Town Column : Chilmark
Every evening I try to take a few moments to reflect on the events of the day. I hope that each day rewards me with something that puts a smile on my face. Looking back over this week, I think my favorite moment was sitting in the gas station with Buddy Mayhew, listening to him reminisce about old times and old friends. Occasionally the same story gets repeated, but this time it was all new. It was one of Buddy's Tisbury School class pictures along with a 1950s snapshot of Lynn Murphy, Polly Emin, and a third person (whose name escapes me) that sparked the conversation. The second photo is in a booklet brought in by Isaiah Scheffer, our town shellfish propagation officer. Buddy's anecdotes are so vivid that sometimes I feel as if I've experienced them myself. Herschel West must have known he had become part of the conversation as only moments later he appeared in the passenger seat of Ernest Barrett's truck.
Roberta Morgan let it slip out in conversation that her husband Jim celebrated his 85th birthday on the 30th. Let's hope Mr. Morgan's birthday week has been full of good family cheer.
Wayne Kurth and his family were here from Connecticut for a visit this past weekend. Wayne timed his trip perfectly with the return of good friend David Norton who had managed to slip away to St. John for a couple of weeks. David's daughter, Holly, joined him for the first half of his trip. From the sounds of it, they had a wonderful time.
Judie Jardin is back from a trip to Delaware where she spent a week helping out with her granddaughters, Samantha, Celina, and Brianna. Judie's daughter, Roxanne, broke her wrist and with three little ones an extra set of adult hands certainly came in handy.
Tauras Biskis was down for a short stay to do a little work on his Flanders Lane home. He and Ellen, along with kids Kestutis and Grazina have spent most of their winter in Boston. They are making progress and hope to be in their house this summer.
Steve Broderick reports that his son Mike and Mary McConneloug were both named to the Pan American Squad representing the U.S. at the Pan American Mountain Bike Championships held last week in Santiago, Chile. Mike placed fourth in the men's elite division and Mary placed fifth in the women's elite division. You can follow Mike and Mary's adventures in their diary entries on cyclingnews.com.
I hear from reliable sources that Bobby Silva has moved out of Martha's Vineyard Hospital and into the Henrietta Brewer House in Vineyard Haven. We are all pleased to hear of Bobby's progress and hope to have him back home soon.
Heartfelt condolences go out to John, Johna, and Oisin McVey. They have traveled to Ireland to mourn the loss of John's father. I never had the pleasure of meeting him myself but listening to the way John speaks about him, I feel as if I missed out on knowing someone fantastic.
Tonight at 6 pm there will be a meeting at the Chilmark School for parents and interested community members to discuss the planning of the proposed school garden. If you have any questions or ideas to share, please call Holly Bellebuono at 508-645-2956.