By Kay Mayhew - June 1, 2006

Don Creighton died on Sunday at the Martha's Vineyard Hospital. His wife Anna Marie D'Addarie was by his side. Many people in the community have supported Don and Anna Marie through his battle with leukemia. A funeral will be held at Grace Episcopal Church on Saturday, June 3, at 11 am.

Jeff Kelley is now at Spaulding Rehabilitation Center in Boston and is doing quite well, all things considered. He'll probably be there for a minimum of two months, because he has a lot to learn. As a result of last month's terrible automobile accident, he is a paraplegic, meaning that while he does have full use of his arms, he will be wheelchair-dependent for the rest of his life. Letters or cards can be sent to him in care of his wife, Pam: c/o Pamela N. Kelley, 630 Green River Road, Williamstown MA 01267. Jeff is son of Bob and Dot Kelley of Edgartown and the son-in-law of Ruth Stiller.

Carolyn Henderson was back on Island for a visit last week. She was traveling with her son, John Phillips, and his family, who live in Ridgefield, Conn. Carolyn and her husband, Frank Henderson, moved to North Carolina several years ago. On-Island they lived in the house next door to the library on Main Street. She stopped to visit several old friends, including Barbara Barstow and Shirley Adams. She asked to be remembered to several others she did not get to see.

We have good news from Maureen Fischer. Her little granddaughter Ana, daughter of Colette and Luka Kurelja, is recovering well from surgery. The little girl had a tumor at the end of her spinal cord and surgery was performed in April. We are so happy to hear that Ana is doing well now. Maureen is the owner of Sunglasses & Then Some on Main Street.

Kathy Stinson, children's librarian at the Vineyard Haven Public Library says the regular children's programs ended May 30, except for chess, which continues Tuesdays at 6 pm for ages six through high school. The Summer Reading Program sign-ups begin on June 21. Regular story time and programs resume on Tuesday, June 26.

The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) will have their annual Young Eagles Day on Saturday at the Katama Airpark in Edgartown from 11 am to 3 pm. The Young Eagles program provides young people between the ages of 7 and 17 the experience of flight. The flight is free and flown by a licensed and experienced volunteer pilot. For more information call 508-627-6847.

Do you have a budding actor or actress in the family? Saturday's yard sale will benefit the IMP scholarship fund: 9 to 4 at 61 Daggett Ave. The scholarships are to the IMP Theater Summer Camp, which exposes students to the performing side of theater and to all aspects of the craft.

Saturday night the Martha's Vineyard Film Society presents a documentary on Russian ballet. "Ballet Russes" treats modern audiences to a rare glimpse of the remarkable merger of Russian, American, European, and Latin American dancers, choreographers, composers, and designers that has transformed the face of ballet for generations to come. 8 pm at the Cornell Theatre.

The Louisa Gould Gallery has been renovated and has a section devoted to photography as well as several new prominent artists from New England now exhibiting in a show called "Equilibrium." Fifteen Island artists include Jules Worthington, Jamie Weisman, Traeger di Pietro, William Buckley, Tamar Russell, William Marks, and more.

Martha's Vineyard On-Line (MVOL) and Martha's Vineyard Community Television (MVTV) are sponsoring a contest for local films to be shown at the Martha's Vineyard International Film Festival in September. All local filmmakers (novice or pro) are invited to submit a short film (less than five minutes) by August 15, inspired by the theme "Think Globally, Shoot Locally." If needed, MVTV will provide the equipment and training to make the film. MVOL will put the films on its web site. The best films will be awarded prizes. Winners will be chosen by viewers who watch the films on MVOL.com.

By participating in the MVTV training program, filmmakers join the station as regular members and have access to all station services and equipment. After orientation in early June, MVTV will hold a hands-on camera and audio workshop as well as an editing workshop in mid June. Class size is limited, and a $25 annual membership fee is required to attend any workshop. To sign up, call Melissa Carelli at 508-696-9760 or go to www.mvtv.org.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out tomorrow to Al Koster. Saturday is a special day for Fred LaPiana, Myra Stark, and Kelsey Bresnahan. Happy birthday to Josh Kochin of Landscope and Art Lenna on Sunday. On Monday Margie Meltzer, now partner to Cheryl Stark, celebrates both her birthday and her 34th year at C.B. Stark Jewelers. Also partying Monday are Sarah Owens and Harris Drake. Cheryl Stark and Marjorie Metzger celebrate their anniversary on Wednesday.

Heard on Main Street: "Visitors are asking which restaurants I like. Summer's here."