Town Column : Tisbury
Congratulations to the Tisbury School's wonderful class of 2009. I can't name them all, but I can tell you that two of these eighth graders were named to the President's Education Awards Program for outstanding academic achievement. The program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. These two students were Kaitlyn Bruni, daughter of Lee Bruni and Deedee Ponte, and Carl Gosselin, son of Mary and Ray Goselin. Both sets of proud parents were quick to tell me that several others received many awards last Thursday.
Carl Gosselin also received a certificate of achievement for the best academic average in practical arts, and two musical awards, for jazz band and for instrumental music. Carl was honored with the Maurice Bresnahan Award, for the student who brings out the best in others.
In addition, Kaitlyn Bruni was given the Tisbury School Citizenship Award as well as an Art Excellence Award in sculpture. Kaitlyn's name will be engraved on the plaque at the school for the Kerry Alley Humanitarian Award.
Still keeping track of the local kids, we have an update on Chris Clark, son of Nancy Gardella and Richard Clark. Chris and his wife, Lilly, both served for five years in the U.S. Marine Corps. Lilly started and finished one year before Chris did, and now they are both working for a security firm and taking college courses. Lilly is studying to be a veterinary technician, and Chris Clark is majoring in marketing. They live in Rockford, Ill., with their two boys, Corbyn and Dominic. Corbyn turned five in March and will be attending kindergarten in September. Dominic turned two in January. All of them enjoy living near many members of Lilly's family.
Tomorrow night through Saturday and again on Sunday afternoon you can enjoy Liz Villard's "An Island of Women" at the Katharine Cornell Theatre. Martha Hudson does a beautiful job as Mistress Cleveland in this original work. There is a lot of history in this story of women left on the Island while their husbands went to sea. Phil Dietterich wrote the music and lyrics for 17 songs. The music is wonderful.
Saturday night is the preview party at the Captain Thomas Mellon House fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity in Edgartown. The show house opens to the public at 12 noon on Sunday and remains open through mid-October. For more information see marthasvineyardshowhouse.com.
Lois Remmer is now 90 and has long been a member of the Play Readers at the Tisbury Senior Center. She taught for years at the Nathan Mayhew Seminars and is now recuperating at the Royal Megansett Nursing Home. You can send her a card there at 209 County Road, North Falmouth, MA, 02556. She can also be reached by phone at 508-563-5913.
Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out to Carly Simon, Jack O'Callaghan, and Margo Ortiz today. Friday, wish the best to Barbara Barstow and Nancy Cryer. Happy birthday to Leslie Grimm, Helen Issokson, and Jean Ross on Saturday. Sunday is a special day for Emma Kristal and Barbara Harnen. Mary Jacobson parties on Monday. Lynne Benson will celebrate on Tuesday.
Heard on Main Street: Success comes to those who are too busy to look for it.