Town Column : Tisbury
Have you seen the plan for the new Emergency Services Facility? I understand that several of the town departments have looked at it. Next Tuesday at 7 pm at the library you are invited to see for yourself. Firefighter Joe Tierney, EMT Jeff Pratt, and Fire Chief John Shilling will tell you all about it. They will outline the design for the new building that will house the fire engines and ambulances.
It will be built on Spring Street, across from the Tisbury School. The design is the result of input from the Tisbury School and PTA and a couple of public hearings. This is your chance to share your comments and ask questions. The plans will be presented to voters at the Special Town Meeting on November 17.
A very wet tourist entered a shop on Sunday afternoon during the downpours. His wife looked at him as he shook the rain off his hat and said, "You look like a wet hen." He muttered a reply and then said, "I can't believe this is a dry town." He explained that he would have preferred to find a bar where he could stay dry, have a beer, and watch the ball game. Boy, was that a ball game.
The high winds and heavy rains took out much of the cable access, but I hope not before the game was over. Several small boats capsized and at least one sank in the big waves in the harbor. Sunday was a good day to stay in and keep warm and dry. I'm not sure why the strong winds don't blow away the leaves in my yard. Instead I seem to get all the leaves from all over the neighborhood. Some are calling the warmer weather Indian summer but we haven't had the first frost yet. I wonder why they call it Indian summer? At any event, we are all welcoming the milder days.
I was pleased that I had brought in the last of my outdoor plants before the storms hit. I removed all the pine needles and oak leaves but still found some baby turkey feathers in the leaves when I got the plants inside.
Suzanne Slarsky Dael will tell you more tonight about a group developing a community-owned program to power our Island with renewable energy. The Vineyard Power cooperative aims for a sustainable energy future for our Island while keeping the benefits and control of our resources in our community. All Island ratepayers will be eligible to join. Learn more tonight at 7 pm at the Katharine Cornell Theatre.
"Saraphine," the story of a French housekeeper who in 1905 began painting brilliantly colorful canvases, will be shown at 7:30 pm at the Cornell Theatre tomorrow night. In 1912 a German art critic discovered her paintings while she worked for him as a maid outside Paris. Director Martin Provost builds his story around the relationship between the avant-garde art dealer and the visionary cleaning lady, a testament to the mysteries of creativity and the resilience of one woman's spirit.
Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out to Selectman Jeff Kristal next Tuesday. Perhaps his wife will give him the morning off from making muffins for the visitors at the Crocker House Inn.
Heard on Main Street: Did you ever wonder: If Barbie is so popular, why do you have to buy her friends?