Town Columns

West Tisbury

By Hermine Hull - November 16, 2006

It has been so warm this past week, with the smell of fallen and decaying leaves that reminds me of my childhood. Perfect weather for raking and yard work, for painting outside, or going for a walk. Murphy and Tallulah have kept Mike and me busy; they want to be outside playing as soon as the sun comes up.

I am grateful to both Ali Berlow and Abigail Higgins, who pointed out an error in last week's column. The Joel Salatin lectures, "Holy Cow and Hog Heaven," is FREE, with a requested donation of $5, NOT $15 as I mistakenly wrote in my Nov. 9 column. The co-sponsors, Island-Grown Initiative, Martha's Vineyard Agricultural Society, MV Slow Foods, and The FARM Institute all worked hard to make the event free and open to the community. I apologize to all of them and to anyone who may have passed up last Friday's lecture because of the misstated cost. Mr. Salatin will present his second lecture this Friday evening at 7 pm at the Ag Hall. I hope it will be well attended.

The Flu Clinic went off without a hitch, so I guess John Powers and the other Island Health Agents and participating nurses must feel ready and capable in the event of a health emergency. Congratulations for a well-organized clinic.

Also, congratulations to everyone who voted and to all the candidates who ran in the Nov. 7 election. Prudy Whiting gave me the figures: 1,407 residents voted, representing 66.21 percent of West Tisbury's registered voters.

Expect to find in your mailbox this week a copy of the Space Needs Committee Report. It has been mailed to all voters' households in town. Please take the time to read it before the Special Town Meeting scheduled for Nov. 28. The committee, of which I am a member, looks forward to making our presentation to you at Town Meeting, and to holding our first public hearing on Dec. 13, 7 pm, at the Howes House to hear your comments and feedback. Of course, you are welcome to talk to any of us and will find the committee members listed on the last page of the report. The report is also available online at the town's website,

The Massachusetts Fair Convention, held last week in Springfield, was well attended by a group representing our Ag Fair Committee: Eleanor Neubert, Nola Mavro, Noreen Flanders, Eve Heyman, Nancy-Alyce Abbott, Karen Colaneri, Lori Renker, and Kathy Lobb. They reported that the workshops they attended provided many new ideas. Our fair won three awards: First place for the premium book, second place for the poster and second place for T-shirt designs by Janice Haynes. Congratulations!

The West Tisbury Library will hold a Community Poetry Reading on Sunday afternoon, Nov. 19, at 5 pm. The event will celebrate poetry, poets, and West Tisbury Poet Laureate Dan Waters. All are welcome to read their own poetry, a favorite poem by another writer, or just to enjoy listening to the other readers. There will be refreshments served and the event is free.

The library's Monday Night Movie will be "Ladykillers." It stars Alec Guinness, Katie Johnson, Peter Sellers, and Herbert Lom.

I want to wish a "Happy Anniversary" to Tara and Stephen Larsen, who will be married three years this Nov. 21. I wish you many more together.

There are lots of birthdays to commemorate in town. I'll start with the ones I missed. Bob Maciel, Sr. and John Mayhew had birthdays on Nov. 2. Maceo Senna, whose wife Jennifer is a new face at the circulation desk in our library, celebrated on Nov. 4. Happy Belated Birthday to Judy Jahries (Nov. 6) and Ursula Ferro (Nov. 11). Please remind me when your birthday comes around.

The current week's birthdays include Louise Kernick (Nov. 17), Cathy Mathiesen (Nov. 20), Eleanor Waldron and Bernice Kirby (Nov. 21), and Dan Cabot on Nov. 22. Have a great day!

Three of my friends have returned from holidays off-Island and it shows how diverse their interests are. Linda Hearn spent the past week on a Disney Cruise in the Caribbean with her grandchildren. Leslie Baker visited a friend in Naples, Florida, where she drew, looked at galleries, and marveled at the wildlife on Sanibel and Captiva islands. Sue Hruby bundled up for a polar bear-watching expedition in the Hudson Bay. All of their pictures and stories were wonderful, especially Sue's reports of the fragility of the ice caps and polar bear habitat, but I think I would have opted for shorts, flip-flops, and sunshine.