Town Column


By Kay Mayhew
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Posted August 2, 2007

Twenty-one years ago with the help and support of many Islanders, JoAnn Conroy traveled to Seattle, Wash., to be treated and receive the lifesaving bone marrow transplant given by her sister, Kathleen. Her parents, Arlene and Charlie Conroy, and the family are forever grateful to the whole Island community. Of course, the best thank you is the fact that JoAnn is happy and well.

JoAnn now lives in Starksboro, Vermont. Kathleen lives with her husband Jon Shoemaker and their children, Caitlin, Thomas, and Samuel, in Columbia, Md. They will gather on Island this month to celebrate JoAnn's birthday and this wonderful anniversary

Our library is welcoming a new assistant librarian in the Young Adults and Children department. Mary Holmes has to be something special just to describe her new job. Mary now plans events at the library for the older children. A film for ages 12 and up will show at 3:15 pm every Wednesday through August. Also this month young teens should check out plans for teen games night and teen music jam.

The Louisa Gould Gallery specializes in Vineyard and marine art and photography. You are invited to a reception tomorrow from 5 to 8 pm to see new work by Louisa Gould as well as oils by Kate Huntington and jewelry by Rani Connor.

The Martha's Vineyard NAACP presents jazz this weekend. The Makanda Project with Oliver Lake offers a variety of events. Our own Island singer, Michelle Holland, will open the evening concert at the high school Performing Arts Center at 7 pm on Saturday. Tickets are $45, seniors and students are $25.

There are workshops on jazz improvisation for all instruments as well as a panel discussion on Jazz Expression at 1 pm. Call 508-627-8850 or 508-693-2797 for information.

Island wild turkeys are truly everywhere. They are even found in the children's book "Good Night, Martha's Vineyard." I guess this means they are one of the traditional scenes of the Island, right up there with fishing boats and lighthouses.

This has been the best summer to be on the Island. The weather in the rest of New England has been humid and excessively hot and then rainy and hot. The temperatures have been much higher off-Island while we enjoyed our ocean breezes.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out tomorrow to columnist Nancy Gardella and to assistant fire chief Thomas H. Colligan. Happy birthday to Barbara Lewis and Donald Mitchell on Saturday. Jesse James Little and Dr. Peter Laursen will celebrate on Monday. Young John Edmond Coogan parties on Tuesday.

Heard on Main Street: When everything is coming your way, you're in the wrong lane.