By Kay Mayhew - April 13, 2006

I am happy to report that several of our neighbors are convalescing, though they will not be fully recovered for several weeks. Dorothy Bangs is still recuperating from her fall. Thankfully she did not need surgery to repair her shoulder. It was good to see Anne Good at the Candidates Night, but she needs to take special care of her wrist for a few more weeks. She is trying to do some gardening though I assured her that the weeds in the garden will still be there when she is better.

Candidates Night was well attended, with standing room only. We owe a vote of thanks to the League of Women Voters for providing this service. Many in the audience were marking off those candidates who did not bother to attend, saying that even an unopposed candidate could at least send a letter. There are some important decisions for you to make this year, including the question of putting the overhead wires underground. Of course, you intend to vote next Tuesday. The polls open at noon at the Legion Hall.

My son and his wife took their young daughter Rory Mayhew to see the cherry blossoms in Washington, D. C., last weekend. The blossoms were beautiful, and the baby looked quite happy to be seated amongst the brightly colored tulips planted nearby.

There seem to be an uncommon number of bunnies around this spring. Perhaps the Easter rabbit has been gathering helpers in our neighborhood. Or maybe they like the taste of the crocuses this spring.

Tomorrow night is Cancer Awareness Night at the Bunch of Grapes Bookstore. Liz Szewczyk will talk about her new book: "My Bags Were Always Packed: A Mother's Journey Through Her Son's Cancer Treatment and Remission." The title certainly tells the story. Community services and support available on Island for individuals and families will also be discussed. You are invited to come to share your own stories of treatment and survival. The program begins at 7:30 pm.

Even the concept of "The Beauty Academy of Kabul" somehow seems unreal. This film about a very unusual cultural exchange is sponsored by the Silver Screen Society and will be shown at the Katharine Cornell Theatre on Saturday at 7:30 pm.

At the library the special series on the history of the Wampanoags in Gay Head began this week. Next Tuesday features Tobias Vanderhoop who will perform in traditional drumming, singing, and chanting. He will also talk about the tribal oral tradition. The program begins at 6:30 pm downstairs.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Debbie Eggers and Allan M. Davey. Happy birthday on Saturday to Ann Lee and Mike McLaughlin. Celebrating on Easter Sunday is Fran Griffin Gould. Wish the best on Monday to Ann Maley and Mildred Rocker. Tuesday belongs to Donna Herczeg and Rozetta Hughes. Wednesday is a special day for Bob Tankard.

Heard on Main Street: "Separation of church and state is really to protect God from the government, not government from God."