By Kay Mayhew - June 29, 2006

Saturday's Run the Chop Challenge will benefit Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Martha's Vineyard. The racers will leave the Tisbury School on at 9 am for the five-mile road race around West Chop. You can register online at murdicks.net or at the Tisbury School from 7 to 8 am. Murdick's Fudge is the sponsor of this race. Along with making the very best fudge in the state, they also give back to the community. Murdick's is committed to the children of Martha's Vineyard. By working with the Big Brothers and Big Sisters program they make a direct contribution to our children's future. You can make your contribution by participating in the Run the Chop Challenge.

Now that the rainy season is passing and beach weather may be approaching, I want to remind you about the beach books at the Vineyard Haven Library. Some of our summer visitors took hardcover library books to the beach. (We know Islanders would never do such a thing.) Those library books ended up full of sand, many needing new covers. The library now features paperback "beach books." If these paperback books are damaged by sand or water, they can be easily and more cheaply replaced. You also have the option of returning that paperback or replacing it with another one.

Children's librarian Kathy Stinson wants to invite children of all ages to meet "Laurie's Ladies." These miniature horses belong to Laurie Clements, who showed one of them at the library fair. The horses will come to the library on Wednesday at 2 pm.

John Bugbee, the town administrator, is now a notary. He announced this fact at last week's meeting of the Tisbury Board of Selectmen. He also said he would be willing if anyone other than those in the town hall needed his services. Years ago, a notary was available in any lawyer's office. Today many banks seem to have this service. Now our town hall provides it.

We are fortunate to have so many artists on our Island. Artist Nancy Furino will be the focus of the opening at the Carol Craven Gallery on Sunday from 5 to 7 pm. The Craven Gallery is at 29 Breakdown Lane.

Next week six of our local galleries are planning a Gallery Spotlight Night on the first Friday of the month. You are invited from 5 to 8 pm on Friday, July 7. Each gallery showcases different artists and artwork. Along Main Street are Kara Taylor Fine Arts, Shaw Cramer Gallery, Kennedy Studios, and Etherington Fine Art. Louisa Gould Gallery is on Beach Street Ext. and the Belushi Pisano Gallery is on State Road, opposite the beginning of Main Street. See you there.

Flags will fly again on the Fourth of July. Your help is needed to put up over 400 flags in Oak Grove Cemetery. The flags go up at 7:30 am and come down at 3 pm. The flags honor our veterans. Your efforts honor those veterans as well.

Today marks the birthday of Mary Jacobson. She is only on-Island occasionally these days, but we are always glad to see her. Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out to Lynne Benson tomorrow. We hope she is feeling much better now. Happy birthday to Sioux Eagle who celebrates on Sunday. Bob Benson, Cora Medeiros, and Larry Gomez party on Monday. Tuesday marks the special day for Sue Fairbanks, Steve Nichols, and Frances Darling. Tuesday also marks our country's birthday. Fly the flag to celebrate.

Heard on Main Street: "Life is better at the beach."