Town Column : Edgartown
I hope that everyone had a wonderful holiday with family and friends. I can't remember the last time we had a white Christmas. With all of the snow and splendid icicles we had last week, Edgartown looked a bit like a small town in Vermont in the middle of winter.
On Christmas Eve day, Martha's Vineyard Youth Hockey sponsored a Skate with Santa. The DJ put everyone in a festive mood by playing Christmas music, and Santa joined the skaters on the ice. There were many Edgartown folks skating, including Thiago Muniz, Heidi Boyd and her daughter, Lauren, and Scott and Julie Lively and their children, Abby, Scotty, Oliver, and Sarah.
Falmouth Academy (FA) headmaster David Faus announced that three Falmouth Academy students from Edgartown were named to the FA Headmaster's List for the first trimester of the 2009-2010 academic year. They are 11th graders Sarah Antolick, daughter of Tom and Marie Antolick, and Emelia Armstead, daughter of Kenneth Armstead and Lorna Giles, along with 8th grader Julia Guérin, daughter of Susan and Pierre Guérin of Edgartown. These students earned at least three As in their five core subjects and had no grade lower than a B-minus.
The Jingle Bell Run at the Edgartown School was cancelled last week because the roads presented risks to the runners. Gym teacher Michele Pikor is hoping to schedule a running event at another time, maybe around Easter. Michele would like to give those students with an interest in track and field as many opportunities as possible to participate in the sport.
The Edgartown Library Board of Trustees met with Edgartown Selectmen recently to talk about the new library building project. The selectmen, who prepare the town's annual meeting warrants, announced they would go before voters in April with a warrant to issue a $4 million bond to cover the remaining costs of the project. The library has a grant to help pay for the new facility from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners in the amount of $4.6 million. Access to these funds is set to expire on June 15, 2010.
I am sure at least some of you will have your New Year's Resolution to get in shape after indulging over the holidays. Seniors can start off on the right foot at Felix Neck on Wednesday, Jan. 6, from 10:30 to 11:30 am for a senior stroll. Naturalist Susie Bowman will lead an easy walk on some of the trails, and everyone will have a chance to enjoy new vistas that have opened up since the leaves have fallen. Afterwards, hot beverages will be served in the recently refurbished Discovery Room. The event is free for members and $3 for non-members.
Otherwise, news is light this week, as many people are snuggling up at home, only going out for necessary trips to the grocery store, post office and the like.
Have a happy, healthy, and safe New Year, everyone.
Make every day sparkle.