A brief but moving ceremony, reflecting on the tragedy of 9/11, was held at the Nelson W. Amaral Fire station on Wing Road on Saturday. All the EMS and Fire Department vehicles were pulled out on the tarmac with lights flashing. Fire and EMS personnel in uniform stood at attention in memory of those who perished on that evil day.
Later that afternoon, the Oak Bluffs Fire Museum open house was well attended. We do appreciate the beauty of that corner of the Town and all the hard work of the people that made it possible.
Our condolences to the family of Erick Clements: his parents, Vera-Jean and Albert, and siblings, Albert, and his wife, Becky, and his sister, Summer-Anne. They have our deepest sympathy. What a loving tribute to Erick was the graveside service for him on Saturday last with so many relatives and friends attending to show their caring.
Condolences also to the family of Barbara Lewis especially her four sons. A cheerful hardworking person, she will be missed.
Looking for a high-intensity training class? The Mansion House offers a free fitness class on Sunday, Sept. 17, at 5:30 pm. Brenda Correa will challenge your fitness level and muscular endurance with a variety of equipment and movements.
Michelle Bettencourt is another Oak Bluffs resident who has been chosen to serve as an Muscular Dystrophy Association Jailbird, going behind bars to help Jerry's Kids©. In order to be released, she needs your help to raise $1,600 bail.
The school is now in full swing and Back to School Night for grades 6, 7, and 8 is on September 17. Beginning October 1, the Carousel newsletter will no longer be distributed to each student. The Carousel will be available online as always and there will be a supply of the paper Carousel in the office. Please support the school's effort to go green.
Once again it is Sally Foster time at the Oak Bluffs School. But this year they are using Meadow Farms Fundraising. The Meadow Farms packets have been sent home. This paper and gift sale is the PTO's biggest fundraiser of the year. The money raised supports all of the things the PTO does to enrich life at the Oak Bluffs School. If you have any questions about Meadow Farms, please contact Carla Hoyt at 508-693-8481 or Paula Caron at 508-696-0642.
At the Oak Bluffs library on Thursday, Sept. 16, at 6 pm, there will be an author's talk with Paul Samuel Dolman on his book "Hitchhiking With Larry David." A question and answer session follows his talk. Refreshments will be served.
Saturday, Sept. 25, from 10 am to 2 pm, Puzzle Day in the Children's Room for ages 3 and up takes place. There will be jigsaw puzzles, word games, a maze, and scavenger hunt . There will be prizes and the special craft time will be 11 am to 12 noon.
The Friday Conversations program will be at the Oak Bluffs Senior Center: 10 am to 11:30 am on Friday, Sept 17. The guest will be Paul Pimentel of the Vineyard Power Committee. This is a grass-roots group that wants to create a wind farm out in the ocean, beyond Nomans Land. Paul will discuss the feasibility, benefits, and the economics of a wind farm at that location.
Here is news about an upcoming Willoughby family reunion. It will be on September 18 from 1 to 6 pm at the P-A club. It will be potluck with a grill available. If possible anyone attending is asked to please bring pictures and pass the word. Folks from Virginia, Michigan,Connecticut, Nova Scotia, Vermont, North Carolina and who knows where else will be attending.
Many Woodside Village residents are celebrating their birthdays this month; we send special smiles to Jeannette Vincent, Spencer Hilton, Emma Goldhorn, Linda Andrews, Lillian Bush and also to Aidlyberg Village resident William Sullivan.
Also getting birthday smiles are Patti Moreis and Kathy Burton on September 17. Donald Combra sends birthday wishes to his son Michael Combra all the way to New Hampshire. Ronnie Klein celebrates on Sept. 19 with special wishes from wife Roxanne, Smiles to Cory and Amber Medeiros on Sept. 20, followed by Ruthie Metell on the next day.
Enjoy your week.