It has been a different kind of week for me. With the dog on the mend, I was able to hobble out on my crutches and partake of some summer fun that has been delayed during my family's convalescence. I hobbled downtown, I hobbled to Chappy, I hobbled to the beach. And I couldn't have picked better weather to do it in. It feels like my summer is officially beginning. On the docket this week will be fried clams, sunset on State Beach, and of course, wings and trivia at Sharky's. (It frightens me that I may have been usurped on the high score list during my recovery. I suppose that's what winter is for.)
I briefly mentioned chief Paul Condlin's retirement in last week's column. Saturday night, I had the pleasure of attending a celebration of his career at the Chappaquiddick Beach Club, where Paul was honored among others by the Patrolman's Association, the state government, and the NAACP for his service to the town. Bravo to all on a fantastic event. Enjoy your well-deserved retirement, Paul.
There was a secondary theme of the night of men pulling me aside to report on their anniversaries to be mentioned in the column. Art and Diane Smadbeck celebrated 32 years of marriage on August 11, while Kathie and Ralph Case look forward to celebrating their day August 16. Happy anniversary to all. August seems to be the month of love.
I did pull aside new police chief Tony Bettencourt and mention the still-pressing issue of this town's lack of Dairy Queen butterscotch dip, since the Bettencourts are the owners of our beloved Dairy Queen. Tony informed me that due to his newly acquired responsibilities as chief, butterscotch dip now falls solely under wife Ericka's jurisdiction. So I guess I'll have to take it up with the boss.
Sam and Kate Sherman are excited to announce the newest addition to their ever-growing family. Son Josh and his wife Sarah welcomed to the world Jack Henry Sherman, July 30 in Boston. Congratulations!
Lynn Ditchfield has written in about the Adult and Community Education Program-ACE MV, of which she is the director. This fall, among the list of 35 enrichment classes and seminars, ACE-MV will offer everything from dance instruction to two professional development courses: English Composition 101, as well as a Medical Terminology course in affiliation with the Health Training Center, Health Technician Certificate Programs. Early registration will take place at the Let's Move Martha's Vineyard Kick-Off Festival in Waban-Alley Park in Oak Bluffs, 1 to 6 pm on August 24 (Rain date August 25). For more information, contact Lynn at 508-627-8373.
The Animal Shelter of Martha's Vineyard and the friends of Oak Bluffs together are presenting an evening with jazz legend Ramsey Lewis at the MVRHS Performing Arts Center, Sunday, Aug. 15, at 7:30 pm (doors open at 6:30). Sounds like a great event for a great cause.
Congratulations to those who garnered awards at the All-Island Art Show. Sharon Daly won two first-place awards in both Oil and Pastel, as well as the Ruth Bogan Award. Leslie Look placed first in both Black and White and Color Photography. Bob Fitzgerald placed second in the Digital Photo competition, also winning the Dragonfly and Old Sculpin Gallery Awards. Laura Jemison received a merit award for her oil painting, and Ann Heywood entered three pastel works. An exhibition of Laura Jemison's work at the Chappy Community Center continues through August 15. Bobby Fitzgerald will be showing at the Old Sculpin Gallery from August 14 to 21, with an opening reception August 15 from 6 to 8 pm.
There were birthday candles aplenty blazing in the Fligor family this past week. For 50 years, father Dick and son Brad have celebrated together, with Dick's birthday August 6 and Brad's August 8. Happy birthday, fellas. Hope you didn't burn the place down.
My favorite conversation of the week took place while waiting in the Chappy ferry line on Sunday to go to the beach. We were stopped amid the delicious smells of the Rotary Club's annual Pancake Breakfast, speaking with a friendly gentleman on the other side of the fence who was busy serving up plate after plate of tasty pancakes. He was telling us how he had been offering pancakes to any dogs who happened by. Now I have two dogs. Both love any veggies, all meat products, but pancakes? So I asked: Do dogs like pancakes? He said that of the six K9 orders he had distributed, five dogs were psyched. Sadly dog six could not enjoy the pancake because it's not "gluten free." Ah, 2010.