Authors Posts by Megan Alley

Megan Alley

Megan Alley

Megan-AlleyNo one should have complained about the beautiful stretch of weather we had this past week, and from all reports we shall now be heading into some rainy spots but also a cooler time. Things are quieter at my house now after my sleep being interrupted by the loud alert from what I thought was a failing battery in my smoke alarm. Starting at midnight Saturday it kept alerting me which meant each time my back-up alarm system, AKA my yellow lab, Molly, would immediately jump up from the foot of my bed (or is it her bed, I sometimes wonder), and then hover over me until I got up, looked around then we all would get back into bed. This went on three or four times, until I finally gave up around 5 am and got up for the day. I briefly thought about changing the battery myself, but discretion being the better part of valor, I waited for my granddaughter, who put in a new battery for me. At last quiet, I thought, but as soon as she left it went off again. When my grandson came home, we discovered it was the carbon monoxide alarm that was going off so that too got new batteries. The moral of this story: be sure to change the batteries in your alarm system in the spring and fall when you change your clocks, which I had neglected to do. And I also learned something new. The back of the Carbon Monoxide alarm instructed you to replace the alarm itself after seven years. Your local fire department will be glad to help you with these situations.

Summer, among other things, is definitely the time of year when art shows flourish. Award-winning artist Douglas Peckham will present his annual Studio Art Show and Sale on  Saturday and Sunday, July 19 and 20, from 10 am to 5 pm at his home at 56 Pennacook Avenue in Oak Bluffs.

Alert to all you artists. The annual All Island Art Show will be held on Monday, August 4, at the Tabernacle in Oak Bluffs. You may find all the information you need to participate at their new website: or call Harvey Beth at 508-693-0371. There is no entrance fee this year, so the committee hopes to see all Island-affiliated artists there.

On July 20, the Community Room at the new West Tisbury Library will be dedicated to David and Rosalee McCullough.

Congratulations to Talia Rogers and John Gibson on their recent engagement. Best wishes to this young couple.

Today the Oak Bluffs Writers Group will meet at the library from 10 am until 12 noon. The Book Babies will also meet today from 10:30 to 11:30 am. Our library is a very busy place.

Sonya Lima and Mary Alley met Heather Hall Holt last Saturday and the three longtime friends and MVRHS  graduates (I am not permitted to give their graduation year) headed to Boston. There this happy trio enjoyed a wonderful concert on Boston Harbor and then headed back to Heather’s home for the night, where they continued their laughter and reminiscing until 3 am.

A huge, three-day book sale to benefit the Oak Bluffs Public Library, sponsored by the Library Friends of Oak Bluffs, starts today. There will be used books in all categories, for all ages, at bargain prices including: adult, teens, and children, hardcover, paperback, fiction, and non-fiction, DVDs, CDs and audio books. The sale starts Thursday, July 17 from 10 am to 7 pm, then continues on Friday, July 18, from 10 am to 4 pm and Saturday, July 19, from 10 am to 2 pm.

For more info contact:, or call 508-693-8326.

The Martha’s Vineyard Youth Leadership Initiative (MVYLI) supports and mentors local high school students who have decided to pursue higher education. MVYLI helps prepare these teens for their future, both on and off the Island, through college prep and scholarship, job shadowing, and an annual Youth Leadership Summit on Sustainable Development. Join them at the 5th annual Walter Cronkite Awards on Tuesday, August 5, from 5 to 8 pm. The ceremony and reception will be held at the home of Karen and David Brush in Edgartown.  The suggested donation is $150, and because space is limited, please RSVP @  It will be a wonderful opportunity for you to meet these incredible young men and women who are the future of Martha’s Vineyard.

Charlayne Hunter-Gault will speak on Tuesday, July 22, at 5:30 pm at the Federated Church, 45 South Summer Street, Edgartown. Admission is $8 for Museum members, and $12 for non-members. A reception will follow back at the Museum for guests to see the 1960s  exhibit. Books will be available for purchase and signing following the talk. Sea Change: MV in the 1960s will be on display through April 2015.

We send birthday smiles to Russell Rogers and Summer Ann Clements on the 17th, Suzanne Metell and Michael Daniel on the 18th, Lynn Webster on the 19th, Charlene Alley on the 22nd, and Aiden and Logan Araujo, Pat Rose, and Richard Cage on the 24th.

Enjoy your week. Peace.

Megan-AlleyIn spite of a near miss by a hurricane, the majority of the weather for last weekend’s 4th of July celebrations made for a warm, sunny time for parades, fireworks, and beach outings. Some rescheduling was necessary, but it seemed as if most people were able to fulfill their holiday plans. Traffic, however was brutal, resulting, at least for me, in deciding I actually didn’t need to go to the store anyway. Now look forward to the next big happening: the Feast of the Holy Ghost on the weekend of July 19 and 20.

Condolences to the family of Alexandro Garcia who was the victim of a fatal motor vehicle accident last week. We send sincere sympathy to his family and friends and all who were involved in this tragic incident.

David Crohan will be giving a concert at the Tabernacle on Sunday, July 13. The concert starts at 7 pm and is a benefit for Island Elderly Housing and the M.V. Cancer Support Group. What could be better than enjoying a wonderful piano concert and supporting two worthy organizations?

Come and learn something at the Friday Morning Conversations at the Oak Bluffs Senior Center. On Friday, July 18, from 10 to 11:30 am, the guest speaker will be Joe Vera. Joe will discuss some unusual and less-known aspects of Oak Bluffs history.

Poet Brooks Robards, who is a summer resident at Samoset Ave., and Hermine Hull have collaborated on a book, “On-Island: Poems and Paintings of Martha’s Vineyard.” The Poems are by Brooks and paintings by Hermine. They will be scheduling readings in many venues throughout the summer. It is available at bookstores and at their signings. Nancy Cramer will have copies for sale, and they will also be available at Hermine Merel Smith Fine Art on Edgartown Road in West Tisbury.

The Summer Concert Festival for the Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Society, opens on Monday, July 14, at the Old Whaling Church in Edgartown with a second performance at the Chilmark Community Center on Tuesday, July 15. All Summer concerts start at 8 pm. Subsequent concerts will be held on the following Mondays and Tuesdays at the Old Whaling Church and Chilmark Community Center respectively: July 21/22, August 4/5, August 11/12 and August 18/19.

Seastreak is offering several discounted trips off the Island, specifically geared toward Island residents, but certainly open to all. On Friday, June 18, is a trip to Foxwoods and on Friday, June 25, a trip to Six Flags New England. Every day there is an Adventure Pass to New Bedford which includes roundtrip ferry, lunch discounts, and admission to any two New Bedford area attractions. For more details, call 1-800-262-8743 or visit

We send birthday smiles to Hope deBettencourt, Fronzie Conlin and Josh Corrrellus on July 10. Colleen Farrissey on the 11th, Lauren Vikota and Jeff Labell on the 13th, David deBettencourt on the 14th, Dianne Kenney and my grandson Nick Rivers on the 15th, and Sophie Combra and Olivia Law Butler on the 16th.

Enjoy your week. Peace.

Megan-AlleyCrowds, long lines at stores, no available bookings on the boats, and humid weather can only mean one thing: summer is here. Thursday is actually the Fourth of July and people have already made plans for cook-outs, parties, and of course the Fourth of July parade in Edgartown. As soon as we recover from this long holiday weekend, the Tisbury Street Fair will take place next Tuesday, July 8. It seems as if summertime on the Island is just one long celebration of fairs, benefits, and beach parties. Every Sunday in Washington Park by the harbor in Oak Bluffs you can indulge in another farmers market, for example. So let’s not hear any complaints of “nothing to do.”

You can learn to draw superheroes at the Oak Bluffs Library on Tuesday, July 15, at 4 pm. Artist Paul Merklein will teach the class which is open to the first 12 students, aged 11 and up. There is no pre-registration.

Improv Workshop for Kids starts on Friday, July 18, will also be held on July 25, August 1, 15, 22, and 29, from  4 to 4:45 pm. Siobhan Beasley works with children aged 6 and up. There is no-pre registration.

The Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Society Summer Concert Festival opens on Monday, July 14, at the Old Whaling Church in Edgartown with a second performance at the Chilmark Community Center on Tuesday, July 15. All Summer concerts start at 8 pm.

Subsequent concerts will be held on the following Mondays and Tuesdays at the Old Whaling Church and Chilmark Community Center respectively and the concerts for the rest of July will be July 21 and 22.

The Lagoon Pond Association will hold its Annual Meeting at the Sailing Camp Park on Saturday, July 12, from 10 am to 12 noon. Refreshments will be available starting at 9:45.   Several interesting speakers will be present. Michael Loberg will discuss the recently passed fertilizer regulations. Tisbury selectman Melinda Loberg will present information on the new Lagoon Bridge currently under construction. Todd Alexander, the Oak Bluffs harbormaster, will be present to answer questions about harbor use and management, and Dave Grunden, the O.B. Shellfish Constable, will answer questions about the recent scallop harvest. Rick Karney from the Martha’s Vineyard Shellfish Group will also be present to talk about several exciting projects to begin soon in the Lagoon. Everyone is invited to attend and you need not be an LPA member, but if you are interested, you can find a membership application online at our new website,, or fill out an application at the meeting. Annual dues are just $30.

On Saturday, July 5, from 10 am to 3 pm, there will be a giant benefit yard sale at Grace Church Rectory on Woodlawn Avenue in Vineyard Haven. Word has it that there will be “lots of good stuff,” some of it priceless. All of the proceeds will benefit the Island Clergy Homeless Initiative.

There will be a window dedication of the new stained glass window at Grace Church on Sunday, July 6 at 11 am, immediately after the 10 am service. The window was created by artist Barney Zeitz. A  reception will follow with refreshments; everyone is welcome and there will be some special surprises at the dedication.

We send birthday smiles to Joe Alosso on July 4, James Cage on the 5th, followed by Barbara Fehl and Pam Gibson Silva on the 6th. Erin Pacheco, Donald Billings, and Karen Hunt Torrence share July 7 and smiles to Claire Gibson and Nicholas Mathias on the 9th. Enjoy the week. Peace.

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Now that the summer solstice has passed,  we are going to face gradually shortened daylight hours.  Seems much too soon. The weather was beautiful, for the entire weekend. Unfortunately,  on Saturday our neighborhood was disturbed by a small but very vocal party that started in the early afternoon. It ended up being an hours-long party involving amplified music and so-called conversation, where the participants seem to have a vocabulary  limited to four-letter words beginning with the sixth letter of the alphabet. I hesitated to call the Police, knowing they have so much to deal with but finally called the non-emergency number and the Sheriff’s Department responded immediately and soon Oak Bluffs Police officers were handling the problem. They were professional and calm and things settled down. They encouraged me to call again if there were any more problems. It was necessary for them to make three more trips, the last at 3:45 am before the party  was “quenched.”  So kudos to the  Sheriff’s Department and our Oak Bluffs Police Department for responding so promptly and professionally to a very tired lady for a non-emergency situation on what must have been a very busy weekend for them.

Joe Vera of Ocean Avenue was pleased to have his six daughters and their partners and his six grandchildren spending the last three weeks visiting him at his 1868 Victorian home on Ocean Avenue. His home was the first house built by the Oak Bluffs Land and Wharf Company and was constructed by Rasmus Carpenter of Foxboro who was the lead developer for the company. Mr. Vera also shared a bit of history when he told me that his grandfather Frank Vera was an Associate Judge at the Edgartown District Court in 1933. Thank you for that added information that I wasn’t aware of.

How busy is our library?  Well, take a look at the following scheduled events coming up. On Tuesday, July 1, at 6 pm the U.S. Coast Guard will give a presentation on boating and water safety. Meet members of the Coast Guard and a Q&A period follows along with refreshments.

Meet MV Sharks Baseball players and participate in a mini-clinic on Wednesday, July 2, at 11 am. Question and answer time, autographs, ticket raffle, Sharky the mascot and refreshments will round out this fun program.

Movie and Trivia Night on Thursday, July 3, at 5:30 pm features an annual “Jaws” trivia contest and screening. Test your knowledge and enjoy fun games before the movie. There will be prizes and refreshments.

 A documentary screening and panel discussion about shark conservation when the award-winning film is shown will be on Saturday, July 5, at 12:30 pm. This is for ages 13 and up as there is graphic content. Refreshments.

Summer Reading Kick-Off Ice Cream Social on Tuesday, July 1, at 11 am will start with Ben & Bill’s ice cream and a good book. Sign up for summer reading program. All ages welcome.

Meet Nancy Purnell at an artist’s reception on Saturday, July 5, at 10:30 am.

The summer Mass schedule for Good Shepherd Parish starts this Saturday, June 28 and runs through August 31. There will now be nine Masses each weekend, but be sure to check the website  for the exact times and locations as much has changed.

The M.V. Museum’s summer Discovery Days programs are right around the corner. Starting July 1, programs will take place on the Edgartown campus every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 10 am to 12 noon. The programs are specifically tailored to engage kids aged 5–12. Themes include harpooning, lighthouses, tie-dye totes, portrait painting, scrimshaw, herbs, Japanese brush painting, block printing, boats, and more.  Reservations are required for all programs, and space is limited. Call Kate at 508-627-4441, ext. 110, to reserve. Classes are $15 for Museum members, $20 for non-members. Reserve three classes, and get the fourth free. Visit for specific program descriptions.

Tonight forget cooking supper and head to the P-A club for another fabulous fish fry. You may eat in or take out from 5 to 7 pm. Did you know that the P-A now has live music every Saturday night, starting at 7 pm? A special chicken dinner will be served on July 11 from 5 to 7 pm as a fundraising benefit for Johnny Ollen.

Many of you have probably seen Fr. Edward Beck on national TV or perhaps attended one of the many summer missions he has led for Good Shepherd Parish. A reading of his new play, “Sweetened Water,” will be staged at the Vineyard Playhouse in Vineyard Haven on Monday, July 7, at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $25 and may be purchased at the Playhouse box office or online at Seating is limited and all proceeds will benefit the nonprofit theater.

We send birthday smiles to Ashley Andrews and Leanne Giordano on the 28th, Abbey Grace Marchand, Donna Leon, and Jim Maseda on the 30th, Madeline Alley on July 1, and Rahmal Hopkins and Deborah DeBett Ratcliff on July 3.

Enjoy your week. Peace.

Megan-AlleyFather’s Day gave us the best day so far. The weather was great for the beach, picnics, or whatever you wished to do. How nice to see the families gathered at the Nelson W. Amaral Fire Station at 10 am radio check time on Sunday.

My grandson Ben Alley, now a high school graduate, arrived from Charleston, S.C., for the summer. He will be staying with his aunt Mary this summer while he works here. He has been living in Charleston since the age of two and I am trying to get used to the southern accent and the “yes Ma’ams” and “no Ma’ams.” I  am more used to “yes Gram” and “no Gram.”

Peter Herman has given me some news of former Oak Bluffs resident Billy Faria. Billly was born in Oak Bluffs and I still remember when all the high schools on the Island were on their senior class trip to Washington, D.C., and we received the news that he had been wounded in the fighting in Korea.

Well, Billy recovered well, returned to Oak Bluffs, married his wife Hazel, and the two raised two sons. He retired to Arizona around 10 years ago, and Peter tells me that he has recently had some serious health issues. Peter thought perhaps some of his Island friends could send him a card or note, so here is his address: 17454 West Papago St., Goodyear, AZ 85338

The Gloria Michelle, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) research vessel, will be at Memorial Wharf in Edgartown on Friday and Saturday, June 21–22. Science classes from the high school, home schoolers, and seniors will be visiting on Friday. She will be open to the general public from 2 to 4 pm on Friday and all day Saturday. The senior officer on the vessel is Lt. Villard-Howe who grew up on Chappaquiddick and worked as a deckhand and captain of the Chappy Ferry before joining NOAA. On Thursday, she will be joined by scientists from NOAA who will explain the work they do.

Back by popular demand: Tom Dresser, Herb Foster, and Jay Schofield will discuss their new book, “Martha’s Vineyard in World War 2” on Wednesday, June 25, at 10:30 am at the Oak Bluffs Library. They will share slides and photos, stories, and memories and be open to questions and comments about the book. It is hoped that Linsey Lee will join them for this discussion, with her recordings of people who have memories of the war years.

The Forever Young Book Club will meet on Tuesday, June 24, at 7 pm. For adults who enjoy YA book, this month’s selection, “The Hear and Now,” will prove to be most interesting.

The Celebration of Life services for Patricia Brown, longtime Edgartown resident and all-Island school nurse, will take place on Friday, June 27, commencing at 11 am at St. Elizabeth’s Church in Edgartown to be followed by a reception to celebrate Pat’s life in the Baylies Room of the Old Whaling Church.

Join Edgartown poet laureate Steve Ewing, and M.V. poet laureate Lee McCormack and 14 other performers at Featherstone from 6 to 8 pm on Thursday, June 19. Come celebrate music and the spoken word on the outdoor stage.

Enjoy a nice spaghetti supper, without having to cook. The First Baptist Church Parish House in Vineyard Haven will be serving up a spaghetti supper with sausage, meatballs, or clam sauce on Tuesday, June 24, at 5 pm. There will be a free will offering taken to support the

Mission Trip to New Orleans.

Last week I met two former pastors at Our Lady Star of The Sea Church. Over 25 years ago. Fr. Gomes and Fr. Correira were being given a tour of the Island by Islander Fr. Tom Lopes.  All three have now retired and reside at the priests retirement home in Fall River. Needless to say, they found many changes and were most impressed by the new hospital.

Rose Cogliano, Acting Director of the Oak Bluffs Council on Aging, informed me that the Friends of Oak Bluffs Council on Aging are once again sponsoring a Foxwoods

Trips, a fun way to spend a day with new or old friends. The trips will be on Tuesday, July 22, and Tuesday, August 26. They are able to accommodate about 55 people on the coach bus, which costs $30 per person for transportation from Woods Hole to the casino and back.  Participants provide their own SSA ticket and spending money. They will depart on the 7 am ferry from Vineyard Haven and return on the 6:15 pm boat that arrives in Vineyard Haven at 7 pm. If people have any questions, they are welcome to contact Rose at 508-693-4509, ext. 3.

Lobster rolls and chowder will once again be served at the American Legion Hall in Vineyard Haven every Tuesday from 4:30 to 7 pm starting Tuesday, June 24.

We send birthday smiles to my husband, Dennis Alley, Pam Swan, and John O’Donnell who all share June 20, grandson Jeremy Allley-Tarter and Teddy and Robbie Pacheco on the 21st, Paula O’Conner the next day, Jay Schofielld on the 23rd, Fran Allwardt on the 24th, and Arthur BenDavid on the 25th.

Enjoy your week. Peace.

Megan-AlleyWhat a busy and event-filled time was last week.  All the activities for the seniors graduating from MVRHS were blessed with absolutely beautiful perfect weather. Thursday night was Honors Night; the Senior Brunch on Friday was followed by Class Night. This all led to the climax of Graduation Sunday afternoon at the Tabernacle in the Campground.

It has been a few years since I had attended graduation ceremonies and I was most impressed with the demeanor of students and the audience members alike. Thankfully absent were the loud hoots and derogatory noises of the past. The students’ speeches were calm, deliberate, and injected with just the right amount of humor to keep our attention. It was so obvious how much the teachers and students respected and truly cared for each other. Lots of love among everyone there.

Don’t forget to fly our flag proudly this Saturday, June 14, to celebrate Flag Day!

Summer is really getting into full swing as the Harbor Fest will be happening on Saturday, June 21. Don’t miss this really fun time where you will be able to walk along the bulkhead of Oak Bluffs harbor and view a kaleidoscope of merchants hawking their wares along the entire stretch of water. An unbelievable variety and amount of merchandise will be displayed.

If you are looking for a somewhat quieter form of entertainment, just head to the Oak Bluffs Library and partake of their interesting variety of programs. Friday, June 13, at 3:30 pm. There will be a Superhero Dad Craft for Kids where everyone can make a Fathers Day gift for your dad. Bring a photo of Dad. This is for children of all ages. Bonnie Stacy will present an author’s talk on Thursday, June 19, 6 pm. Bonnie and M.V. Museum teamed up on M.V. history to provide this program

Back by popular demand: Tom Dresser, Herb Foster, and Jay Schofield discuss their new book on Wednesday, June 25, at 10:30 am.

With the arrival of summer and the warm weather comes the Museum’s annual Opening Party. In addition to opening the 18th century Cooke House for the season, the Museum will be showcasing a Charles W. Morgan exhibit as well as select photographs used in the book “Martha’s Vineyard,” recently published by the Museum’s Chief Curator Bonnie Stacy.

We send birthday smiles to Mary Anne Alwardt on June 13, Jaime Young Kendell and Gerry Moriarity on the 14th, Dave DeBetttencourt on the 16th, and Jane Maseda, Tony Lima, Sharon Mello, and Ann Merrett on the 19th.

He was born in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont in 1906, the oldest of nine children. He worked for four years before he entered UNH. There he continued to work in the University agriculture school before classes, starting in the morning and then after classes in the afternoon, so he could afford to stay. After graduation in 1931 he was offered a job on Martha’s Vineyard and after a while, he was able to bring his wife, whom he had met at college, to join him in living here too. They raised three daughters and he worked hard but managed to teach them respect, tolerance, and patience as he practiced it throughout his life. One of the original environmentalists, he passed this and a love of reading and music and an honest work ethic along to his children. He became a caregiver to his children during the winter months, when his position as caretaker to a large estate in West Chop was not so demanding. When his wife was diagnosed with ALS, he alone took care of her at home throughout her illness. He lived 13 more years, dying just two months before his 93rd birthday. The greatest gift he gave his daughters was the love he always had for his wife. Not a day goes by, Dad, that I don’t think of you or appreciate the many things you taught me by your example. This Fathers Day, even after 17 years, I still miss you and find myself wanting to share moments of my life with you.

Happy Father’s Day to all fathers who share their children’s lives.


Do I dare say “Time Flies?” This Friday is Class Night for the MVRHS class of 2014. It really seems impossible that they were sweet kindergarten students in 2001 and have now completed 13 years of school. This celebration will be held in the Tabernacle in the Campground, which will also host graduation ceremonies on Sunday. Congratulations to students, parents, and teachers. Well done.

Betty Hoyle Daniels will celebrate a milestone birthday on June 14. Family and friends have plans to help her with this celebration. They will hold an open reception at Trinity parish house in the Campground from 2:30 to 4:30. Come by and say Happy Birthday to Betty and meet her family on this very special day.

“You May Call Her Madam Secretary,” a one-hour documentary film by Marjory and Robert Potts about Frances Perkins, one of the most remarkable women of the 20th Century and, says filmmaker Marjory Potts, one of the most forgotten. This film will be shown Sunday, June 8, at the MV Hebrew Center at 7:30 pm followed by a talk with the filmmakers. The Pottses filmed many scenes at the old Lambert’s Cove Inn, with actress Frances Sternhagen re-enacting Perkins’s often witty words from her Oral History. Robert Potts does the voices of FDR, Al Smith, and various politicians in perfect character.

“Sense of Place,” an exhibit of original 35mm and digital photography by Marilyn Miller at the Chilmark Library, celebrates our island from farm to sea and day into night. The opening and reception is June 14, from 3 to 5 pm.  The show continues through July 3, and for more info call  508-645-3360 or visit

Here are some interesting programs being planned at our Oak Bluffs Library: there will be an artist’s reception for Peter Mallen on Tuesday, June 17, at 6 pm, with refreshments. Then on Thursday, June 19, at 1 pm come and learn about the popular web site Pinterest.

Tony Shalhoub and Brooke Adams will star in “I Take Your Hand In Mine,” a play suggested by the love letters of Anton Chekhov and Olga Knipper by Carol Rocamore. There will be one performance only on Monday, June 30, at 7:30 pm at the Performing Arts Center at Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School, for the benefit of the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse capital campaign.

Friends of the Oak Bluffs Council on Aging is once more sponsoring a Foxwoods Casino Trip. The trip will be on June 17 and departure will be on the 7 am boat and returning on the 7 pm boat. To sign up, call Rose at the Center at 508-693-4509.

We send birthday smiles to Laura Hayden on June 5, Hilda Mitchell and Jennifer Robinson on the 6th, Rory Moreis, the next day, Bob Murphy on June 8, Ernestine Kinnecom and Katharine Colon on the 9th, Suzanne Walker, Lisa Williston, and Donald BenDavid on the 10th, and June 10.

Enjoy your week. Peace.

It seems impossible, but another Memorial Day has come and gone and for the first time in many years, the lilacs bloomed with perfect timing for the parades and ceremonies. When we were children, lilacs were always at the peak of perfection at this time of year, but the increasing temperatures over the years meant these fragrant blossoms had long since faded by the end of May. Many flags flew all over town as people proudly proclaimed their patriotism and remembered those who gave their lives so today we are free to live ours. Thank you to all veterans and also those who take time to arrange for parades and the display of flags and contribute in any way to this Memorial Day observance.

Last week was the annual Windemere Spring Dinner for family and friends of residents. Thirteen of my family were able to attend and have a delicious dinner while spending some time with my husband, their father and grandfather, who now makes his home at Windemere.  We are so fortunate to have this facility on the Island and so blessed to have such a caring staff. It is remarkable how patient and caring they are with each resident, many of whom require constant and difficult care. You have to be a very special person to take such loving care of these residents and we are most grateful and appreciative.

Longtime friend Joann deBettencourt, wife of Buddy, died on Memorial Day. Joann was a strong, hardworking woman who didn’t hesitate to express her opinions yet she also was a loyal wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. Her strength and determination, faith and sense of humor, enabled her to overcome many serious health problems over the past years. For many years, until the last few, on the Saturday before Memorial Day, Joann, Buddy, my husband Dennis and I would place the  firemen’s flags on the graves of firefighters in the Sacred Heart and Town cemeteries. Joann kept an accurate list and would direct us to the proper sites. The whole process always ended up as somewhat of a history lesson as everyone shared their memories of the person whose name was read off. How fitting that her passing occurred on this holiday, and we send condolences to her family and friends.

My sister Joyce Wadsworth has been visiting from Paso Robles for the past few weeks. While here she has been enjoying time with her daughter Lynn Rebello and two grandsons, James and Joel Rebello. She has been staying with Cynthia Schilling of Vineyard Haven during her visit. She, Cynthia, and I grew up together and we have enjoyed sharing many stories and much laughter.

Our busy library will be showing a coming of age story set on Cape Cod with Steve Carell and Maya Rudolph on library movie night, Thursday, June 5, at  6 pm. Not only will you be able to enjoy a great movie, but refreshments — sandwiches from Skinny’s Fat — will be served.

An outdoor yoga for kids program will start at the library on Thursday, June 5, and run  through August 28. The class will start at 4 pm. This is a drop-in class for ages 4 and up and will be canceled if raining. Bring a mat or towel. The instructor is Sondra Murphy.

The subject for the Curious Minds’ monthly forum for Thursday, June 12, is Continuing Consciousness After Death. This will be hosted by Holly Nadler and starts at 6 pm.

Celebrate Children’s Librarian’ Zoe’s birthday with games, crafts, and cake on Saturday, June 7, from 10:30 am to 12 noon.

Relay For Life and event to raise money for the American Cancer Society (ACS) is this weekend starting at 9am Saturday May 31 until  Sunday June 1 at 9 am at the MVRHS track. Please visit the website or their facebook page Relay For Life Martha’s Vineyard for more information.

The Martha’s Vineyard Museum is welcoming Eric Jay Dolin back to the Island in preparation for the Charles W. Morgan’s 38th voyage, when the ship will dock at Tisbury Wharf in Vineyard Haven, June 21–24. Mr. Dolan will talk about the history of whaling on June 3 at 5:20 pm at the Federated Church in Edgartown followed by a reception where an exhibit on the Morgan will be unveiled.

At the Oak Bluffs School Community Meeting last Friday, students and staff honored and remembered those who have served our country. They were fortunate to have the following veterans as their guests: US Army Artillery Specialist 4th Class Herbert, Combra, US Army Infantry 1st Lt Robert Falkenberg, USAF Senior Master Sergeant David Kann, USAF Lt Col David Berube, USAF Major Stan Mercer, US Army Sergeant and Dukes County Veterans’ Service Officer Joanne Murphy. Trumpeters Zach Smith, Fiona Smilie, Jacob Gurney, and Caleb Burt serenaded the crowd with America and Taps. Angela Hayes sang the National Anthem, and grades 1, 2 and 3 sang patriotic songs.

We send birthday smiles to Charlene Barbosa and Vicki Simione on the 31st, Jaime Reilly and Erika Destiney Cournoyer on June 1, Mia Rebello on the 2nd, Bert Combra on June 4, and my sister Ann Hearn on the 5th.

Enjoy your week.  Peace.

Megan-AlleyHow wonderful this change of weather has been. Now the windows can be left open and I hear the wind chimes singing through the night. The birds chattering early in the morning wake me to their musical songs. Their different sounds all blend in to make a symphony of perfect coordination. Then a little later in the morning, the neighborhood rooster shatters the tranquility with his boisterous cock-a-doodle announcement signifying either everyone up, as the day has begun, or the arrival of an egg. Leave it to a rooster to do the bragging after the hen has done the work. But those are the true sounds of spring.

We here in our town are as saddened and shocked by the death of Pat Gregory as the rest of the Island. We extend sincere condolences and  prayers  to the family and friends of this much respected and loved man.

Those delicious lobster rolls are once again on sale every Friday from 4 to 7:30 pm at Grace Church in Vineyard Haven. Voted “Best of the Vineyard” for many years, they are still tasty and affordable.

Clothes to Go’s hours have now changed. The spring hours will be Monday and Wednesday, 2–4 pm, and Saturday, 9–11 am, at the Stone Church in Vineyard Haven.

No other decade of the 20th century can be defined by change as much as the 1960s. From politics to music, the struggle for civil rights and landing on the moon, it was a time of volatility, excitement, and unease in America. But what was life like during these years on Martha’s Vineyard? Through objects, photographs, video and oral histories, the Martha’s Vineyard Museum is exploring the stories that shaped the decade and forever altered the Vineyard in its latest exhibition, Sea Change: Martha’s Vineyard in the 1960s. Sea Change will focus on some of the defining events of the decade, including the ferry strike of 1960, the formation of the Martha’s Vineyard chapter of the NAACP in 1963, and the now infamous event at the Dike Bridge on Chappaquiddick in 1969.

Beginning on May 26 and running until August 31, the 1828 Meetinghouse of the Federated Church in Edgartown will be open from 1 to 3 pm every day. Hosts will be on hand to answer questions about the history and there is no cost nor need for an appointment.  For more information, please call Marna at 508-627-4421.

Annual Anniversary Open House at the Tisbury Senior Center takes place on Sunday, June 1, from 2 to 4 pm. There will be music by Christine McLeanand Serendipity. Refreshments will be served, and it is open to the public.

We send birthday smiles to Kay Manning on the 24th and Jack Garrett on the 25th. James Trip and Connie DeFelice share the 26th and smiles to Cheryl King on the 28th.

Enjoy your week. Peace.

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Megan-AlleyOak Bluffs is different these days and not just in appearance. Entering Circuit Avenue you will sense a feeling of excitement and anticipation as if awaiting special guests. People are scraping, painting, and repairing their buildings, conversing with the neighbors regarding how great everything is looking and how Oak Bluffs is becoming brand-new. It seems as if it only took the Lamppost renovation and encouragement from the town to inspire other shop owners to spruce up. The newness ranges from complete renovations to something as simple as sparkling clean display windows, but it all works, folks. Keep up the good work. I love to see the new looks and the new attitudes along the street.

Students from the MV Regional High School are the latest guest curators to open an exhibit in the Martha’s Vineyard Museum Spotlight Gallery. Students from Corinne Kurtz’s Women’s Studies class have spent months studying the history of female criminal activity on the Island, and will now debut their work in the form of an exhibit entitled, “Women and Crime: Victims and Perpetrators,” which will open at the museum on Monday, May 19, with a reception from 5 to 7 pm for parents, families, and the general public. Admission is free to all and the exhibit will be up through June 1.

On Tuesday, May 20, Thomas Dresser and co-writers Herb Foster and Jay Schofield will speak at the Oak Bluffs Library about their new book, “Martha’s Vineyard in World War II.” The talk will start at 6:30 pm. They will talk about the old days on Circuit Avenue, and memories of the war effort. Then on Saturday, May 24, they will be signing copies of the book on the front porch of Edgartown Books.

Are you as bewildered as I am regarding Twitter? If so, come to the Oak Bluffs Library and learn the basics of Twitter with Miki Wolfe at 1 pm, Thursday, May 29.

Current superintendent of schools James Weiss and past superintendent Peter Palches will present a program based on the question, “Would Regionalization Improve Our Schools?” The program will be held at the Annual Meeting of the League of Women Voters, Martha’s Vineyard chapter, on Sunday, May 18, 1–3 pm, at Howes House in West Tisbury. The question will be posed by all, not just League members. The afternoon will begin with a free buffet brunch at 1 pm, followed by a short board meeting at 1:30, and the keynote presentation at 1:45. A question and answer period will follow.

Staff from Vineyard Nursing of Cape Cod, Veterans Services, Sostek, Greater Boston Health Care, Elder Services, Hope Healthcare and others will present a panel discussion on services for seniors and caregivers at the Tisbury Senior Center, 34 Pine Tree Road, Vineyard Haven on Monday, May 19, from 4 to 5:30 pm. It’s free and open to the public, but please call ahead to register, 508-696-4205.

Please take time to remember and make a donation if you can to Islanders Helping Islanders Fund where a fund has been set up to help Ellie Hanjian, and Ray and Tessa Whitaker and Laurel Redington Whitaker who were all injured in a car accident on April 29 while returning home from vacation. The group is facing long months of healing and rehab, so we need to send them healing prayers and help out with their expenses, if possible.

We sent birthday smiles to Andrew Farrissey, Louise Dahil, Heidi Jardin on the 18th, Bob Kinnecom, Keith Crossland, and Jaime and John Pachico on the 20th, Annette Moreis and Viviane Destefani on the 21st, and Doreen Anderson on the 22nd.

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