Town Column : Chilmark
The fifth grade is back in action at the Chilmark School after a fantastic time shushing the Sugarloaf slopes. Everyone made it to the summit on the last day, which was a beautiful sunny one, and then skied down together as a group. The kids all met and surpassed their individual goals for the trip. For a few it was mastering skis for the first time; for others it was taking on the snowboard parks and grabbing all the air they could catch; and for others this was skiing with poles and negotiating runs. While they were focused on their own goals, they also managed to work together as a group - whether it was all abilities skiing together at the end of the day, sharing meals, completing school work, or swimming in the pool, everyone gained a little more insight into themselves and their fifth grade class.
Welcome to your new home, Adam "Dutch Belted" Glasgow. Adam, born on March 9, was the first calf to arrive at Grey Barn Farm. Adam is named after Adam Miller, a classmate of Noah Glasgow, as the two young lads share a birthday.
Welcome to Tweeters and Yoko, the first two chicks to be born at the Ambulos home. After returning from February vacation, Gabe, Mary, and Perry realized they had two broody hens coveting and warming 12 little eggs. They decided to let nature take its course, and the first of the babies have started to arrive.
I'd like to extend my condolences to the family of Fred Littleton, who died March 7. He was quite the fixture around Menemsha Harbor, when he did his time as harbormaster. He and all of his wonderful stories about the schooner Ernestina will be missed.
We've lost another strong advocate for Menemsha and the local fishing industry. Tom Osmers died in the early morning hours of March 13, after a courageous battle with cancer. My favorite memory of Tom is from a few summers ago when he came through the Texaco in the back of a pickup truck sitting at and playing a piano with a great big grin on his face. I must say, it is a great way to remember someone so generous, kind, and dedicated.
Wyatt Jenkinson and Oren Osnos, along with their hockey teammates, spent the weekend at the Olympic Center in Lake Placid, New York, for the CAN/AM Challenge Cup. Playing in a first-class tournament was a great experience, and they played some great hockey - good enough to win the gold medal in a super sudden death overtime game on Sunday. The Vineyard beat teams from Methuen, Bridgewater, Montclair, and Westfield. Thanks to proud papa Patrick Jenkinson for all the great updates.
In other Patrick news, he along with Marshall Carroll, Hilda Jason and Cameron Soulagnet, will celebrate a birthday on the nineteenth. Patrick and Marshall were
born in the same year. Hilda was born a few before and Cam a few after. Also celebrating this week are Brian Cioffi, Chet Wisniewski, and Herb Slater.
Another birthday celebration took place at the home of Nicholas, Christian, and Alex Sarason. Benjamin Elijah Sarason was born on February 28, in Seattle. The newest cousin to Adelaide, Thea, Ella and Lathrop Keene and grandson to Riggs Parker weighed in at 8 pound, 11 ounces. Congratulations.
Don't forget, time is ticking for all of you who work or volunteer in the town hall to complete your online Massachusetts Ethics Law training at www.mass.gov/ethics. The half-hour course must be completed by April 2. If you need any assistance, please do not hesitate to call, visit or e-mail Jenny. She is in the office between 8 and noon Monday through Friday (508) 645-2107.
Bring out your harmonicas, banjos, drums, and voices for an evening of community music. Warren Doty has organized the event for Saturday, March 20, at 7:30 at the Community Center. Everyone is welcome to attend and encouraged to bring a dessert to share.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Chilmark Public Library is another chowder and movie event. "The Little Foxes" is a classic 1941 drama starring Bette Davis in a film adaptation of the Lillian Hellman play depicting a post-Civil War southern community where nothing is more important than money and power. The film will be shown at noon on Wednesday, March 24.
Congratulations to Phoebe and Isabel Parker of Carlisle, who just got the coaches' award for their first swim season. They are two of the four daughters who call David and Becky (Harrison) Parker mom and dad.
Sue Larsen is still going strong training for the Avon Breast Cancer Walk. Recent adventures have taken her on the 11-mile Aquinnah loop and the 16-mile North Road/South Road circuit. Passing Lucy Vincent Beach was invigorating on a blustery day. Sue couldn't help but absorb the energy from the wind, rushing creeks, and pounding waves. Her total miles trained thus far total 403.8.
Tuesday Pizza Nights at the Chilmark Church are back in full swing, starting at 6 pm. Stop by for a slice or two, a round of Bananagrams, and some good conversation. See you there.