Diversity in focus. Does that make sense to any of you? It’s going to be my motto — at least for the time being. I have a broad spectrum of tasks to accomplish. Some are as simple as remembering to pass on a little tidbit of information; others involve coordinating a huge fundraising event for the PTO. Let’s see how many tasks I can touch on here.

First task: Happy belated birthday to another friend and neighbor who celebrated on January 1. Linda Coutinho, you were on my handwritten list, but somehow I overlooked typing your name when I sat to write my column. I hope you have had a warm and happy home with both Zack and Cody under one roof. Throwing Jenna Zechner into the mix must have certainly added to the fun, too. Jenna, while on spring break from Merrimack College, joined the Coutinho clan for a week. She said a week wasn’t nearly long enough.

Second task: Let’s spread the word about the Chilmark School PTO/Outing Program February fundraiser. It’s the party you’ve all been waiting for. Buy your ticket, kick up your heels and get funky with a whole slew of boogie down friends to the tunes of Johnny Hoy & the Bluefish. Another reminder to mark February 8 on your calendars as the date to come out and support the PTO and Outing Programs. The Outing Program has completed 20 years of teaching our children outside the classroom. Sailing, kayaking, and skiing are just a few of the things that make the Chilmark School unique and it’s thanks to all of you for your continued support. Not only are we looking forward to dancing and socializing with you, but we are looking for auction items too. Would you like to donate something? A hand-knit sweater, a jeep tour of your favorite dirt roads, a gift certificate to your shop, guitar lessons, a great book, or anything in between would be fabulous. Give me a shout at the Texaco 508-645-2641 or email me at

Third task: On behalf of all of the wee ones in town I’d like to thank everyone who helped with the Volunteer Firefighter’s Association Christmas Party. In addition to the fire department members, a shout goes out to Warren Doty, Janet Weidner, Linda Coutinho, Ellen Biskis, Holly Norton, Connie Taylor, Mary Boyd, Jessica Roddy, and all of the other peeps who made the night a success.

Fourth task: Pam Goff asked that I please remind you all that Tuesday night soup suppers at the Church are a go once again. Warm your insides with some soup and light fare and your soul with some good conversation. 5:30 pm is the time. The Chilmark Church is the place.

Fifth task: Lovely librarian Irene Tewksbury ask that I remind you all about the winter movie series at the Library. 2014 sparks an Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire

film festival extravaganza. Tomorrow nights showing will be the 1957 classic “Funny Face,” starting at 7 pm. Put on something comfy and get ready to nestle in for a great film along with good company, popcorn, and juice. The film series will continue until March 7. Irene is pretty good about keeping me in the film loop, so I shall do my best to pass the info along.

Sixth task: I know it’s not a Chilmark thing, but I grabbed some info from a Chilmark gal. Zoe Pechter Thompson, the remarkable children’s librarian at the O.B. Library, shares that they will have mini-golf at the library. You needn’t look too far to be amazed by the unique opportunities that magically arise. Friday night is a 21 and up event, from 6 to 9 pm. It’s $18 per person or $30 for a couple. This could be a truly unique date night. Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm is a free family thing with hot cocoa too boot.

Seventh task: Birthday shout-outs to Ryan Kurth, Brigida Larsen, Cody Coutinho, Joshua Thomson, Jeff Lynch, Will Holtham, and many more.

Eighth task: I will leave you with a quote from one of my favorite movies, “Good Will Hunting.” “You’ll have bad times, but it’ll always wake you up to the good stuff you weren’t paying attention to.”