Town Column

Oak Bluffs

By Megan Alley
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Posted July 5, 2007

Due to the July 4 holiday, which called for an early column deadline, I am writing this on Friday so my apologies to any of you who might have had news that you wanted included.

Today is cool as we continue with our up and down un-predictable New England weather. The dogs are content to stay inside where they are out of the cooling breeze and this action brings home to me that fact that they are getting old. Sophie, my 12-year-old yellow lab is more of a white lab now. Her eyes are not as bright and her greatest pleasure of jumping up onto the foot of the bed has gotten to be a complicated routine as depending on her aches and pains of age, sometimes she completes this task without a problem and other times she whines and asks for my assistance. Her hearing, once so accurate, is swiftly declining as she no longer do her ears perk up at the slightest sound of someone driving into the driveway, which always was her cue to announcing their arrival with loud barking.

Thirteen-year-old Nana, the black lab and Sophie's mother still has excellent hearing, but unfortunately her eyesight is almost nil. Her muzzle is completely white now and when she hears any sound she immediately starts barking although she cannot see the source of what she has heard and somehow that sends a signal to Sophie to bark. So between the two of them they manage to send up a chorus of barking throughout the day. In spite of the noise, I try to be patient, and enjoy their company as they still do their cute lab stuff and I cannot imagine the house without their presence.

The age 6 to 10 story time theme at 10:30 am at the Oak Bluffs Library today will be Summer Sky Notebook: Stars and the Constellations with the Executive Director of the Christa McAuliffe Planetarium, Jeanne Gerulskis. Jeanne is the sister of Librarian Irene Tewksbury.

Paul and Carol Marchand came from their home in Connecticut to visit with their Son and his family Mike and Melanie Marchand. They were here to join in the sixth birthday celebration for their granddaughter Abby Grace Marchand on June 30.

We send birthday smiles to Hope deBettencourt on July 10, Colleen Farrissey on July 11, and Lauren Weaver on July 13. Grandson Nick Rivers follows on July 15, Sophie Combra on July 16, and Lynn Webster on July 19.

Stop by Woodside II on Saturday, July 14, from 9 to 2 pm where you will find a great Bake and Yard Treasures Sale. It will take place rain or shine. It is located across from the high school and is the last building in. Just follow the balloons. For info you may call Roberta at 508-696-5342. One of the more interesting items will be a chandelier from Mia Farrow.

A magical evening was hosted by Erin and Gary Simmons in celebration of her parents Linda and Vin Dellatorre, of 64 Garvin St., Oak Bluffs 25th wedding anniversary. A dinner on their patio was catered by the Mediterranean restaurant. Speeches and DVDs were shared with an intimate gathering of close friends and family.

Save Saturday, July 14, for a retirement picnic in Waban Park for retired Fire Chief Dennis Alley. The celebration will be held from noon until 3 pm with a brief ceremony and a few speeches and a very brief, you can count on it, speech by the Chief. There will be a cookout and many Oak Bluffs restaurants will be donating food and beverages. So bring the family by and help to celebrate over 53 years of service to the town.

Also the weekend of July 14 will be the annual Feast at the Portuguese-American Club in Oak Bluffs and of course the parade that takes place on Sunday, July 15.

Arriving from their home in Charleston, S.C., on Tuesday, were Dion and Debra Alley and their three children Sam, Ben, and Paige. They are here for two weeks visiting family and enjoying the Island.

The Tabernacle in the campground will be hosting a concert on Saturday, July 7, at 7 pm by The Millennium Gospel Choir of the New England Conservatory. There is no admission charge, but there will be the usual free-will offering.

By the time this comes to print, the weather will be more like summer so do enjoy your week and send your news along to me.