Oak Bluffs

By Megan Alley - June 8, 2006

How sweet the sun was on Monday morning after the rainy, dreary weekend. Sunday was a wood stove fire day that kept the house just warm enough and the rain did wash away some of the powdery yellow pollen. Now this Monday, as I sat for a moment on the back porch just after sunrise gathering my incentive to meet today's obligations, I was amazed at the height of all the ferns in the wood park, all the leaves on the trees and the tropical aura that seems to have appeared overnight. The bird chorus with its various calls is a perfect background to all this beauty and of course the resident squirrel once more has managed to get its sunflower seed treats from the absolutely guaranteed squirrel-proof feeder from Plow and Hearth. I am going to attempt to take a picture of his successful venture and send it along to the company. Perhaps they would like to use it as part of their ad in their next catalog?

The weather did force the postponement of Saturday's scheduled Public Safety Day in Waban Park. It has been rescheduled for Saturday, June 24 so be sure and save that date.

The Life Teen "Lost " retreat went on as scheduled but was changed from the beach to St. Augustine's in Vineyard Haven and the events were a great success for the teens and also adults who attended the many services.

Mark and Bernie Crossland have many things to celebrate this spring. They have been very busy attending graduation ceremonies for their children and will soon have a party for all of them to celebrate their achievements. Son Shaun DePriest graduated from Bridgewater State College on May 20. Attending were his parents and his daughter, Kylee DePriest. Shaun, a former member of the United States Marine Corps, received his bachelor of science in physical science and Bernie is especially proud of him because he persevered over 10 years to reach this goal. As he was graduating, his partner, Heather Snieder, graduated from Endicott College the same day and the same time. Sons Kyle and Keith Crossland both graduated last Sunday from UMass Amherst. Kyle majored in Landscape Architecture and Keith in Business and Landscape Construction. And to round out this family, Mark's daughter Zoe Shanor graduates from Martha's Vineyard Regional High School this Sunday. Congratulations to all of these ambitious family members!

Pam Melrose, Oak Bluffs School Librarian, reminds everyone to please return any books they have or if they are truly lost, she asks that you replace or pay for the book. Pam also says thank you to everyone as she has loved being the librarian and teacher at the school and will miss all the amazing kids and adults she has met over the past 20 years. But, here is the good news; you may now find her at the Oak Bluffs Public Library.

Irene Tewsksbury of the Oak Bluffs Public Library wants to remind you that they are continuing the pre-school story time non-stop throughout June and into summer on Wednesdays at 10:30 am. Story time for those aged 6-11 will start up again in July on Thursdays at 10:30 am. She is also looking to start a Community Readers Story Time program, where adult volunteers read to children in the Programs room on Saturday mornings during July and August. Anyone interested can call her at the library at 693-9433.

A couple of Island young people participated in graduation ceremonies at the University of Massachusetts last weekend. J.J. Cheney of Oak Bluffs graduated from the College of Natural Resources and Environment, with sister Jenna Lambert and parents Joanne and Jeff proudly applauding in the audience. His girlfriend Vina Lindley also graduated with honors with a degree in Psychology, so it was a joyous and beautiful weekend. J.J. and Vina will celebrate their accomplishment with a three-week trip to New Mexico and the national parks of Utah. Jenna is hoping they will find time for an Island visit later in the summer.

We send Birthday Smiles to triplets Timothy, Jacob, and Julia Peters who turned seven on June 5, Ernestine Kinnecom and Meaghan Jeffers on June 9, and wedding anniversary wishes to Will and Susan deBettencourt on June 10.

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