Town Columns

Oak Bluffs

By Megan Alley - October 19, 2006

Fall chores keep us outside and how fortunate that it has been beautiful weather. I have been busy transferring the basil and rosemary plants to pots and see if they will last the winter in my kitchen. I remembered that it is time to bring into the house my Christmas cactus too. Last year I nearly lost them as I completely forgot about them until November. Fortunately, as one of them was started from a cutting from my mother's plant and is well over 20 years old, they did recover. Thanks to the article a few weeks ago in the calendar section of the Times, I am attempting to prune my lavender plants that line the edges of the driveway and hope that no one mows them down with their car if they become covered with snow. I have had a lot of my plants and shrubs "pruned" that way through the years, even when I put those high poles with blue reflectors on the tops to mark the edge of the lawn. And so the preparations start for the start of our cooler season.

Don't forget to save this Sat., Oct. 21, to attend the Oak Bluffs School annual eighth grade auction. Just to refresh your memory it takes place at the Ocean View, starting at 6:30 pm. Students in grade 8 will baby-sit for free!!

Happy news from Olivia Law. She and Nicholas Tilton became engaged during a beautiful long weekend in North Conway, N.H., while visiting Nicholas's` great grandfather, who is 96. Nicholas popped the question while the couple were visiting the top of Mt. Washington, and of course she said yes. Olivia's parents are Jesse and Patricia Law of Oak Bluffs, and Herbert and Lisa Tilton, also of Oak Bluffs are Nicholas's parents. Both families are excitingly preparing for the up-coming July wedding. Nicholas and Olivia are both members of the Oak Bluffs Fire Dept. with Nicholas serving on Engine 3 and Olivia as an EMT on the Ambulance Squad. And just to top it all off, Nicholas turned 25 on Oct. 9.

The Oak Bluffs Library Children's section always sponsors the most interesting contests. The latest one offers the winner a book and a little toy kitten for guessing the amount of acorns that are in a basket on the Children's circulation desk.

The school would like to reassure you that, along with all the schools on the Island, they have an immediate response crisis plan that they would follow in the event of an emergency crisis. They have planned a crisis drill for all staff this week in order to review their procedures and protocols. They have also reviewed their security "lock-down" plan, which serves to secure the building when they need to. Please know that access to the school building is restricted, at most times of the day, to the front door only. If you wish to see or discuss the school's emergency plan, please drop by the school's office.

There will be a grave-side memorial service for former Oak Bluffs resident and beloved Tisbury science teacher Fred Glodis this Sat., Oct. 21, at 12:30 pm in Oak Grove Cemetery in Vineyard Haven. Fred was a friend to so many people, both adults and his students. A reception will follow at the American Legion Post 257 on Martin Rd. in Vineyard Haven. All family, friends, teachers, and former students are welcome.

Up-coming programs at the Oak Bluffs Library are as follows: Family Games Night at 6 pm on Thurs., Friday, Oct. 20 at 3:30 pm age 6 to 10 Story Time about Spiders and Ghosts. Crafts after reading., Wed. Oct. 25 at 10:30 am: preschool story time Halloween, not so spooky stories, make bat wing headgear, then a mini party. Come in costume if you can.

Things have changed a bit around the house: last Wednesday, my daughter-in-law, Debra, arrived here to bring my 18-month-old granddaughter, Paige Elizabeth Alley, for a ten-day stay while she and my son Dion vacation in Italy. My first thought was will I be able to survive ten days taking care of a toddler but after I managed to secure Paige in her car seat with one leg through the arm belt instead of where it belonged, I wondered if the child would survive me taking care of her. But thanks to my daughters Mary and Kati and granddaughter Talia, I have had plenty of help and advice, so I think we all will all enjoy this opportunity to get better acquainted.

We send birthday smiles to Vincent Frye who celebrated on Oct. 18, Erich Luening on Oct. 20, and Judy Willliamson on Oct. 22.