Chilmark: farewell to Louis Larsen


12:57 pm marks the beginning of spring, the vernal equinox. Today, theoretically because snow and cold still can happen, brings us increasing daylight and temperatures, popping flowers, buds and green and the reawakening, returning and birth of fauna. Not to mention that we should see the return of a general happy buzz among us humans who have lacked enough vitamin D during the cold, gray days of our New England winter. Yes folks, today marks the day of equal day and night. The sun rose due east and will set due west. As Dickens wrote in Great Expectations, “It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.”

So is it true, and folklore says it is, that you can stand a raw egg on its end on the equinox? Try it yourself, let me know what happens.

Tyler, Sarah and Charlie Shipway have returned from a spectacular vacation in the sun surrounded by friends and family. They ventured south for some much needed Vitamin D and a hug from the grandparents, Judy and Ted Mayhew. Sugarloaf Key was the destination which is just a hop, skip and a jump from Key West. Sarah’s sister Becky Hewitt, who travelled with them, returned home also. They all managed a great visit with Emmett and Kathie Carroll. Yes, they are loading up on sunshine, too. Also in the mix were Peter, Kucki, Roger, Sophie and Mark- Judy’s family from England. What a full house of fun and festivities they clearly had.

This Saturday, March 22, is the day we are all invited to Abel’s Hill Cemetery to say our goodbyes to Louis Larsen. 10:30 am is the time to gather, remember, reflect, honor, and pay tribute to “Big Louie.” His legacy will carry on, not only in his family members, but in all of the folks he made an impression on in his 88 years walking the earth. In traditional Chilmark fashion, there will be a potluck celebration of life at the Chilmark Community Center immediately following the graveside service.

The students at the Chilmark School have had a newsflash from their sister school, Blessed Watoto School, in Atiak, Uganda. The funds our kids raised at their October Fair were donated to help construct the school. At this time, the walls are up and the roof is scheduled to go on. Hannah Kahl, daughter of K/1 teacher Robin Smith, was the key to this school-to-school union. An assortment of pictures was sent along with the update. They have been shared at school. Apparently, and I am not quite sure how this all works in Uganda, Blessed Watoto was, for the first time, ranked second in their sub-county. Silas, Tegan, Tyler, Atlas, Emmett, Katie, Emma, Latham, William, Adam, Tristan, Brooks, Fynn, Noah, Menasha, Bella, Kiera and Immy, the grades 4/5 students, are all looking forward to receiving the letters that were promised from their Ugandan counterparts.

Mary McConneloug and Mike Broderick were lined up with some of the best mountain bike racers in the world this past weekend. They pulled up to the starting line at Bonelli Park in San Dimas, California for the second round in the 2014 USA Cycling U.S. Cup Series. Mike placed twenty-ninth in a sea of competition in the elite men’s division. Mary placed sixth out of a field of 41 riders.

Frolic on this spring day, even if you feel a chill in the air. Take a deep breath and think about all the things you will be able to accomplish, because winter is beginning to let go her mighty grip.