Town Column


By Jacqueline Sexton
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Posted September 6, 2007

Happy 100th birthday to "Pinkie" Leavens, whom I remember from years past as being always out and about, whether at the face-painting table at a church fair or zooming into the library parking lot in her jeep - the old-fashioned, real, open kind. She is a fund of information about catboats and catboat lore. Many happy returns!

Exciting times. Another school year starts today, and last year's graduating fifth-graders have moved on, and the preschoolers have moved into kindergarten. Principal Diane Gandy and secretary Orlaith Estes and the teachers have been busy getting everything shipshape for the past week.

New staff members include Shannon Capra, physical education teacher, and Elizabeth Straton, Spanish teacher.

The United Methodist Society of Martha's Vineyard's September newsletter has announced that the United Methodist Cooperative Parish is now at the Chilmark Community Church. Carol Marrama is the administrator.

Lia Kahler will lead the last concert and community hymn sing in the community room at the Chilmark church tomorrow starting at 7:30 pm. Refreshments will be served.

Pastor Richard ("Rich") Rego will lead a spiritual gifts workshop on Wednesdays through October 3 at 1 pm at the Chilmark church. Pastor Rego is also seeking men interested in getting together to sing gospel in four-part harmony. Anyone interested may call him at 508-693-0589.

Representatives from the Martha's Vineyard Cultural Council (MVCC) will conduct a grant-writing workshop on Monday, Sept. 10, at 7:30 pm at the Howes house in West Tisbury, which is opposite Alley's Store. MVCC members are looking for proposals that support cultural activities in the community in the arts, humanities, and science. The MVCC is part of a grassroots network of 329 local councils, serving every city and town in the state. The state legislature provides an annual appropriation to the Massachusetts Cultural Council which in turn distributes the money to the local councils. This year, the MVCC has $24,000 to distribute in grants. The application deadline is in October.

The group of walking women will do something different next Thursday: they will explore North Farm in Chappaquiddick. Interested hikers will meet at the Chappy Community Center at 9:30 next Thursday, Sept. 13. For more information, please call Judy Maynes at 508-645-3460. All women are welcome.

Longtime Chilmark summer resident Conrad Neumann will speak at the library next Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 5:30 pm. His topic is "Poems, Yarns and Pictures From a Life in Oceanography." Mr. Neumann taught geology and oceanography at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for many years. The event is sponsored by the Friends of the Library and there is no admission charge. Everyone is welcome.

Jennifer Morgan, the live wire at the local MSPCA, invites all Islanders, visitors, and their pets to the first annual walk for animals next Sunday, Sept. 9. Registration begins at 10:30 am, costs $25, and the walk starts at 12 noon. The walk begins and ends at the grounds of the Edgartown School. A lot will be going on, from raffles and photo-ops to refreshments, contests and an agility demonstration. Registration forms may be picked up at the MSPCA. Please call Jen if you have questions at 508-627-8662.