Tisbury: ‘My Sister and I’

Heard on Main Street: A closed mouth gathers no foot.

Best wishes for a rapid recovery go to Mike and Sarah Shepard. Mike’s absence was especially noticed by the folks to whom he usually delivers Meals on Wheels. They are both recovering at home. I failed to note their 60th anniversary in December, so if you send a card to P.O. Box 4882, congratulations are in order.

Meals on Wheels volunteers are needed to deliver meals to seniors on weekdays, Monday through Friday. Each volunteer is asked to commit to one route for one weekday a month. That’s about two hours, from 10 to noon, about four times a month. Mileage reimbursement is available. They usually deliver one day each week to a specific area on the Island. Meals are picked up at the Elder Services office at the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital. For more info call 508-693-4393, ext. 192. Year-round, seasonal, and substitute drivers are needed.

Years ago Jacquie Renear wrote a book for her children and grandchildren, sharing happy memories of her young daughters Beth and Meg enjoying Vineyard summers. Daughter Beth Larsen convinced Jacquie to have “My Sister and I” printed at the Tisbury Printer for Christmas last year to share with family. I was just lucky enough to see a copy.

Jacquie says she met a young waitress at the Black Dog who was studying art at Providence College. Emily Keith spent many summers here with her family, and has captured the pure delight of summer on the Vineyard. Her illustrations are just perfect. Any child would easily relate to them.

Some of us who have seen “My Sister and I” are already asking for copies. Plans are to reprint and offer it for sale later this year. If you want to know when that happens, you can email jhrenear@gmail.com.

How about that wind last Thursday? I did a little food shopping in the early morning, and saw a cane flying through the parking lot. Fortunately, a young woman caught it up and returned it to the owner. The wind had loosened the tie holding the cane to the cart it escaped from.

I’d have preferred for the wind to take away a few dozen of the turkeys wandering around our town. They are messy and noisy and extremely annoying. Besides, they ruined our roof. Do you get the idea that I am not a fan?

You are welcome to the Neighborhood Convention on Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 11 am at the Unitarian Universalist Society. Bring a sack lunch and learn about the “Island Grown Initiative: Roots, Shoots, and Fruits,” explained by Jamie O’Gorman and Marie Ambrose. Coffee and dessert will be provided.


We may live in the “Tropics of New England,” but lately that has not meant much. A mere 9° is still pretty darned cold, even if it is only 4° in Boston and probably below zero in Worcester. These past few weeks have made clear that Mark Twain or someone knew what he was talking about when he said, “If you don’t like the weather in New England, just wait a few minutes.”

See the Tuesday Night Movie at the Vineyard Haven library on Feb. 5 at 7 pm. “The Wife” is a woman who questions her life choices as she travels to Stockholm with her husband. He is about to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature. Rated R.

Learn more about the proposed Community Meeting Room addition to the Vineyard Haven library at 6 pm next Thursday, Feb. 7. The Tisbury Vision Forum and library building committee will meet with Maryann Thompson, Architects, to discuss the design. What do you like and dislike about the current space? What would you like to see? Your input is important.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Beau Linderson and Paul Watts. Tomorrow, wish the best to Jessica Shannon. Nancy Tutko Hanschka parties on Sunday.

Heard on Main Street: Go PATS!