By Jacqueline Sexton - April 6, 2006

There are usually a couple of people coming to church on the first Sunday of daylight saving time just as the service ends and the rest of the congregation is leaving. Presumably, by now everyone has gotten used to the time change and is enjoying the extra daylight hours.

The public is invited to a candidates' forum, sponsored by the League of Women Voters, on Tuesday, April 11 at 7 pm at the library. It's an opportunity for us to ask questions of candidates, and anyone running for office is welcome to speak. Steve Gallus is running for selectman against incumbent Frank Fenner. All the other candidates are running unopposed. The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan political organization and encourages the active and informed participation of citizens in government.

The best news we've heard in a long time is that Christina and Christian Soulagnet will jump-start the season and open their Menemsha Cafe, formerly the Menemsha Deli, tomorrow, Friday, April 7 with an expanded menu, reasonable prices, and new flooring. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 7 am to 2 pm. They plan to be open more hours after Memorial Day.

Along with the made-to-order sandwiches, they will offer quiches, bagels, croissants and salads, Greek, Caesar and garden; Seattle's Best coffee, Tazo teas, scones, pies, and cakes. And, says Christina, "We're bringing back the ice cream."

"We're very excited, and nervous!" says Chris.

We wish them good luck!

Congratulations to fifth grader Ian Bardwell who lasted to the fourth round in the all-Island spelling bee held a couple of weeks ago. It's the first time a Chilmark student has lasted beyond the first couple of rounds.

It's hard to believe that Easter is practically upon us. Palm Sunday will be observed next Sunday, April 9, at the regular Sunday worship service.

Dr. Russell Hoxsie was the guest speaker at the last meeting of the Neighborhood Convention, a monthly meeting of people from all the churches on the Island. His topic was "Work, Medicine, and Retirement." Dr. Hoxsie always has something pithy to say, and the assemblage enjoyed his talk.