Town Columns

Oak Bluffs

By Megan Alley - September 28, 2006

A touch of fall is in the air and it inspires us to prepare for the cooler days ahead. It is good that I do not have to depend on my summer garden to provide food for the winter, because this year it only consisted of one plum tomato plant, which did extremely well, yielding so far more than 30 tomatoes, plus a basil plant, oregano and numerous lavender plants.

The squirrels are already dropping half eaten acorns on the brick paths, and Sunday marked the return of my favorite "back porch" squirrel, who fearlessly hops up the steps and peers in the door for peanut treats. I guess he has been on summer vacation in other areas and now has returned here, where the food supply is easier and better.

We send birthday smiles to Will deBettencourt IV on Oct. 3, and Billy Norton and Tony White who share Oct. 5.

Priscilla Sylvia has returned from a visit to California where she attended the wedding of her son Carl Hjelm to Kirsten Doherty. While there Priscilla stayed with Kirsten's sister and her husband in El Dorado Hills and was able to meet many of Kirsten's family members. Carl, who has a son Griffin, now has two more sons, Alexander and Chase.

Charles Davis Jr., better known as Chuck, is an underwater cinematographer and has been working with Jean Michel Cousteau, the son of the famous Jacques Cousteau. Chuck was the director of photography for the PBS production of "America's Underwater Treasures." He is the son of Gerri Davis Cronig and the late Charles Davis Sr.

News from our Oak Bluffs School is both good and bad. Unfortunately, as happens every fall, head lice are showing up in the Island schools, but they are doing well at controlling it. Teachers are encouraging students to wear hair up, and they are checking every head. The most important part of this message is the nurse's request to not keep this a secret. Let your friends and the school know, and they can handle the facts and act accordingly. You are helping the school avoid a bigger problem by early detection.

The PTO had a great turnout for their first meeting. Laurie Binney spoke about the School Advisory Council and its role. A parent representative for the council will be elected at the open house on Oct. 11.

Check out the Treasure Our Island after-school program which starts on Monday, Oct. 2. This program is coordinated through the Island's YMCA and will run Monday through Friday for all Island students in grades K-9. A variety of activities are offered as well as healthy snacks, free play, recess time, and homework help.

Eve Hayman, one of the "Fair Ladies," sends a message of thanks to everyone who entered their items and livestock in The Fair this year. She hopes that you are already dreaming up your next flower arrangement, quilt, or any other project that you would like to enter next year.

On Saturday, Wesley Mott celebrated his 60th birthday (which was Sept. 18), in style with friends at the Wharf Restaurant. His younger brother and wife dropped in from Foxboro and really surprised him. His brother is fearful of boats and has not been over to the Island in 15 years. Even President Clinton dropped in (in a rubber Halloween mask) to give his best wishes. A good time was had by all.

I just want to assure those people who dared to ask and those who didn't, that in spite of the fact my picture was in the paper for two consecutive weeks, I am definitely not running for any political office.

Enjoy your week, and send your news along to me.