Town Column

Oak Bluffs

By Megan Alley
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Posted October 11, 2007

The cold rain showers held off for the Oak Bluffs Columbus Day Road Race, but the wind swept in off the water chilling both observers and runners. Still, there were many spectators and many runners lined up along the bulkhead and Wesley House happy to be participating. Then Columbus Day brought in that much needed rain, probably forcing many residents to make changes to their plans for the day. Oh unpredictable New England weather, it does keep us on our toes.

Our sympathies to the family of Bill Nicholson whose death brought sorrow to so many people last week. Bill always greeted you with a grin and those smiling eyes and a big "Hi, how are you?" A Civil War buff, he was a wealth of information regarding that subject. He will be so missed by his wife Joanne, children and grandchildren and many citizens of this Island.

The school Sally Foster Wrapping Paper fund-raiser ended last week but was a great success. Online sales alone were just under $1,000.

A reminder that Wednesday, Oct. 17 is a half-day for all schools on the Island and Oak Bluffs students will be dismissed at noon.

Congratulations to Michael and Erin deBettencourt who celebrated 15 years of marriage on Oct. 6. The Oak Bluffs couple lives on Worcester Avenue along with their five children.

Friday Conversations at the Oak Bluffs Senior Center on Oct. 19 will have as their guest Mary Leddy of the Healthcare Access program. This is a public/private partnership with Dukes County & Island Health care with government and private funding. Martha's Vineyard residents will be assisted with access to affordable health care. This group is working toward reducing the number of uninsured, especially children and seniors. The program runs from 10 to 11:30 am.

The IMPers Comedy Improv will be performing at the Oak Bluffs library on Thursday, Oct. 18 at 6:30 pm. The theme of the evening will be Teen Read Week - LOL @ your library with these comedians providing the laughs and the library supplying the snacks and venue.

For October, the library has combined their usual Book Discussion Group Meeting with the Sustainable Book Club in order to take part in and support the Island-wide book group. The Sustainable Book Club is a reading and discussion book group that examines our relationship with nature. The group is sponsored by all six Island libraries, as well as Felix Neck Sanctuary, Polly Hill Arboretum and The Vineyard Conservation Society. The meeting will be held at the library on Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 6:30 pm. If you cannot make the evening meeting, another one will be held the next morning at 10:30 am.

The children's story time program will have a scarecrow theme where you may make a scarecrow head at the age six to ten story time on Oct. 12 at 3:30 pm. The pre-school story time on Oct. 17 at 10:30 am will have a scarecrow and owls theme and the children will be making an owl mask.

Place a big circle on your calendars for Sunday, Oct. 14. There will be a benefit dinner for the Oak Bluffs Council on Aging (OBCOA) at 3:00 pm at the Oak Bluffs Senior Center. The dinner will be given by Ron DiOrio and sponsored by the Friends of the OBCOA.

We send birthday smiles to Ann Knight who partied on Oct. 8, Anita Billings whose special day was yesterday, and Renee Balter on Oct. 16.

The Martha's Vineyard Regional High School Class of 1987 held their 20th class reunion on Saturday, Oct. 6. The celebration was held at the Ag Hall in West Tisbury with about 100 people attending. The cake was made by Vicki BenDavid White and she reported that everyone enjoyed fun, food and music! Former Oak Bluffs students had the largest attendance at the party.

Enjoy your week and send your news along to me. Please remember the deadline is Monday at noon.