Town Columns


By Jacqueline Sexton - September 28, 2006

Questions visitors ask: "How do you pronounce Akeenah?"

"Akwinnah," answers the local.

"Another thing - is it Edgarville or Edgarburg?"


The visitors zip up the windows of their SUVs and roll off to the northeast.

It makes one wonder what the locals in, say, Spain or Brazil, or even New Mexico, say about us.

Marvin Joslow, who is retiring as president of the Friends of the Library, clearly enjoyed being the star of the reception the Friends gave in his honor last Wednesday. Mr. Joslow has been a high-profile figure in the life of the library for the last 20 years. He has served in various capacities on the Friends' board and has been a loyal volunteer in the library itself, laboring for days on end on such projects as digitalizing every book in the library when it struggled into the Information Age.

The Friends have a remarkable talent for giving tea parties, and last Wednesday was no exception: Dainty, delicious little finger sandwiches, cookies, carrot cake , and the best iced tea I've ever had. In the unlikely event that Marvin might forget the library, they gave him a present of a handsome yellow tie imprinted with shelves of, you guessed it, books, books, and more books,. He gamely put it on and gave everyone a mini-fashion show.

The setting for the tea party was the library's meeting room whose walls were adorned with Nancy Furino's absolutely beautiful paintings. The guests were buzzing about the paintings in their characteristic strong double-whammy colors. We especially liked the big semi-abstract painting, "Up-Island."

Well-known charter fisherman Buddy Vanderhoop will talk about his experiences tonight, Sept. 28, at the Aquinnah library from 6 to

7 pm; everyone is welcome, and there is no admission charge.

Sally Cohn will show new dance photos at the Chilmark library starting this weekend. Her show will be up for the month of October.

Most of us know or have known someone with Alzheimer's disease but not everyone is aware that there is medication that, in some instances, can slow it down, or that there are support groups for patients and their families on the Island. Word comes from Tom Dresser that the annual "Miles of Memories" walk, organized by Alzheimer's Services of Cape Cod and the Islands to make people aware of available help and to raise money, will take place this Sunday, Oct. 1. The walk starts at noon at the Tisbury Senior Center and will go along Beach Road past the hospital to the Oak Bluffs Senior Center. All funds raised will remain in the area, going to support groups and respite care. Please call Mr. Dresser at 508-693-1050 for more details.

Journalist and author Phyllis Meras will talk about her new book, "Country Editor: Henry Beetle Hough and the Vineyard Gazette" at the library next Wednesday, Oct. 4, 5:30-6:30 pm; everyone is welcome and the event is free. Ms. Meras, a long-time Island resident, is a former managing editor of the Gazette and has served on the staff of The New York Times and The Providence Journal. She has written 13 books.

We were sorry to learn of the death last week of Arthur Peckham. We send our sympathies to his wife, Ernestine Mayhew Peckham, and his children.

The state Ethics Commission will present a seminar on conflict of interest law for the town of Chilmark, tentatively scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 12, at 3:30 pm at the town hall. The seminar, given by public education director Carol Carson, is for board, commission, and committee members as well as for elected officials, public employees, and interested citizens. Please call Annette Anthony at 508-645-2100 for the definite date and any questions.