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Oak Bluffs

By Megan Alley
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Posted September 6, 2007

Is this beautiful dry weather a reward for the extreme humidity we suffered through this summer?

I am sure that there are many summer weather days ahead, but must admit these preview days of fall are most welcome. Along with the humidity, many of our summer residents and Island students have disappeared into their lives beyond the boundaries of this small Island. Enjoy your time away from here, but please return safely to us.

The Friday Conversations program at the Oak Bluffs Senior Center on Sept. 14 will have as their guest Mev Good. Mev will relate his experiences as a member of the tenth Mt. Division of the U.S. Army during WWII. The program runs from 10 to 11:30 am.

Tom Simmons along with wife Mary and daughter Stacy, who hail from Oak Creek, Wis., came for a day visit with his aunt Lois Debettencourt.

Lois recently returned to the Island after a few adventurous weeks away. First, accompanied by her granddaughter Kelsey, she went to Falmouth where they saw her grandson, 13-year-old Jordan, play in his last local Little League game. That was a bit bittersweet to see that era end. Jordan is the son of Jay and Rebecca Debettencourt. Then Lois accompanied Jay and Rebecca along with grandsons Dylan and Jordan to the Cooperstown Dreams Park in New York and there Jordan played in his final Little League Game. Ninety-six teams from the U.S. and Canada participated in the games. There are 22 playing fields, which enabled 44 teams to be playing at the same time. Then it was on to a week in Williamsport, Penn., where the family enjoyed watching the semi-finals of the Little League World Series.

Lois's next trip was to Falmouth where she helped her sister and brother in law, Marion and Ted Linhares, celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. Lois had been Marion's maid of honor. The event turned into a mini family reunion when they were joined by relatives from seven states throughout the country, including 11 cousins from Cape Cod alone.

Still reluctant to leave all that family fun behind, Lois returned home accompanied by her nephew Edward Simmons from South Milwaukee, Wis. Sounds like she had a "relatively" exciting summer!

Save Saturday, Sept. 15, for the annual Trinity Parish Fall Rummage Sale. The sale will be at the Parish Hall in the Campground from 9 am to 1 pm. They have already gathered many interesting items, including clean clothing, linens, glassware, and several usual and unusual objects. If you have any items to donate you may drop them off at the Parish Hall on Friday, Sept. 14.

Jill Zamarro of Shrewsbury and Oak Bluffs placed first in women's walking in the Sullivan race a couple of weeks ago. For some reason the women's walking results were not printed in spite of the fact that the Sullivan Race first started out as a walking event. Jill did her walk in 33.51 minutes, right behind the man who won for his group. This win was especially exciting for Jill as she won the walk when the race was in its third year.

Upcoming events at the Oak Bluffs senior center include an afternoon with David Underwood at 1 pm on Sept. 10. David is a dynamic speaker, covering many facets including the political arena and many different sides of life all delivered with a sense of humor. Refreshments will also be served during this program.

Then on Sept. 25, once more there will be trip to Foxwoods Casino. The group will depart on the 7 am boat and will travel by bus to Foxwoods. The return trip will be around 6:15 pm. The cost is $22 with participants purchasing their own SSA tickets. For more information, call Rose at the senior center at 508-693-4509.

We send birthday smiles to Holly Hawkes on Sept. 7, followed by Heather Fulp on Sat., Sept. 8, and Valerie O'Donnell and Emily deBettencourt on Sept. 12. A belated birthday smile to Bob Pacheco whose special day was Sept. 3.

Enjoy your week and send your news along to me.