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Megan Alley

Megan Alley
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I guess we just have to go day by day as far as weather is concerned. I still had a few logs left by my woodstove and just as I was thinking of moving them into the shed for the summer, I used them up on that chilly Saturday. That saved me a job, but I would rather have had the heat from the sun at this time of year.

Melanie and Matt Marchand and their children, Matt, Katie, Abbe, and Andrew had a great family vacation last week. They traveled to Naples, Florida, and also took in the sights at Disney World. Between sightseeing and the rare chance of time together, the vacation was a wonderful family experience.

Learn to be creative with iPad painting and drawing with Miki. Bring your iPad and come to the iPad Art Workshop at our Library on Tuesday, May 6, at 2 pm. Then on Thursday, May 8, at 6:30 pm, Stephanie Smith will be reading from her new book “Content Burns” from the Warpaint trilogy.

The Annual May Musical Tea held at the Parish Hall of the First Baptist Church will be held on Saturday, May 3, 1-3 pm. In addition to their traditional musical offerings by Martha Child and Friends, bake sale and white elephant table, this year’s tea will feature a Hat Contest. Come wearing a hat creation to the tea. Prizes will be awarded for the prettiest, most creative, funniest, etc. Tea, sandwiches and cake will be served throughout the program. You may stop by at any time, stay for a few minutes, stay for an hour or relax and enjoy the entire musical afternoon. Call the First Baptist Church office at 508-693-1539 for more information.

Tomorrow night at 6 pm is the annual P-A club scholarship auction. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served from 6 to 7 pm, followed by the auction. There are some wonderful items, including Red Sox, Bruins, and Patriots ticket packages, many dinner gift cards and numerous other articles to bid on. A $5 donation is requested at the door.

Another P-A fish fry if coming up next Thursday, May 8. Come to the club anytime between 5 and 7 pm for a great fish fry with numerous sides and desserts.

Stephanie White is anticipating an upcoming trip to France this month, where she will visit her daughter, Sudara. Sudara has been living and working in central France for the past two years, and it has taken that long for her to persuade her mom to come and visit her. But Stephanie is very excited to be going there, not only to tour around France but also to have special time with her daughter.

We send birthday smiles to my granddaughter Paige Elizabeth Alley, all the way to Australia where she celebrated her 9th birthday on April 28, to Skip Campos on May 4, Fred Hall Jr. and Todd Alexander on the 5th, and Liza Cottrell on May 8. Best wishes to Andy and Kathy Farrissey who celebrate their wedding anniversary on May 6.

Enjoy your week. Peace.

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Megan-AlleyTime is moving so very quickly. It seems like only a few weeks ago everyone was combing the stores for ice melt and now the top items on our shopping lists are fertilizer, seeds and rakes. The sulky image of winter seems to be over and we greet the warmer weather of mid April like an old friend that has been gone so long we have forgotten the warmth and sunny countenance of her face. We just hope she stays for a longer visit this time. But just as the weather has become more attractive many Islanders are off on vacation this week during the school break. Among those enjoying the scenery in England with the MVRHS lacrosse team is Emily deBettencourt. What a wonderful opportunity these class trips offer to the students. Our world has opened up broader horizons.

Doesn’t an Old Fashioned Sunday Chicken Dinner sound tempting? Next Sunday, April 27, you can enjoy fried chicken, mashed potatoes with gravy, sides and assorted desserts at Grace Episcopal Church in Vineyard Haven. You may eat in or take out and enjoy dinner from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm This is a fundraiser for the Church Furnace Fund. There will be live music and the cost of tickets are $12 for adults and $7 for children under 12. For more info or advance orders, please call 508-693-0332.

Movie Night at our Oak Bluffs Library will be on Thursday, May 1, at 6 pm. This is a documentary true story of a small town with a big sound. As usual refreshments will be served.

The children’s storytime hour summer schedule at the library will remain consistent throughout the summer. Wednesdays at 10:30 am will be Ring-A-Ding storytime with Zoe and children of all ages are welcome. Book Babies storytime with Zoe for ages 3 months to 22 months will be held on Thursdays at 10:30 am. Children aged 2 and up may bring their favorite stuffed animal on Fridays at 10:30 am for the stuffed animal storytime with Zoe. Storytime Lab on Wednesday at 10:30 am has been shelved for the summer.

The Martha’s Vineyard Center for Living will present an Alzheimer’s forum and panel discussion on April 25 from 9:30 am until 12 noon at the Hebrew Center. Among the four presenters will be John Zeisel, PH.D, Suzanne Faith, RN psych, Nancy Langman, RN MS MPH DNP and Eileen Murphy, the M.V. Center for Living Supportive Day Program Supervisor. Call 508-939-9440 to register and for more information.

The schools are not in session this week as it is the annual April vacation, but there are a lot of events coming up that you should be aware of. The middle school report cards for grades 5 through 8 have been mailed and if you did not receive one for your student, contact Mr. Dorr at the school. Next Wednesday, April 30, there will be a meeting for parents of incoming kindergarten students. The meeting will take place in the school library from 6 to 7 pm. This will be a great opportunity to get some valuable information on what you and your child can expect in kindergarten next September.

Neighbor Kay Manning had many family relatives join her for Easter this year. Coming from Bridgewater were grandson Ryan Cobb with his wife, Kelley Cobb, and their three children, Taylor, Isabella, and Cameron. She was also joined by granddaughter Caitlin Goodhile and her children, Maddy and Zachary. Completing this family gathering was Kay’s son Rick. Kay and I agreed that we are so fortunate to have family who enjoy spending time with us.

We send birthday smiles to James Moreis Jr. on April 24, Donna Pacheco, Andy Farrissey, and Lorraine Clark on the 25th, Patrick Garrett the next day, Janet Morris, Melanie Dickson, and Tabatha Clark on the 28th, and Aaron Campos on the 29th.

Enjoy your week. Peace.

Megan-AlleySometimes you just have to wait a bit for pleasant things to happen. Now the yellow flowers of spring are here, and Easter is this weekend. And many businesses are opening up for the season. Now spring is really here as the MV Gourmet Cafe and Bakery and Back Door Donuts is opening. The front door opens Thursday, April 17 and will be open daily until mid-October at 7 am daily. Back Door Donuts opens Friday the 18th at 7:30 pm. It’s tempting to get in line now, isn’t it? Owners Rita Brown and Janice Casey are ready for the crowds

The Social Security Video Display Computer Program will come to the Oak Bluffs Senior Center on April 28. Doors to the center open at 8:30 am and the program will run from 9 am until 12 noon, strictly on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you have any questions, please call Rose at 508-593-4509, ext. 3. Rose also had a wonderful time with her daughter Marguerite on Saturday when the two of them found time in their very busy lives to have a pleasant afternoon together.

Holy Week Services for the First Baptist Church in Vineyard Haven start on April 17, at 6 pm for a Maundy Thursday/Passover Observance followed by a light supper at the parish house. On April 18 at 12 noon Good Friday Services will be held at the church. On April 20, at 9 am, Easter Sunday Service will be held at Eastville Beach, followed by a 9:45 am breakfast at parish house on William Street. The Easter Sunday “Alleluia” Service will take place at 11 am. Call the church office or Rev. Ellen T. Tatreau at 508-693-1539 if you would like more information.

Easter Triduum Services for Good Shepherd Parish of Martha’s Vineyard are  on Thursday, April 17, at 7 pm, and Good Friday, April 18, at 3 pm. Both at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church in Oak Bluffs. A Lenten Meal from 6 at 7 pm and Stations of the Cross at 7 pm will be held at St. Augustine’s in Vineyard Haven. Easter Vigil Service on Saturday, April 19, at 8 pm at Oak Bluffs, and Easter Sunday, April 20, there will be a Sunrise Service at 6 am at the Sheriff’s Meadow Beach in West Chop. Easter Masses are at 8 am in Vineyard Haven, 9:30 am at Oak Bluffs, 11 am in Edgartown, and at 11:30 am there will be a Portuguese Mass in Vineyard Haven. There will be a potluck luncheon at 1 pm that day at St. Augustine’s Hall in Vineyard Haven.

Sarah Mott Alwardt, a graduate of MVRHS and daughter of Wesley and Sandra Mott was selected as 2014-15 Teacher of the Year. Sarah teaches 5th grade at Powers Ferry Elementary school in Georgia. What a wonderful honor.

June Manning is wondering if people would be interested in a special Martha’s Vineyard license plate for $40 with proceeds going to CommunityServices?Please take a moment to let her know by following this link: surveymonkey.com/s/XJYTY.

Just a reminder that the Martha’s Vineyard Center for Living is holding its first fundraiser for 2014 at the MV Film Society Center located at 79 Beach Road in the Tisbury Market Place on Sunday, April 13, from 4 to 7 pm.  The event will include wine, hors d’oeuvres catered by Quitsa Cuisine, mini desserts by Black Dog Bakery and The Scottish Bakehouse. Music by Michael Haydn. The doors open at 4 pm and the film “Away From Her” will begin at 5 pm.

We send birthday smiles to Mark Baird on the 19th, Viviane Destefani on the 21st, Shelby Ponte and Cee-J Jones share the 22nd, Gloria Steere on the 23rd, and Peter Martell on the 24th. Remember school is in recess next week. Have a peaceful Easter.

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Oak Bluffs firemen attended the Watertown funeral of Ed Walsh. — Courtesy Kyle Gatchell

Megan-AlleyNo longer are we insulated, as we once felt, from events outside of our little island. Our world has changed dramatically from this tiny bit of land, expanding in an ever widening circle, now encompassing the whole world and beyond. This was so evident by the caring and emotional reactions to the most recent event, the tragic fire in Boston, resulting in the deaths of two firemen. Without hesitation a group of firemen from the Island, including 12 from our own Oak Bluffs Fire Department, joined thousands of others of their ilk to honor those who perished.

The following is a quote from their Facebook page, expressing their emotions and experience, which only those who attended the services could so appropriately describe. “We stood at attention next to thousands of Firefighters. The sea of patches ranged from Boston, The Cape and both Islands, Western Mass, New England, The East Coast; to multiple cities including NYC, Dallas, Seattle, Columbus, Detroit, and even Montreal, Canada, just to name a small fraction. The deep bass of the drummers rattled the street beneath our boots, and threw a vibrating force through our chests. This is one of the most intense, amazing, experiences and we will never forget, and have gratefully been a part of. Our thoughts and prayers to the families of our Fallen Brothers.”  Yes, we are small but joining in with many increases our strength and divides our grief. So proud of you all.

Closer to home, please don’t forget the pasta dinner and auction for Lena Araujo Vanderhoop this Friday at 5 pm at the P-A Club in Oak Bluffs. Lena recently underwent emergency open heart surgery and as a result will no longer be able to continue her work as a CNA. She has helped so many people for so many years, so let’s all pitch in and help her when she needs our assistance.

Fish Fry tonight folks at 5 pm at our P-A Club. Great food, company, and a good cause.

If you are weary of the political scene of spring, head to our library where you will find a variety of interesting programs scheduled. Computer basics class will be held on Tuesday, April 15, at 1:30 pm where you will learn about moving from Windows to Mac with Miki. Pajama Party for Kids takes place on Saturday, April 12, from 10:30 am to 12 noon. Kids can wear their PJs, have a light breakfast, and hear bedtime stories. Adult supervision is required. This is for ages 1 and up. The Cloak & Dagger Literary Society will meet on Tuesday, April 15, at 10:30 am where the special guest will be Judith Campbell who will discuss the craft of writing. Learn about Internet security and staying safe online with Miki on Thursday, April 17, at 3 pm. Curious Minds: Shamanic Journeying has been changed from April 10 to April 17 because of a conflict with Town Meeting. Holly Nadler will be leading this monthly forum starting at 6 pm and there will also be a drum demonstration.

Because of Parent Teacher conferences, students at the Oak Buffs School will be dismissed at noon on Thursday, April 10, Monday, April 14 and Wednesday April 16. Lunch will be served on these noon dismissal dates.

Don’t miss the 3rd Annual Bunch of Grapes Book Fair on Friday April 11 through Friday April 18. If you mention mention Oak Bluffs School at the register 20 percent of your children’s and young adult purchases will go toward Oak Bluffs School K – 8 and classroom libraries!

We send birthday smiles to Tevin Araujo on April 10, Michael Rebello on the 12th, my Granddaughter-in-law Sarah Neubert on the 13th, and Nicholas Ben David on the 15th.

Enjoy your week.

Peace.

Megan-AlleyDid you know that on January 7, 1891, the Good Will Hose Company of the Oak Bluffs Fire Department met with the following persons from Highland Hose No. 2 answering roll call with the still familiar names of Landers, Carter, Rice, Pease, Webb, Mayhew, Harriman, and Ripley responding? Neither did I, but you will find this information and much more at one of our town’s hidden treasures, the Oak Bluffs Fire Museum, which is tucked gently into the corner of Wing and County roads at the site of the Nelson W. Amaral Fire Station.

The museum was the dream of Donald Billings and the late Assistant Fire Chief William Norton. The dream became a reality when construction began in 2008. Donald tells me that the labor and materials that were donated to this effort totaled $98,000. The beautiful landscaping was done by Mark Crossland and Tony Rebello. In addition, many people were inspired to make cash donations that totaled around $60,000.

The 1929 Maxim truck is the pride of the exhibit. Purchased new by the department, it was retired in 1955 and was purchased by a New Hampshire resident. Another donor, who wished to remain anonymous, kindly donated it back to the museum and many people cooperated in helping it to be restored both with time and materials, including fire department personnel from Chilmark and West Tisbury. You will find many photos of fires and fire department members, from many years back to the present time. There is much written history, photos and trophies that will awe you when you realize what little equipment these dedicated people had to work with at one time. If you would like a tour of this piece of history, you may contact Donald at 508-693-0106. Donald also said he is usually there on Wednesday afternoons and Saturday mornings. Many thanks to the people who had a part in preserving an important part of Oak Bluffs history.

The re-scheduled meeting with Senator Dan Wolf will be on Monday, April 7, at the MV Chowder house in Oak Bluffs, from 5 to 7 pm. All Islanders and any other interested people are invited to come and share you thoughts and ideas with Dan.

A Forum on Emergency Preparedness in the event of a winter storm or hurricane is planned on Monday, April 14, at 1:30 p, at the The Tisbury Senior Center. Speakers Chuck Cotnoir, Beth Toomey, Jim Klingensmith, and Chris Cini will answer Tisbury emergency-management questions.  Subjects will range from planning for shelter arrangements for your pets to contents of an emergency go-to bag. Call 508-696-4205 for further info and to sign up.

Beginning on April 16 the Alphabet Storytime class at the Oak Bluffs Library will be replaced by Storytime Lab on Wednesday each week at 10:30 am. This will be a hands-on STEM-based storytime for ages 2 and up. Stories and experiments with Zoe.

The Green Thumb Club, a monthly plantings club for adults, will take place on Tuesdays each month. The first meeting is April 22, from 11 am to 12 noon. The subject for April is “seed bombs.” The Activity changes each month.

And the ever popular Movie and Pizza Night will be on Thursday, April 3, 6 pm.

Phyllis Dunn, 749-549-9088, is having a solo photography exhibit at the Chilmark Library for the month of April. Opening reception is Saturday, April 5, 3–5 pm.  Refreshments will be served.

From April 7 through May 12 on Mondays from 10:30 to 11:30 there will be a free five week art program of “art looking” and “art making” for people with memory loss led by local artist, Nancy Cabot.  The group will meet at Featherstone, the M.V. Museum, and other Island galleries.  As space is limited, please contact Mary Holmes at 1-508-862-1933 or  mholmes2@partners.org.

On Sunday, April 13, at 4 pm, the MV Center for Living is holding its first fundraiser of 2014. The event will be held at the MV Film Society Center located at 79 Beach Road in the Tisbury Market Place, Vineyard Haven.The ticket is $25 per person and $20 for society members. The event will include wine, hors d’oeuvres, and mini-desserts prior to a showing of “Away From Her” a movie starring Julie Christie, about a marital relationship which is strained when the wife is sent to an Alzheimer’s facility. Her cognitive decline is both heartwarming and heartbreaking.  Following the movie there be a Q&A with Karen Achille as facilitator. Eileen Murphy, Supportive Day Program Administrator, and MVC4L Director Leslie Clapp will field the questions. For reservations, call Leslie at 508-939-9440.

We Send birthday smiles to Heather Hall Holt on April 4, Sandy Ferreria on the 6th, followed by David Tchorz and David Hill on the 7th. My birthday twin, Ben Hall 3rd, on the 8th, Donald Combra and Richard Giordano on the 9th, and Tevin Antone Araujo on the 10th.

Enjoy your week. Peace.

Megan-AlleyChirping birds, a little bit of green leaves poking up from flower beds, sounds of hammers and construction all mean that spring is here. On Sunday, however, we were being alerted to a large nor’easter with snow set to arrive within a few days. As long as it is the last of the snow until 2015, I guess we will survive it.

With the coming of spring also comes spring cleaning so you may reduce your clutter in an environmentally friendly way while contributing to the programs and services of MV Community Services. Bring your personal or business’ old and tired: air conditioners, cell phones, computers, copiers, dehumidifiers, fax machines, microwaves, monitors, laptops, printers, refrigerators, scanners, stereo equipment, TVs, washers, dryers, etc. to the MV Community Services campus on Saturday, April 12th from 9 am to 2 pm. Fees between $1-$30 and a 10 percent discount for car loads! All proceeds go to MV Community Services.

The League of Voters candidates forum for Oak Bluffs candidates is tonight, Thursday at 7 pm. The forum will be held in the Community Meeting Room of the Oak Bluffs Library. Here is your chance to listen to candidates for this April election speak to you about their ideas and qualifications.

The Vineyard Museum, in anticipation of the upcoming exhibit Sea Change: Martha’s Vineyard in the 1960’s, scheduled to open on May 23rd. is hosting a photo collection day to gather images from the community. They are looking for photos taken on Martha’s Vineyard during any portion of the 1960s and will be on hand this Saturday, March 29th from 10am-1pm in the Museum Library to scan your photographs, collect any information known about the photographs, and add the scans to the Museum’s growing digital collection. All images will be returned immediately. if you have any questions, please contact Assistant Curator Anna Carringer at 508-627-4441 x114 or email acarringer@mvmuseum.org.

Congratulations to grandson Jeremy Alley-Tarter who won the St. Patrick’s Dayish race on Sunday. Jeremy came within 1 second of beating the record time for that race.

The PA has a lot of great activities in store for all ages. Plan on attending one of their fabulous breakfast on April 13. All kinds of great breakfast treats – eggs, bacon, sausages, and more will be served between 8:30 and 10:30 am.

Then just so you can plan ahead, I am giving you a head’s up about the annual Easter Egg Hunt. It will be held on April 20th at 1 pm. Remember to get their early enough, because I have been informed that the candy disappears very quickly.

Tonight is another of their famous Fish fries with delicious fish and many different and exciting sides. Doors open at 5 pm so don’t miss out.

Wednesday, April 2 the Oak Bluffs School PTO will be holding a meeting. The meeting runs from 7 to 8 pm and is always most informative.

The Oak Bluffs Library children’s program special storytime for tomorrow, March 28 is Stuffed Animal storytime from 10:30 to 11:30 am. Storytime for April 2, from 10:30 am to 11:15 am, features the alphabet. Children may come, sing songs and read stories about the alphabet. Each week is a new letter adventure. Thursday, April 3 is Book Babies. The program runs from 10:30 to 11:30 am,

Clifton Paul Robinson, a MVRHS senior has entered the Hood Scholarship contest. If he gets enough votes he has a good chance of being one of the winners of a $5,000 scholarship. Please click on the link and follow the directions. It takes less than a minute and you can vote every day. The link is: www.hood.com/promo/scholarship/Default.aspx.

There is a benefit dinner and auction coming up on Saturday, April 12th for a very deserving Lena Araujo Vanderhoop. This is to help Lena defray her medical cost due to her recent emergency open heart surgery. There will be great food and lots of great auction items at this event which will take place on Saturday, April 12 at 5 pm at the PA Club. Plan on attending and supporting this effort and you know you will also have a great time.

We send birthday smiles to James Rebello and Hannah Gibbs on March 27, Kailyn Hart on the 28th, Garrett Broadley on the 31st and Robin Meader, Tyson Araujo, Sandy Moreis on April 1 and Richard D. Combra on April 2.

Enjoy your week. Peace

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Megan-AlleyTook a stroll around the south side of my house this weekend, hoping to see signs of crocus or tulips. The only thing poking through the ground were a couple of clumps of brave or foolish daylily blades. Every once in a while there is an item in the paper about someone who has spotted a crocus breaking through the ground. So perhaps it was envy that sent me on the search, but I guess I will have to settle for a bumper sticker that says, my crocuses are smarter than yours because they are staying warm under the soil.

James Todd, 23, of Oak Bluffs, the son of Christine Todd and a graduate of Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School, has been accepted into the Peace Corps. He left for Indonesia on March 15 to begin training as an English education and teacher trainer volunteer. According to a Peace Corps press release, Todd will live and work at the community level to make a difference by increasing local teachers’ English language competency and conversational skills. Ultimately, Todd will help to create sustainable improvements in teaching that will impact generations of future students. During the first three months of his service, Todd will live with a host family in Indonesia to learn the local language and integrate into the local culture. Todd will be sworn into service and assigned to a community in Indonesia where he will serve for two years. Todd joins 203 Massachusetts residents currently serving in the Peace Corps. Since its establishment in 1961, 8,034 Bay State residents have served in the Peace Corps.

Here is a reminder about the Memory Cafe at Windemere which takes place the third Friday of the month. This Friday, March 21, from 3:30 to 4:30 pm, Michael Haydn will play the piano for guests. This community event will be held in the recreation room at Windemere and is open to Islanders with memory loss and their caregivers. What a wonderful opportunity to socialize, and enjoy light entertainment and refreshments. For more info, call Mary Holmes at 508-862-1944.

Our Senator Dan Wolf will be holding a Meet and Greet on Wednesday, March 26, at the MV Chowder House in Oak Bluffs, from 5 to 7 pm.  Come hear what’s happening in the state legislature, tell Dan what you think about the issues, and share your thoughts with friends.

Many areas of our town are getting a face lift. Just drive up Circuit Avenue to start, and you will see massive renovations at the Lampost, painting repairs at many of the other structures and and at the end of the avenue. The Edgartown National Bank Building shines in its newness, making you believe it has always been there. And more plans are in the works for new town hall and fire station. What a lot of changes there will be in a few years.

Condolences to the family of Stacy Viera, who died last week at such an early age. Stacy will be missed by many, including her children, family, and numerous friends.

We send birthday smiles to Erica Ponte, Cherrie Nunes, and John Goldthwaite on March 21. Ross Peters the next day, Maracelle BenDavid and Gene Defelice Sr. on March 23, Hunter Ponte on March 5, and June Manning on the March 26. Enjoy your week. Peace.

Megan-AlleyRemember, back in the day when we used to excitedly say “quick look out the window, it’s snowing!”

Now we look out and say, “Oh no: not again!” Just when you think the scary part is over, it starts snowing again. Hopefully after this week we will not see it again until next December.

We should all be very proud of the MVRHS boys’ basketball team. They have had a great season and won their first game of the State Championship only to lose the second game by one point in an overtime session. Thank you, guys, for working so hard and providing some excitement during this long somewhat dreary winter.

Welcome to new Oak Bluffs resident Bonnie Josephs. Bonnie is thrilled to finally becoming a year-round resident on the Vineyard. She recently moved to Beacon Avenue, which means she is my neighbor. Glad to have you near and know you will enjoy our town.

I am giving you a heads-up for the next fish fry at the P-A Club. It will take place on March 27 at 5 pm, so mark your calendars. There will be another reminder before the 27th.

Come celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in a tasty manner at the Annual Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner at the First Baptist Church Parish House in Vineyard Haven. The dinner takes place on March 15 at 5:30 pm and includes beverage and dessert. The suggested donation is $12, and for more information, call 508 693-1539.

On Saturday, March 22, the West Tisbury Public Library begins a new chapter. At 10 am the doors will reopen and the public will be invited to celebrate the completion of the $6 million expansion program begun in 2010. There will be a ribbon cutting, refreshments, speeches and music but the centerpiece will be a new library facility that nearly everyone in the town, in one way or another, has had a hand in shaping.

Ginny Hall is very proud of her grandsons’ Myles and Lucas Holt accomplishments in indoor track this season at Natick High School. They have both won several track meets and Myles is the 2014 Bay State League Champion in the 100 meters. The boys are the twin sons of Heather and Leon Holt, and besides being winners on the track, they are also on the high school honor roll.

The Memory Café at Windemere, which was launched last month, was a great success. So it is being planned for the 3rd Friday of each month. This is a community event held in the Recreation Room at Windemere Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, open to Islanders with memory loss and their caregivers. This month it will take place on Friday, March 21, from 3:30 to 4:30 pm. This is an opportunity to socialize, enjoy light entertainment with Michael Haydn on the piano, and down some refreshments.  No RSVP is required and there is no cost. Please join us! For more info, contact Mary Holmes 1-508-862-1933 or mholmes2@partners.org

We send Birthday Smiles to Jenny Hart on March 13th,Will Farressey on the 14th, Followed by Jib Ellis and Bill Stafursky the next day. Edith Rouseau, and Kelley DeBettencourt, Joe Moujabber. and Jaime Leon share the 18th.

Enjoy your week. Peace.

Cold and snow and ice did not seem to stop friends and families from seeing in the New Year. As we do every year, I joined my longtime friends, Sylvia and Jim Roger, Jules and Barbara BenDavid, Wendy Rose, Nelson and Sandra deBettencourt, and Barbara’s sister, who had been visiting over the holidays, at an early dinner at the Grill on Main. Our circle of friends was not as full as it once was as we felt the loss of Linda and John from our group, and my husband, Denny, can no longer participate in these gatherings. Maureen and Bill Anderson, who usually were part of this celebration, were enjoying the warmth of Florida while we struggled to just keep warm. But we welcomed the New Year, about 4 hours early, and were most grateful to once more be blessed with our friendships. Also at the Grill that night were many members of the Combra family, come together to celebrate, as she proudly told me, the 93rd birthday of the family matriarch, Anita Combra. As they were leaving for home, just before us, we serenaded the group with a rousing chorus of “Happy Birthday.”

Our new year has unfortunately brought us news of the passing of three Oak Buffs residents. We send sincere condolences to the families of Scott Francis, Gerri Davis, and Lester White. Our thoughts and prayers go to all who loved them, and strength for the difficult days ahead. Their loss has changed the fabric of our town and left a space that will be difficult to close.

Dan Wolf, state senator for the Cape and Islands, will be a guest at the January meeting of the Democratic Council of Martha’s Vineyard. The meeting will be held from 9 to 10:30 am on Saturday, January 11, at the Howes House in West Tisbury, across from Alley’s General Store. Senator Wolf will discuss key legislative issues for the Island and the Commonwealth. The meeting will also identify priority issues for the gubernatorial candidates to address. All are welcome to attend. For more information please contact MVDems at info@mvdems.org.

Pancakes, eggs, sausage, bacon, oatmeal, juice and coffee for $8, breakfast for a family of four for $25,and $5 for each additional family member. Sounds delicious and reasonable doesn’t it? This is the menu for the second Saturday breakfast at First Baptist Church Parish House, on William Street in Vineyard Haven on Saturday, January 11, at 9 am. Reservations are not required and all are welcome. For Information, call 508-693-1539.

Winter activities continue at the Oak Bluffs Library. OnSaturday, January 11, from 10 am to 2 pm you can enjoy a round of Library Mini Golf. Families and kids play free mini golf in the library with free hot cocoa and an excellent raffle as well. Then Thursday, January 16, at 6 pm, Slow Food MV presents a documentary movie called “Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of Our Lives.” This film is concerned with the dangers of genetically modified foods.

We send birthday smiles to Brenda Leonard on January 10, grandson Sam Alley and Richard Combra Jr. on the 11th, Jack deBettencourt and Richard Mavro on the 12th, Gert Knowlton and Sue Sequinha the next day, Shamus Kelley on the 15th, and Jessica Peters on the 16th.

Enjoy your week. Peace.

The town seems a bit empty with the schools on vacation. Many students and their families have left for warmer climates or, in some cases, headed north for ski holidays. I guess our warm weather is over for a while as single figure temperatures and possibly snow are predicted for this week. The birds have been flocking to the feeders as if feeling the need to stock up on seeds and even the deer are venturing into the yard from the surrounding woods, perhaps hoping to find a tasty treat also.

Featherstone is very excited about their 18th year and would like to invite you to attend their 18 x1 8 art show opening next Sunday, March 2, from 4 to 6 pm. They will be exhibiting art that is 18 by 18 inches or smaller and celebrating with some birthday cake, in honor of their 18th anniversary.

On Saturday, March 8, from 10 am to 12 noon, join decoy carver Chris Murphy in the Martha’s Vineyard Museum Library to learn the process of carving a duck decoy. Chris will teach the art of carving decoy heads. All tools and materials will be provided. A second session of this two-part workshop will be held on March 22. For more info and to reseerve a space, log on to mvmuseum.org or call 508-627-4441, ext. 110.

No excuses for boredom with all the programs our library is offering. Like Mardi Gras Mask Craft for Kids Saturday, March 1, 11 am to 12 noon, where you can make a fun mask for ages 2 and up. Adult supervision is required.

Holly Nadler leads The Curious Minds Forum monthly discussion on Thursday, March 13, 6:30–7:30 pm.

A Crossword Puzzle Tournament will be held on Tuesday, March 4, at 6:30 pm and all levels are welcome.

Computer Basics: Microsoft Office will be taught by Miki Wolfe on Tuesday, March 4, at 2 pm and 6 pm. Basic introduction class includes Microsoft Office Suite, Word, Excel, Publisher, and PowerPoint.

The Documentary Film Night at 6 pm on Thursday, March 6, will take an in-depth look at honeybee colonies.

And at the St. Patrick’s Day for Kids program on Saturday, March 8, at 12 noon where there will be crafts, food and fun for ages 2 and up. Adult supervision required.

Join the First Baptist Church for Shrove Tuesday, March 4 at 6:30 PM in the First Baptist Church Parish House in Vineyard Haven. There will be fellowship, crafts and games followed by a brief closing service to start the Lenten observances. All are welcome.  Call to reserve and for more information, 508-693-1539.

Condolences to the family of Judy Davey. Judy was a member of the Oak Bluffs High School class of 1953 and will be missed by her family and friends. We are sorry.

We send birthday smiles to Heather Ferreira on March 2, Reggie Holland-Kuszewski and Cathy Case on March 3, Alison Ferreira, Amy Billings, and Christine Buckley share the 4th, and smiles to Marguerite Cogliano on March 5.

Enjoy your week, stay warm and peace.