Oral health is topic of community presentations
Dr. Hugh Silk, an assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, will make several presentations Friday to local healthcare providers on the subject of oral healthcare. Dr Silk is co-creator of Smiles for Life: A National Oral Health Curriculum for Physicians, according to Kristin Buck of the Vineyard Nursing Association (VNA).
Dr. Buck will conduct an afternoon workshop at the VNA for providers of pediatric care and providers of care to the elderly. The presentations will provide information designed to help prevent oral disease and to promote oral health across the lifespan. For more information, call 508-696-0020.
Spencer Booker's back at Alley's General Store
After four years as a conservation ranger for the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah), Spencer Booker has returned to his retail roots. Mr. Booker is the new assistant manager of Alley's General Store in West Tisbury.
Mr. Booker is already familiar with the job and many of the customers that frequent the historic general store in the heart of West Tisbury. Prior to joining the Tribe's natural resources department he worked at Alley's and developed a reputation for customer service.
"We are delighted to have Spencer back," said Chris Scott, executive director of the Martha's Vineyard Preservation Trust, the nonprofit that owns Alley's.
In a telephone conversation with The Martha's Vineyard Times yesterday Mr. Booker, who is a tribal member and Aquinnah selectman, said that while he greatly enjoyed his job as a conservation ranger and appreciated the opportunity to acquire many new skills, he missed the personal interaction he enjoyed at Alley's. "My first love has always been retail," said Mr. Booker. "I'm a people-person at heart."
This summer Alley's will feature a farm and produce stand on the spot formerly occupied by a bicycle rental business. Mr. Booker said he is excited about the potential to enhance the business.
Bret Stearns, natural resources department director, said Mr. Booker took on many roles that benefitted the Tribe and the community, including that of EMT. "He truly will be missed," said Mr. Stearns.