West Tisbury: Sand sodden

Celine Segel got U.S. citizenship

Our weather has continued its pattern of mild days followed by cold, then mild again. The roaring storm we had Sunday afternoon left our landscape awash in colors darkened, intensified by the wetness. Magenta, orange, gold -— shrubbery and faded grasses, sand sodden.

Harriet Bernstein has lost her cat, Tillie. They had been staying at Jenny Allen’s house on Lambert’s Cove Road while their home, The Red Hat, was being painted. As Harriet was packing up to return home, Tillie disappeared and hasn’t been seen since. Harriet said someone on Facebook posted that they may have seen her near Cottle’s, but no second sighting. Tillie is a black cat with a white chest and stomach. Last seen, she was wearing a gray flea collar. Please call Harriet at 508-696-7186 if you see Tillie.

Congratulations to Celine Segel, who passed her citizenship test a few weeks ago. Last Tuesday, she and her husband Jay went to Boston for the official ceremony. Celine loaned me the book she used to study for the test. It was interesting to go through it and see if I could have passed it myself, interesting to see the kinds of questions someone is expected to answer. I don’t even know if kids study civics in school anymore.

Along those lines, all West Tisbury registered Democrats are invited to a meeting of the Democratic Town Committee this Saturday morning to elect delegates and alternates to the Democratic State Convention in June. Someone will be on hand to register voters. Doors will open at Howes House at 9:30 am. The meeting will begin at 10 am.

At the West Tisbury library this coming week: Friday, Feb. 16, 10:30 am, an Open Chamber Music Rehearsal. Bring your instrument and play or just come to listen. At 3 pm, tweens and teens, ages 10 to 18, are invited to a Henna Workshop with Charlotte Rooney. Sign up at the library to get a free henna tattoo. Saturday, Feb. 17, 3 pm, a Rock Concert for Kids with the Pinkletinks, formerly Jellybone Rivers and the Maniacs of the Heart. Sunday, Feb. 18, 3:30 pm, writer/educator Merissa Nathan Gerson will talk about Judaism: insight into the origin and evolution of the religion, and the contemporary meaning of what it is to be a Jew, both from inside the community and from the outside looking in. Monday, Feb. 19, the library is closed for Presidents’ Day. Tuesday, Feb. 20, noon to 1:30 pm, a free drop-in Wellness Clinic.

I was sad to hear that Bob Day died on Jan. 23 in Sarasota, Fla., where he and Barbara moved when they left West Tisbury. Both Bob and Barbara were such a presence here for so many years, active in all aspects political, religious, and social life. The family is planning a celebration of Bob’s life at Grace Church this coming July.

Another sad loss for our town was Kevin Hearn, who died on Feb. 3, also in Florida. Although he grew up here, many of us newcomers knew Kevin and his wife Roberta from their wonderful Heather Gardens. He was an avid and skillful fisherman too. There will be a service sometime this spring at Lambert’s Cove Cemetery.

My condolences to both families and to all who knew and admired Bob and Kevin.