Check your batteries in Oak Bluffs


No one should have complained about the beautiful stretch of weather we had this past week, and from all reports we shall now be heading into some rainy spots but also a cooler time. Things are quieter at my house now after my sleep being interrupted by the loud alert from what I thought was a failing battery in my smoke alarm. Starting at midnight Saturday it kept alerting me which meant each time my back-up alarm system, AKA my yellow lab, Molly, would immediately jump up from the foot of my bed (or is it her bed, I sometimes wonder), and then hover over me until I got up, looked around then we all would get back into bed. This went on three or four times, until I finally gave up around 5 am and got up for the day. I briefly thought about changing the battery myself, but discretion being the better part of valor, I waited for my granddaughter, who put in a new battery for me. At last quiet, I thought, but as soon as she left it went off again. When my grandson came home, we discovered it was the carbon monoxide alarm that was going off so that too got new batteries. The moral of this story: be sure to change the batteries in your alarm system in the spring and fall when you change your clocks, which I had neglected to do. And I also learned something new. The back of the Carbon Monoxide alarm instructed you to replace the alarm itself after seven years. Your local fire department will be glad to help you with these situations.

Summer, among other things, is definitely the time of year when art shows flourish. Award-winning artist Douglas Peckham will present his annual Studio Art Show and Sale on  Saturday and Sunday, July 19 and 20, from 10 am to 5 pm at his home at 56 Pennacook Avenue in Oak Bluffs.

Alert to all you artists. The annual All Island Art Show will be held on Monday, August 4, at the Tabernacle in Oak Bluffs. You may find all the information you need to participate at their new website: or call Harvey Beth at 508-693-0371. There is no entrance fee this year, so the committee hopes to see all Island-affiliated artists there.

On July 20, the Community Room at the new West Tisbury Library will be dedicated to David and Rosalee McCullough.

Congratulations to Talia Rogers and John Gibson on their recent engagement. Best wishes to this young couple.

Today the Oak Bluffs Writers Group will meet at the library from 10 am until 12 noon. The Book Babies will also meet today from 10:30 to 11:30 am. Our library is a very busy place.

Sonya Lima and Mary Alley met Heather Hall Holt last Saturday and the three longtime friends and MVRHS  graduates (I am not permitted to give their graduation year) headed to Boston. There this happy trio enjoyed a wonderful concert on Boston Harbor and then headed back to Heather’s home for the night, where they continued their laughter and reminiscing until 3 am.

A huge, three-day book sale to benefit the Oak Bluffs Public Library, sponsored by the Library Friends of Oak Bluffs, starts today. There will be used books in all categories, for all ages, at bargain prices including: adult, teens, and children, hardcover, paperback, fiction, and non-fiction, DVDs, CDs and audio books. The sale starts Thursday, July 17 from 10 am to 7 pm, then continues on Friday, July 18, from 10 am to 4 pm and Saturday, July 19, from 10 am to 2 pm.

For more info contact:, or call 508-693-8326.

The Martha’s Vineyard Youth Leadership Initiative (MVYLI) supports and mentors local high school students who have decided to pursue higher education. MVYLI helps prepare these teens for their future, both on and off the Island, through college prep and scholarship, job shadowing, and an annual Youth Leadership Summit on Sustainable Development. Join them at the 5th annual Walter Cronkite Awards on Tuesday, August 5, from 5 to 8 pm. The ceremony and reception will be held at the home of Karen and David Brush in Edgartown.  The suggested donation is $150, and because space is limited, please RSVP @  It will be a wonderful opportunity for you to meet these incredible young men and women who are the future of Martha’s Vineyard.

Charlayne Hunter-Gault will speak on Tuesday, July 22, at 5:30 pm at the Federated Church, 45 South Summer Street, Edgartown. Admission is $8 for Museum members, and $12 for non-members. A reception will follow back at the Museum for guests to see the 1960s  exhibit. Books will be available for purchase and signing following the talk. Sea Change: MV in the 1960s will be on display through April 2015.

We send birthday smiles to Russell Rogers and Summer Ann Clements on the 17th, Suzanne Metell and Michael Daniel on the 18th, Lynn Webster on the 19th, Charlene Alley on the 22nd, and Aiden and Logan Araujo, Pat Rose, and Richard Cage on the 24th.

Enjoy your week. Peace.