Posted January 26, 2006

By Gail Craig - 508-627-3754 - gail@vineyard.net

Well, I know people are reading the column regularly because I received a number of comments on the column's absence last week. I've gotten everything from "Is everything alright?" to "What, are you getting lazy?" The truth of the matter is that no one, and I really must emphasize the word no one, sent me any news last week. Not a birthday. Not an anniversary. Not a vacation tale. Not even a future event. The lack of news, coupled with a weekend excursion to Cambridge, left me with nothing to write about and no time to write, so I didn't. But I'm back this week. I still don't have any news but I'm writing anyway. So, remember, if you want to read about what's going on in town, you've got to let me know what's happening!
As for the Craig household, insanity resides, as always. As most readers know, we lost our longtime canine companion, Buddy, a few months ago. We've talked about another dog, to keep our 12-year-old lab, Roxie, company but have balked at the idea. Well, at least until last Saturday. Early last week, I made a passing comment about loving beagles. They're so darned cute. Well, as luck would have it, the dog in the MSPCA ad last week was part beagle, part cattle dog, and all cute. So I went to look at him. He didn't come with perfect reviews, as he was an outdoor dog in his former life, not fully housebroken and not trained to commands. But, as I mentioned, he was cute. So, against my better judgment and my husband's wishes, I brought him home for a "visit." As my son said, "he's going to have to pass some tests." For my kids, I think the only test he needed to pass was that he was actually breathing. For me, he has to get along with Roxie and not upset her. For the numerous other critters, he needs to learn his place. And as for the husband, well, Chester the dog is just going to have to be patient to win Jamie over.

Teeth are dropping like flies in the Edgartown kindergarten class. Megan Sawyer lost one a week or two ago, Riley lost his first one last week, and John Morris has one that is so loose tonight that it will undoubtedly be gone by the time you read this.

The Permanent Endowment Fund for Martha's Vineyard has announced that they are now accepting applications for the spring grant cycle. If you are part of an Island non-profit, it may be worth sending in an application. You can find out more information and download an application from their web site at www.permanentendowmv.org or apply directly online. You may also pick up applications at the Dukes County Savings Bank Trust Department or at the Edgartown Library. The application deadline is Feb. 2.

The Geddis Family received news last week that Jim Geddis's cancer has, unfortunately, spread. He was supposed to leave the hospital, however, and spend some time at home with his family under the care of Hospice. I'm sure all of Jim's local friends are thinking of him and his family at this difficult time.

My spirits were raised on Saturday, as they always are, by the sight of the white biplane flying overhead. Mind you, I prefer the red biplane for some unknown reason, but at this time of year, it's just wonderful to see either of them up and flying. It means the weather is nice, the skies are clear and it also means that one of our very favorite people, Mike Creato, is having a good time. How can you beat that when compared to the blizzard we received last year at this time?

In the time it has taken me to write this column, it would appear that Chester the dog will be returning to the MSPCA in the morning. He fought one too many times with the cats, though I believe the cats instigated most, if not all, of the battles. However, as the low man - or dog - on the totem pole, it looks like Chester is leaving. So, if you are looking for a sweet dog with a big heart, who loves to play but is also happy snuggled up with you on the couch, go check out Chester. If you don't have cats, or at least do have some patience while they adjust, you'll get a great dog! Alternatively, you may take an interest in Theo, the chocolate lab/Chesapeake retriever cross who is also in residence at the MSPCA. He is a very handsome, good-natured dog as well. The two dogs are good friends and either dog - or both, if you're feeling adventurous - would be a real asset to any household.

Have a good week. Get me your news!