Town Column : Oak Bluffs
I was greeted this morning by sheets of ice so vast that I had trouble getting to my car in the driveway. As it was absolutely impossible to get from my back steps across the sheets of ice to my car, I had to make a trip across the snow through my front door, go into the street then back through the snow on the other side of the driveway to get to my car. I have now parked it right against the back steps, hopefully to avoid a fall.
What a week this is shaping up to be. As I write this column on Monday, we are remembering Martin Luther King Jr. and are grateful for the legacy that he left. And of course the presidential inauguration will have occurred on Tuesday by the time you read this. We have so many hopes for this new administration that the anticipation of this is helping us get through this recession. It will be interesting to see how everything looks in about six months.
Come out and support the high school ice hockey program at the Harbor View Hotel on Friday, Jan. 23, by attending the fundraiser/auction at 5 pm. Tickets are available at the door and the $35 costs covers the silent auction, live auction and dinner.
Then the next day, January 24, the VFW in Oak Bluffs is the site of a Flea Market. The market runs from 9:30 am until 2:30 pm and you will have 12 booths to check out for bargains.
Also the Big Chili Contest for the benefit of the Red Stocking Fund will be held on Saturday. The contest runs from 11 am to around 2:30 or 3 pm. Tickets will be sold at the door for $25 each. Along with many varieties of chili there are also some good raffle prizes including two round-trip Cape Air tickets to Boston and two tickets to a Celtics game in March.
Gerry Debettencourt is now residing at Harborpoint in Centerville. She would love to get cards or letters from her friends here on Martha's Vineyard. Her address is: Harborpoint of Centerville, 25 Richardson Rd., Centerville, MA 02632.
On Wednesday, Jan. 28, at 11 am and also on Thursday, Jan. 29, at 6:30 pm there will be a great program offered by the Oak Bluffs Public Library. A representative from the Better Business Bureau will be lecturing on the subject of "Going Green to Save Money." Tips on how to make your home more energy-efficient as well as ideas on how to save energy and resources at work will be given and the schedule makes it possible to pick a convenient time and day to attend as the same program is offered each day.
The library is also offering a basic computer skills course for beginners on February 3 at 6 pm. There is limited seating available, so please call the library at 508-693-9433 to sign up.
I ran into Hamburger the other day, still smiling in spite of the brace on his neck. He told me he took a spill on the ice and down he went. Ever the jokester, he asked me to put a short note in my column telling everyone that he might have fallen down but he was okay and at least he wasn't "under the ground."
Please send get-well wishes to The Queen of Avon, Grace Frye, as she has spent some time in the hospital but is finally home.
Now coming up this weekend of January 23 through January 25 is the Ryan Mone Invitational Squirt tournament. The Martha's Vineyard Youth Hockey teams are participating and Aaron and Kimberly Araujo wish them the best of luck. They send special hockey angels to Oak Bluffs team members Saige Araujo, Belle Dinning, Justin Alexander, Elinor Hanjian, and Courtney Howell. On Friday, Martha's Vineyard play starts at 6:20 pm and on Saturday the games are 11:50 am and 8:30 pm. The coaches for the Martha's Vineyard Cape and Island Squirt Team are Bill Jacob and Dave Pizzano.
We send birthday smiles to Buddy deBettencourt and Michael Blake on January 23, followed by Joe Peters and Megan Klein on Saturday. Wayne Barrett and Julia Bettencourt share January 25, and Caroline Davey parties on the 27th.
Enjoy your week and send your news along to me.