The wind is still whirling this Monday morning after last night's marathon storm. I think it has been a while since we had winds of that velocity and the rain pelted the roof of my sunroom so hard that it sounded as if I were in a giant popcorn popper. But we all know what April showers bring, eventually anyway, so lets look forward to May flowers.
After informing everyone in my column last week that they were not allowed to complain about the workings of town government if they did not vote, I missed voting for the first time in my memory. I have spent the days since Easter trying to recover from a bronchial infection that slammed me as badly as the wind blew into the Island last night. I hope that when you read this column on Thursday I will be in beautiful Charleston, S.C., basking in the sun and the activities of my grandchildren in that lovely state.
We send birthday smiles to Gloria Steere on April 23, Peter Martell on April 24, followed by Donna Pacheco the next day and Andy Farrissey on April 25. Special anniversary wishes to Bink and Carol deBettencourt.
Commander Scott Cooledge, a nephew of Nancy and Donald Billings, has just been sent to Afghanistan and is asking anyone who wants to help, for some things they need and can give out to the children there. The Billings family is getting a box ready, so if you want to help you may leave any items at the Cottage City Appliance Store (the old Western Auto Store). Commander Cooledge has asked for baby wipes (paper kind), pencils, protein bars, Purex hand cleaner, and jellybeans.
The Friday Conversations program at the Oak Bluffs Senior Center will feature speaker Wendy Culbert on April 20. The program runs from 10 to 11:30 am. Wendy is the Public Advocacy Coordinator for the Vineyard Conservation Society and she and her husband Robert have been very involved in MV conservation issues for many years.
On April 20 the age 6 to 10 Story Time at 3:30 pm at the Oak Bluffs Library will have a Dogs and Earth Day theme along with stories and crafts. Then on Wednesday, April 25, the Pre-school Story Time at 10:30 am will have an April Showers bring May Flowers theme. It is also Turn off TV week so find a good book instead at the Library or come play games, hear stores, do crafts, or meet Peter Rabbit who will visit on Saturday, April 28, at 10:30 am. More on this little rabbit's visit in next week's column.
Talia Rogers is visiting her Aunt and Uncle, Deborah and Dion Alley and her three cousins Sam, Ben and Page in Charleston, S.C. this school vacation week. She will be joined by her grandparents Dennis and Megan Alley later in the week when they will all hold an early celebration of Paige's second birthday which will be on April 27. The family will return to the Island this weekend, hopefully rested and with a bit of a tan.
Final parent conferences for this spring will be next Wednesday, April 25. Again this will be half-day release day for students with dismissal at 12 noon.
The annual kindergarten orientation will take place on Wednesday, May 2, in the Oak Bluffs School Library from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. The kindergarten teachers and staff will provide parents with an overview of the program. If you are registering your child for kindergarten for next year, please call Sue Peters at 693-0951.
Enjoy your week and let me know "what you did over spring vacation."