Town Column : Oak Bluffs
I think we got numerous years of wishing for a white Christmas all in one deposit on Sunday. What a strange storm. The brief power outage we had resulted in a cell phone that was plugged into a charger but shut off, turning on in the middle of the night, serenading me with the turning-on tune and also a TV that I could not get to turn on the previous night was working fine in the morning. Whatever the results it left a gigantic mess for people trying to shovel out and the many DPW workers throughout the Island keeping our roads open. Thank you for all of your hard work.
Lizzie Edwards is a Peace Corps volunteer in Western Kenya, Africa, doing HIV/AIDS work with the Imani Rural Women's Action Group. Beaded necklaces from these Kenyan women can be found in the Hospital Gift Shop, which is open Monday through Friday from 10 am to 2 pm, and at the Peacecraft Holiday Store, located at Pyewacket's in Vineyard Haven (open daily from 10 am to 5 pm).
The library has new hours for this holiday season, which are as follows: Thursday, Dec. 24, closing at 3 pm; Friday, Dec. 25, closed; Saturday, Dec. 26, closed; Thursday, Dec. 31, closing at 3 pm; Friday, Jan. 1, the closed.
Two Oak Bluffs School students, Sarah Dawson and Katherine Reid, were chosen from over 1,000 students to participate in the Southeast District Chorus Festival taking place this coming March. The chorus is sponsored by the Massachusetts Music Educators Association and is made up, through competition, of the best singers in the southeast area of the state.
The Red Stocking Week totals for the Oak Bluffs School's annual Red Stocking drive last week resulted in a $2,197 donation to the Red Stocking Fund.
Barbara Lindley is retiring after 30 years as the school occupational therapist. Throughout those 30 years, she has worked in all five elementary schools, the high school and Project Headway, and has worked for six principals in the Oak Bluffs School. We wish her happy days ahead.
Teacher Ms. Berube and the Oak Bluffs School received a thank you from the Jamaica Plain-VA Boston HCS patients and staff, who appreciated their donation of beautifully decorated handmade cards for the veterans from the children at the Oak Bluffs School.
Movie night at our library will be on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2010, from 6 to 8 pm. Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt star in a critically acclaimed romantic comedy, so come bring some friends and enjoy a night with a good movie, popcorn, and beverages that will be served.
We send birthday smiles to Caitlyn Francis, who will be 18 on Christmas day, a from her entire family. Ara BenDavid, Anita Combra, and Claudia Metell all share December 31.
We send Christmas and holiday greetings to all this season, hoping that it is a peaceful one for all of you and the world. My wish for all is a day of contentment and time to spend with those you love best.