Posted March 9, 2006

By Jacqueline Sexton - 508-645-2895 -

When I looked at the new March calendar last Thursday, I was pleased to see "Spring Begins" on the 21st. Then it snowed.

We report with sadness that Jay Fleishman passed away on March 2. The community has lost a wonderful man. Jay was a talented architect and a dedicated volunteer whose thoughtful presence on the building committees for both the library and the town hall renovations was a huge help during the design and construction of both buildings. We all remember him fondly. A celebration of his life was held last Sunday at the Hebrew Center in Vineyard Haven.

Will Flender will lead the Vineyard Conservation Society's final walk of the season next Sunday, March 12. The walk will explore the Middle Road Sanctuary, the Meeting House Road trails and the Middle Ridge Preserve. Mr. Flender will show walkers how these trails connect and also explain the various legal mechanisms used to create public trails on the Island. Walkers should meet at the West Tisbury Town Hall parking lot at 1:30 pm to carpool up to the trails in Chilmark.

Jonn Brown is having a show of charcoal and pen-and-ink drawings on paper at the library's meeting room this month.

That old Gilbert and Sullivan number about the "sisters and the cousins and the aunts" could have been written for the far-flung Kuh family. Mary Kuh Ambulos and her son, Gabriel, six, recently visited her mother, Margaret Kuh of Bethesda, Md., for a reunion with brothers and sisters and cousins Anne Kuh and Alex, Cathryn, and Peter Supko of Kensington, Md. The big event was duckpin bowling. Margaret got two strikes and Gabriel got one.

Ellen and Steve Levine want their friends to know that they are "doing fine" at home after their place was ransacked by a pair of goats a month ago.

Don't despair. Spring will get to us, in the fullness of time. Meanwhile, hardy souls are jumping the season, tramping through leftover snow to hang out their laundry, where it frequently freezes.