Town Column

Oak Bluffs

By Megan Alley
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Posted June 7, 2007

This Monday is one of those cozy, rainy, windy days that we all need once in while, both for ourselves and the environment. It certainly has helped to wash away some of the pollen and a few of the caterpillars that are once again attacking us. They have not yet overwhelmed us in this area of town but they are marching or should I say swinging down from up-Island toward us like an invading army searching for potential victims. Perhaps by the time you read this, the plague will have been lessened somewhat.

A few years back, after hurricane Katrina, I wrote about the experiences of Seamond (Ponsart) Roberts in New Orleans. Seamond was an Island resident when her father was the West Chop Lighthouse keeper. Her Island friends will be glad to hear that after much hard work she and her husband are living, happily as she says, in Pineville, La. They have a very nice mobile home and feel very safe away from the city and the next potentially terrible hurricane season. Seamond said they got whitewashed on selling their house in New Orleans, but they are so glad to be through with it and there are some times that money does not mean all that much. What a wonderful attitude! We wish her better times ahead.

Former Oak Bluffs resident Mary Ann Alwardt Romain of Florence has made the fall term dean's list at Bay Path College in Longmeadow. She was also inducted into the Maroon Key Honor Society at the college. Mary Ann will graduate in May of 2008 with a bachelor of arts in business administration. She is the daughter of Mary Ann Alwardt and Orland Alwardt of Oak Bluffs.

The African Artists Community Development Project is a Vineyard-based nonprofit that raises money for three Zambian children's aid organizations, primarily with revenue from the sales of Zambian craft, thereby also aiding local artists. There are three major fund-raising projects in the works, June 13 at the West Tisbury Library and June 14 at the Martha's Vineyard Public Charter School there will be a film presentation of a trip to the Zambian orphanage as well as a sale of crafts, fabrics, baskets, jewelry, and carvings. On July 8 at the Katharine Cornell Theatre in Vineyard Haven, there will be a fund-raiser puppet show. For information on times and donations for these events, you may call Marsha Winsryg at 508-693-4059.

We send birthday smiles to Jamie Reilly who celebrated on June 1, sister Ann Hearn who celebrated on June 5 and Mary Ann Alwardt on June 13.

Important dates to remember for the Oak Bluffs School are the eighth-grade Awards Assembly on June 13 at 9 am, followed by the grade eight graduation on June 5:30 pm. The school Field Day will be June 18 and the last day of school is on June 19.

Another great program is starting at the Oak Bluffs Senior Center. A knitting class will begin on Thursday afternoons at 1:30 pm, led by instructor Nancy Merjos. There will not only be instruction but also problem solving for any project you might have started and been unable to complete. You may start a new project or work on an old one. There will also be yarn available for your use if you need it.

The Friends of Oak Bluffs will soon have a web site for all the exciting ongoing improvements with the help of Kathy Burton and Judy Williamson's designing talents. There you will be able to find information about all of the items that the friends sponsor, such as the memorial bricks in Ocean Park, lampposts, benches all around town and plantings at the David Healy Mall. The new endeavor is the "Seaview Avenue Beach Project." There is a great deal of work to be done, starting with replacing the fence. A beautiful tee-shirt will soon to sold to fund these projects. If you are interested in purchasing any of the above you may e-mail Priscilla Sylvia at Wouldn't some of these make wonderful gifts in honor of or in memory of your father for Father's Day?

Enjoy your week and send your news along to me.