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By Gail Craig
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Posted March 1, 2007

Well, I guess I can say that things have improved over last week. We all seem to be over our bouts of "the bug" and Roxie, our 13-year-old lab is doing better. When I took her off Island last week, we thought she needed abdominal surgery but we managed to dodge that after some further testing. She has liver disease and hepatitis but the medicines the doctors put her on seem to be working and she has definitely made a lot of improvement, for which we are most grateful, and, of course, significantly poorer.

This whole older, sick dog issue has been an interesting study in the value of life. When you tell people you spent x amount on your 13-year-old dog, you get some very definite reactions, both negative and positive. I have to admit to thinking that we must be crazy spending huge amounts on such an old girl but then I think about in human terms and it all changes. One wouldn't withhold medical care from a person just because they were old. Dogs are at least as faithful, devoted, and loving as many people, so why would we withhold care from them? At any rate, my girl is better and that is what counts.

I got an e-mail from Caroline Fenske, who recently traveled to Florida with sons Charlie and Lukas. They apparently ran into John Williamson on the boat, who offered them a ride to the airport, keeping the kids laughing the whole way, which is not the least bit surprising to any of us who know John. Caroline was most appreciative of John's generosity, which ultimately allowed them to catch an earlier flight. This in turn got the Fenske clan to Florida during daylight hours, which was indeed fortuitous, as Caroline had inadvertently brought the wrong house key with her. She then had to spend an extensive amount of time searching through grass and dirt and snakes, red ants, and lizards for a hidden key. After a somewhat less than ideal arrival, let's hope the rest of their vacation fared better.

The American Cancer Society Relay for Life planning committee met for the team kickoff meeting last Thursday and it was a great success. There are 26 teams so far, which already exceeds last year's numbers, but there is still room for more. If you were unable to make the kickoff meeting and still would like to have a team, fear not. All materials are available at the Vineyard Haven Library. The next team captains' meeting will be March 21 at the MV Hospital cafeteria at 6:30 pm. If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail Amy Sullivan at

Members of the MV Regional High School class of 1962 are trying to put together a fall reunion. If interested, contact Beth Mayhew or Cindy Barrett, P.O. Box 63, Chilmark, MA 02535.

That's it for this week because I've hit my deadlines - the one imposed by the editors at the paper and, more importantly I think, the one imposed by two kids, bundled up in multiple layers of sweaters, coats, hats, mittens, and snow pants, waiting to go sledding on what will, God willing, be their only opportunity to do so this year.

Have a great week. Be sure to get me your vacation news.