Posted January 26, 2006

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

Congratulations to Carlyle Cronig. On Friday, Jan. 13, he celebrated his 90th birthday with his wife, Phyllis, and family and friends at Lattanzi's Restaurant. Joining the party were his sons Peter and Steven, his sister Ruth Stiller with her daughter Gayle, and his brother Robert Cronig and wife Gerri. Carlyle is still active at Cronig's Real Estate, where they are now celebrating 89 years and four generations of continuous real estate service on the Vineyard. Neal Stiller and his wife Janet, along with their children Megan and Ben, enjoyed the Rolling Stones concert in Boston that night.

The January issue of "The Highlander," a magazine that reaches thousands of Scots-Americans around the country, carries a two-page article on the anniversary of the Scottish Society of Martha's Vineyard. The article included photos of our neighbors Robert Wheeler and Duncan MacDonald, who are trustees of the Society. The photos were taken by Max Brusoff of Delano Road.
Sandy Whitworth sent word of a discussion about Medicare D last week. If you have questions, call the Tisbury Senior Center. Medicare D offers prescription insurance coverage to those who are on or eligible for Medicare (65+). The lists of medicines covered don't seem to match those commonly taken by many older folk.

Sandy also tells us that Craig Elmer, who is office manager of Elder Services, wrote a new off-Broadway play "By the Sea" which was presented by the American Theatre of Actors in New York City last weekend.

On Tuesday evening the Howes House writing group shared their recent work at the Library. They recently published the first volume of "Martha's Vineyard Writing." Contributions to the journal come from writers of every town on the Island, with poems, essays, short stories, and some charming artwork. What started out as an informal writing group that met several times a month at Howes House to discuss and critique their work has turned into a group of dedicated writers with a leader who has continued to hold them together and helped them mature in their craft. Cynthia Riggs has been the group leader since 2000 and is the editor of Martha's Vineyard Writing. Cynthia Riggs, Jeanne Hewett, Shirley Mayhew, Jacqueline Sexton, Sally Williams, and Ted Hewett are just a few of the writers who shared their work.

Best wishes for a rapid recovery go to Helen Burt. Many of you may know that she fell and hurt her knee several weeks ago.

In honor of Black History month, there will be a Gospel Concert at the West Tisbury Congregational Church at 8 pm on Saturday, February 4. The concert will be presented by the choir and choir director Linda Berg.

A week from tomorrow we expect you all to wear some red. National Wear Red Day is to bring attention to the fact that heart disease is the number 1 killer of women. Ladies, some easy suggestions for living a healthier life are: get up off the couch, stop smoking, cut out 200 calories a day, and keep track of your blood pressure and cholesterol numbers. More information is available from the National Heart Association or online at goreadforwomen.org

One of my friends suggested that the easy expression "get up off the couch" could be daunting. We have a couch that is not easy to get off so the 30-minute recommended workout could be taken up with just that effort.

Happy anniversary to Aase and Harry Jones who celebrate on Tuesday. Tomorrow wish a happy day to Caroline Davey. Town accountant Suzanne Kennedy parties on Sunday. Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out on Monday to Elisha Smith. Happy birthday to Susie Thurber on Tuesday. Paul Watts counts up the years on Wednesday.

Heard on Main Street: "You need only two tools: WD-40 and duct tape. If it doesn't move and it should, use WD-40. If it moves and shouldn't, use duct tape."