through the Tisbury Senior Center. Massachusetts Audubon’s Susie Bowman will lead walks on April 28 and May 19. You need to register with Sandy at 508 693-4205 for a lunch talk at 12:30 with two destination nature walks. Enjoy the fresh air and wonders of nature with Susie. The presentation will include information about spring on our island and what to look for. This program is free and includes sandwich, drink and cookies, or BYO.

Love those bagpipes? The Scottish Society of Martha’s Vineyard will be celebrating Tartan Day from 1 to 3 pm on Saturday, April 5, with bagpipes, children’s activities, food, dance, and kilts. This all takes place at the Oak Bluffs Library.

If you have clean warm clothing to donate, drop the items off at Clothes To Go on Monday, Wednesday, or Friday between 2 and 4 pm at the Stone Church. They are also open on Saturday from 9 to 11 am.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Sheri Thomas, Grace Jackson, and Phoenix Russell. Wish the best tomorrow to Barbara Dacey and Skip Bailey. Rosemary Milewski and Rev. Rob Hensley party on Saturday.

Heard on Main Street: Every place on this Island is uphill.

Kay-MayhewA good spaghetti dinner is wonderful on a cold night. Grace Preschool invites you to enjoy this along with their silent auction at the Grace Church parish hall on Saturday from 5 to 7 pm. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children or seniors and $25 cap for a family. Call Penny Wong at 508-693-0332.

Or if you need to celebrate with the Irish, try the Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner with beverage and dessert on Saturday evening at 5:30 at the Baptist Church Parish House on William Street. Suggested donation $12; more at 508-693-1539

Welcome home – Peter and Lee Scott have returned from an exciting trip to the Far East. Although their travel covered several areas, the highlight was a visit to Burma. Peter’s great-grandfather, William Maxwell Scott, was a Baptist missionary from 1866 to 1868. The records in Burma show he sailed from Boston in July and arrived in Burma in December.

You can buy your tickets online to see the sneak preview of “Breathe In” at the MV Film Center at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, March 25. Cost is $20 general admission, $18 member. Buy your tickets at the film center or online. The story tells how a foreign exchange student arrives in a small upstate New York town and challenges the dynamics of her host family’s relationships and alters their lives forever.

The Vineyard Haven Library mini-book sale is this Saturday from 2 to 4 pm. Books are priced at $1 for paperbacks and $2 for hardcovers, or $12 to fill a bag. Proceeds benefit library programs for children. On Saturday morning, 10 am–12 noon, library staff are available to help with CLAMS library eBooks and downloadable audiobooks and demonstration of the library’s eReader devices including Nook, Sony Reader, and Kindle. Call for an appointment, 508-696-4210.

The library has two good events coming up soon. Both are free — and exceptionally entertaining. On Sunday at 2 pm Leslie Stark will entertain you with a talk on Modern Jazz, Cool Jazz & the West Coast Sound. He knows what he is talking about. I promise you will enjoy this.

On Tuesday at 7 pm Ann Charnley will speak about the Secret Life of Abigail Adams at the library. Ann worked as a researcher working with Cokie Roberts on Founding Mothers. Ann is a good speaker and will share some further research she has done on Abigail Adams. Abigail was a real business woman. Because of her investments during the Revolution, she was able to retire comfortably with her husband, John Adams. I have enjoyed hearing Ann speak on her historical finds. Don’t miss it.

The library will host the Great Decisions Discussion Group in April and May. You must sign up for the class at the library. They have a limited number of books for sale for $15. The group will meet for eight sessions on Thursday evenings at 7 pm, beginning April 3. Each class has a 30-minute documentary film followed by discussion. Topics include defense technology, Israel and the U.S., Turkey’s challenges, Islamic awakening, and energy independence. Then the focus will be food and climate, China’s foreign policy, and the U.S. trade policy.

Don’t forget to pick up your daffodils. On Monday bunches of fresh daffodils will be on sale for $10 at Cronig’s, Edgartown Stop & Shop, and the hospital. Help your neighbors. The M.V. Cancer Support Group provides support to Island residents struggling with cancer.

How come the snowy owls have been seen everywhere except in Tisbury?

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Barbara Howell, Janet Sylvia, and Kevin Voyer. Wish the best on Saturday to Carolyn Henderson, Jib Ellis, and Jay Segel. On Monday, Austin Chandler and Doug Dorchester will probably have green candles to blow out.

Happy birthday to Matthew Barton and his cousin Ben Bartolini from Eastham on Tuesday. Many happy returns go out on Wednesday to Lois Kavanagh, Susan Mone, and Susan Weyl.

Heard on Main Street: Accept the fact that some days you’re the pigeon and some days you’re the statue.

Best wishes for a rapid recovery go out to Ed Colligan, Ann Maley, and Agnes Rice. You might drop in to see Agnes who is now in rehab at our hospital. We hope Ed has come home by now.

The Copper Wok is supposed to open next week. Watch for it.

Congratulations to Carol Jahn and Pat Sylvia. They are still enjoying working with Dr Finkelstein and Dr. Shea after 32 years.

Our Bradbury pear trees on Clough Lane suffered from the heavy snow in the last few storms. Several large branches broke off. These are the trees that give us lovely spring blossoms and glorious fall colors.

You are invited to a special event called a Vocal Residency presented by Music Street at the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School. Diane Katzenberg Braun is a pianist at the New England Conservatory as well as a seasonal resident and board member of the MV Chamber Music Society. She will be accompanying two exceptional young singers, a soprano and a tenor, both of whom hold masters degrees from the conservatory. The program spans English Art Song, operatic arias, a taste of the German tradition, and some musical theater, or, in other words, something for everyone.

The performance is Friday, March 14, from 11 am to noon, at the MVHS Performing Arts Center. It is free and open to the public. Following the performance, Diane will be working in a private Master Class with selected singers from the high school.

Featherstone reminds you there are several classes available next month in ceramics, drawing, painting, technology, and children’s art.

Speaking of art, photographs will be on display by Johanna Wooden at the Vineyard Haven Library through March. She has just returned from Asia where she lived for two years in a small South Korean army town on the border of North Korea. She then toured seven countries in southeast Asia. Her pictures present the people, culture, color, and magical beauty of Asia for your pleasure.

The M.V. Cancer Support Group (MVCSG), which provides support to Island residents struggling with cancer, is the exclusive Daffodil Day sponsor on Island. On Monday, March 17, bunches of fresh daffodils will be delivered to those who have placed orders, and bouquets will be on sale for $10 at Cronig’s, Edgartown Stop & Shop, and the hospital.

All the work to make Daffodil Day a huge success will be done by Island volunteers. Money raised from sales of daffodil bouquets goes directly to benefit Island cancer patients and their families. For more call Diane Ballay-Foley 508-693-7115 or AnneMarie Donahue 508-627-7958.

Tuesday Lenten Series begins Tuesday at 5:30 pm at the First Baptist Church. You are invited to join as they explore the wonder of the resurrection of something treasured. After viewing The Velveteen Rabbit, they will use this story as a discussion guide for the Lenten conversations that continue on Tuesdays through April 8 at 7 pm. For more, call 508-693-1539.

Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday. Turn your clocks ahead before you go to bed on Saturday night. It’s no excuse to be late for church.

The Vineyard Haven Library invites you to join Pulitzer Prize author Tony Horwitz for a discussion his new e-book, “BOOM: Oil, Money, Cowboys, Strippers, and the Energy Rush That Could Change America Forever. A Long, Strange Journey Along the Keystone XL Pipeline,” which can be downloaded from online stores. Bring your questions and observations about the pipeline and join in next Wednesday evening at 7 pm.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Jonathan Scoggins and Dolores Ruckman. Happy birthday tomorrow to Evan Kristal. Parties on Saturday are for Michelle O’Donnell and Kasarah Bruni. Wish the best on Monday to Sue Merrill. Tuesday is a special day for Whit Griswold, Nan Carter, and Dorothy Gould. Happy birthday on Wednesday to Mark Daniels and James Taylor.

Heard on Main Street: Save the whales. Collect the whole set.

It is almost worth getting older to have a birthday weekend with two lovely granddaughters trying to outdo each other to help me celebrate. Their cake decorations were crazy, their hand drawn cards were spectacular, their eagerness to celebrate was indefatigable — and I am exhausted but very happy now.

Next Monday you can begin a 3-credit college course on Ethics through Fitchburg State University. It runs from 6 to 8:45 pm at the high school with ACE MV. Students will apply ethics to the real world, looking at today’s moral issues related to poverty, our treatment of the elderly and disabled, and our duties to our parents and to the environment. That sounds like one I would love to sit in on. Next Monday, from 4:30 to 6 pm, is the time to register in person for spring ACE classes  Or register online at for all spring classes. For more, call 774-310-1131.

Spring is coming. Next Tuesday is Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Day. Pancake Supper begins at 6 pm in the First Baptist Church parish house on William Street. Join in with fellowship, crafts, and games followed by a brief closing service to start the Lenten observance. Call to reserve and for more at 508-693-1539.

Who needed that annoying finale with the American hockey teams so near and yet so far. I thought the women were the better players by far, but they seemed to stop playing before the end of the game. Were they overconfident or just worn out? You can see why I am not a sports announcer. I enjoyed the Olympics but used to enjoy them more when I did not have to go online or try to figure out which station what programs would be broadcast from. And preferably not in the middle of the night. And don’t get me started on Sochi.

Next week is March. That means the Black Dog Warehouse Sale is on the first and second.

Hey, wait. Where did February go?

Every Saturday morning in March from 10 to noon the Vineyard Haven Library staff offer help with library eBooks and downloadable audiobooks. Or you can get an informal demonstration of the library’s Overdrive service and even try out the library’s various eReader devices. Call 508-696-4210 for an appointment.

Mark your calendar and think of warm winds following. A week from Sunday, on March 9 at 2 pm, you can sail the Mediterranean without leaving Martha’s Vineyard. Talented photographer Joe Doebler will share his recent photos from a week-long sailing trip in the Mediterranean Sea aboard the square-rigger Sea Cloud. The talk is free, the pictures are spectacular, and refreshments will be served.

This event is presented by the Friends of the Library as part of their monthly winter program series. The Friends are volunteers who encourage public understanding of the Library’s vital role in the community. For more information about the Friends, stop by library or

Also on the 9th, you are invited to express yourself and share your thoughts with the Martha’s Vineyard Cultural Council from 9 am to 12 noon at the Howes House in West Tisbury. Ask questions and have a snack. Free and open to the public. Breakfast treats served.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out tomorrow to Susan Goldstein. Happy birthday to Katie Kennedy who parties on Sunday. Tuesday belongs to Polly McDowell.

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

Kay-MayhewObviously, Mother Nature does not listen to me. I was through with snow. I needed no more. I declared we should have no more of the nasty white stuff. And then we got dumped on. And the forecast is for even more of that white stuff.

To show how much Mother Nature ignores my wants and needs, there soon appeared a troop of scraggly turkeys daintily picking their way through the snow, dodging clumps of white stuff as it fell off the trees. The snow clumps missed them. Of course.

The Vineyard Conservation Society announces two programs on Saturday from 1 to 4 pm to help burnish your scouting skills — too bad you can’t do both. At Sassafras Earth Education in Aquinnah, you can learn the Art of Tracking in snow or sand: $25 per person, RSVP 508-645-2008. Or, head to Felix Neck for the Skull and Bones workshop, which is exactly what it sounds like. $30 ($25 for members), registration required 508-627-4850.

The snowbirds miss us, so they say, but not our weather. They do complain of having to wear shorts all the time and getting sand between their toes.

At least we have the Olympics to keep us entertained. Have you noticed how terribly young the athletes look this year? Or perhaps it is my advanced age. Many of them seem hardly old enough to drive, never mind to ride a skeleton sled at 80 mph with their faces only inches from the ice. The snowboarders are either too young to be afraid or too brave to contemplate. Even the normally placid ice skaters seemed to be death-defying instead of simply gliding across the shimmering ice.

And do you believe the weather in Sochi is even warmer than the summer Olympics in London? They could have had the games here. We do have the cold temperatures they are missing, though Peaked Hill is a little low.

Our hearts ached for the very talented Russian skater who had to quit even as we were astonished at the American who tossed his partner what seemed like much too far. It isn’t hard to cheer for the youngster skiing for Switzerland or competing for countries we can’t find on our outdated globe. Wonder if we will get to see the U.S. in a final hockey game against Russia?

Clothes-to-Go is the ultimate in recycling. Open Wednesday afternoons from 2 to 4 pm and Saturday mornings from 9 to 11 am. Free gently worn clothing is at the Methodist Church (stone church). Re-use beats recycling any day. For more, call 508-693-4424.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           The Memory Café at Windemere is free and open to Islanders with memory loss and their caregivers. This is an opportunity to socialize and enjoy light entertainment and refreshments. No RSVP required. Call Mary Holmes, 1-508-862-1933.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Tom Robinson and Benjamin Davey. On Sunday wish the best to Anne Sylvester and Wendy Brophy. Tuesday is my special day, shared happily with Judy Cronig and Robin Mathiesen.

Heard on Main Street: The groundhog was right.

Kay-MayhewTo illustrate and complement this month’s special programs on America’s Music, the Vineyard Haven Library has an exhibit by nationally acclaimed photographer Peter Simon. The photographs will be on display during regular library hours through the month of February.

Over the course 40 years, Peter Simon has covered an eclectic range of subjects including the greatest names in rock ‘n’ roll, reggae, and pop music. His work has appeared in major publications, including The New York Times and Rolling Stone.

America’s Music is a series of public programs created by the Tribeca Film Institute in partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities. The films are shown at the Cornell Theatre on Thursday evenings. For more,

Spot the bright colors and cheer. There are lovely tulips in the window of The Beach House,  heralding colorful hopes for spring.

Happy Valentine’s Day! If you don’t have a beautiful rose for your sweetheart, note that the Tisbury School 8th graders will sell fresh roses to you on Valentine’s Day from noon to 4 pm in front of the school cafeteria. Buy a pretty rose and help send these kids on their trip to Washington, D.C.  Red roses are $5 per rose or $50 per dozen, other colors are $4 per rose or $40 per dozen. Non-parents must sign in at the front office and will be directed to the cafeteria. For more, call 508-696-6500.

When I was in school in Washington, we always commented on how many children came from across the country to visit our capital city. Now I wonder what they think about our government and how it works when they go home. I would love to hear the answer to that question.

Do the children know the value of a vote? Every chance to vote starts at home. Nora Nevin invites all Tisbury Democrats to the Tisbury Democratic Caucus a week from Saturday, February 22, at the Tisbury Senior Center at 10 am. The caucus is to elect delegates from our town to the 2014 Democratic State Convention in June in Worcester. Three delegates will be elected, plus three alternate delegates.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Fiona Mayhew and Lee Fierro. Fiona will be 7 and happily playing in the snow. Lee is celebrating her 85th birthday and also keeping busy directing in a play to come out in March.

Congratulations to Gayle Stiller and Chris Morse on Friday, celebrating their birthdays and

Valentine’s Day. Saturday belongs to Grace Burton-Sundman, Trina Kingsbury, and Rita Goulart. Lots of good folk partying on Sunday, especially Izzy Wajda and Mary Gillette. Wish the best on Monday to Colin Kennedy.

Best wishes for a very happy birthday on Tuesday go to Rebecca Perkalis and Carrie Tankard. We also send wishes for a rapid recovery to Carrie Tankard. Peter Palches celebrates 76 years on Wednesday.

Heard on Main Street: Treasure the loves in your life. Happy Valentine’s Day. Friends are like balloons. Once you let them go, you won’t get them back.

Welcome home to Anna Duarte. We are pleased to announce that Anna has returned from Mass General. She is now in residence at Windemere and will be happy to see you.

Can you believe it? Fifty years ago tomorrow the Beatles arrived in America. They brought a new kind of music to us from England, although based on a lot of American music. I remember that Ed Sullivan wasn’t too sure what to make of these young men although the screaming teenage girls in his audience were delighted.

I would have much preferred the Beatles music to the noise presented as a musical halftime at the Big Game last Sunday. The fireworks were spectacular and would have been even more so for us if the camera man had not kept going back to the noise on the field. I do not like Pepsi at all, so my opinion has not changed.

It was an unusual game with what must be called an interesting final result. I do like new teams winning the big games although in my heart I do like Manning. That shows my age — and his, too.

Of course, as usual the puppy won the best commercial vote — both the Budweiser puppy and the one eating Doritos. The Ford commercial was disappointing. Aren’t you glad I don’t often spend much time evaluating commercials?

You are invited to the Democratic Council of Martha’s Vineyard meeting this Saturday at 9 am at the Howes House in West Tisbury. Some people from the new organization called 350 Martha’s Vineyard Island will describe their efforts to address climate change. That is a hot topic, but their coverage of parking at Squibnocket seems a bit off the subject. They will also discuss the health of waters surrounding the Island. I understand even Republicans are welcome.

I am not clear why Slow Food MV thinks we are playing Genetic Roulette. A film on the health dangers of genetically modified food defines our eating these foods as the Gamble of Our Lives. This film explores the health dangers of food containing GMOs (genetically modified organisms). Perhaps I need more information. The film will be shown on Wednesday at the Edgartown Library at 7 pm. It is sponsored by Slow Food Martha’s Vineyard.

Thank heavens for the brief days of sunshine that melt away our snow piles and clear up the icy spots in between storms. It just isn’t fair that we seem to be getting all the snow and towns farther north are getting the sunshine. Did Mother Nature ever play fair?

I do hope the matter of the bigger Stop & Shop is settled soon enough so that any work can be done before the summer visitors arrive. I am not sure why we have to wait while the folks from up Island decide whether we can have a better store. The Commission surely does not intend any new work to wait until they sort out the issues of Five Corners. A stop light would take care of that. Now please let me have a decent market downtown.

The selectmen said there would be another hearing on the issues of the parking lot, but I cannot find out when that might be. When the selectmen last changed things down there, they took away at least ten parking spaces from the rest of us. I am not terribly hopeful matters will improve any this time around.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Pamela Campagna and Rosemary Brown, who was long known as the best grandma in town.

Tomorrow belongs to Dan Harnen. Wish the best to Joan McDonough on Sunday. Celebrating Monday are James O’Donnell and Jainaba Burton-Sundman. Judy Pachico parties on Tuesday. Happy birthday to Eli Thomas Hanschka and Nat Benjamin. These two should be honored to share a birthday with Abe Lincoln.

Heard on Main Street: Time, like a snowflake, disappears while we’re trying to decide what to do with it.

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My father was born 142 years ago today. That was an very long time ago — and, yes, he was pretty old when I was born. He lived in exciting times. He was ten when he saw his first electric light at a world’s fair but lived to see Americans go into space. That is really quite amazing.

Tonight at 7 is the first part of the Vineyard Haven Library program on America’s Music held at the Cornell Theatre. The topic is gospel music and blues. Peter Boak will lead the discussion.

Last October’s government shutdown has only slightly affected filing dates for income tax. The Internal Revenue Service says it won’t process tax returns before the end of January. That sounds as if it should be good news. Except the April 15 tax deadline is set by statute and will remain in place. Then again, the IRS reminds taxpayers that anyone can request an automatic six-month extension. The request is easily done with Form 4868. They say that new year-end tax planning information has been added to as late as this week.

I was thinking how nice it was to have a warm — well, warmer — day in the midst of all the very cold days with snow on the ground. I have just realized how unfortunate it is. The snow begins melting and just as it has a nice cover of water on the ground, the temperature shoots down to very cold. Now we have some serious ice issues facing us. Main Street was a dangerous mess early last Sunday morning. After some sunshine at least the one side of the street was better — but only while the sun was shining. Stay warm. And be careful out there.

Want a summer job or to learn a new skill? The Mansion House is now offering Red Cross Life Saving. Jennifer Fragosa will supervise the PreTest on Sunday, February 2, at 3 pm. You can learn rescue and surveillance skills through videos and hands-on practice. The course teaches how to respond to aquatic emergencies. Register now for training to be a certified lifeguard. The course meets Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday evenings from 6 to 9 pm at the Mansion House pool until March 6. For more, call Jennifer at 508-693-2200.

I did wish a happy birthday to Mev Good — and then I learned he was marking his 90th birthday. That requires extra special good wishes for the year ahead.

Some of the online information about community suppers is not quite correct. So that you know the facts: the United Methodist Church of Martha’s Vineyard holds two different Community suppers.

The Oak Bluffs suppers are held at the Parish House of the Trinity Methodist Church, in the Campground, at 6 pm every Saturday. The Edgartown community suppers are held in the Whaling Church every Monday at 5 pm. And all are welcome.

Are you still waiting for the Copper Wok to open? They say they are nearing the end of all the work that had to be done. They plan to offer us good Chinese food, sushi, Pad Thai — all those foods of which we have been deprived on the Island. No opening date yet, but it does look as if the spring will bring us this new restaurant at last.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out to Susie Thurber who parties tomorrow. Wish the best on Saturday to Paul Watts. Sunday belongs to Jessica Shannon. Candles will be ablaze on the cake for Nancy Tutko Hanschka on Monday. Suzanne Crossland and George Rogers Sr. will celebrate on Tuesday.

Heard on Main Street: Talk slowly — but think quickly.

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I forgot to mention this last week. There is a special program this afternoon at 1:30 at the Tisbury Senior Center. That is if it doesn’t get cancelled by the predicted snow storm. Chuck Cotnoir, Beth Toomey, and Jim Klingensmith will tell you how to be prepared for an emergency in case of severe storms, power outages, and heavy winds. Call 508-696-4205 for more.

You have a chance for a special treat because the Vineyard Haven Library won a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The grant is for a free series called America’s Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway. The six-week film and discussion program starts next Thursday night, Jan. 30, and every runsThursday through March 6. The programs begin promptly at 7 pm at the Cornell Theatre on Spring Street.

You can enjoy these free programs under the leadership of Peter Boak. The first session begins with bluegrass and the blues. Next will be musical theater and Broadway. The focus on February 13 will be on a century of jazz styles. The last three cover country music, then rock’n’roll, and finally Latin music, from mambo to hip-hop. For more details see

Alan Brigish will discuss the late President Nelson Mandela in the context of South African history next Tuesday at 7 pm at the Vineyard Haven Library. Brigish grew up and was educated in South Africa and met with Mandela in 1999. Learn more about various aspects of the current situation in South Africa and what may be ahead in the future.

Felicia Cheney is the children’s librarian at our library. She says that little ones will be happy to hear that next Tuesday is a special story time with Biscuit the puppy at 10 for up to three-year-olds and at 11 am for age three and up. Biscuit and Felicia will read a few stories, sing a few songs, and Biscuit will have a chance to visit with the kids.

This is the time of year that many of our restaurants close, some for a few weeks or even for the season. I am happy to say that there are many more open all year than in the past. When the cold and darkness gets to you, it can be a treat to enjoy a delicious meal cooked by someone else.

Next month is nearly here. There are some important classes available through Adult and Community Education (ACE MV) at the high school. Saturdays is a college course on Arts in Global Education which offers graduate and undergraduate credits. Tuesdays is ServSafe Food Sanitation Training classes with review and exam as well as Spanish Fluency MadeEasy. Wednesdays offers GED College Prep Math and yoga. Thursday the 6th Susan Klein leads a program on Storytelling. And just in time for Valentine’s Day is a cooking special benefit for ACE MV. Info at or 774-310-1131.

Of course you know that your old pills will harm our water if you flush them? And can cause problems for your friends and neighbors. Keeping them is not a good idea either. Take your old pills in to the Police Station any weekday between 8 am and 4 pm. If you only have a few, mix them in with the old coffee grounds in your trash.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out next Monday to Caroline Davey. Our town accountant Suzanne Kennedy parties on Wednesday.

Heard on Main Street: If you need a shoulder to cry on, pull off to the side of the road.