Town Column


By Kay Mayhew
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Posted January 4, 2007

Nothing is more heartbreaking than a fire in the holiday season. A family member in Connecticut lost her house and a well-loved pet to a fire the day after Christmas. The night before the early morning fire, she had removed the battery from her smoke alarm because "it kept going off." Smoke alarms are like seat belts. They have the very real purpose of saving lives.

We have all enjoyed travel talks, complete with slides or albums of photographs. This one is different. Carol Loud invites you to enjoy tea at the Tisbury Senior Center while she reminisces about 20th century traveling on the old Trans-Canadian Railway. Her trip began by bus in Berkley, California, to Oregon, where she boarded the train to Maine in 1990. The tea is from 1:30 to 2:30 pm on Thursday, Jan. 18. For reservations, call 508 696-4205.

The holiday break is over. Kathy Stinson, children's librarian at the Vineyard Haven Library, says all the regular children's programs are running now, with no charge for any of these programs. They include story hours on Tuesday for little ones, chess club at 6 pm Tuesday for school-aged children, and knitting on Saturday mornings at 10:30 for ages 12 and up.

Also, children aged 6 to 10 should mark their calendars for Jan. 18. That Thursday features puppetry with Robin Tuck at 3:30 pm.

From your lack of response, I guess there are only a few of us who find the herds of feral turkeys annoying and dangerous to our health.

Now that it is the flu season, the best thing you can do is wash your hands often with soap and water.

Seabirds are killed or injured by oil spills and pollution as well as illness. Volunteers are being trained to walk our Island beaches specifically to look for dead or injured birds. The program is offered through Elder Services and the Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine. Volunteers would be asked to walk a specific mile or so of beach once or twice a month. You would not handle the carcass; simply record the data as you will be trained to do. You can e-mail or call Ken Johnson at 508-627-7920 to sign up for the two-hour training that will be held at 4 pm on Saturday, Jan. 20.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Romeo Bonelli. Judy Belushi Pisano makes celebration an art on Sunday. Party on Monday with Allyson Wajda and Ned Orleans. Wednesday will have lots of candles and birthday wishes for David Burt.

Heard on Main Street: "Happy New Year!"