Heard on Main Street: Sometimes when I open my mouth, my mother comes out.
We were delighted this weekend to see Paul Angelastro and his wife Heather, née Chapman. They brought their young sons: Ryan, just turned 3, and 2-month-old baby Evan. Both boys are adorable. Ryan is just old enough to be enjoying all that goes along with Halloween, even the slightly scary parts.
How do you move a first-order Fresnel lens, complete with 1,008 glass prisms? “Very carefully,” is the quick answer. This evening, Thursday, Nov. 1, you can learn about the history of the Fresnel lens and how it was just moved to the new Martha’s Vineyard Museum in Tisbury. Jim Woodward will talk about the importance of the Island’s 1854 Fresnel lens, which was removed from the Gay Head Lighthouse when it was replaced by an electric beacon years ago. The talk this evening is at the Morgan Learning Center on Main Street, formerly the Mayhew Schoolhouse.
On Monday, two young medical students at UMass met with seniors to find out what the current issues are facing Island seniors. Our senior population is increasing just as the availability of family doctors is vanishing here. Everyone needs a doctor who knows their physical problems and, as we get older, understands the implications. These students listened and heard a number of suggestions for ways to contact seniors who may not know how to get the help they need. Perhaps some good will come from these meetings.
Get an extra hour’s sleep on Sunday morning, Nov. 4, as we leave Daylight Saving Time. I do well at setting the kitchen clock and the bedroom alarm clock. But then I forget to set my watch, and get panicky when I don’t remember whether we lose or gain an hour. Fall back, spring forward — that only helps after I begin to think about it.
Celebrate All Saints Day on Sunday, Nov. 4, at the Federated Church at 10:30 am. They plan to remember the saints who have gone before us. Bring a framed photo of someone special in your life who has passed away, to be placed on a table in front of the pulpit. For more information, call 508-627-4421.
We were lucky that this last nor’easter passed us by fairly quickly. A lot of boats were canceled, but at least in our neighborhood, the damage was minimal. And even luckier that the tornado warning was all we got on Monday.
It is always important that you take the time to vote. If you haven’t voted yet, Election Day is next Tuesday, Nov. 6. I hate what I see happening in our nation. Even though I have been happy with our state and local government, I can only hope Americans make some choices for change that may help us as a country.
The Neighborhood Convention meets Tuesday, Nov. 6, at 11 am at the Hebrew Center. Rabbi Brian Walt will speak about “Racism in South Africa and in the U.S.” All are welcome. Bring a vegetarian sack lunch, containing no meat, meat products, or shellfish. Dairy and finned fish are OK.
Haven’t heard from Eileen Maley in a long time; she used to be my editor. She will talk about her book, “No Fixed Address,” at the West Tisbury library next Thursday, Nov. 8, at 4:30 pm. This is the story beginning with Eileen’s decision to leave Canada and sail to Australia back in 1971. On board the SS Iberia, she met Timothy, and they’ve been together ever since. From Australia they then traveled through the South Pacific, Southeast Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and the Mediterranean, as cheaply as possible, to go as far and as long as they could. The book is a story of adventure, travel, snakes, a plane crash, a war, and two recipes. It is also a Vineyard story with a light touch and loving references to her Island home.
Belated birthday wishes to Ken Judson. He celebrated last Monday.
Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out to Ann Davey today. Phil Wallis marks six decades tomorrow. Phil is the executive director of the Martha’s Vineyard Museum, very busy now preparing for a grand opening in our town next month. Saturday belongs to Emma Wajda, and also to Maura Valley. Maura is the secretary for the Board of Health. Wish the best on Sunday to Lena Hanschka. Alice Marshall parties on Monday. Sam Myers celebrates on Tuesday. Buffy Hanschka will blow out the candles on her cake on Wednesday.
Heard on Main Street: When tempted to fight fire with fire, remember that the fire department usually uses water.