Town Column


By Kay Mayhew
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Posted November 1, 2007

Welcome to baby Greta Ellison Milne, daughter of Reade Kontje Milne and Gregory Milne. Greta was born a month ago on Oct. 11 in Cambridge, weighing in at 7 lbs., 7 oz. Mom says they live in Belmont right now but plan to move home to Tisbury in about a year.

Businesses all over the Island contributed to the Charter School's art department to get unique scarecrows. This year the scarecrows represent characters in books. The big prizes are $100 gift certificates from The Bunch of Grapes Bookstore.

Just the phrase Family to Family gives a warm holiday feeling. Take part in Family to Family by providing a holiday meal for an Island family for $25. The Vineyard Committee on Hunger, Reliable Market, and Island houses of worship will help families in need have great Thanksgiving (and Christmas) meals. You can contribute $25, the cost of one family's meal. Your help is needed because last year they ran out of meals.

Reliable Market will put together a special Thanksgiving Basket with a turkey, stuffing, potatoes, cranberry sauce, a dozen dinner rolls, onions, carrots, apples, fresh butternut squash, canned pumpkin and gravy. Reliable provided the wonderful holiday meal last December for $25. The Vineyard Committee on Hunger (VCOH) will give out the meals at the November and December distributions.

Make your check payable to VCOH, mark it "Family to Family," and mail it to P.O. Box 1874, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568. It is tax deductible. One family helping one family is a wonderful way to celebrate an Island Thanksgiving.

Every Tuesday at 6 pm, children ages 6 through high school play chess at the library. There are all levels, and beginners are welcome. Six- to ten-year-olds have songs and stories at 3:30 pm on Thursdays. Our library offers story time for little ones under two years old on Tuesdays at 10 am. Ages 3 to 5 come at 11, and next Tuesday they will sing along with Susie Bowman.

Next Tuesday is also a half day in school, and school-aged children can come to the library for crafts from 2 to 4 pm. Thursday is another half day, so the children are invited for Drop-In Legos. A movie with popcorn is planned for the half day on Wednesday, Nov. 14. The 1 pm movie is suitable for children ages 4 and up.

Many people have noted the loss of Virginia Hackney, who died a month ago. We all saw her riding her bike around town or sitting at the Black Dog Tavern. She greeted everyone with a warm smile. We miss her.

Lynne Benson announces the annual Heath Hen knitting exhibit at the Clark House a week from Sunday. Entries can be dropped off next week from Wednesday to Friday. This year's teacher will be Jessica Oas from Westminister Fibers with a class on knitting with beads.

Deborah Medders recently enjoyed ten days at a cottage in a remote village in Scotland. On her return, she reported to the Martha's Vineyard Scottish Society that Prime Minister Gordon Brown had repeatedly appeared in photos and on television wearing the same blue tie. Naturally, the press had begun to comment that he had only one tie. At Deborah's request, the Scottish Society approved a gift of a new tie for the Prime Minister. In her letter to the Prime Minister, she mentioned notable American politicians who have patronized Vineyard Vines, which generously donated the tie.

Mark your calendar. Joe Doebler will present a fascinating slide show on Antarctica on Nov. 18 at the library. I can assure you this is a delightful way to visit Antarctica and meet many different kinds of penguins. The program, sponsored by the Friends of the Library, is held downstairs and begins at 3 pm, followed by light refreshments.

Happy birthday today to Ann Davey. Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out to Maura Valley, Diane Castelli, and Emma Wajda on Saturday. More balloon wishes go out on Sunday to Lena Hanschka. Wish the best on Monday to Alice Marshall. Sam Myers and Marilyn O'Callaghan celebrate on Tuesday. Buffy Hanschka, Hugh Knipmeyer, and Priscilla Dickson party on Wednesday.

Heard on Main Street: How about those Sox!