Tom Dresser has a new book out. “Disaster Off Martha’s Vineyard – The Sinking of the City of Columbus” is a story most of us have heard. It’s about a horrendous shipwreck off Gay Head which took place in the winter of 1884. Tom tells the full story, complete with archival photographs and newspaper reports. One item which not everyone knows is that the Bible from the ship was found along the North Shore and salvaged by a Chilmark woman, who donated it to the library, but it was withdrawn from circulation and stored in the vault at the Chilmark town hall. Mrs. Nahum T. Norton, the former Abbie O. Rotch, salvaged the Bible near the Paint Mill in Chilmark. Tom will give his first talk at the Chilmark Library on Wednesday, May 16, at 5:30 pm.

Second Chance Sporting Goods, a newly created Facebook group, is the brainchild of Edgartown mother of two, Kristen Jenkinson. The premise of the group is clearly in its title — to pass kids’ sporting goods along after they’ve been outgrown. Kristen created the page after overhearing a conversation between a mother and her young son. The boy wanted to play baseball, but she had to explain to him that she couldn’t afford cleats, glove and other equipment. Since its inception, lots of kids are happy. T-ball gloves, lacrosse sticks, cleats and more have made there way to new owners. If you are not a Facebooker but have gently used sports equipment you’d like to see head off to a good home, there is a drop-off at the Boys & Girls Club.

Here’s a quick shout-out to my Truro friend, Bob Holt.

Peggy Freydberg made her way in to our local voting day and cast her ballot. Congratulations to Bill Rossi, our new selectman. Congratulations also to Alan Porter, who made a strong showing in his write-in campaign.

Coco Adams would like to remind us the May 19 from 9:30 am to 2 pm is the flea market at the CCC. Tables are a mere $15 and available to anyone who has stuff they’d like to part with. Antiques, jewelry, toys, books, you name it. Lynn Daniels will be there manning the concessions for all the hungry shoppers. Contact Coco at (508) 645-3414 for more information.

Todd Christy of Chilmark Coffee Company created his first batch of cold-brewed Menemsha Mud. This amazing coffee takes 24 hours to steep, double-filtered; bottled in beautiful wire basket amber bottles with snazzy labels. Limited amounts of regular Mud, decaf Mud and Espresso Mud can be found at 7a, Jim’s Package Store, and soon at Morning Gory Farm.

A reliable source tells me that head cook and bottle washer at C. Kurth and Sons, Ryan Kurth, and longtime buddy Denny Jason took in a NASCAR event a couple weeks ago. It certainly sounded like a rockin’ time. Proud father Jeff Kurth is very pleased with the progress Ryan has made schooling and making his way into the head honcho position in the family business.

Callie Giglio ventured to Nantucket with her mom, Lauren, to take in the sights and sounds of Daffodil Day Weekend 2012. Callie manned the table at the Lyman, Perry and Hutker Architects Beach Bungalow and Souvenir Shop. She dished out PB&Js, fried chicken, and pasta salad to the many who enjoyed the ice sculptures, flowers, and snazzy cars.

Tim Carroll spent the day on Sunday participating in a controlled burn in Edgartown with the Nature Conservancy. The were taking advantage of the weather conditions

Monday May 7 marks the start of Teacher Appreciation week. Be sure to look for the “honk for teacher” sign and give a little toot as you roll through Beetlebung Corner.