Town Column : Chilmark
I return to you from a family trip to the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond, the layered city of Edinburgh, and so many places in between. My four toured Scotland for nine days in the company of my parents, brother, and niece. The trip was organized by my father in about six weeks time so, in the midst of summer madness, I didn't have much time to plan or process the whole deal. I am back after a wonderful adventure with 600 photos of my own to bore those willing to sit with me for a while. I am hopefully back in the groove and full of apologies for missing a week here at The MV Times.
Rebecca Miller shares that she, along with husband Matthew and children Sadie, Ruby, and Josh, is finally selling honey from their fields at their North Tabor Farm stand near the intersection of North and Tabor House roads. It was a tough early season for the bees, but there was finally enough to share. The family is also fostering pet geese that someone released on Land Bank property. If anyone would like to give these beautiful geese a home, please give Rebecca a call at 508-645-3311.
Our librarian, Ebba Hierta, let me know that the library just got a DVD copy of a new documentary called "Passages of Time: The Story Behind New England's Stone Walls." It features a lot of footage from Chilmark as well as interviews with Jane Slater, Harriet Otteson, John Maloney, Clarissa Allen, and Mitch Posin.
Also at the library, the Needlework and Fiber Arts Group will meet Thursdays from 7 to 9 pm starting this evening. All who knit, quilt, needlepoint, spin, crochet, and sew are welcome to join the fun. Beginners welcome. For more info, call 508-645-3360. This is sponsored by the Friends of the Chilmark Public Library, but cheers go out to Susan Murphy for pulling it all together. The hope is to make it an ongoing event with the occasional cancellation due to holiday interference.
The library extends a big thank you to Menemsha Market, Menemsha Galley, Menemsha Texaco, Chilmark Store, Chilmark Chocolates, and the Bite for their participating in the library's summer reading program.
Don't miss Chilmark's own resident poet Peggy Freydberg appearing on MVTV with Jane Hawkes, Riley Deeble, and Jane Puetthoff. The group talks about Vineyard Village at Home (VVAH), a referral service of older Island residents designed to help people continue to live independently in their own homes. Volunteer drivers also provide free transportation to VVAH members who no longer drive or who have limited their driving. To learn more about VVAH, call 508-693-3038 or visit vineyardvillage.org. MVTV airs on Comcast channel 13 and I believe the schedule is available on their website: mvtv.org.
Tuesday Pizza Nights at the Chilmark Church are back in full swing. Join friends and family for a pizza dinner, games, and conversation from 6 to 8 pm. Please contact Julie Flanders at 508-645-3723 for further information or just to give her the heads up, so to speak, if you plan to attend. October 3 at 8:30 am, all men are welcome to the Methodist Men's Breakfast at the Chilmark Church. Warren Doty is the speaker, his subject being "Sometimes Fisheries Management Makes Sense." Then on Sunday, Oct. 4, Dan Cabot will be the guest preacher at the 9 am worship.
Be on the lookout around town for Cub Scouts selling popcorn during the month of October. Tins full of specialty popcorn will be available for purchase and, please note, they make great gifts for the holidays. The Cub Scouts can also fill you in on an exciting program that allows you to buy popcorn for military personnel serving overseas. Please contact Cub Scout leader Kevin Oliver at 508-645-2730.
Birthday wishes go out to the cutest one-year-old residing on Homeward Way. Zeb Athearn, son of Meg and Dan and little brother to clever Clara, celebrated the big one a few days ago. Ozzie Fischer celebrates his 95th birthday on the 5th. Also celebrating on the same day is Ethel Whitman. Happy birthday to you both, and I apologize if the news was supposed to be "hush-hush." Birthday wishes also extend to Hillary Noyes-Keene, Jim Hickey, and many more that I am failing to mention.
Well wishes go out to Chuck Hodgkinson. The always friendly, always cheerful town hall whiz severely tore his hamstring and after surgical repair, he will be laid up for at least six weeks. Heal fast Chuck. In other town hall news, congratulations to both Jessica Bradlee and Jenny Christy. Jess is our new Tax Collector and Jenny will be our new Town Clerk.
A shout goes out to all Chilmark School parents from Patti Leighton. Wednesday morning school banking is in need of parent volunteers. As capable as he is, Perry Ambulos cannot do it all alone. If you can offer some of your time to assist the students through their morning banking routine please let school secretary Orlaith Estes know, either in person or at 508-645-2562. Thank you in advance for your time and effort.
We all know that standings can change daily but Chris Mayhew, Paul DiMaura, Charlie Finnerty, and Pat Jenkinson were all on the Derby Overall Leaders board as of the beginning of the week. Keep your lines wet because the sea holds your prizes.