Oak Bluffs

By Megan Alley - May 18, 2006

This weather might be a duck's dream but the drip, drip and squish, squish as I walk through the rain is getting to be a bit tiring. The trees seem to be searching for a bit of sun so they can open their buds and burst into leaf and the people you run into on the street give the appearance of being so confined to the shelter of their rain gear that they unable to open up and tend to outside activities that are begging for attention. Perhaps by the time you read this the sun will have once more put in an appearance.

We send birthday smiles to Andrew Farrissey, Louise Dahill, and Heidi Jardin today, Doreen Anderson on May 22 and Kay Manning on May 24.

Congratulations to Gretchen Anderson and Ben Hall on the birth of their daughter Olympia Katherine Kamhout Hall on May 11. Olympia was also welcomed by her sister Astoria and grandparents Maureen and Bill Anderson and Ben and Therese Hall.

If you see Helen Scarborough with a big smile these days, it is because one of her granddaughters, Marisha Ann Gentile, of Plymouth, New Hampshire, has just graduated from Plymouth State College with the high honors of Magna Cum Laude. Her major was Early Child Development. This is most meaningful because Marisha had to temporarily stop her studies for a year because of illness. Then she came back, determined to succeed, as well she has. Locals will remember her dimpled smile when she worked at the "Carousel Ice Cream Factory' on Circuit Ave. While working several summers here, she stayed with Gramma Helen on Central Ave.

I received word this week that my Grandson Sam Alley's Academic Magnet School in Charleston, South Carolina was voted by Newsweek Magazine as one of the top ten high schools in America. Sam also plays varsity on the school soccer team, which just lost in the finals of the South Regional Championship for South Carolina.

On Friday, May 19, Polly Brown will be the guest speaker at the Oak Bluffs Senior Center. Polly is with the Life Care Project, which is surveying Islanders about their interest in a Life Care Facility on the Island.

The Center also would like any veterans who have photos of their time in the military to bring them to the Oak Bluffs Council on Aging where they will be displayed for Memorial Day.

The second grade plant sale at the Oak Bluffs School will take place in the school lobby tomorrow. It will begin at 12:15 pm and includes as always many beautiful plants that were grown by Ms. Gately's class with Priscilla Sylvia overseeing this hands-on project.

Also a reminder that the grade eight graduation will be Thursday, June 15, beginning at 5:30 pm at the Tabernacle in Oak Bluffs. Awards day will be held on Wednesday, June 14, at 1 pm in the school gym.

Don't forget the retirement party for Oak Bluffs School Librarian Pam Melrose this Sunday from 1 to 4 pm at the Ocean View. Wear your "best" jewels in her honor.

I want to thank all of you who responded to the article and picture in last week's M.V. Times Calendar section. I have heard from many people, both in California and here on the Island, who recognized the picture of my mother and remembered her as a friend, former teacher, or a teacher of their children. I am happy it touched so many people.

Enjoy your week, and send your news along to me.