West Tisbury

By Hermine Hull - April 20, 2006

Seeing the crowd of candidates waving their signs and handing out information to voters outside the West Tisbury Public Safety Building made me feel very proud of the participation in democracy as evident in town at our election last week. Many offices were contested, many positions were articulated by the candidates; it was a spirited election season. Thanks to everyone who ran for office. Congratulations to those who won.

Jeremiah Brown, newly-elected Tree Warden, oversaw the removal of a diseased elm tree from in front of the Town Hall this past Saturday morning. Vincent Maciel cut down the tree and ground the stump. Jeremiah plans to plant a new tree to replace the diseased one, not another elm. He welcomes suggestions. Please call him at 696-8597 or leave him a message at Town Hall.

A belated Happy Birthday to Tom Wetherall. His birthday was Monday, April 17. Hope it was a good one.

Curious George will be visiting the West Tisbury Library next week. Come and meet him on Wednesday, April 26, at 11:15 am, in the Children's Room.

A design by Janice Haynes has been chosen by the Agricultural Society to be this year's Fair poster. I know about the choice of artist, but the picture itself is, as always, top secret until August. I can't wait to see it. I am very excited for Janice.

Linda and Glenn Hearn celebrated Easter with a houseful of children and grandchildren visiting from off-Island. Susan and Tim Collins were here with their children, Emily, Jessica, and Shaun. Laura Caruso came, but her husband Paul couldn't make it; he was busy working for the up-coming Boston Marathon. All the grandchildren made bluebird houses at the library Thursday evening and hung them up around the Hearns' property over the weekend.

Don't forget Paul Silva's memorial service at the West Tisbury cemetery this Saturday morning at 11 am. I hope everyone read his obituary in last week's paper. It was a wonderful story of his childhood at Seven Gates and in North Tisbury that gave a vivid picture of life here all those years ago.

Mike and I actually went off-Island for the Easter weekend. We went to Connecticut to attend the civil union ceremony of my youngest brother, Andrew, to his partner of 25 years, Edward. It was a beautiful service on a beautiful sunny day, attended by a small group of close family and friends, all the more special because, 25 years ago, none of us ever dreamed such an event would have been possible.

Ridgefield and Redding were in full spring glory. The daffodils and forsythia have never been more beautiful. There is a field along Route 57, Mr. McQuade's garden, where at least a million daffodils cover a slope between two houses. Easter morning after breakfast we all took a walk on Main Street in Ridgefield, looking at the gardens and the old houses, and sadly the new McMansions. But there were also lots of people and dogs enjoying the walk and an array of magnolias, weeping cherry trees, crabapples of every color, and early azaleas. It was the walk of my childhood and it is still lovely.

I hated to leave my family, but am glad to be home.