Town Column


By Jacqueline Sexton
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Posted April 5, 2007

The trees are budding, the grass has a green shimmer, daffodils are up, and the birds are back as we approach Easter, the season of joyful regeneration. The United Methodist Church will have its traditional sunrise service at 6 am at the Bend in the Road Beach in Edgartown followed by breakfast at the Old Whaling Church, also in Edgartown. Sunday worship service in Chilmark will be held as usual at 11 am. Happy Easter!

The sustainable book club, an Island-wide group, reads and discusses books that examine our relationship with nature. Everyone is invited to join. The club is sponsored by all six Island libraries, Felix Neck Sanctuary, the Vineyard Conservation Society, and the Polly Hill Arboretum. The next meeting will be at the Chilmark library on Wednesday, April 25, at 5:30 pm to discuss Barbara Kingsolver's "Prodigal Summer," of which Publisher's Weekly writes: "...(focuses ) on the ecological damage done by herbicides and ethical questions about raising tobacco...). The library has copies of the book in large print, regular print, and audio.

The League of Women Voters plans a candidate's night at the library next Thursday, April 12, at 7 pm. It's a good opportunity to ask questions of the candidates.

Islanders frequently vacation on other islands, and Anguilla, a British colony in the Caribbean, is the latest popular destination, according to Bill and Betty Haynes, who recently visited there. Dion Thomas, chef at The Cornerway has a restaurant, The Overlook, there, keeping in touch with his Caribbean cuisine. Menemsha summer visitor Jimmy Buffet was there last month giving a concert "for 1,000 people in enough space for about 100." A number of other families from around the Island were also spotted. If you're seeking the unspoiled quality of the Island, hurry to get there soon before the condos and other ephemera of resort life eclipse all vestiges of the simple life.

School children in Chilmark continue to benefit enormously from input by numerous volunteers. In Diane Gandy's April issue of The Bell Tower, she reports that custodian Lisa Nichols brought scrapbooks, post cards and other mementos from the 1900s, collected by her great-grandfather Steven Cottle and his wife, Adelaide, to show the students who are presently studying whales. Mr. Cottle was captain of the Belvedere, a whaling ship out of Edgartown.

And Rebecca Gilbert of Native Earth Teaching Farm on the North Road came to talk about sheep and wool. She brought lots of drop spindles for the children to practice with.

Ms. Gandy also reminds parents who would like to be chaperones, "You must have a completed CORI on file with the superintendent's office before you are allowed to go on field trips." As this is a busy time of year and applications are taking longer than usual to process, she recommends that you pick up your application today.

More school news: The school is helping the FARM Institute by collecting used books to support their book drive. So drop off your used books in the boxes under the great table. Any age book is fine, and boxes are marked for ages up to adult.

Jennifer Morgan e-mails the news that the MSPCA, next to the Vineyard Veterinary Clinic in Edgartown, is having a rabies and micro-chipping clinic this Saturday, April 7, from 10 am to 1 pm. A $10 donation for the rabies shot and $30 for the micro-chipping would be appreciated.