Chilmark: Mr. Morgan turns 90


Nine decades ago, that would place us in 1924, a lot of things happened. The Washington Senators were the World Series champs. The Montreal Canadiens took home the Stanley Cup. The NCAA football championship went to Notre Dame. The first Ace Hardware stores opened in Illinois. Kleenex disposable tissues were introduced. Simon & Schuster released “The Crossword Puzzle Book.” Lenin was placed in the Mausoleum in Red Square. The first Winter Olympics were held in Chamonix, France. George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody In Blue” premiered at Carnegie Hall. King Tut’s tomb was opened. “Happy Birthday To You” was published by Claydon Sunny.

This last reference is most noteworthy because it was released just in time for the birth of James Douglas Morgan. This Sunday, March 30, is the day Mr. Morgan will celebrate the completion of ninety years on this earth. He has had a fascinating life of fishing, carving, raising children, participating in town affairs and more. Although I see his smiling face almost daily as he tools around with his bride Roberta, I look forward to the day when their Harbor Craft Shop is open and I will be able to wander by, stop and chat for a moment or two.

Looking ahead to interesting things coming up, may I suggest you mark your calendar for the thirty-third Women’s Symposium entitled “Dreams.” The event will be held at the Chilmark Community Center on Saturday, April 26 from 9 am to noon. There will be speakers, small groups and refreshments. The event is free, but donations are welcome to cover expenses. For further information call Bonnie George at 508-645-3214.

Martha’s Vineyard Community Services will hold its Spring Electronics Disposal Day on April 12 from 9 am- 2 pm at Community Services. Now’s the time to set aside your personal or old air conditioners, cell phones, computers, copiers, dehumidifiers, fax machines, microwaves, monitors, laptops, printers, refrigerators, scanners, stereo equipment, TVs, washers, dryers, etc. in preparation for the day. They will charge minimal fees and even offer a 10 percent discount for car loads. All proceeds will go to Community Services. Go to for more information.

This is the week the students in third, fourth and fifth grades will undergo the English Language Arts MCAS. Monday is the practice day, Tuesday and Wednesday are testing days and Thursday, if needed, is make up day. The main purpose of the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System in elementary grades is to inform and improve curriculum and instruction, and to evaluate student, school, and district performance according to MA Curriculum Framework. In order to make the days a little more palatable, the PTO is supplying the students with yummy croissants and muffins from Scottish Bakehouse. Sharpen your pencils kiddos.

The Darling family has one fewer member this week. Windway, sitting overlooking the South Shore, will be missing its patriarch when the family reconvenes at their summer home of over seventy years. Peter Darling, husband to Della, father of Sue Greeley, Scott and Peter, and grandfather of five has completed his time on earth overlooking the shores of Stonewall Beach. He thoughtfulness, for both humans and the environment, will be missed. The Darling family will host a celebration of life at a date to be determined this summer. I bid you farewell Peter Darling. I thank you for checking in on me from time to time.

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