Oak Bluffs
Posted February 16, 2006

By Megan Alley - 508-693-0850 - Meganislandmegan@verizon.net

Well, we got our winter snowstorm, more than even this snow-lover ordered. I know that it is an inconvenience to many people but early Mon. morning when I stood in my living room I was gifted with a beautiful winter scene. When I looked to the east, the sun was just rising, casting rosy light beams through the trees and reflecting them onto the snow. Barely turning, I looked to the west and there in the quickly disappearing darkness was a bright moon ready to disappear till night arrived again. Two beautiful scenes at the same time - what a blessing.

The Oak Bluffs School second grades are sponsoring a food drive for the Island Food Pantry again this year as they have for the past 16 years. Please send boxed or canned foods in to the school during the week of Feb. 13 to 17. The P.T.O. is sponsoring a Laser Light Show this year. It is going to be on Friday, March 17. There will be kids' show during the day, then another show at night for all to enjoy.

Laury Binney is back at the helm as principal of the Oak Bluffs School after a period of recovery following surgery. He wants to thank everyone - students, staff, parents and friends - for all of their support to him and also the school.

Bill and Maureen Anderson of the North Bluffs have just returned home from a month in St. Pete's Beach, Fla. visiting with their daughter Kristen Anderson and their grandson Ian. They also went to Orlando to visit their daughter Gretchen and Ben Hall and to see Disney World and Epcot with their granddaughter Astoria.

Leona White celebrated her birthday, which was on Feb. 12, with dinner at the Square Rigger in Edgartown. Joining her were her husband Lester and daughter Ellie. Helping with the "Happy Birthday" song were the people at the table next to her who were also celebrating a birthday. It was the "Club" from Oak Bluffs consisting of Maureen Anderson, Megan Alley, Sandra deBettencourt and Wendy Rose. Having met together socially for more than 30 years they were having a very belated birthday party for Wendy.

Catherine Deese wanted to make absolutely sure everyone says a huge Happy Birthday to her sister Bobby Ann Gibson who celebrates on Feb. 19. A birthday which, according to Catherine, is a really big one! We send birthday smiles to Kara Marshall also on the same day, Mike deBettencourt, Jr. on Feb. 20, Kaitlyn Marchand on Feb. 22 followed by her mom Melanie on Feb. 23.

There are still a few tickets available for Feb. 19 to go to see "Les Miserables" in Boston. Sponsored by the Oak Bluffs Council on Aging, the total cost for bus and performance is $98.

Rose said the Bridge Program at the center is growing by leaps and bounds but you may still join if you desire. They have a trip to Foxwoods in the planning stages but need to have more people in order to fill the bus. And lastly,

there is still time to get assistance for the Senior Tax Program as they will have two more sessions: one on March 2 and another on March 23. Call Rose at the center for more information on any of these trips or programs.

This weekend is the Island Invitational Basketball tournament at the Martha's Vineyard Regional High School. The first game is Sun. Evening, Feb. 19 at 8:15 vs. Nantucket. It is also Sr. Appreciation Day. I had a ticket to the performance of "Les Miserables" for the same date, so after deliberating for about five seconds I decided to forgo the musical and watch our grandson, senior Matt Rivers, play ball. The next day there will be two games with the time to be announced. Come support the team and watch some terrific basketball.

Enjoy your week and send your news along please.