Town Column : Tisbury
Spring is blossoming all over. The glorious bright yellow daffodils are apparent everywhere you look. This is the time to look for the pretty little spring flowers that only show while most of the bushes are sparse. Our post office is doing a fine job of welcoming spring.
Also blossoming all over Martha's Vineyard are town elections and town meetings. Even more questions will appear on the ballot after the few who attend town meetings vote their preference. Then there are all those people willing to work for the town for very little compensation.
Meet the Tisbury candidates next Wednesday evening at the senior center at 7 pm. The League of Women Voters of Martha's Vineyard offers you the chance to learn more about who is running and what they support. What else is on the ballot? Beer and wine is a hot topic in our town. If it passed town meeting, it will be on the ballot. Did you know that BYOB is not allowed in Massachusetts except in dry towns? I do understand that sometimes a town may make special provisions for this.
Lovely poems by local poets are featured in the display case at the Vineyard Haven Library. Take the time to read and appreciate the talent on our Island. You will be surprised that you probably know most of these people.
The topics are not happy issues being discussed at the senior center, but they do cover information we should know. All are welcome and there is no charge. You don't have to be a senior to attend.
Nicole Barlett, RN, will present "Depression: Exploring Alternative Therapies" next Tuesday at 1:30 pm. See how neuro transmitters (brain chemicals) affect mood. Apart from medication, there are many other things that support our well-being. This is hosted by the Diabetes Support Group of Martha's Vineyard.
Then the next week Dr. Sofia Anthony will talk about "Planning Your Aging: The Choice is Yours." Some of our older citizens are thinking they have to move off-Island to make things right as they get old. Dr. Anthony can help you understand what should be considered in your decision. She will be at the senior center at 1:30 pm on Wednesday, April 29. Some of what she has to say was covered at the Neighborhood Convention last month, but she has more to tell you.
Louisa Gould Gallery is offering free art: If you purchase one limited edition framed photograph, you can get another free. Louisa's gallery is now open weekends. Artwork may also be viewed online at louisagould.com.
Help clean up the beaches for Earth Day. From 10 am to 12 noon this Saturday, the Vineyard Conservation Society is organizing clean-ups on Tisbury beaches from Eastville and Lagoon Pond to the Lake Street landing, Tashmoo opening, and Owen Park. Gloves, bags, and assistance will be available. Think globally, act locally.
Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Fran Griffin Gould. Tomorrow belongs to Ann Maley. On Saturday wish the very best to Rozetta Hughes and Donna Herczeg. Sunday will mark a celebration for Bob Tankard. Happy birthday on Tuesday to Judy Nichols. She shares this special day with Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth, who turns 83, though her big celebration is in June.
Heard on Main Street: Never stop dreaming. Dreams are what keep you going when real life lets you down.