Town Column

Oak Bluffs

By Megan Alley
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Posted November 8, 2007

Did everyone get their leaves and broken branches raked up after our storm of Saturday? What wind gusts and quite a mess left in its wake. The lawns look as if some giant chewed up many trees and leaves and left the remains scattered everywhere. But we were fortunate. From listening to the scanner it was obvious that many trees were knocked down, some downing power lines. EMS personnel, firemen, police and highway department crews seemed to be everywhere at once, cleaning things up and seeing that everyone who needed assistance received it. They and NSTAR did an outstanding job and power seems to have been restored very quickly. Thank you to you all.

Remember, remember, remember. Sunday, Nov. 11, is Veterans Day and as long as we hold these veterans in our memories they will live forever. Once again, as they always do, veterans and many volunteers will start raising the many flags at Oak Grove Cemetery in Vineyard Haven for the Avenue of Flags at 7:30 that morning. The flags will be on display until 3 pm and then they will be taken down again. Every flag raised is in honor of a veteran and their names are written in the directory, which now lists over 410 names. Please consider assisting these faithful volunteers in their project on Veterans Day and take time to thank all veterans for their deeds of the past and their continuing work in the present to ensure we will never forget.

The Annual Harvest Fair and Luncheon will be held in the Methodist Parish House in the Camp Grounds on Sat., Nov. 10, from 9 am to 2 pm. There will be gift tables, baked goods, knitted goods, jewelry, and all kinds of good things you expect to find at an event like this. Admission is free and if you decide to stay and partake of the hearty harvest luncheon that will be held from 11 am to 1 pm, you may purchase a ticket. Tickets will be $12 for adults and $10 for children. The Book Fair at the Oak Bluffs School opened last Monday and will be open Monday through Thursday from 8 am to 4 pm and Fridays until 3 pm for the next two weeks. They will also be open during parent conferences (Nov. 6, 8, and 14) until 7 pm.

Island Authors Kate Feiffer and Susan Convery Foltz will be sharing and signing their new books, "Henry the Dog with No Tail" and "Thirty Dirty Sailors and the Little Girl Who Went a-Whaling."

Featherstone Center for the Arts will host a benefit for Susan Foltz's book on Sat., Nov. 10, from 3 to 5 pm. The free event will include children's maritime activities conducted by Sail MV and MV Museum. There will be all kinds of activities, food and fun available for both kids and adults. "Thirty Dirty Sailors" is based on the life of a young Edgartown girl named Laura Jernegan who lived aboard her father's whaling ship for three years in the 1800s and kept a journal about her adventures.

At our public library the Dance Dance Revolution program is held again today from 3:15 to 4:30 pm for ages 10 to teenage and Family Games Night starts at 6 pm. Play board games with your friends and family. Tomorrow at the ages 6 to 10 story time there will be an Adoption Awareness Month theme. Come by on Sat., Nov. 10, and write down on a leaf on the "Tree of Thanks" what you are thankful for. Bring your Teddy Bear to the Preschool story time at 10:30 am on Wed., Nov. 14, which will have a Teddy Bear Theme.

Marc Songini, author of "The Lost Fleet," will be visiting the library on Sat., Nov. 10, at 2 pm. Copies of this book will be available for purchase and signing. The library will have on display related photographic reproductions, on loan from the Martha's Vineyard Museum.

We send birthday smiles to Mark Landers on Nov. 8, Todd deBettencourt on Nov. 10, Amanda Gonsalves who turns 15 on Veterans Day, Charlotte Trembath who celebrates her first birthday on Nov. 12 and Katie Davey on Nov. 13.

Enjoy your week and send your news along to me.