Town Columns


By Kay Mayhew - October 26, 2006

Our own Louisa Gould was the Derby photographer this year. All 1,300 images are on her web site,, or on a CD that costs $20, available at her Gallery at 13 Beach St. Ext. across from the Black Dog Tavern. Not a bad stocking stuffer for any fisherman or kids (includes the kid's derby, awards ceremony, and all five weeks of the Derby).

As soon as I complained about the lack of Island colors, it seemed as if every vine and bush in town burst out in glory. Stop on Clough Lane and admire the colors of the Bradford Pear trees. November seems the gloomiest month until the bright colors flare up to brighten our days.

Herb Ward says that the Martha's Vineyard Regional High School class of 1966 held their 40th reunion in mid-October, with festivities at the Portuguese-American Club and Farm Neck Golf Club. Tisbury classmates who participated and are still living in Tisbury were Elaine Marchant Ciancio, and her husband Mike, Carol Backus Osborn and her husband Jim, Shelley Devine Carter, and Herb Ward. The Tisbury classmates who came from Connecticut were James Duarte from New Haven, Joan Haggerty Duggan from Pomfret Center, and Linda Figueiredo D'Alfonso from New Britain. Also now living in Massachusetts were Beatrice Welch D'Angelo from Hull and Catherine Kinnecom Carruthers from Newton Highlands. Others from away were John Stone and his wife Wendy White Stone from Ozark, Alabama; Janet Figueiredo Scatton-Berry from Chambersburg, Pennyslvania; and Sharon Snowden Healy from Columbia, Maryland.

The special guests at the reunion included Barbara Duart and her daughter Rebecca (Peter Duart, who died earlier this year, was a member of the class of 1966), and Deborah Eggers who had been a classmate at the Tisbury Junior High School with them.

Congratulations to Jeanne and Douglas Dowling on the birth of their 10th grandchild, Claire Lynette Carlson. Claire was born on Sept. 4. She lives in Glastonbury, Conn., with her mom Jennifer, dad Nathan Carlson, and big sisters Grace and Anna.

Dr. George Woodwell of the Woods Hole Research Center will speak at the Cornell Theatre this Monday at 6:30 pm. He warns that we can no longer ignore global warming. If the scientists are right, we have just 10 years to avert a major catastrophe of extreme weather, floods, droughts, epidemics, and killer heat waves beyond anything we have ever experienced. All are invited to this free evening of information presented by the Vineyard Haven Library.

Want to feel good about sharing for Thanksgiving? This way you have no cooking and no clean-up. Let your family give a Thanksgiving meal to an Island family in need. For $25, you provide turkey, stuffing, potatoes, cranberry sauce, dinner rolls, onions, carrots, apples, butternut squash, canned pumpkin, and gravy. The Vineyard Committee on Hunger will order and distribute the meals in November. Make your tax-deductible check out to Vineyard Committee on Hunger, marked for the Family-to-Family Program. Mail your check to VCOH, P.O. Box 1874, Vineyard Haven MA 02568. Then be thankful that you can do this.

The Heath Hen Quilt & Yarn Shop invites you to a knitting exhibition on Saturday, Nov. 11. Drop off knitted items between 9 am and 5 pm on the previous Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday at the Clark House on State Road. The exhibit will be open from 10 to 2 on Saturday, including a yarn "tasting" party from 11 to 2 with yarns from Westminster Fibers. Also at the Clark House, Jessica Oas will be teaching intarsia from 2:30 pm, making a table runner. Interested knitters must stop by the shop to get their kit. The Heath Hen Shop will be closed Nov. 11.

Mark your calendar now to get your antique treasures appraised. Appraisal Day is coming on Saturday, December 2, to the Martha's Vineyard Historical Society. Call 508-627-4441 to reserve your time. One item costs $10 or bring three for $25.

Happy anniversary to Bill and Marie Connelly on Monday.

Belated birthday balloon wishes go out to Barbara Donald. Happy Birthday to Jeff Kristal of the Crocker House Inn who parties tomorrow. Sunday is a special day for Kaylee Donnella Kuehne. Ann Davey celebrates on Wednesday.

Heard on Main Street: "Always remember that you're unique. Just like everyone else."