We were sorry to learn of the passing of Lois Remmer in her 96th year, after spending nearly half her life on the Island. She touched the lives of many in her classes at Nathan Mayhew Seminars and a number of other writing and reading groups here. She loved books and writing and was editing her memoirs. She enjoyed traveling as shown by the big map of the world she kept on the wall. She had friends among the NAACP, Federated Church, Want to Know Club, and Conversation on Race. We were enriched by knowing her.

I hope you did go down to admire the Charles W. Morgan. This is truly a once in a lifetime experience once so common on these shores. Can you imagine the glorious sight some 200 years ago of our harbor filled with whaling vessels?

I am happy to tell you that Kathryn Stewart is at home and would love to have a visitor or a phone call. She is doing better every day. It is so nice to have her back with us.

Gail Croteau says the 6th annual Garden Party to benefit the Animal Shelter of Martha’s Vineyard is Monday. The live and silent auctions include a luxury skybox for the finals of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden, a week for up to 10 at a Cabo San Lucas resort, charter fishing outing, glider ride, golf, art, oysters, and much more. The event is from 5 to 8 pm at a beautiful estate overlooking Vineyard Sound with complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres. For reservations, call 508-627-8662.

Walk Felix Neck’s trails with Victor Emanuel as he shows you the Island’s wealth of bird life on Wednesday morning from 8 to 10 am. Learn more about birding with An Evening with Victor Emanuel on Wednesday, July 2, at 7 pm at the Grange Hall. For cost and to register, call 508-627-4850 orwww.massaudubon.org/felixneck.

A reading of the famous speech by Frederick Douglass on The Meaning of the Fourth of July for the Negro will be on Wednesday, July 2 at noon at the Federated Church, where Mr. Douglass spoke in 1857. Another reading of the speech will be at 1 pm on Friday July 4 at the Inkwell Beach with people from Renaissance House and any who wish to join in. You are welcome, either way.

If the weather is warm, cool off at the Vineyard Haven Library this Tuesday at 7 pm. Learn about Antarctica and the Antarctic Ice Sheets with Greg Balco of Berkeley Geochronology Center. Recent news reports say parts of the Antarctic ice sheets are shrinking rapidly. Greg Balco is studying the Antarctic changes. He will discuss what ice sheets are and how they work; what exactly is in Antarctica, what it looks like, and what is “collapsing.” You’ll also hear what it takes to travel to work in Antarctica.

Children aged 5 and up can get messy next Thursday at 4 pm with Ms. Felicia, the children’s librarian at the Vineyard Haven Library. They will be outdoors, weather permitting.

Suzan Bellincampi presents A Field Guide to Island Nature on Martha’s Vineyard next Thursday at 7 pm at the library. The director of Mass Audubon’s Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary will describe Island trails and behind the scenes of the natural Vineyard in a free illustrated talk, followed by a reception. She will explain the clues to the past left by the glaciers which formed the Vineyard.

Did you enjoy our library programs on America’s Music? DVDs are available at the library and videos shown on MVTV. You can phone 508-696-9760 to ask when the next video will be playing.

Businesses in Tisbury will join other Americans in the annual bell ringing at 2 pm on the Fourth. Americans used to ring bells on the Fourth as way to stop and remember the significance of the day. Congress in 1963 resolved to ask all communities to ring church and school bells for four minutes at 2 pm on the Fourth. In our town the bells will ring at 2 pm to remind you and as a celebration of freedom.

Congratulations to Robert and Juliana Rogers as they celebrate their 42nd anniversary on Tuesday.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out to Nancy Cryer today. Tomorrow wish the best to Leslie Grimm, Helen Issokson, and Jean Cargill. Best wishes on Saturday go to Emma Kristal and Barbara Harnen. Sunday belongs to Mary Jacobson and Monday to Lynne Benson. Happy birthday to Sioux Eagle and Marina Lent on Wednesday

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