Town Columns


By Jacqueline Sexton - September 21, 2006

The days are warm, the nights are cool, and the grapes are almost ready to be picked. The stores have stocked jelly jars and pectin and cheesecloth, so get to work!

Those of you who may be interested in learning more about astrology will have the opportunity this weekend at a workshop at the home of Arlan Wise given by Robert Carre, a consulting astrologist who practices and teaches in New York City's SoHo district. The workshop centers on helping students develop a disciplined approach to interpretation. Mr. Carre carries on the helping tradition of his teacher, the late Zoltan Mason, and teaches daily classes. The workshop will take place Saturday, Sept. 23, from 10 am to 4:30 pm. The cost is $125 and includes lunch. Arlan Wise is The Times's astrology columnist. Please call her at 508-645-9292 for directions and more information.

The Howes House Writers had a busy time last week reading selections from their journal, Martha's Vineyard Writing, at both the Aquinnah Public Library and the Howes House. Aquinnah Library director Jennifer Christy has arranged the tiny library in what once was "the little red schoolhouse" into a warm, welcoming, and busy place with a computer section, a children's room and as many books as the neat rows of stacks can hold.

U. S. Army Col. (Ret.) Dr. Everett Spees will talk next Wednesday, Sept. 27, at the Chilmark library, 5:30 to 6:30 pm about medical care for combat victims in Iraq. A surgeon and a chaplain, Dr. Spees was recalled to active duty from July 2004 to June 2005 to treat combat casualties and is presently being processed for another voluntary tour in Landstuhl, Germany. He will briefly review treatment of wounded soldiers from the Revolution through wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and recount some of his recent experiences. The talk is free, sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Police officer Brian Cioffi and his wife Kari and their baby Bryce have moved into their new house, built by Carl Flanders, in Tysbury Manor. Kari is a math teacher at the West Tisbury school.

Unfazed by the weather, Matt Mayhew took the Quitsa Strider offshore for a week of dragging.

Assistant librarian Kristin Maloney reports a successful summer reading program, with 150 readers enrolled. And she thanks local merchants for participating in the program with redeemable coupons. They are Chilmark Chocolates with a chocolate lollipop; Chilmark store, slice of pizza; Menemsha Market, stick of candy; Menemsha Café, bag of chips; Menemsha Texaco, Popsicle; The Galley, small ice cream cone, and The Bite, small fries.

It was strange to see the words "Lucy Vincent Beach" loom up from The New York Times opinion page last Sunday in an article by Jerry Avorn, a Harvard Medical School professor. Mr. Avorn, wrote about being stung by a jellyfish while body-surfing and his discovery, thanks to a passing nurse, that the cure required the removal of the tentacle. Herewith, then, a helpful hint for any future swimmers similarly attacked.

Good luck to the fishermen. If tales from the resident fisherman in this family are any indication, they need a lot of it. A fish smaller than the lure that attracts it isn't going to win any Grand Prize.