A quietness has started to settle in over our town as Christmas celebrations are now over. Relatives and friends have returned to their off-Island homes after visiting here and Islanders who left to be with their families are starting to return. The lights still are shining on most of the homes, but soon they too will be packed up for another year. Life moves so fast, but the cycle seems to be a familiar one as we go through the seasons.
We send birthday smiles to Rick Tarter on Dec. 28, and Ara Ben David, Anita Combra and Claudia Metell on Dec. 31.
The Oak Bluffs School recently received two grants that they applied for this fall. The first, an award from the Permanent Endowment Fund for Martha's Vineyard, will be used to bring another author to visit with the students in the spring. The second, from the Tower Foundation, has enabled them to purchase a great many non-fiction books in an effort to update and expand their reference collections. Of course, with all these new books there is a need for volunteers who would help to get the shelf ready in January. If you can spare some time helping to add labels, OBS stamps, and/or covers to the new books, please call Lynn or Rachel at school at 508-693-0951.
Ann Hearn of Woodside Village had as her guest her daughter Marie who came from West Newton to spend Christmas Day with her mother and her aunts Joyce Wadsworth and Megan Alley and her many on-Island cousins.
We were saddened to hear of the death of Julie Hurley Rollins last week. Julie attended school on the Island, graduating from the Oak Bluffs High School in 1953. She and her husband Jack retired from the Island and lived here before moving on to permanent residence in Florida a few years ago. Our condolences to her sister Pat Alley and her family.
Our sympathy to the family of Ruth Hughes, former treasurer for the Town of Oak Bluffs. Ruth was involved in many organizations, town committees, and leaves her husband Bob and her nephew Buzzy Blankenship and his two daughters.
Jim and Pat Dorsey celebrated Christmas with their daughters Patricia James Doty and Elisabeth Louis Yates and their families in Northern Virginia. And congratulations to this couple, who will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Jan. 4. We will have news of their adventures with their family members in the next few weeks.
Have you been interested in learning more about your family's genealogy? Then the Oak Bluffs Public Library has a resource for you with their Ancestry Library Edition, which is a popular tool for online genealogical research. They also offer help using this new resource as you may make an appointment for a 30-minute consultation with a librarian.
Thursday, Jan. 3, at 6 pm is movie night at the Oak Bluffs library. They will be showing a new DVD release, a comedy-drama is about a recent college graduate who becomes a Nanny and begins working for a family living in Manhattan.
Kristen Anderson and her son Ian are here from St. Pete's Beach in Florida to spend Christmas with her parents Bill and Maureen Anderson. Upon arriving at Logan airport, they were met by Kristen's brother Bill and nephew Billy and they all went for a few days skiing in Maine before coming back to Oak Bluffs.
I hope your Christmas and holidays were all that you desired and you were surrounded by those who are most dear to you. Keep the spirit moving.