Town Column


By Kay Mayhew
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Posted February 15, 2007

Today at 1:30 pm the Vineyard Haven Library book group will be talking about "Broken for You" by Stephanie Kallos. This is the story of an older woman who has a brain tumor and takes in a young woman who has just been dumped by her boyfriend. Reviewers say it is painfully funny and beautifully written. The book group will weigh in their opinions today.

Want to learn more about the soul of Judaism? This course on the Jewish mystical tradition is now being offered at the library. The class is using "The Thirteen Petalled Rose" by Adin Steinsaltz. The study group led by Shoshana Clark began yesterday morning at 10 am. You can still sign up at the library desk or e-mail:

Next Sunday afternoon the Friends of the Library invite you to hear Lew French and see his picture presentation on Vineyard stone walls. Lew is a stonemason and co-author of a book written with Alison Shaw called "Stone by Design: The Artistry of Lew French." More than 125 gorgeous photographs in that book show the work by this award-winning stonemason. Lew French, born in Zumbrota, Minnesota, started to work with stone when he was just 19. He moved to Martha's Vineyard 20 years ago and has worked on his own stone designs exclusively since. His work is the perfect inspiration for anyone interested in adding the beauty of stone to their home or landscape. The free program begins at 3 pm and is open to the public. Refreshments will be served afterwards.

Voters are invited to think about new town expenses and other questions. Where will we build the new fire station? Should we vote to have beer and wine sold in our restaurants? Town meeting is next Tuesday night at 7:30 pm at the Tisbury School.

Betsy Burmeister has raised concern and is now raising money. Her goal is to supply each of the Island fire trucks and ambulances with oxygen masks for animals. In case of a fire our pets would have a better chance of survival. Smoke inhalation can kill any animal. There are donation cans at Cronig's and at Island veterinarians. The masks come in sets of three sizes and cost $55 each.

Do you know someone who wants to work as a lifeguard this summer? Jennifer Fragosa will offer certified Red Cross lifeguard training at the Mansion House starting March 7. The pretest and registration is next Wednesday at 7:30 pm. There are 40 hours of class time in the course, which costs $350 and includes the Red Cross fees. Students must be 15 years old or older and pass a required swim test that includes a 550-yard continuous swim and a surface dive to retrieve a 10-pound diving brick. Call Jennifer Fragosa at 508-693-2200, ext. 123.

Last Sunday I enjoyed the New Orleans style jambalaya dinner served at the Federated Church. The supper was put on to help pay the expenses of the three adults and nine young people who spent their Christmas holiday working on homes damaged back in 2005 by Hurricane Katrina. The area where they worked was hit by a water surge over 15 feet high that destroyed some homes and left muddy silt inside the homes that were left standing. One of the best parts of the dinner was the delicious pecan pie made by one of our neighbors in town.

On Saturday, I tasted the special pulled pork and sweet potato fries prepared by the Rev. Roger Spinney and served with homemade corn bread and more homemade desserts.

Somehow a meal cooked by our neighbors tastes better than one cooked at home.

The folks at the American Legion Hall will serve their popular ham and bean supper on Saturday night from 5 to 7 pm. Cost is only $10 for adults, $5 for children. All that and homemade desserts, too.

Big bunches of birthday balloons go out today to Carrie Tankard. We hope you are feeling better now, too.

Heard on Main Street: "The world is run by those who show up. See you at town meeting."