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The Martha's Vineyard Times

The Martha's Vineyard Times is a weekly publication.
August 18 - 24, 2005 Edition
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Oak Bluffs
August 18, 2005

By Megan Alley - 508-693-0850 -

The reality of the rapidly approaching end of summer, always sinks in this time of year when my kitchen is filled with the aroma of sugar, vinegar and various spices. Of course! It is once again pickle making time, thanks to good friends Ethel and Ralph Sherman whose summer bounty of cucumbers, zucchini and peppers they most generously share with me each season. So after much slicing, icing, and cooking — and as usual two or three lacerated fingers — I have enough jars of bread and butter pickles (if I carefully ration them), to keep my family happy through the fall and winter.

A familiar, helpful face will be missing from Reliable Market now. Tim DeFelice spent his last day at the check-out counter there, last week. His helpfulness, quiet sense of humor, and all of his sports knowledge will be missed. However, he is not going too far away, as he will be one of the custodians at the Oak Bluffs School.

We send our most sincere condolences to Pat and Dennis Rose on the death of their son Dennis last week. Dennis, always found time for a friendly smile and hello. We spoke at length a few years ago, when he told me of some of his plans for the future. We are so very sorry.

Summer resident Abigail MacGrath will present the screening of her indie film "Au Pair Chocolat” on Sunday, August 21. This film, which was primarily shot on the Island and also takes place here, will be presented by the Silver Screen Film Society at the Oak Bluffs Elementary School at 7:30 pm. Doors open at 7:00 pm and there is free admission with lemonade and cookies.

Deb BenDavid picked the best birthday surprise for her husband Aaron last week. The BenDavids along with their son Evan now reside in Clermont, Florida and sometimes Aaron misses his large extended Island family so Deb arranged for Aaron’s sister Vicki White along with her daughters, Heather and Heidi to fly to Florida as a birthday surprise. Needless to say even the somewhat rainy weather could not put a damper on that parade.

We send Birthday smiles to Danielle Sedlier and the two brothers Marchand: Andrew and Matt, all on Aug.18. and a special one to my son Dion on Aug.19.

Gene and Connie DeFelice have recently returned from a trip to Washington State, a trip that was originally planned for the fall of 2001 to attend their grandson’s wedding. Their plans, along with thousands of others, were changed after 9/11. But this time everything went off as scheduled. They visited with many friends and family, took the ferry, which was very much like ours here, to Bremington. There they had a mini-family reunion, which included the now married grandson and his wife, at Golden Eagle Park. Connie said they have taken many trips but they now appreciate more than ever the time they can spend with their families.

Bob Penney and Betty Daniels are pleased to have many family members visiting this week. From Shelburne, Vt. are son Dr. Rob Penney, his wife Bobbie, and their sons Brendan, Colin, and Eamon from Novato, Calif., daughter-in-law Linda Penney and her children Kimberly and Kevin. The grandchildren are all in their twenties now, but have traditionally tried to be here together yearly. Aunt Barbara Hoyle also enjoys the fun and sharing the memories.

What a busy week this is, with Illumination Night, the Fair and the Oak Bluffs Fireworks all crowed into these last few days. Hopefully the fireworks will go off as scheduled tomorrow with the weather co-operating. It is always a "tense” time in this neighborhood until the decision is made to either go on with the show or cancel. Weather, the expense of postponing and the hope or fear of last minute wind, rain, or clearing all contribute to that decision.

For the first time in years, I will not be here for this event. On Friday, along with Maureen Anderson, Sandra deBettencourt and Wendy Rose, I will be leaving for a "women’s only” long weekend to Wendy and John’s place in Wells Beach, Maine. Our Women’s Club, as we like to call it, has been meeting weekly for over 30 years now. What started out as a knitting and sewing group has evolved into a dining out group, support group, and now, apparently, a travel club. Unless I find a computer café, I will also probably not be writing the column for next week for the first time in the two years I have been writing it as we do not return until Monday. But please send your news to me anyway and if I can find a way I will.

Enjoy your week.

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