Town Column


By Kay Mayhew
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Posted July 19, 2007

My friend has Lyme disease. Even though not so unusual here, it was not the first thing she thought of. She complained that her feet hurt. Her normal reaction was to buy a new pair of shoes. She was also suffering from headaches - more than normal. More caffeine helped. She did not have a lot of energy and, yes, she had an insect bite. A week later the bite had the telltale ring of rash around it. A reminder to you: these are all symptoms of Lyme disease: sore feet, headaches, fatigue. Fortunately, she is now on medication and feeling better.

Wish we could use mosquito nets to help ward off ticks. But you can fight malaria with money for sleeping nets. Next Sunday morning there will be a pancake breakfast at the Trinity parish hall in the Methodist Campground in Oak Bluffs. Pancakes will be served from 8 am to 1 pm. The cost is $5, half the cost of a sleeping net. All proceeds will go for the nets. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will match each donation.

For many years the Right Rev. John Burgess, Bishop of Massachusetts, and his wife, Esther Burgess, lived in our town. In their memory and honor, there will be a choral evensong Sunday evening at Trinity Episcopal Church in Oak Bluffs at 5 pm. The combined choirs of Grace Church, St. Andrew's, and Trinity will be singing at the service, conducted by the Rev. Ron Ramsey. Light refreshments will follow the evensong. You can park at the Oak Buffs Library with bus service leaving the library at 4:30 and returning after the service.

I first met John Burgess over 50 years ago. He was a young Canon at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., when I was in school there. It seemed a little odd to meet him again later here on the Island, along with Frank Sayre, who was then Dean of the National Cathedral.

The Vineyard Haven Library has something for everyone. Little ones have story time and sing-along on Tuesday mornings. Children aged 6 through high school play chess on Tuesdays at 6 pm. Next Wednesday at 11 am is movie and popcorn time for preschoolers. Wednesday afternoons at 3:15 are teen movies for ages 12 and up. Next Thursday children six and older will enjoy stories with Lillian Kellman at 2:30 pm.

Homegrown veggies are offered every Saturday from 9 am to 1 on the lawn of the First Baptist Church. If your tomatoes are abundant, booths are $25 a week. Call Lynn at 693-5186. The summer church bazaar has hand-made jewelry and painted tee-shirts along with previously owned books and white elephant items. Around noon pastor Roger Spinney will grill a beef or veggie burger or hot dog. The bazaar runs through August and benefits the First Baptist Church building fund.

Sandy Whitworth wants to remind you that the Senior Center is nice and cool on these hot days. The weekly movie is Tuesday afternoon. For the next few Wednesdays, from 1 to 3 pm, Sally Flood will teach decorative painting with acrylics. You should call to sign up. There is no charge and supplies are provided.

Every morning is drop-in coffee hour at the Senior Center. Next Tuesday is a special treat. "Tuesday's Treasures" features the monthly Thrift Shop specials from 8:30 to 9:30 am with jewelry, antiques, and items from the Thrift Shop brought to the Senior Center. The shopper can enjoy easy parking, as well as fresh muffins and coffee. Proceeds go to the Thrift Shop. Coffee and muffins are on the house.

You know that all performances at the Vineyard Playhouse are wonderful. The senior center can pre-order tickets at $15 per senior. Call 508-696-4205. The next play is "Two Rooms" at 8 pm on Thursday.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out on Sunday to Judy Davey and Ed Colligan. Happy birthday on Wednesday to Thomas E. Colligan. (Yes, he is Ed's grandson.)

Heard on Main Street: "Don't tell anyone! I heard someone say the problem was that all the August people came in July!"