Town Column : Oak Bluffs
The snow started off gently with just a few swirling flakes, but gradually the wind and snow increased until we were in the midst of our first winter snowstorm this year. And yet still they came to the wake to remember Peter Williamson. Hundreds of relatives and friends of the Williamson family came to honor and show their love to this family in the loss of Peter. The next day, even with the difficulty of maneuvering through snow-covered streets, they still came to support the family of Oak Bluffs's former Chief of Police. Peter had an amazing amount of acquaintances and from the words spoken at his funeral the respect with which he was held was obvious. We send deepest sympathy to his wife Judy, his children Tim and his wife Liza, Julie Moffett and her husband John, and to his four grandchildren. What a sad and unexpected loss but what wonderful memories Peter has left his family with as well as this town
The many members of Joe Nunes's extended family, who were here to attend his funeral two weeks ago, have returned safely home. Among them were Daniel Manning, who traveled the distance from the Great Lakes Maritime Academy in Michigan, and Lindy Ebol, who returned to St. Thomas. Among Joe's many friends and relatives was his brother, the late Eddie Nunes, who will be remembered by many of his Oak Bluffs friends.
The school has announced the re-scheduled date for the Cake Walk. It will be Saturday, Feb. 2, from 6:30 to 8 pm in the cafeteria. Make sure you mark your calendars for this night of good fun. If you bring a cake you will get a free walk. Themes include non-cake cake, April Fools Cake, Sport/Super Bowl Cake, Garden Cake, Vineyard Cake, or Fruit Cake.
On Friday, Feb. 29, the guest speaker at the Friday Conversations program at the Oak Bluffs Senior Center will be Keith Gorman. Keith is the newly appointed Director of the Martha's Vineyard Museum. Come meet and greet him during this program, which takes place from 10 to 11:30 am.
We send birthday smiles to Caroline Davey who partied on Jan. 27, Bethany deBettencourt today, Noah Hoyt tomorrow, Emma Williamson on Feb. 3, grandson Matt Rivers on Feb. 4, Maureen Anderson on Feb. 5, and Chloe Hoyt, Marc Rivers, Sally Scott and Gerry DeBettencourt all share Feb. 7.
On Thursday, Feb. 7, at 5:30 pm at the Martha's Vineyard Hospital cafeteria, there will be a planning meeting for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. Anyone interested in forming a team or thinking about having a team should come. Team captain kits will be available, along with information about organizing and motivating your team. The Relay for Life this year will be June 13 and 14. For more information, you may e-mail Amy Sullivan at email@example.com
A new DVD release will be shown on the library's big screen during movie night on Thursday, Feb. 7. This animated family film is about a rat that travels to Paris and becomes a gourmet chef.
And the interesting children's programs at the library just keep rolling along. This Friday at the age 6 to 10 story time at 3:30 pm there will be a Groundhog Day theme, Corduroy the teddy bear will visit on Saturday at 10:30 am, and then next Wednesday the preschool story time group at 10:30 am will read winter snow books and make winter crafts.
Pat and Jim Dorsey have had a good month of traveling around the country that started on Dec. 20. Their travels included visits with their daughter Theresa Ann King and her family in Middletown, Conn. Then to northern Virginia with daughters Patricia James Doty and Elizabeth Yates and their families. They also traveled to Dallas, Texas to visit with relatives. Their 50th wedding anniversary was celebrated with the Dotys, Yateses, Orestos and some old friends in Vienna, Va. Then it was on to daughter Jeanmarie Ubersox and her family in Charlotte, N.C. The couple then took a brief rest by flying to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Their final stop was a visit to daughter Valerie Oresto in Plymouth. They will have visited all five daughters, eight of eleven grandchildren, and numerous other relatives and friends, 13 states and a foreign county. It makes me exhausted just to write about it.
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