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By Gail Craig
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Posted April 19, 2007

In honor of my mother and Howard Andrews, I've begun my annual quest to find mayflowers. I have seen plenty of leaves and just today found some buds just starting to face the world but no actual flowers yet. Maybe, like the rest of us, they're just not ready to give up their winter jammies yet! I reckon I'll find some in bloom in no time! It's a fragrance beyond compare.

A few nights ago, I was driving home with the kids and as we headed down the West Tisbury Road by Jernegan Pond and Sweetened Water Pond, I heard it loud and clear - the telltale sound of spring - pinkletinks! Even with the windows closed, the sound was like music to my ears. We turned around and pulled over to the side of the road, rolling the windows down for a full concert. The kids couldn't believe that the sound was coming from little frogs and they desperately wanted to go out searching for them. When doing a Google search for pinkletinks on the computer tonight, I found a site with details of the frogs and it stated that "residents of Martha's Vineyard call these little frogs pinkletinks". Could we really be the only ones that use that term? I figured it was universal.

Happy birthday to my friend, Meg Shirer, who celebrated on April 16 and to my dearest husband, Jamie, who celebrates today, April 19.

The annual Rainbow Run will be on May 5 at 9 am! If you want to see an adorable event, head to Main Street in Edgartown to watch the kids of the Rainbow Place in their annual fun run up from the Edgartown Yacht Club parking lot to the Old Whaling Church. It may not be as fast or as long as the Boston Marathon, but I guarantee that it is exciting for this group of kids as the marathon is for its participants.

Welcome home to Phil Craig, who will have returned home by the time this goes to print, following some surgery and a short stay at Mass General last week. As I write this, Phil is chomping at the bit to get back to his computer and his other comforts of home and I know at least two little people (Riley and Amelia) who are anxious to see him as soon as he returns.

Be sure to mark your calendars for the next blood drive, which is next Tuesday, April 24, from noon to 5:30 pm at the Masonic Hall. Remember, it's better to give than to receive!

On April 21 the Edgartown Library will celebrate Earth Day from 2 to 4 pm with a creative recycling project - making checkers sets from plastic bottle caps and checkerboards from fabric.

For another way to celebrate Earth Day, you can head over to the volunteer beach clean-up of Norton Point Beach, which begins at 1 pm on Sunday, April 22. Meet at Left Fork to clear the beach of marine debris and provide a clean home for nesting shorebirds. No registration necessary. For details, call 508-693-7662.

As news from the public has been slim for the last two weeks and because Amelia has just gotten out of bed for the fifth time, that's all I've got for this week. Have a great week and be sure to get me your news or next week you'll be stuck with a diatribe on my kids, or Kelly, or Sherm.