Town Column


By Kay Mayhew
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Posted May 24, 2007

Heartfelt get-well wishes go out to Isabel West.

Islanders were delighted to see Jetta Entwistle last week. Jetta visited her brother Sturgis and his wife Barbara Entwistle. She also had lunch with some old friends.

Mary Kuehne says her granddaughter just celebrated her first communion at Our Lady of Victory Church in Centerville. Alyssa looked very beautiful in a dress which she designed. Then her mother made the dress from her drawing. Note: The designer is only eight years old. Because it was a cool day, she also wore a white shawl. The shawl was very special. It was the one in which Alyssa's father Chris had been wrapped as an infant for his christening.

Alyssa's parents are Jen and Chris Kuehne. Her great grandparents are Ed and Lil Colligan. Her grandparents are Paula Strople and Pat Ryer, Tom Colligan and Patti Young, and George and Mary Kuehne. Alyssa's younger sister Sarah will have her day next year. Also attending were her aunt and uncle, Bob and Sandra Kuehne of Falmouth, with her cousins, Kaylee and Braden. They celebrated together with Jen's Aunt Tootie and Uncle Tim and Amanda. All enjoyed a party following the Mass at Jen and Chris's home in Centerville.

Susan Branch has a new collection of Martha's Vineyard fabrics now at the Heath Hen Quilt Shop. Some of the names of the collection are: Vineyard landmarks, Farmer's market, West Chop plaid, Tisbury meadow, Ocean Park fire works, Menemsha wildflowers and Main Street summer. Lynne has created colorways, charm packets and fat quarter bundles of these fabrics for you.

Michael Tougias is the author of "Ten Hours Until Dawn," the story of survival at sea in the blizzard of 1978. Next Thursday, May 31, at 7 pm he will be at the Library to talk about what happened on that awful night when the seas were producing monstrous waves of 40 feet and the wind was screaming at 100 miles an hour. Recordings from the night of the storm feature the voices of men of the Coast Guard and the pilot boat Can Do that set out from Gloucester to assist a lost Coast Guard boat. Tougias will play a portion of the tapes.

Holiday guests to feed? The American Legion Auxiliary will have freshly-baked pies, cupcakes, cookies, rolls and other goodies for sale, as well as homemade baked beans, coleslaw, potato and macaroni salads for the holiday weekend. Come to the Legion hall on Martin Road, on Saturday from 10 am to 1 pm.

Watch for the Tisbury School children on Friday. The March to the Sea begins at 12:30 pm at the school. The children march to Owen Park along Spring Street and Main Street. The ceremony will take approximately 45 minutes. In case of rain, the ceremony will take place in the School gym at 12:30 pm.

Your help is needed to put up the 410 flags at Oak Grove Cemetery on Monday. Help put them up at 7:30 am and take them down at 3 pm. Veterans, police, fire, scouts and others are invited to march at 9:30 am from the Legion Hall to the Avenue of Flags. The flyover is expected around 10 am. There will be a collation afterwards at the Legion Hall.

Everyone is invited to the Memorial Day Picnic on Monday from 12 noon to 4 pm at the Tashmoo Waterworks. There will be free pony rides, ice cream, rowing, games, and live music by The Flying Elbows and Tristan Israel. Bring a picnic. Grills are provided. VTA bus #3 will pick up and drop off at the Tashmoo Overlook. Rain date is June 3.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Shawn Townes and Leah Ellis. Saturday wish the best to Betsy Edge and Ann Haller. Happy birthday on Sunday to Kylie Townes and Kristina Ivory. Monday belongs to Steve Mussell and Cheryl Stark. Happy day on Tuesday to Jane Pallatroni Chandler and Freeman Leonard.

Heard on Main Street: Fly the flag to honor the soldiers who defend it.