Town Columns


By Kay Mayhew - November 30, 2006

The turkey is still on the table at Colleen Patrick's house. At least it was a few days later. Just as the family sat down for Thanksgiving dinner, there was an explosion. Her son Darren saw flames upstairs in his bedroom, but the fire was already beyond the hand held fire extinguisher. More explosions, probably the electronics in his room, blew out the second floor windows as the family fled out the back door.

They are really lucky to be alive. The high winds fanned the flames which were reaching high over the rooftop at both the back and the front of the house. Billowing smoke hid the building from view as our Tisbury firefighters arrived. Firemen from Oak Bluffs, Edgartown, and West Tisbury soon joined them.

Miraculously, the firemen were able to contain the fire damage to the second floor, even hindered by rain and strong winds. The first floor sustained water and smoke damage with deep water remaining in the basement. No one was seriously hurt although Darren Patrick was slightly singed. The firemen rescued the cats and even retrieved Colleen's soot-covered purse. By Friday morning there were town inspectors, the fire chief, and even a representative from the Red Cross offering help in recovering from the damage. A neighbor offered a nearby house to Colleen's family.

Sally Blair Coker's family and friends filled the Methodist Church to overflowing last Saturday to pay their respects to a very special lady. The service was a true celebration of her life, complete with flowers and music and even balloons and over 40 family members.

Young Evan Kristal is doing fine, thank you. He has been suffering from childhood epilepsy since he was very young. The doctors at Mass General found an unusual ketogenic diet which has helped the child prevent seizures and enjoy an active childhood. WGBH filmed a series of stories about children with epilepsy and included Evan's story in it. You can see this at The video is shown online, along with the full script. Click on the picture of handsome 9-year-old Evan to learn more.

The Tisbury Market & Deli is now open under new management. Mike Cheschi is still offering coffee, muffins and bagels along with eggs for breakfast. Soups, salads, and sandwiches are also available. Mike has spruced up the deli and moved a few things around to expand the seating in the casual meeting place. The hours are 7 am to 6 pm.

The holiday season has begun. All ages will enjoy the staged reading of Dylan Thomas' "A Child's Christmas in Wales." Directed by Leslie Stark, the program starts at 7:30 pm on Saturday evening at the Unitarian Universalist Society.

The American Legion Post 257 Auxiliary will hold a Christmas bazaar and food sale on Saturday from 11 to 2 at the Legion Hall with theme baskets, crafts, homemade candy, freshly baked goodies, and items to be raffled.

Grace Episcopal Church invites you to the annual Holly Day luncheon and bazaar. Children can shop in a room with gifts for under $1. Buy some delectable treats, browse the white elephant table, and get handmade items or greens for the holidays. Enter from Woodlawn Avenue from 11 to 2 on Saturday.

The Martha's Vineyard Museum will host an antiques appraisal day on Saturday from 9 to 3 pm. Call 508-627-4441 for an appointment. You can also make arrangements for Skinner's to auction off that special item you no longer want.

Always wanted to know CPR? Interested in helping your neighbors in need? Visit the Open House for Martha's Vineyard EMTs on Saturday. Find out what it is all about at the Oak Bluffs Fire Station on Saturday from 9 to 12. And maybe you can sign up for the training.

Flu shots are available at the Mansion House on Saturday from 10 to 1. The Visiting Nurse Association will be asking for a donation of $25.

The Vineyard Haven Library now offers knitting for ages 12 and up every Saturday at 10:30 am. Next Tuesday 4- to 5-year-olds will have music with Roberta Kirn at 11 am. Wednesday at 11 am is movie and popcorn for preschoolers.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes for a happy 60th go to Joseph P. Canha today. Also celebrating today is Adam Rogers. Tomorrow wish the best to Porter Fraser and David Grey. Sunday belongs to Elizabeth Searle. Happy birthday to Sarah Wajda on Monday.

Heard on Main Street: If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked something.