Town Column


By Gail Craig
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Posted October 4, 2007

I'm frustrated tonight, having taken a bike ride through the ancient ways behind our house this afternoon. I am so disappointed by the destruction going on back there. Hundreds of trees on Edgartown Meadows property, Vineyard Golf Club property, the property of private home owners, and along Middle Line Path, Ben Tom's Road and Watcha Path are being cut down and roads are being created at the hands of one property owner. This development is in violation of a moratorium set by the Martha's Vineyard Commission when they accepted the nomination of these paths as DCPCs. Although the public hearing on the matter has closed, the Commission is set to vote on the proposal tonight. If they approve the nominations of these paths, along with Pennywise Path and Tar Kiln Path, as districts of critical planning, the town of Edgartown can then move forward to declare these paths "special ways" and protect them from further destruction. I hope readers will at least consider supporting this proposal if it comes before the voters at the next town meeting. These are wonderful, tranquil and undisturbed pathways. They need to be preserved.

The Martha's Vineyard Regional High School Class of 1968 is planning their 2008 reunion. Please e-mail the planning committee at to get on the contact list.

Lattanzi's Restaurant presents: "Festa di Cristoforo Colombo", a benefit for the MSPCA on Monday, Oct. 8, from 2 until 6 pm. A $25 donation is requested, which will include pizza, pasta, and salad buffet. There will also be a cash bar, local entertainment, a silent auction, and raffle items. Tickets are available at Lattanzi's and the MSPCA or at the door. For more information, call the shelter at 508-627-8662.

The annual Martha's Vineyard Crop Walk kicks off at 2 pm from St. Augustine's Church on Franklin Street in Vineyard Haven on October 21. The 10K walk, which benefits Church World Service and the Island Food Pantry, proceeds to the Campground in Oak Bluffs and returns to St. Augustine's. For more information, contact the Vineyard Committee on Hunger at 508-693-3930.

Happy belated birthday to Lucy Ulyatt, who celebrated on Friday, Sept. 28, and to my niece Abigail Margaret, who turns (Yikes!) sweet 16 on Oct. 6.

Our friends Meaghan, Darren, John, and Matt Morris took the trip of a lifetime last weekend, visiting the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. This was not your average trip to the museum. As some of you may know, Meaghan is a little bit of Boston royalty, as her grandfather was Hall of Famer Joe Cronin, Red Sox player (his number 4 jersey was retired in 1984), Red Sox general manager, and former American League president.

Last year, after Meaghan's grandmother, Mildred Cronin, passed away, the Yawkey Foundation made a generous donation to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in her name. The Hall of Fame used that money to expand their "Diamond Dreams" exhibit, paying tribute to women in baseball. At the entrance to the exhibit, it recognizes the funding from the Yawkey Foundation "In loving Memory of Mildred R. Cronin." As members of the Yawkey Foundation and the Cronin family could not attend the original opening in the spring, they were invited to a private viewing of the exhibit and the entire Hall of Fame.

Upon arrival, the group of 30 mingled in the Hall, had a screening of "The Baseball Experience" and then moved on to a private tour of the research area where everyone had to wear white gloves. They had laid out hundreds of photos of Joe Cronin, as well as Meaghan's great great uncle who is also in the Hall of Fame and her uncle.

After looking at the pictures, the group moved to the temperature controlled vault, where all of the players' original things are held and where the public is rarely permitted. The curator had Joe's uniform, retired number, hat and glove out for them to view. They were extra lucky because due to a photo shoot that day they got to see and touch not only "Pop's" things but also Lou Gehrig's and Babe Ruth's uniforms and Babe Ruth's bat. Ted, the curator, also showed them old gloves and bats and talked about the evolution of them.

After these adventures, the group headed up to the second floor exhibit hall where the "Diamond Dreams" exhibit is. After admiring the exhibit for a while, the Hall of Fame president made a toast to the Cronin family's contribution to baseball, recognizing Meaghan's great great uncle, grandfather, and grandmother, who, along with being the backbone of the Cronin family, was also a devoted fan of baseball, worked for the Senators, and knew the box scores better than most in baseball. After the toast, the group went back to the Hall itself for a cocktail reception and sit-down dinner.

The Morris clan was invited back on Saturday, when Darren got to see "the sock" made famous by Curt Schilling in game two of the 2004 World Series. After picking up some souvenirs, they made the long trip back home. If you ask the boys, John and Matt, what the best part of their weekend was they will say the Howe Caverns, seeing cousin Emily, the cottage on the lake, and getting baseball cards. For Darren and Meagan it was (and I quote Meaghan's true New England vernacular here) the "totally wicked, truly once in a lifetime experience we are very fortunate to have had."

On August 14, in Atlanta, Pat Rose was honored by the Association of Energy Engineers for the second time. The first time was in 2000, when she was elected to their Energy Managers Hall of Fame. Most recently she was designated as a Legend in Energy. Although Pat retired from the U.S. Department of Energy in 2000 and is no longer professionally involved in the field, she hasn't lost her passion for promoting energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy. She is now using this experience in her role as library volunteer. In July she started collecting and redeeming bottles and cans to raise money for the library building fund. She started small, just collecting whatever she found, plus her own and whatever anyone gave her. People are thirsty in the summer and things got off to a nice start. She placed a bin at the Chappy ferry captains' house, courtesy of Roy Hayes, and also one at the library near the bike rack. Both of these have collected bottles (fortunately) but also a lot of trash (unfortunately).

So far, Pat has collected nearly $200, but she has set her sites on bigger fish (Derby euphemism courtesy of Pat). Pat says she realizes that the money raised by this endeavor may be small, in comparison to the total that needs to be raised for the building fund, but she likes the idea of a grassroots campaign and the fact that it gives everyone the chance to be part of the new building. You can drop your bottles off at the library bin or if it helps, Pat can pick them up at your home. She would also love to have some more of the local businesses and restaurants be a part of the program as well. For more information or to donate bottles and cans, please call Pat at 508-627-3297.

Wow! Big article this week. What's up with that? I'm not complaining, mind you, just shocked! Keep it up and lets see if we can make it two in a row! Have a great week.