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Oak Bluffs

By Megan Alley
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Oak Bluffs Senior Center
The new addition to the Oak Bluffs Senior Center was officially dedicated on Sept. 29 at an open house. Center director Roger Wey thanked all who donated their time and services and Marty Nadler entertained with Island-flavored comedy. Photo by Mary Baker

Posted October 4, 2007

The neighborhood squirrels and I are once again battling over possession of the "squirrel proof" bird feeder. I thought I had found the solution when the wire holding up the feeder was run through a five-foot length of small steel pipe. Excellent, I thought, because those pesky, furry creatures will not be able to grip the pipe and it would spin under their attempts to do so. It certainly worked as now they leap upon the pipe and slide down it to the feeder like children slide across an ice pond and of course reach their goal. Not only that, but to add insult to injury, they have brought along their friends so now we have three or four eaters at one time. I think they must have posted a sign somewhere in the forest park advertising that now we have a squirrel amusement park at our house with tasty treats for those who can work their way through the maze and reach the feeder.

A group from the Oak Bluffs Class of 1947 gathered at Farm Neck for lunch recently. Classmates who attended were: Robert Sylvia and his wife Pearl, Carolyn Ripley Brown and her husband Richard, Lorraine Rogers Mavro and her husband Richard, James Ciciora, and Barbara Pond Lewis. They very much enjoyed sitting out on the back open patio with the beautiful view and weather. A fun time was had by all of them and they want to do it again next year.

Other classmates who were unable to attend were: Ruth Pratt Landers, Martha Bridge McLaughlin, Anne deBettencourt Cloughtery, Elinor Debettencort Podesto, John Bernard, and Richard DeBettencourt. Deceased classmates who are sadly missed are: Frank Leonardo, Arthur Collette, Ralph Sylvia, Priscilla Earl Francoeur, and Patricia Brown West.

On Monday, Oct. 8, from 2 to 6 pm, Lattanzi's Restaurant in Edgartown will present "Festa Di Cristoforo Columbo" a benefit for the MSPCA. There is a $25 donation requested and you will be treated to a pizza, pasta, and salad buffet with a cash bar. There will be local entertainment along with a silent auction and raffle items. Tickets will be available at Lattanzi's, the MSPCA, or at the door. For more information, you may call the shelter at 508-627-8662.

The Martha's Vineyard Regional High School Class of 1968 is planning their 2008 reunion. They are requesting that anyone from that class e-mail the Planning Committee at to get on the contact list.

We send birthday smiles to Zack Sweeney and Joe deBettencourt today, Marty Nadler and Alexis Moreis on Oct. 13, Jen Combra on Oct. 14, Lu Healey and Diane Claussen the next day and Kayla Bryn deBettencourt on Oct. 17. A very special belated second birthday to Zachary Mathias who had his day on Sept. 28. Zachary is the son of Steven and Kristen Siple Mathias and grandson of Doug Siple.

A reminder from the Oak Bluffs School that October 17 will be an early dismissal day. Students will be dismissed at 12 noon so staff can take part in the Professional Development Day. The School Library would love to have some volunteers join them for the kindergarten and first grade library classes this year to read with children during their browsing and checkout times. You need only commit to one class per week, but they are looking for a long-term weekly commitment. They also need assistance in making plasticcovers for the hardcover jackets and paperbacks. This will help preserve their investment in library books. If you would like to volunteer, please call Lynn or Rachel at school at 508-693-0951. After School Library homework support has begin and is offered to students in grades 2 through 5 on Mondays through Thursdays from 2:40 to 4:00 pm.

Would you like to learn more about a specific computer topic? Then you may make an appointment to work one-on-one with a librarian at the Oak Bluffs Public Library and learn how to use e-mail, the Internet, the Library's Online Catalog (to find books, DVDs, CDs, and more) or learn another computer skill of your choice. Call the library and make an appointment today at 508-693-9433.

The Library will close early today at 3 pm, so there will be no DDR or Family Games night. On Friday, Oct. 5, the age 6 to 10 story time theme will be Pumpkins; lots of pumpkin stories and pumpkin crafts. The Wednesday, Oct. 10, preschool story time at 10:30 am will have a Spider and Squirrels theme. And the Scrabble Group is attempting to attract more players. Please join them on the first and third Saturdays of the month from 10 am until 12 noon at the Oak Bluffs library. All ages and levels are welcome and please bring a scrabble board with you if you own one.

A clarification regarding the Alzheimer's walk: Team Bink was the "Top Team" on the Island for fundraising and if you wish to, you may drop of a donation for the walk to Bink's Auto on Winthrop Avenue in Oak Bluffs. If you happen to see Bink's wife Carol, or his children Will, Nora, Louise, or Todd, they will happily accept your donation for such a worthy cause.

Enjoy your week and send your news along to me please.