Congratulations to Anna Marie D'Addarie. She met her newest grandson, Charles Andrew Creighton, just two days after he was born in Lancaster, Pa. Charlie weighed in at 8 pounds, 5 ounces. He is now two weeks old, the son of Kevin and Patti Creighton and joins his brother Thomas. Anna Marie enjoys three grandchildren, all boys.
Andrew and Peyton Berry commended The Times for the story on the active military personnel from the Island. They'd like to add their son to the list. They hope he will be home for a visit after the holidays (and before redeployment).
Lieutenant Junior Grade Mason Berry (USNA '04) flies the MH-60S Knighthawk helicopter. It is a multi-mission helicopter that has the capability for search and rescue, ship-to-ship vertical replenishment, personnel transfers, and special warfare applications. His current deployment is on board the USNS Shasta, an ammunition ship that supports the Kitty Hawk aircraft carrier battle group in the Pacific, delivering ordinance to and from the carrier in support of the strike aircraft. He recently participated in a month-long military exercise involving the U.S. and Australian navies. Part of his squadron does medical evacuations from Iraq to Kuwait, and he may be deployed there in the spring.
If you haven't seen the latest "Vineyard Style" magazine, check it out. The article with wonderful pictures by Chris Baer on Vineyard winter storms is worth the price of the magazine.
This is the time to find stocking stuffers. The American Legion Post 257 Auxiliary offers gift baskets, crafts, a bake sale, a silent auction, a raffle and more on Saturday. Their Christmas Bazaar is from 10 am to 1 pm at the Legion Hall on Martin Road.
The annual Holly Day Fair at Grace Church is also Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm. Lunch is served at 11 am. Browse among Island crafted ornaments and sweaters, a white elephant table, baked goods, and fresh greens. A Children's Room has gifts at $1 or less where young ones can even wrap them. All proceeds go to Episcopal Relief and Development, helping people affected by California fires, floods in Mexico, the cyclone in Bangladesh, and still helping in areas devastated by Katrina. Your money spent at Holly Day gives the gift that keeps on giving.
Jen Morgan invites you to have your picture taken with Santa at the MSPCA on Saturday between 11 am and 3 pm. Also alumni dogs that want to march in the Christmas parade next week should have their owners call Jen at 508-627-8662.
Want more money for Christmas? Perhaps you have a special antique hidden away. Bring it to the Historical Society on Saturday between 9 am and 3 pm to be appraised by experts from Skinners. They can also arrange to sell an item for you. Reservations are suggested at 508-627-4441.
Top off your weekend with holiday music presented by the Island Community Chorus. Performances are Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon at the Old Whaling Church.
The Library has new Vineyard Haven paper cubes. This $5 stocking stuffer benefits your library. Tonight at 7 pm you can learn about environmental illness: what do tick bites, moldy homes, depression, and alcoholism have in common? Dr. Lisa Nagy will speak at the Library on ways to mitigate effects of the environment on your health.
If you are sending Christmas cards, would you consider sending one more? Address it to A Recovering American soldier, c/o Walter Reed Army Medical Center, 6900 Georgia Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. 20307-5001.
A night at the movies? This Saturday at the Cornell Theatre is "Blame It On Fidel," a look at radical activism through the eyes of a teenage Parisian girl. The film shows Anna trying to understand her activist parents.
Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out tomorrow to Adam Rogers and Joseph P. Canha. Saturday belongs to Porter Fraser and David Grey. Happy birthday to Sarah Wajda on Tuesday.
Heard on Main Street: If you are going to try cross-country skiing, start with a small country.