Posted February 2, 2006

By Jacqueline Sexton - 508-645-2895 -

As the Island population surges upward, with the changes that implies, some things remain the same. The tradition of community, Islanders helping Islanders, is one of them. It is perhaps a cliché to note that this works best when it's unregulated and comes from the heart. Herewith a few examples:

At the school alone there are dozens of people who pitch in when they see a need or just because they feel like it. The PTO threw an ice cream sundae party for the entire school before the Christmas break. Lillian Kellman designed beautiful bookmarks and gave one to each student and all the teachers. Betsy Burmeister, director of recreation programs at Windemere, gave all the two/three students a 35mm camera and film for their "Growing Up Island" project as thanks for their visits to patients. The list is endless - God bless you all.

The PTO has arranged to have a child behavior specialist, Jeannie Fitzgerald, conduct a workshop at the school, "Different Children, Different Needs," on Wednesday, Feb. 8 from 6 to 8 pm. For more information, go to

Local poets will resume their poetry reading meetings at the library on Saturday, Feb. 4 from 4:30 to 5:30 pm. Come to listen and/or to read. Everyone is welcome.

The meeting room at the library may be the most cheerful place in town. Art teacher Kathleen Cameron has mounted a spectacular show of work by all of her students. The paintings and portraits show considerable talent and enthusiasm, and the sculptures are intricate and beautifully done. It's intriguing to speculate whether early artistic training produces artists in later life, and, if so, do the artists continue with a grown-up version of their childhood themes?