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Oak Bluffs

By Megan Alley
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Posted January 11, 2007

I have looked everywhere and every day I keep searching but I absolutely cannot find winter! Has anyone on this Island seen it? We seem to be caught in a riptide of sun, rain, cooling, warming up etc. etc. It just keeps rolling along as I, a confirmed snow-lover, greet each day with a bit of disappointment but I am probably in the minority.

Save Thursday, Jan. 25, for the All-Island Elementary String Concert at the Martha's Vineyard Regional High School (MVRHS) Performing Arts Center. The concert will start at 6:30 pm and students in grades 1 through 8 will take the stage to perform pieces from classical to swing.

We send birthday smiles to Kevin O'Donnell who was 15 on Jan. 9, Richard Mavro and Jack deBettencourt on Jan. 12, Gert Knowlton, who will be 95 years young on Jan. 13, Tyson Araujo on Jan. 16, Kat deBettencourt on Jan. 17 and an extra special smile to grandson Sam Alley who will turn the magic (so he thinks) 16 on Jan. 11.

And let us not forget Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, which will be celebrated Monday, Jan. 15.

Could there have been a more hilarious birthday party this month than the one given to Eric deBettencourt and Richard Combra Jr., in celebration of their 40th birthdays. The party took place at the PA club in Oak Bluffs where family and friends gathered and surprised the two birthday "boys." There were cards to read, gifts to open, dancing and a slide show of Eric's and Richard's lives. Their spouses, Hope deBettencourt and Jen Combra, were the sparks behind this successful venture. Richard Packish, a long-time friend of both Richard and Eric, traveled from Florida to be at the celebration.

Wes and Sandy Mott send news of their Christmas with Sarah and Jason Alwardt and grandchildren Morgan and Benjamin Alwardt at Walt Disney World for a magical Christmas celebration. Parades, fireworks, rides and other special times were shared. Disney's New Year's message was "Let there be Peace on Earth and let it begin with me." A message for all for 2007.

Irene Tewksbury, children's librarian at the Oak Bluffs Library, tells us that the 10-year-old story time kids voted to name the new large toy panda Snowball. Irene, along with her husband Matt, is leaving on a 17-day tour to visit Egypt and spend a few days in Jordan. The trip is to belatedly celebrate their 20th anniversary, which was in November. She will be keeping in touch with us along the way. Sue Mitchell is going to be the Story Time host in her absence.

Thursday, Jan. 11, is family games night at 6 pm at the library. They have a nice selection of games or you may bring your own. Friday, Jan. 12, is age 6 to 10 story time and craft at 3:30 pm. It will be a mitten theme. The pre-school story time, at 10:30 am on Wednesday, Jan. 17, will have a Big Books theme. On Tuesday, Jan. 16, at 6 pm, the library will be showing a new DVD release about the environment on a large projection screen. Call the library for more information at 508-693-9433.

The Oak Bluffs School is celebrating our Island and Country's diversity by integrating multi-cultural studies into the curriculum for the months of January and February. Parents and members of the community who have traveled abroad or have a special cultural talent are invited to share their talents with a class or a grade. There will also be appropriate exhibits in the school library from four of the major continents and if you have artifacts (non-breakable and replaceable) that you care to loan or donate, please send them to the office.

The MVRHS Irish Club will hold their annual corned beef and cabbage fund-raising dinner at the Portuguese-American Club on Saturday, Jan. 13. The dinner is from 5 to 8 pm and you may call Rose Cogliano at 508-693-4724 or Elaine Weintraub at the High School at 508-693-1033 for tickets.

Orlie Alwardt remains a patient at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. Please find the time to drop him a brief note or card. The address is: Brigham & Women's, 75 Francis St., Floor 3-Section B, Room 37 (MICU unit) Boston, MA 02115

Enjoy your week. I plan on doing so, snow or no snow. Send your news along to me please.