By Kay Mayhew - July 27, 2006

Nearly everyone on this Island still has a special love for the late Della Hardman. Last year the selectmen of Oak Bluffs proclaimed July 29 as Della Hardman Day, to coincide with the three-day tribute planned in her honor by her former West Virginia State College art students. Next Saturday, Oak Bluffs and the Oak Bluffs Public Library are cooperating with the family to celebrate her memory with a tribute to be held at the Tabernacle in Trinity Park, followed by a reception and an exhibition of her artwork at the Oak Bluffs Public Library. The program at the Tabernacle will begin at 2 pm. The reception is at 3:30 pm.

Homegrown and handcrafted items are offered at the First Baptist Church every Saturday. The Tisbury Home Grown Market is open from 9 to 2 Saturdays through September 9.

Everywhere I turn there seems to be yet another Islander who has been diagnosed with Lyme disease this summer. Several in our town have become quite ill. The rash and flu symptoms are erratic. The cure is much more effective if you see your doctor early. Don't hesitate if you have a persistent rash. Our best wishes for an especially rapid recovery go to Dorothy Gould and Amy Levine.

The Tisbury Board of Selectmen met last week to hear from the Cecil Group on their proposal for changes to the municipal lot at Stop & Shop. Plans are to take away more parking spaces and keep the cars from circling onto Water Street while looking for a space. The plans also propose ways to protect pedestrians walking up to Main Street from the ferry terminal.

The Vineyard Haven Public Library has a planning committee asking how the library could better serve you and your family. Their questionnaire awaits you in the library. One of the suggestions that arose last winter is for a drive-up curbside book drop. This new service would be especially helpful for mothers with young children and those who may have difficulty getting out of their cars. The cost will be $8,000. Tax-deductible donations can be sent to Friends of the VHPL, RFD Box 139A, Vineyard Haven MA 02568, or left at the Library.

Over the years you have heard me complain about the over-abundance of turkeys in our yard. This week there may be one less. A large bird simply fell, with a loud thud, out of the very tall pine in our front yard. He fell in mid-day. As usual, all the other turkeys had left the tree roosts at dawn. A day or two later the fallen turkey seemed to be dead but was not. He moved briefly and not very far. I am not happy about it. However, no officials seemed interested in the bird, dead or alive. We were told that the state has already found West Nile in birds on the Island. Of course, we have no way of knowing if this is the problem with our fallen turkey.

The Martha's Vineyard Film Society will show Island films right here at the Katharine Cornell Theatre in August. Filmmaker Susanna Styron presents two of her films on Thursday, August 3. One of these was shot in the mid-1970s here on the Vineyard. Many of the Islanders in the film from 30 years ago will be invited. On Friday, August 11, Linsey Lee will present her "Vineyard Voices" documentaries featuring Islanders telling us in their own words about life on this Island in years past. On Friday, August 18, you can see a rough-cut screening of Rick Schmidt's filmmaking workshop (shot on the Vineyard in 10 days). The films begin at 8 pm.

Dawn Bellante of Martha's Vineyard On-line and Susan Goldstein of The Mansion House have been elected as new directors of the Tisbury Business Association (TBA). They have new ideas and enthusiasm to offer. The TBA is working to improve the appearance of the town in the business area.

Congratulations go out tomorrow to Lil and Ed Colligan who are celebrating 55 years together. Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Michael Cobban. Wally Hammond celebrates on Friday. On Sunday wish the best to Perry Garfinkel, B.J. Lowers, and Glenna Barkan. Glenna will celebrate her 80th birthday on Sunday.

Heard on Main Street: If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.