Town Columns


By Kay Mayhew - September 14, 2006

Congratulations to my husband Donald Mayhew. On Saturday he will be 75 years old. That day will also mark two weeks since his surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital. He had suffered several mini strokes, but he is now well on his way to a full recovery.

Several of you noticed my positive comments two weeks ago on the EMTs in our town. They were only the beginning of Donald's adventures through the medical maelstrom. We owe many thanks to all of those involved, including the doctors, the hospital teams, the EMTs here as well as in Oak Bluffs and Boston who delivered him safely to Massachusetts General Hospital, and to our many friends who provided love and concern as well as delicious meals on our return.

More than 50 sailboats competed in the Moffett Race last Saturday. The harbor was full of glistening white sails on the sparkling water. The water was still quite warm, which meant that while many of our visitors have left, the jellyfish have not.

Did you know that 210 children signed up for the summer reading program at the Vineyard Haven Library? Among them, they read more than 2,700 books. I would love to know which ones they liked the best.

On four Wednesday afternoons at 3:30 pm, the library will show four films by the Japanese master of animation Hayao Miyazaki. They feature young people facing complicated and magical situations. Love, nature, and the struggle of the weak against the strong are recurring themes aimed at young adults. I can assure you that even old adults will enjoy these weekly treats.

The library will present the Northwest Earth Institute's course on Choices for Sustainable Living over the next eight weeks. You need a workbook (cost $17) which you can purchase at the first meeting, next Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. If you have questions, call Betty Burton at 508-696-4211 ext. 16.

The book group at the Library is reading "Voyage of the Narwhal" by Andrea Barrett. Join in the discussion at 1:30 pm next Thursday, Sept. 21. This is an interesting novel of polar exploration: about the men who sailed to the Artctic in the mid-19th century, about the Inuit they encountered in a frozen landscape, and about the women left behind. The characters explore ideas of race, culture, and evolution that were current just before the Civil War.

Bet you did not know that the knitting class has to count calories as well as stitches. The Friday knitting group at the Tisbury Senior Center met early last Friday so that Glenna Barkan of Oak Bluffs could teach the members how to make piecrust. The subject of making a good piecrust came up a few weeks ago. Glenna said she would share her mother's recipe and give hands-on instruction. The knitting group made delicious quiche using Glenna's piecrust recipe and Sandy Whitworth's quiche recipe. The group knitted while the quiche baked, and then everyone enjoyed a delicious lunch.

Belated birthday greetings to Mike Ciancio. He had a big one last week. Susan Rice also had a birthday Monday. Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Joyce Stiles Tucker and tomorrow to Kevin Olson. Happy birthday to Stephen Hammond on Saturday. Samantha Valley and Hilda Illingsworth will celebrate on Sunday. Next Tuesday belongs to Barbara Maciel. On Wednesday Jan Dorchester will be celebrating her birthday and regaining her health as she recuperates from pneumonia.

Heard on Main Street: "Duct tape is like 'the Force.' It has a light side and a dark side, and it holds the universe together."