By Gail Craig - April 6, 2006

Hasn't the weather been grand? I love seeing all the flowers around town and in my own yard. Amelia desperately wants to pick the daffodils as each one blooms but I've been trying to stave it off so I can enjoy them while I'm in the yard or coming in from the car. But on the other hand, picking flowers and having them in the house brings her so much joy, I generally end up giving in. I guess this is where loving and devoted parenting supersedes my own selfish wants! Other sure signs that spring is upon us are the opening of the Dairy Queen and a flyover today by Michael Creato and his biplane.

Condolences go out to the extended family of Frank Williams, who passed away unexpectedly last week. Frank usually greeted people with a smile and a kind word. He will be remembered fondly by those who knew him well.

Happy birthday wishes go out to Dr. Dulac, principal of the Edgartown School who celebrated on April Fool's Day, and to Connor Smith, who celebrated on April 2.

The Edgartown School PTO is holding a great new fundraiser, which won't even cost you as much as a cup of coffee to support! The PTO has designed a circular bumper sticker with the school mascot, the Edgartown Eagle, in the middle, surrounded by the words Edgartown Eagles Martha's Vineyard. For a mere dollar, you can purchase one at the school office, Stop & Shop, Stop & Shop Pharmacy, or PJ's Café and show your support and your school pride. If you would like to help support the program and sell the stickers, contact Janna O'Shaughnessy at 508-627-4548.

In other Edgartown School news, it seems that there is now a virtual celebrity in our midst. Mr. William MacKenty, the self-proclaimed "geek" or resident computer expert/webmaster at the school, and Justice of the Peace for the wedding of Q and U, was recently recognized for having one of the "Best of the Education Blogs." For those who are not computer savvy, a blog is a web log, sort of an internet journal where people can post their thoughts and opinions. The competition was produced by eSchool News and some of the criteria for the contest included such things as writing ability, usefulness, frequency of updates, appropriateness, and whether or not one is likely to revisit the site. If you would like to learn more about the competition and winners, visit http://www.eschoolnews.com/news/pdf/best_of_the_ed_blogs.pdf online. You can also visit Bill's site at www.mackenty.org. Congratulations Mr. MacKenty.

I ran into Cheryl Welch the other day downtown and she told me she thought last week's column was quite funny. As a result of that column, she also shared with me that husband Lee is building a gravity cart for the 2nd Annual Moshup's Trail Gravity Race on April 16. The vehicle will be a pink squid, in honor of the Pink Squid Yacht Club and sponsors will get their names written on the side. The money raised will go toward the Pink Squid scholarship fund, to be awarded to a graduating senior. So, it sounds like some good fun for a good cause, and as the only Edgartown entrant in the race as far as we know, they'll need a bunch of Edgartown spectators as well. So wear your pink and cheer Lee and the PSYC on.

The Rev. Nancy Collins wanted to share that the United Methodist Church has a number of events scheduled during Holy Week. On Thursday, April 13, there will be a Maundy Thursday service at Christ United Methodist Church at 7 pm. Good Friday Services, on April 14, are at Trinity United Methodist Church at 12 noon and Edgartown United Methodist in the Chapel at 7 pm. There will be a Sunrise Service at the Bend in the Road Beach in Edgartown on April 16, followed by an Easter Breakfast at the Edgartown United Methodist Church. Regular Worship Services will be at their regular times in all four Methodist Churches on Easter Sunday and there will be an Easter Egg Hunt at the Chilmark Community Church after the 10:30 am service.

As problems continue to plague the Edgartown Public Library, Debby MacInnis informed me this week that story hour will begin again today, Thursday, April 6, at the Anchors at 10:30 am. This will continue for the foreseeable future, as they combat the mold problem in the children's department. I know there are a number of parents out there that will be pleased with this news.

Congratulations to Quincy Dewing, grandson of Edwin and Shirley Dewing of Chappy. Quincy, who is a senior at Harwich High School, sings bass and, after auditioning, qualified for the South East District chorus, which performed at the Duxbury Performing Arts Center. From there, he was selected for the 2006 All State Chorus to perform at Symphony Hall on March 18. Both performances were wonderful, according to Shirley, and the facilities were first rate. Many of you may know Quincy, as he worked at Morning Glory Farm last summer. He has been applying to colleges for the fall and I'll be sure to let you know more of his successes as I receive more good news from his proud grandparents.

That's it for this week. Thanks to all who answered last week's challenge and sent me some news! Keep it up. Have a great week.