Town Column


By Gail Craig
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Posted February 15, 2007

I'm feeling a little less than inspired about writing the column this week. It must be a winter thing.

Many of us were shocked and saddened last week by the news that Harpo Andrews had passed away. Harpo, husband of the absolutely amazing and resilient Cindy Andrews and father of Tabitha, Meagan, and James, was always so happy go lucky and full of life that it is hard to imagine that he is gone. He was just one of those guys that everyone seemed to know. From his time driving trucks, to his time with the fire department, to driving school buses, to occasionally hanging out at the Rainbow Place preschool with his wife Cindy and a seemingly endless supply of preschoolers, Harpo touched a lot of lives. His smile and laughter will be missed around town. Our hearts and thoughts are with his family during this very difficult time.

I've got to share with you all how proud I was of my Riley the other day. We stopped by Rainbow Place to say hi to Cindy and Riley gave her a big hug and, without any prodding from me said "I'm sorry about Harpo." He then asked how Lukah, Harpo and Cindy's grandson, was doing. I was very proud of him for thinking of them all. So, at least once in awhile, my parenting - or maybe Jamie's - must be on the right track.

Three principal finalists have been selected to return to the Edgartown School for the next phase of the principal search. Elana Aitken, Carlin Hart, and Lisa Sheffield will each have a day-long visit at the school, to meet with faculty, students and the community and get to see a little bit about how the school works on a day-to-day basis. After those visits, hopefully we will have a qualified candidate for the principal position and our school can finally move forward in a positive and exciting direction.

Happy anniversary to Brad and Maureen (McManus) Hill, who celebrated ten wonderful years of wedded bliss on Feb. 7. The anniversary, plus these frigid temperatures we've been having, had Maureen dreaming about being back in St. John, USVI, which is where the two got married, which is the only sensible place to get married if you're going to do it in February!

Happy birthday to Barbara Prada, who celebrated on Feb. 7 and to Devin Jane Hill, who turns 5 today!

The American Cancer Society's Relay for Life on Martha's Vineyard will be June 1 and 2 this year. The event starts at 3 pm Friday and ends at 12 noon on Saturday, raising money for research for cures and services for people who are fighting currently or who have fought cancer. Less than 10 percent of the money raised goes to administrative costs. Anyone interested in learning more about the event or who already knows that they are going to have a team should attend the Kick Off meeting on Feb. 22 at 6:30 pm in the hospital cafeteria. Team packets will be given out, meeting schedules provided, and cut-off dates for different things will be given as well. They would really like to make this year's event bigger and better than ever so if you can, head over to the meeting and join the fund-raiser. It is always an amazing experience to be a part of it, seeing the luminarias firsthand, realizing all of the people touched by cancer, and knowing that you are raising money for a great cause.

Mark Hess is on his annual trek to Palm Springs with Tony Meyers, for two weeks of golf, food, golf, food, golf, food, and a little more golf and food. Kelly is holding down the fort with the kids on this end. I don't know how she does it. Mark definitely married a good sport.

That's about it for this week. I'm sure there is more but I'm just not really with it this week. Bookkeepers during tax season tend to be a little fried, I guess. Have a great week and be sure to get me your news.