Posted January 19, 2006

By Kay Mayhew - 508-693-2725 - kayanddonald@yahoo.com

Steve and Judy Nichols spent Christmas week with their son Stephen Nichols, Jr., and his family in Westport. While there, they were especially pleased to see their grandson Pvt. Adam Nichols. He is in the U. S. Army stationed at Fort Benning, Georgia, and soon will go on to Hawaii. Steve and Judy also traveled to Northboro to see their daughter Patti Nichols Lima and her sons Ben and Justin. Then they went to Raymond, N.H. to visit with their daughter and son-in-law, the John Leite family of Oak Bluffs. One day was spent with Judy's cousins Ellen and Everett Downing of Wilmot Flat, N.H. Ellen is the daughter of the late Doris and Flavel Gifford of West Tisbury.

The holidays also included an overnight visit from Charlotte Branco of Brewster who joined the Nichols family for a Scrabble marathon. The Brancos lived at the West Chop Lighthouse many years ago when Tom Branco was stationed on Island with the U. S. Coast Guard.

Next Sunday afternoon the Friends of the Vineyard Haven Library present a mother-daughter team of authors, Jane and Peggy Thayer. They will speak on "Elderescence," a word they coined to represent a later stage of life similar to adolescence. This is also the title of their book. They are talking about the time period following retirement and preceding old age. I define old age as that time when you admit you are getting too old to play tennis anymore.

While we are on the topic of the library, I want to remind you about the ongoing collection of books for children in the small town of Pearlington, Miss. These can be used books or new books you purchased for this purpose.

Family Games Night has been replaced by Family Games Afternoon at the library every Wednesday at 3:30 pm for ages three and up. The little ones will meet Max, Rosemary Wells's popular story characters, sing songs, hear stories, and have fun on Tuesday, Jan. 24, at 10 and at 11 am.

The selections of One Book, One Island await your vote. The young adult books offered this year are interesting and diverse. My choice is the mystery: The father of "Charlie Dollarhide" has been arrested for the murder of their neighbor, Albert 'Tall Owl' Martinson. The action takes place in Aquinnah where only Charlie Dollarhide seems to be able to solve the mystery. I think "Enduring Shore" is one of the proposed titles for the adult readers. I vote for that one.

I attended a baby shower a couple of weeks ago held for author Linsey Lee. You know that she is the curator of oral history at the Martha's Vineyard Historical Society. She is also the author of two books and several films compiling excerpts from Island oral histories. It was quite fitting that most of the shower gifts were books for the new baby. The prospective mother found it difficult not to read each and every book as she opened it. There were also a number of new cuddly bears to compete with mother's teddy bear collection. The new baby is a little girl named Mya. She is expected to arrive on the Island in February.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out tomorrow to Patricia Neal. Saturday is a special day for Cathy Deese and Anne Downing. Cathy is the proprietor of Cathy's Coiffures, and Anne moved her shop called Off Main Street onto Main Street a couple of years ago. Wish the best on Sunday to Joy Stuart Bergstrom. Kevin Hammond parties next Tuesday.

Heard on Main Street: "You can agree with me, or you can be wrong."