West Tisbury

By Hermine Hull - June 1, 2006

I had coffee with my mother-in-law this morning. Afterwards I went to the cemetery to sit with my father-in-law for a while. His grave marker is decorated with a small flag, placed carefully by Brian Athearn and his young sons.

Margaret Logue had called me Saturday morning to describe the scene. Brian walked along, pulling a red wagon carrying Hunter and Emmett and all the flags, solemnly decorating the graves of the veterans for Memorial Day. It is a lesson of respect, honor, duty, and tradition taught lovingly by this father to his sons. Thank you to all three of you for doing such a beautiful job. The cemetery, along with all of West Tisbury, looked at its best for the holiday weekend. The weather couldn't have been more perfect. Everything looked green and lush, flowers and shrubbery blooming along the roadsides.

If you heard sirens blaring and saw trucks racing down the Edgartown Road on Sunday afternoon, they were headed to a plane crash behind The Red Pony. The plane ran out of fuel just before the airport and landed in the woods. The pilot and passengers all were outside the plane and walking around by the time West Tisbury and airport firemen and Tri-Town EMTs arrived on the scene. It was fortunate that no one was badly hurt and no fire resulted from the crash.

Shirley, Deborah, and Katie Ann Mayhew, and Tessa Permar, were off-Island last Thursday attending a concert at the University of New Hampshire in Durham. Andre Rieu, a Dutch violinist and conductor (known for his PBS Specials) performed with his orchestra and singers a selection of polkas, waltzes, arias, and Broadway favorites. Deborah reported, "The concert is very engaging, including comedy, a rain of balloons, and dancing in the aisles. We had a wonderful time."

Congratulations to Ebba Hierta. She has been chosen to become the new Library Director in Chilmark. Ebba has given her notice to us in West Tisbury, where she has been our Assistant Librarian in charge of the Young Adult collection. She has been a familiar presence these past few years, especially at programs and running the Monday night movies. We will all miss her, but as she assures me, she will be "just down the road."

For those who use the Chilmark Library and know Cathy Thompson, there will be a party celebrating her retirement as Library Director this Saturday afternoon, June 3, from 5 to 7 pm.

Ebba will be kept busy as well with a visit from her mother, Connie Hierta, who will be here from Westland, Mich. Connie is hoping for good weather for boating and working in Ebba's and Chuck's vegetable garden.

The Democratic Council of Martha's Vineyard will be sending a delegation to the State Democratic Convention this weekend, June 2 and 3. Twenty delegates and alternates will represent the Island.

Chris Wiley of Vineyard Gardens will be the guest lecturer and demonstrator at a Container Gardening workshop Wednesday evening, June 7, 7 pm, at the West Tisbury Library. Chris will show participants how to plant for a season-long display of color and texture. The workshop is free.

Howard Curtis will begin his tenure as our new Library Director this coming Monday, June 5. The trustees and staff want to invite everyone in town to a "Meet Howard" party at the library Monday afternoon, June 12, from 4 to 5:30 pm.

There's usually so much to do this time of year that I don't get much of a chance to sit down with a good book. Fortunately, due to a couple of nights of insomnia, I was able to enjoy "Indian Pipes," Cynthia Riggs newest murder mystery. It is a juicy story about a proposed Wampanoag gambling casino in Aquinnah. I got it at the library and will return it as soon as Mike finishes it.

We will be celebrating a family birthday on Friday when Tallulah, my perfect puppy, will turn three. She came from the MSPCA in Edgartown, aged three months (I got her in September, 2003) after someone gave her up for being too much trouble. She was easy from the moment I brought her home, already housebroken and mellow for a puppy. She has turned into the perfect gallery dog and painting companion. I love her beyond all imagination.

Mike says that wherever he goes, people ask him, "Is that the dog in the column?" Now, between my write-ups of Murphy's birthday last week and Talley's this week, you know all about these oft-mentioned companions. I only wish for many more years together, and many more stories.