Town Column


By Jacqueline Sexton
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Posted March 22, 2007

Police chief Tim Rich's mother, Ione Rich, was flown to a Boston hospital last week for treatment. We wish her well and hope for good news soon.

The Rev. Dr. Mary Jane O'Connor-Ropp will lead a mini-Lenten retreat this Saturday, March 24, from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm at the church. The theme: "Near to the heart of God." Scripture, prayer, silence and song. A soup and bread lunch will be served.

The WIMPs will return to the Katherine Cornell Theatre tomorrow for a fund-raising performance for their younger colleagues, the IMPs and Sketchy Teens. Sketchy Teens, who will also perform, include Lydia Fischer of Aquinnah and Melissa McCormack of Chilmark, tomorrow, Friday, March 23, at 8 pm.

An e-mail from selectman Riggs Parker alerts us to the fact that for the first time the town's budget for the upcoming year is on the town web site, so voters can scrutinize it well ahead of town meeting. The web site is at Click "News and announcements."

Pamela Butterick and Barbara Lopes are rounding up former and current Minnesingers for a 40th reunion to take place this summer. Plans are to hold a concert and reception, and planners hope Tom Mills, Minnesinger founder and original director, will be there. Volunteers are needed to form committees. Get in touch with Ms. Butterick at antispung@, or Ms. Lopes at

Fifth-graders took off last Saturday on the 7 am boat for their annual ski trip at Sugarloaf in Cambabassett Valley, Maine. Their chaperones included teacher Jackie Guzalak; nurse Janice Brown; and parents Marshall Carroll, Jim Morgan, Jim Karabees, Greg Mayhew, Jill Bernstein, and Becky Tinus.

Their fourth-grade classmates will spend the week studying the pachyderm in all its splendor with assistant teacher Holly Bellebuono.

Katie and Marshall Carroll and their children, Bradley and Brooks, spent the school vacation in the Big Apple visiting points of interest like the South Street Seaport, the American Museum of Natural History, and a "rather somber walk" around Ground Zero. Bradley enjoyed a reunion with a summer friend, Kate Ross, who lives in New York, so Bradley got a "little dose of big city living," according to her mother, who adds that, for Brooks, the highlight of the trip was hailing taxis.

Kathie and Emmett Carroll, meanwhile, spent a few days in Boston where they attended the Seafood Show at the Hynes, visited museums, dined with friends and, in general, walked around exploring. They had a fine time.

The pre-schoolers are turning into accomplished musicians under the tutelage of Becky Barca-Tinus who instructs them in the strings every Friday. On a recent Friday, her daughter, Amalie, a Chilmark School alumna, came and gave a brief performance. The pre-schoolers will participate in the strings concert this Saturday, March 25, at the Old Whaling Church in Edgartown.  

The children also performed "Ferdinand the Bull" under the direction of dramatic arts teacher Phyllis Vecchia.

More news of traveling townsfolk: Julie and Bella Thorpe, Beth, Mariah and Jessica Campbell, Beth's friend Jim Welch, Janet, Peter and Andrew Ruimerman all met up with Fran and David Flanders on the Hawaiian island of Kauai. The Ruimermans also visited relatives on Oahu.

Nancy Aronie called to convey her thanks and appreciation for the deluge of phone calls and offers of help from people all over the Island in response to the studio fire at her home earlier this month. "And especially the firefighters and police," she said, adding, "Watching the flames leaping in the high winds was terrifying."