Town Columns


By Jacqueline Sexton - October 26, 2006

It doesn't seem possible that it's time to change the clocks around and return to Eastern Standard Time, just when we've all gotten used to Daylight Saving Time. Turn your clocks back an hour, next Sunday. We'll get used to the early darkness in a few weeks.

Richard and Christine Williams are home after spending several days in Washington, D.C. They visited old friends and were guests of the Royal Air Force at a reception at the residence of British ambassador Sir David Manning. The occasion was the 66th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

Linda Thompson will show new paintings at the library starting next Monday. Her landscapes focus on the experience of walking down paths to the water. The show will be up for the month of November, and there will be a reception during Thanksgiving weekend.

The fourth and fifth grader's UNICEF fair will take place tomorrow, Oct. 27, at the community center starting at 1:30 pm. This is always a lively event with games and baked goodies and has long been a successful fund-raiser.

Busy birthday weekend coming up. Many happy returns to Katie Carroll, Paul Mayhew, Mitch Posin, and Patty Rossi, all celebrating tomorrow, Oct. 27. And to Chris Mayhew and Brahmin Thurber, who both will be eight years old on Saturday. Ed Sussman will celebrate with the ghosts and the spirits on the 31st.

And a happy birthday to my colleague across the border, Hermine Hull, on Nov. 1.

Everyone is busy planning costumes for the firefighter's Halloween party on Tuesday, Oct. 31, at 5 pm at the community center. Come one, come all!

"The Best of Times" is the theme for the 18th women's symposium next Saturday, Oct. 28, at the community center from 9 am to noon. There will be speakers and small group discussions. Refreshments will be served.

The Cape and Islands NPR station (90.1) will host a discussion of programming and efforts to improve reception on the Vineyard next Wednesday, Nov. 1, from 5 to 6:30 at the community center. Light refreshments will be served. Station manager John Voci and broadcast director Steve Young will preside.

Lisa Biblo-Vanderhoop, canine photographer and creator of the 2007 Sea Dogs Calendar, will talk about her work next Wednesday, Nov. 1, 5:30 until 6:30 at the library. She will discuss the challenges of photographing dogs in the water from the dog's point of view.

David Vanderhoop of the Wampanoag Tribe Shellfish Hatchery will talk at the Aquinnah library next Thursday, Nov. 2, from 5 to 6 pm. Both programs are free, sponsored by the Friends of the Chilmark and Aquinnah libraries.

We report with sadness the passing last week of Abel's Hill resident Howard Coe. Mr. Coe was a regular at the Menemsha Pond Races and a long-time member of the Chilmark Town Affairs Council. One friend describes him as "the tall, white-haired gent who had a way with the ladies."

Graveside services were held, followed by a potluck reception at the community center.