Town Column : Oak Bluffs
Easter day was cold but bright sun brought cheer to us all. Hooray for flowers, starting to bloom, green buds on trees making their long-awaited appearance and people venturing outside without being covered from head to toe with extra warm clothing. This winter was so long and cold that it only makes us appreciate the brightness of spring colors more than usual, even if it is cooler than we really would like.
The Town of Oak Bluffs annual election will take place today from 10 am to 7 pm in the library meeting room. Please come and make your vote count.
A community based energy efficiency forum will take place on Thursday, April 23, from 6:30 to 7:45 pm at the Oak Bluffs Library. This forum, sponsored by the Cape & Islands Renewable Energy Collaborative (CIRenew), will introduce a grassroots energy efficiency initiative empowering individuals to help themselves and others save energy and money while staying comfortable and safe.
The Annual Dog Birthday Party is Saturday, April 25, at 10 am at Tradewinds across from the hangar. Rain date is Sunday the 26th. This has to be the longest running dog birthday party in history, sponsored by that well-known Oak Bluffs couple, Duncan and Ann Ross. There will be coffee and pastry for humans, biscuits and water for dogs. No presents please, just bring your dogs. People without dogs are also welcome.
And let's not forget about all of our animal friends and the problems pets and their owners will soon face with the closure of the MSPCA branch here on Martha's Vineyard. Plans for an all-Island animal shelter are just being formed and if you would like to help contribute funds for that worthwhile project you may do so by mailing your check to County of Dukes County, P.O. Box 190, Edgartown, MA 02539. Be sure to write Animal Shelter on the check memo line.
My sister Joyce Wadsworth, of Paso Robles, Calif., is here visiting. She is spending most time with daughter Lynn Rebello and grandchildren James, Ashley, and Joel. On Sunday she, Lynn, and Joel had Easter dinner at our house along with our children, Mary and Kati Alley and David, and our grandchildren, Marques, Matt, and Nick Rivers, and Talia and Jeremy Rogers. Reigning over all of this activity was the family matriarch, 98-year-old Betty Alley. Son Dion Alley and his wife Debra and their children Sam, Ben, and Paige were at their home in South Carolina but sent Easter greetings by phone to their Island relatives.
Strange shaking and rattling of the house windows woke me around 11 pm on April 10, but thinking it was the rumbling of a far off thunderstorm, I drifted back to sleep. But then my earthquake savvy sister Joyce asked me if I had felt the earthquake on that Friday night. She also directed me to the website where a map showed an earthquake just south of Boston had occurred. Did any of you experience this?