If there was one word to describe this winter thus far, I think it would be dreary. Fog and rain have settled over us like a blanket, which if we allow it, could easily push us into a joyless slump. Perhaps it is Mother Nature's way of forcing us to relax and re-think and accomplish all those things we have put on the back burner for so long.
The winter may seem to go on forever, but the Library will make that time seem short with the many programs it is offering. Don't forget Family Games Night at 6 pm on Thursdays, followed on Fridays by the age six to ten Story Time and Crafts at 3:30 pm. On Wednesday, Jan. 24, Felix Neck will visit the Preschool Story Time at 10:30 am.
Isn't it amazing how living in this small community, you can receive so much support and help. The VanDerlaske family sends a thank-you to everyone in the Oak Bluffs School community for their unwavering support, kind thoughts and willingness to take care of their family when they needed it the most.
Remember that the All-Island Elementary String Concert will be held at the Martha's Vineyard Regional High School Performing Arts Center on Thursday, Jan. 25, at 6:30 pm. I am sure you will be amazed at the talent of these young musicians, as I always have been.
Daniel Henderson collected the most box tops during the month of December and for his efforts won a $25 gift certificate to the Toy Box. A total of 1,595 box tops were collected that month. The school is still collecting them, so please keep saving them.
Save Saturday, Jan. 27, for the annual Cake Walk, which will be held from 6:30 to 8 pm. There are several themes this year, including Sports, Super Bowl Cake, April Fools Cake, Non-Cake Cake and many others. Check with the school for more info.
Thanks to Joe Vera, who reminded me that Melvin DeBettencourt was not mentioned in my column regarding people we should remember. Melvin - loved father, grandfather, and friend - will always be remembered as the faithful greeter in the David Healey Mall where he always found time to say hello and share news with those that he met there daily, while sitting on his bench in the sun.
A good friend to many is leaving the Island soon. Dr. John Campbell will be leaving his chiropractic practice to take a teaching position at Palm College in Port Orange, Fla. There he will be a Pediatric Chiropractor instructor. He and Marcia are looking forward to this new step, but also will miss their many patients and friends here on the Island. We wish them well, but do have to admit our congratulations are mixed with a bit of sadness at the thought of their leaving. They are taking "a leave of absence" after 30 years of practice here on the Island. There absence will be felt by many, not only patients but by the many organizations they have helped throughout their years here.
We send birthday smiles to Joellen Keaney and Aurora Austin on Jan. 18, Alfie Araujo on Jan 20, and Catherine Deese on Jan 21
Enjoy your week and send your news along to me please.