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West Tisbury

By Hermine Hull
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Posted June 21, 2007

Mike just cut my wedding ring off of my finger. It is the first time I have ever taken it off since our wedding in 1985. Well, I didn't exactly take it off because I no longer could. It was my mother's wedding ring, stylish during the 1940s when she married my father, a flat gold band with ever-sharpening edges. I had to have it made smaller to fit me all those years ago, but by tonight it was cutting into my swollen, angry looking, and very sore finger. Although I felt very sentimental about wearing my mother's ring, maybe now I am ready to have a ring of my own choice. We'll see. At the moment, I am just grateful to have it off.

The fire department is happy to have their Rescue Truck/Pumper, #721, back in service. Greg Pachico and Jesse Oliver went off-Island last Thursday to pick it up and had it back at the station by dinnertime. The truck had been off having the pump repaired, gone for over a month, while Mike's Dodge Ram served as #721A, equipped with as much gear as it could hold. By all reports, everything is working perfectly, just in time for summer. Mike was happy to retire 721A and return it to private duty, carrying our dogs around and going to the dump.

"Catch the Beat at your Library" is the theme for this year's Summer Reading Program sponsored by the Martha's Vineyard Library Association. Lyla Griswold designed the graphics for tee-shirts and book bags, prizes for those who complete the program. Children, young adults, and grown-ups can all sign up at the library.

Long-time visitor Lee Aven has bought Lee DeVitt's house on Oak Lane and is thrilled to finally have a place of her own here in West Tisbury. She is especially excited about the gardens, one of the things that attracted her to that particular property. She spent a good part of last weekend looking at plants and attending gardening programs at Vineyard Gardens and the Polly Hill Arboretum. Welcome to West Tisbury, Lee.

I was saddened to hear that Louise Kernick has passed away last week. My condolences to the Kernick and Athearn family.

Mike and I had dessert and coffee at the Slocum house Friday evening with his aunt, Rose Terrell, who is here from San Jose, California. Rose's son Roger was with her for part of last week with his young son Robert and his (Roger's) fiancée, Mitra Hosseini. We enjoyed meeting Mitra and look forward to having Rose on the Island for another two weeks.

"Small Fruits; When to plant and how to care for Strawberries, Blueberries, Raspberries, Blackberries, and Grapes" is the subject of this Saturday morning's lecture at Vineyard Gardens. It begins at 11 am and is free. Please call 693-8511 for more information.

Take a tour of The Polly Hill Arboretum on Tuesday, June 26, from 10 to 11 am to learn about the special plants that Polly Hill propagated and introduced. Tom Clark will lead the tour. He will identify and discuss the famous North Tisbury azaleas, stewartias, magnolias, dogwoods, and hollies. Driving by earlier today, I noticed that the beautiful kousa dogwood allee is in bloom and looking spectacular.

On Wednesday, June 27, also at the Arboretum, Dan Long of Brushwood Gardens will lecture on the subject of "Clematis," from 1 to 3 pm.

I have just received sad news from Patricia Cliggott and Doug Kent that Patricia's father, Richard T. Cliggott, Sr., died at his home in Greenwich, Conn., last Saturday, June 9. His wife Janet was by his side. Mr. Cliggott had many fond memories of the Vineyard, particularly West Tisbury, where he enjoyed his visits with Pat, Doug, and their friends here on Indian Hill Road. My condolences to all who loved him.

Please remember to call Jen Rand at 696-0102 if you are interested in serving on the newly expanded Capital Improvements Committee. You have until June 29 to apply.

This Sunday, June 24, Allen Whiting will be opening his Davis House Gallery for the season with a reception from 4 to 8 pm. The postcard arrived in yesterday's mail, "Calm Morning - North Shore," a striking image I can't wait to see in real paint.

This weekend I noticed how long it seems to take to get out of my driveway and the number of cars I have to wait for. All of a sudden it feels so much busier. Then, as I was driving along the road, I watched the hayfields being cut and winnowed, and time slowed down again.