Posted March 30, 2006

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

Although the flowers are popping up all over and the calendar says it's spring, it doesn't always sink in quickly. I was walking somewhere the other day and realized it was 6:15 pm and I could still see! The days are getting longer. The sun is getting warmer. March, so often the cruelest month of the year because we often expect more from it than we get, ends on Friday. I'm very excited.

Congratulations to Rachel Alley and Greer Clarke and big brother, Jonas, on the arrival of daughter and sister, Drew, this week. Pat and Kerry Alley, the lucky grandparents, will be off to help the growing family this weekend.

Condolences go out to the Barmakian Family for the recent loss of family patriarch, Ara Barmakian. Ara was one of my dad's oldest friends and I can't remember a time when I didn't hear about their adventures at the beach, town pier, or bowling alley. A huge success in the jewelry business, Ara was elected as chairman of the East Coast area of the Armenian Jewelers Association and then as its international president. More important than his business success is who he was as a person and what he meant to his friends and family. He was an easygoing man, who always connected with his friends and never let his success as a businessman color his friendships. Our thoughts go out to his wife, Natalie, and children, Karen Herosian, Janice McCullough, and Ara Jr., on the mainland, and local attorney, Gail Barmakian, and their families. He will be missed by all who were lucky enough to know him.

The Island Community Chorus will hold their annual spring concert, "Mostly Mozart" on Saturday, April 1 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, April 2, at 3 pm at the Old Whaling Church. The suggested donation is $15; students and children are free.

Rumor has it that Sherm Burnham now calls my column "The Hess Column", which I think is hysterical. I personally refer to it as "The Kelly Kolumn." I'm pretty sure Sherm is just joking, but I'm not convinced. I give myself permission to share news about my kids and Kelly gives me permission to write about her family. Sometimes one or two people share tidbits each week. But if I had a nickel for everyone who told me something and followed it up with "but that's not for the paper," I'd be a wealthy woman. So, to the reader who may be tired of the Hess family, Kelly in particular, as my frequent subject matter, I'd be happy to share your news with Edgartown at large instead. So the next time you sit down for dinner with some friends and share a great story about your vacation or weekend visit with friends, or one of your kids' successes, be sure to share it with us too. Of course, it's no guarantee that I won't still write about my kids and Kelly too, but it opens the door for other news! So I've thrown down the gauntlet, with good humor and high hopes. If readers send in other news, enough for a whole column, I promise to leave my kids and Kelly out next week.

So, that said, be sure to get me your news. I write my columns on Sundays for a Monday deadline. I look forward to hearing from you all.