Town Column : Chilmark
The Vineyard Osprey brought their hockey skills out in force at the Women's Senior Hockey Tournament held in Norwich, Conn. Sandy Mincone tells me her team was tied going into the first five minutes of overtime in the last game of the tournament. Goalie Dardy Muldaur Slavin managed to block all five shots sent her way, which brought the team to their third place finish overall. Congratulations.
Genevieve Flanders traveled to South Carolina for the Hamilton College Alternative Spring Break Program. She and nine friends worked on a house for Habitat for Humanity and indulged heavily in southern cooking. I spotted Genevieve's grandmother, Lorna, out for a ride with her daughter Martha on Sunday. It was a beautiful day for her to make a test run of the newly constructed ramp at her Stonewall home.
Lauren McDowell, daughter of Shakti Reynolds and Scott McDowell, has recently been appointed Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for the County of Kauai, Hawaii. Lauren is a 2000 graduate of Martha's Vineyard Regional High School.
Proud mother Jackie Mendez-Diez reports that her daughter, Alexandra, has received a Fulbright Award and will be traveling to Spain in September to begin research for her historical novel. The Fulbright Award was established in 1946 to foster international research and to promote peace through educational exchange. Additionally, Jackie is pleased to share that her oils and watercolors are hanging at the Chilmark Library through April 30.
On display at the Chilmark branch of Sovereign Bank through April 24 is a show of selected pieces from the Martha's Vineyard Art Association's Permanent Collection, from 1890 to the present. We are certainly surrounded by beautiful works of art this month.
Despite his rigorous work schedule, Caleb Slater of Northbridge, along with Chris and Celia, managed to make it down for the annual "paint the bottom of the boat" weekend with Jane and Herb. Caleb is employed by the State as the Anadromous Fish Project Leader. He has about two million hungry salmon fry that need to get out into the rivers and streams of western Massachusetts and spread out all over the available salmon habitat, which encompasses about 200 miles of waterways. Caleb also supervises the operations at six fishways on the Merrimack and Connecticut Rivers.
The month of April is a busy one at the Chilmark School. Parent-Teacher conferences are this week as well as a School Advisory Council meeting tonight at 5:30 pm. The SAC is in need of a few new parents to serve. If you are interested, please contact Diane Gandy at 508-645-2562. The school has implemented the use of "brain gym" exercises and yoga techniques to help students stay focused and calm throughout the MCAS testing, which is underway for grades three through five. The kindergarten and first-grade classes visited Flat Point Farm, where they saw spring in the shape of calves, chicks, and lambs. The second- and third-grade students just finished reading 100 books, and as a result, Scholastic Books donated that many books to needy schools. Fourth and fifth grades have begun preparations for May Day with the help of Lee Fierro. Also, save that date: Kindergarten Parent Orientation is April 29.