Oak Bluffs

By Megan Alley - April 13, 2006

It seems strange to have a couple of items regarding the military this week but I guess that is our changing world.

I received an e-mail from SPC Pete Forend from Kuwait this week. Pete is on leave from his job as Assistant Fire Chief at Oak Bluffs. He inquired how things were going on the Island and said it was 95 degrees in Kuwait at the moment. He is looking forward to his R & R in July and seeing his friends and family.

On March 31, Daniel Blake II graduated from Army Basic Training at Fort Jackson, S.C. Traveling from Oak Bluffs to attend this ceremony were his parents, Bertha and Daniel Blake, his grandmother, Claire Gibson, and his youngest brother, Aaron. Also attending was his older brother, Michael, who is stationed at Fort Knox. Daniel will be staying at Fort Jackson for another 12 weeks of training were he is specializing in mechanics. We wish him well.

Thea Hansen spent the last week in March in New Orleans. She said she packed both high heels and a dust mask and thought that Times readers might like to know that although progress seems to be mired in red tape, on the hopeful side of things, college students on spring break and retirees have hit the place like swat teams, rolling up their sleeves and getting things done. The music is back and enough of the restaurants are open. Small hotels are also open and the French Quarter offers enough entertainment in the evening after a day of volunteering. A web site link www.NOLA.com offers up volunteer opportunities or just do a Google search, "volunteering in New Orleans."

Irene Tewksbury Children's librarian at the Oak Bluffs library is contemplating starting a Babies Only Story Time. She would like input from parents letting her know what would be the most convenient times for this to take place. Please let her know if morning, afternoon, or an evening time would be best. The Children's room has a lot of beautiful new and interesting magazines for both parents and children. They are shelved in the back left corner of the room. Come and explore this area.

Come to the weekly coffee hour a the Oak Bluffs Public Library on Wednesday, April 19, then join poetry lovers upstairs in the Vineyard Section for poetry morning at 11 am. Linda Black and Michael West will be reading from their latest work, "To Breathe."

On Thursday, April 20, at 6:30 pm, Tom Dresser will be the featured speaker at the library. His topic is "An Insider's Tour of the Vineyard" and his hour-long presentation (including slides) will focus on lesser-known tales that he doesn't always share with the tourists. Take this virtual tour of the Vineyard based on Mr. Dresser's popular work, "Tommy's Tour of the Vineyard " and delve into details not fully covered in the book.

This Thursday and Friday, at the Oak Bluffs School, there will be a Brazil Fest during School hours. Parents with CORIs or who want to help out please contact the school for information. There will be art, music, dance and workshops. No experience is necessary, just an interest in the Brazilian culture or helping in your child's or another grade's classroom.

At long last, the Senior Center-sponsored trip to Foxwoods has been scheduled. It will take place on Mon., April 24. The group will leave the Island on the 7 am boat and return at 7:30 pm. The cost is only $20 and there is still more room on the bus. If you are interested in going, call Rose at the Center at 693-4509.

On Friday, April 14, from 10 to 11:30 am at the Oak Bluffs Senior Center, Betsey Mayhew and Keith Gorman of the MV Historical Society will be giving a talk. Among other things, they will provide ideas on how you may assist them as volunteers.

We send birthday smiles to Donny Combra who celebrated on April 9, Aidie Espino on the next day, and Sarah Neubert on April 13.

Enjoy your week and send your news along to me.