Town Column

Oak Bluffs

By Megan Alley
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Posted April 26, 2007

Bits of spring are at last tiptoeing onto the Island. A few flowers here and there, with other bits of green bravely pushing through the ground to give us a promise of warmer days. But it seems as if the whole Island is being dug up. No matter where you go, there are construction holes everywhere both small ones and immense ones. For some unknown reason it seems as if a great many people think the only way to build is as large as is possible. I always wonder who is going to have to dust those immense rooms in those gigantic houses. I doubt very much if it is the owners because they would never build that large if they were the ones having to do that.

My visit to South Carolina was great and it was nice to once again be entertained by my grandchildren. I love browsing the markets in downtown Charleston but one of the highlights was a boat ride along the river and through some of the canals where I observed numerous pelicans soaring and diving for fish like darts headed for the bull's-eye on a target.

The Times received a call from Oak Bluffs resident Mary Sabin. Right now Mary could use some help from this community. Her sister Pat and brother in law Dick Blackburn of Cyprus, Calif. were involved in a motorcycle accident. Mr. Blackburn was killed and Mary's sister Pat is now paralyzed and on a respirator with serious injuries. Mary needs some help so she can travel to see her sister who is a patient at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas hospital. Her fellow employees at VTA are taking up a collection to help. If you would like to assist, please call them at 508-693-9440 or mail donations to Transit Connections, M.V. Business Park, RR 1, Box 3, Edgartown, MA 02539.

The volunteers of the newly formed Island non-profit organization Second Chance Animal Rescue will be holding a bake sale at Cronig's in Vineyard Haven this Saturday, from 10 am to 3 pm. Please stop by and lend your support as 100 percent of the proceeds goes to the animals.

Also this Saturday, Peter Rabbit will be visiting our library at 10:30 am. Come and join in singing to him, reading his stories, making bunny ears and coloring his pictures. All ages are welcome.

Then on Tuesday, May 1, at 4 pm, Judith Campbell will be reading selections from her two books of poetry, "The Stuff of Life" and "Thank G-d for G-d." There will be discussion and refreshments afterwards.

We send birthday smiles to Erica Ponte who celebrated on April 22, Gerry Cronig on April 26, and Patrick Garret who will be 12 on the same day.

Now that school vacation week is over, send me your news and drive carefully. Springtime brings out rambunctious children walking and on bikes.