Town Column : Chilmark
"T bomb" (aka Tristan), as they call him, has come to Menemsha for his very first visit along with big brother, Ben, and their mom, Sam, from their home in South Afice to visit grandparents Bob and Linae Schroeder who are back in the harbor on their boat "Thin Ice." Also visiting are Bob and Linae's son, Geoff, with his wife, Cara, and daughter, Sena.
Congratulations to Maggie Nixon who won Best Child Rider at the Vineyard Summer Horse Show held at Pond View Farm. Ten-year-old Maggie beat out the 17-year-old competition by one very dramatic point. Belated birthday wishes go out to Maggie's father, Bob, who celebrated with a custom decorated cake by eight-year-old son Jack. Who knew that Good 'n Plentys add an extra dimension to a chocolate frosted cake?
Jeffrey Smith and Brooke Emin are doing a fine job manning the Home Port raw bar these days. I wonder what the name of their new raw bar display boat will be? Chef Ed Doyle has been beautifying the newly acquired treasure.
Bill Coleman shares that his daughter and two-year-old grandson are here for a month-long visit. Chandra and Lucas are here from Miami, Fla., staying at Bill and Julie's South Road home. Bill is a professor of pediatrics at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Julie serves faithfully on the summer executive committee at the Chilmark Community Center. Chandra is looking forward to catching up with old friends and introducing Lucas to every aspect of the Vineyard that made her childhood summers here so memorable.
Ted Meinelt was a guest of honor at the Edgartown High School Class of 1959 reunion, at the Edgartown home of Eddie and Janice Belisle. All 13 of his former students were present and they fondly remembered their days together as Mr. Meinelt's students. Ted recently celebrated his 93 birthday.
Lia Kahler is leading a Bible study at 8 am on Sunday mornings. Lia's focus is on the structure and geography of the Bible. On July 26, the Chilmark Community Church will dedicate the gift of a Lambert's Cove Church pew from John Daggett. Mr. Daggett will be present to explain his family's extensive association with the Lambert's Cove Church. I wonder if John is descended from the John Daggetts referenced as father and son sailors on the whale ship Niger bound for the North Pacific from New Bedford in the mid-1800s?
Cultural anthropologist and University of Chicago professor Dr. Richard Shweder presents: Some Hazards of Moral Thinking at the Chilmark Public Library next Wednesday, July 29, at 5:30 pm. Admission is free, but call 508-645-3360 for further information.
Don't forget, this is the week the Chilmark Police Department Joins National Buckle Up Campaign. The enforcement blitz Buckling Down On Those Not Buckled Up will occur during the July 23 to 30 Click It or Ticket Mobilization. We all get really busy in this summertime and this is a wonderful reminder to all of us with small children that we should check that our kid's car seats and boosters are secured properly to ensure maximum safety for our precious cargo. Last July, a new law went into effect requiring all children under the age of eight or under 4 feet, 9 inches in height to ride in a booster seat. For further information about keeping your kids safe in the car, please visit mass.gov/childsafetyseats.