Town Columns

Oak Bluffs

By Megan Alley - August 31, 2006

Summer is going, going, gone for many, but some of us still are here. We want to thank all those people who made it a bit easier to make our way through all the traffic and crowds, allowing us to continue with everyday living and even enjoy some parts of our beautiful summer. How about all those delivery persons who had to wend their way through traffic, and the gas station attendants who must have had to listen to everyone who wanted to vent about the high price of gas. The ever-patient police, EMT's, firemen, and highway department crews everywhere who managed to keep things moving along, and respond to calls for assistance and keep our town as clean and neat as possible while enhancing the parks and gardens with colorful flowers. We couldn't have done it without you!

The Oak Bluffs Library summer reading program ends this week on August 31 and the Community Story Time on Saturdays is over. The ages 6 to 10 story time will go on hiatus, coming back on Friday, Sept. 22 from 3:30 to 4:30 pm. However the pre-school Story Time will continue nonstop on Wednesday mornings at 10:30 am and also the popular Family Games Night will continue on Tuesdays at 6 pm until further notice.

The Trinity United Methodist Church in the Campground will be holding their annual Labor Day Bake Sale on Saturday, Sept. 2, from 9 am to 1 pm. The sale takes place at the Arcade on Circuit Ave. in Oak Bluffs. For anyone not familiar with this location, it is the wide opening to the Campground between The Locker Room and Sharkey's.

Dr. Bill and Maryann Tsikitas were here last week from their new home in Albany, N.Y. They came to celebrate two special events - Bill's birthday and the couple's 30th wedding anniversary. On Wednesday they had a cookout at Menemsha Beach with friends and his former Katama Medical office staff.

The featured speaker for Friday Conversations at the Oak Bluffs Senior Center on Sept. 1 will be Emergency Management Coordinator, Peter Martell. Peter will explain the Island influenza Pandemic and Avian Bird Flu preparedness plans.

We send Birthday Smiles to the brothers Marchand, Andrew and Matthew, who both partied on Aug. 28, to Bink deBettencourt on Aug. 29, Ed Ben David on Sept. 2, everyone's friend Ruthie Metell on Sept. 4 and Master Skylar Christopher Hall who will turn the big five on Sept. 6.

Curt Downs of South Hadley and Brian and Bart Downs of Watertown spent last week vacationing with their parents Gaynell and Charles Downs at the Downs homestead on New York Ave.

Lois Debettencourt traveled to Cooperstown , N.Y., last week, the home of the Baseball Hall of Fame. That area brings back memories to me of those James Fennimore Cooper books I so enjoyed in school and beyond. While there, Lois, her daughter-in-law Rebecca and grandson Dylan watched Lois's son Jay Debettencourt's Little League team, the Sandwich Starz, play in nine games at Dreamers park. Jay and Rebecca's son Jordan was also a member of the team. More than 95 teams from every state and Canada participated in this tournament. There were 22 playing fields and games were being played constantly. The Starz won eight of their nine games losing to the Barckeridge, Washington, team.

Remember that the end of the summer season also brings the beginning of school, so please take extra care when driving as enthusiastic younger students sometimes throw caution to the wind while walking or biking to school these first few days.

Enjoy your week and send your news along to me.