It’s vacation week. What a wonderful way to recover from campaigning and politicking. Maybe I can actually get my yearbook done this week. It’s due the first week in May. That seemed so far away in September. Island weather would still suggest that it’s way off, but it’s not. We are flying into the end of the school year.
Lucky Hank’s Restaurant in Edgartown will donate 10 percent of the food sales to the Friends of the Library on Friday, May 18, between 5 and 8 pm. Call 508-939-4082 for reservations. The Friends of the Library supports programs at the library. Get a great meal. Help a great cause.
Congratulations to Jack Murray, son of Judy and Jerry Murray, who will be going to the University of Tampa next fall. Sunshine and golf are on his horizon, for sure. He is a smart and well-rounded athlete, but I’ve heard that he is an outstanding golfer. We might just see him on the PGA Tour in the future. Tampa will be lucky to have him.
On the other end of the weather spectrum, Elizabeth Williamson will be heading to the University of Michigan. Lizzie is multitalented herself — an excellent student, dancer, actor, athlete, and singer. You may have seen her as Anita in this year’s musical, “West Side Story,” at the high school. Lizzie is the daughter of Anne and John Williamson. Congratulations to all.
Congratulations to Ryan Sawyer, who has returned from Colby-Sawyer to help coach the boys high school tennis team. Ryan, the son of Tom and Beth Sawyer, was always in the local news as a player for the team while in high school here, and went on to play at the college level as well. The team will benefit greatly from his help.
Save the date! This years’ Celebrity Waiters Dinner will be on April 28 from 6 to 8 pm, at the Federated Church Parish House, 45 South Summer St., in Edgartown. In addition to the meal, which consists of a salad, spaghetti (with or without meatballs), garlic bread, dessert, and a beverage, you will have a celebrity waiter — perhaps Miss Piggy, Cleopatra, Lawrence of Arabia, Queen Elizabeth, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Sarah Palin, or perhaps a sighting of Clifford the Big Red Dog. The cost is $15 per person; $10 per child; and a cap of $35 for families. Waiters will be working for “tips,” which along with the proceeds benefit the Haiti PeaceQuilts Project. For more information please call 508-627-4421, email them at firstname.lastname@example.org, or check out their website at federatedchurchmv.org.
Happy birthday wishes this week go out to Lindsey Mercier on April 16, former Edgartownian Sam White and Barbara Binder on April 18, Jamie Craig on April 19, and the ever so lovely Laura Knight on April 20.
I’d like to send very special birthday wishes to my sister-in-law Meg Archer, who celebrated on April 16. Though she and my brother live in Ohio, a big part of her heart lives on this Island. I hope you had a wonderful day, Meggie.
The election results last week were certainly a mixed bag. The two biggest issues on the ballot seemed to be the fluoride in the water and the hangar at the Katama Airfield. I’m happy that the community voted down the fluoride in the town water. Like most of the people I spoke to about the issue, I support ways of getting fluoride to those who need it, but I didn’t think that was the best option. I’d prefer to see a method that gets it to all the kids in town, including those who have well water.
I am disappointed that the hangar didn’t pass. I totally admit up front that I am completely biased and emotionally attached to the airfield. I grew up roaming around that airport. My kids grew up there. The town owns the airfield, and it is historical to our town. And though it seems to benefit only a small number of people, the airfield does bring in money, supply entertainment and meals for many, and reflects tradition and history to our town.
I totally understand that the expense of it was a major factor. And I understand why many didn’t want to pay for it. Pop is on a fixed income, and I see how hard that is for him all the time. But the airfield is a great place for families to hang out, or for kids in particular to learn the workings of planes and possibly learn to fly. And not for nothing, the hangar was previously approved many years ago and got held up because of conservation and environmental issues that had to be addressed. It’s unfortunate that the airfield lost it due to circumstances beyond their control. Maybe they can go back to the drawing board for a less expensive option in the future.
I am saddened, along with so many others, by the tragic death of Yarmouth Police officer Sean Gannon last week. I know he isn’t from the Island, but his death had a significant impact on many people here. If nothing else, it was a wake-up call to us all to remind us that the Cape and Islands aren’t always the safe haven they used to be. Senseless violence can happen anywhere. My condolences go out to his family and friends, and my continued thanks and appreciation go out to our island EMS folks for all they do to protect and serve our community.
I wish you all a wonderful week ahead. Be sure to share some news and events with me.