Town Column : Chilmark
Chris Murphy and Jim Newman are organizing a get-together potluck this Saturday, Nov. 14, for Peace Corps veterans, both volunteers and staff. Anyone interested in joining an evening of reminiscing should contact Chris at 508-693-6610. He'd be happy to share the details and directions to the Murphy home.
Vineyard Power, a community-owned cooperative that seeks to engage Islanders in reducing their energy rates through renewable energy generation, will be the subject of a community presentation and discussion at the Chilmark Free Public Library on Wednesday, Nov. 18, at 5:30 pm. Leading the discussion will be Suzanne Slarsky Dael of the Vineyard Energy Project. The meeting is part of the library's Autumn Lecture Series, sponsored by the Friends of the Chilmark Public Library. All are welcome to attend and admission is free. Call the library if you have any questions: 508-645-3360.
The American Tower Corporation, an independent owner an operator of wireless and broadcast communications, has submitted a revised Distributed Antenna System (DAS) plan. It calls for installing 25 nodes in Chilmark along North, South, Middle and Basin roads. Each node will be a 40-foot high pole topped with an eight-foot high antenna. The plan also calls for installing the hub apparatus on the town landfill property inside the gate to the right. The equipment will be installed on concrete pads and not enclosed in a building. There will also be a propane tank and auxiliary generator for the hub equipment. All 25 node locations and the area for the hub equipment should be staked and labeled with four-foot high stakes. The continued hearing for the application is scheduled for November 30 at 6 pm at the Community Center.
Over 1,150 racers were out in Northampton for the Verge New England Championship Cyclo-Cross Series, including the dynamic duo of Mike Broderick and Mary McConneloug. Mike, unfortunately, had a crash and injury on Saturday that caused him to sit down and take a breather on Sunday. Mary was able to school the women's pro field both Saturday and Sunday, taking wins both days. Mary is on a roll and will certainly be a gliding force to be reckoned with at the Nationals.
Pam Goff asked me to share that the Reverend Woody Bowman will lead the worship on Sunday, Nov. 15. Also, don't forget from 5:30 to 6:30 on Tuesday nights is a free soup supper.
If you haven't circled the bight lately, here is a quick update. The restrooms will be closed as of Friday the 13th. Yes, Friday the 13th for all you superstitious folks out there. The Menemsha Café is still open and serving breakfast and lunch daily from 7 am to 2 pm. Also, for your dining pleasure Josh and Angela are open from 5 to 8 pm on Friday and Saturday nights serving yummy dinners. The Texaco is open daily from 7 am to 5 pm and, as always, is a great place to get a morning coffee and catch up on who's doing what where. Stanley and Lanette are still open daily at Menemsha Fish Market, often serving specials. Give them a call or stop in to see what is cooking or ready to be cooked. Scott's Copperworks, with all of its sparkle, is sure to be a hot spot for holiday shopping. Everett is hit or miss at the Chandlery but when you catch up with him it's always a fantastic experience.
I hope to collaborate with Fire Chief David Norton on sharing the occasional fire safety tip. This first tip is: If you haven't already, please check and/or clean your chimney. Maintenance is the key. Remember the following: Have your chimney professionally cleaned at least once a year or more often with heavy use. Burn only seasoned dry wood. Keep your fires active and hot to keep the products of combustion moving up the chimney. Remember that the longer smoke is in the chimney the more likely it will build creosote on the walls of the chimney. Never burn trash, plastic or paper in your stove or fireplace since this can ignite creosote in your chimney. For further information, please contact the Chilmark Fire Department at 508- 645-2250.
I forgot to send out a big thank-you last week to Mary Beth and Allison at Chilmark Chocolates for sharing a wonderful assortment of chocolates at the Fire Department's Halloween party. A big thank-you goes out to the Athearn family of Morning Glory Farm for sharing a great collection of pumpkins and cornstalks. And to Kim Cottrill for her contribution of the wandering ghosts that were intended to roam the uneven graves of the West Tisbury cemetery but preferred the smooth surface of the center's floor.
Did anyone notice that the swordfisherman sculpture has new arms?