Town Column

Oak Bluffs

By Megan Alley
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Posted June 14, 2007

The Martha's Vineyard Regional High School's weekend graduation ceremonies were truly blest with unexpected excellent weather. In spite of gloomy predictions by the weather forecasters, the sun managed to shine most of the time and if it was a bit cool on Saturday, Sunday's warmer weather was our reward. Once again the graduation ceremony itself was most impressive. Can you imagine almost 200 seniors and their families, friends, and educational staff all happily supporting each other? What a wonderful tribute to the caring on this Island. Congratulations to students, their families, and their educators.

Elizabeth Michael Hartford, daughter of Renee Hartford also Estelle Surprenant's granddaughter, is a recent graduate of Saint Michael's College and now has exciting plans for her future. She will soon be traveling to Missoula, Montana, to begin her summer adventure with the Missoula Children's Theatre, a professional non-profit touring children's theatre. There she will direct and act with 50 to 60 children a week in the musical The Wiz of the West. Then in September, she will play Dulcinea, the lead female, in a national tour of "Don Quixote" for The National Theatre for Arts and Education. How very exciting and how justly proud her grandmother is.

We send birthday smiles to Arthur Pye on June 15, Pat Suarez on June 18, Jane Maseda on June 19, followed by Pam Swan and Dennis Alley on the next day, and June 21 will be the party for grandson Jeremy Alley-Tarter. Leah Campos sends birthday wishes to her sister, Jennifer "Scooter," who will turn 22 tomorrow.

On Tuesday, June 19, at 6 pm, the Oak Bluffs Public Library will be showing a new DVD release on a large projection screen. Please join them as it is just like being at the movies. The title of the movie cannot be announced yet, but you may call the library to learn more about what movie will be shown.

As Chief Alley will soon be retiring from the Fire Department, he has been slowly sorting through various items at his office at the station. Amongst the treasures turned up were two old minutes books. One was for the Good Will Hose Co. with a starting date of March, 1887 and the second ledger for the Highland Hose #2 starts on April 6, 1909. Apparently the Good Will Hose Co. was setting up bylaws and I thought that their Article two was most interesting. It states "On an alarm of fire, the members shall repair to the house and assist in getting the carriage to the fire as soon as possible and when there, remain where they are stationed or attend to any duty to which they be directed by the officer of the company or engineer." Familiar names mentioned in the minutes book for the Highland Hose Co. were W.C. Ripley, E.J. Landers, H.A. Eddy, F.F. Rice, and William Norton.

The Field Day for the Oak Bluffs School is June 18 and the Last Day of School is June 19 so please be aware of more children about as you are driving.

Send me news of the comings and goings of your summer and enjoy your week.