Edgartown: Rumors of pinkletinks

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I love having an extra hour of daylight, but my brain is having trouble figuring out how it seems to get so late so quickly. With it being light later, somehow I’m still doing things at nine o’clock at night. Thus, I end up getting to bed late and then a little groggy come the am. But longer days mean spring is on the horizon. I hear birds singing in the mornings, and rumors of pinkletinks make appearances, though I’ve not heard them myself. And I’ve seen flowers starting to burst forth. I have sweet hopes of warmer temperatures and sunshine.

Happy birthday wishes go out to Richard Prieto and Addison McDonough on March 10, Rich Pease and Susan Schofield on March 13, Dennis Gazaille on March 14, Maureen Gazaille and Brenda de Oliveira on March 15, and Jeff Majkowski and Kat Dimovich on March 16. And I send out super-extra-special love and birthday wishes to my mother-in-law, Esther “Mimi” Casey, who turned 92 on March 11. We love you, Mimi.

Nursery School Naturalists continues, courtesy of Felix Neck and the Edgartown library, at the library on Wednesday, March 20, 10:30 am. Watch the season unfold at the Edgartown library as we experience the quieter months of the Island through winter creatures, stories, crafts, live animal presentations, and more!

The League of Women Voters of Martha’s Vineyard is sponsoring a voter forum prior to local elections. The public is invited to attend and listen to their local candidates as they present their positions and to ask questions. There are contested races this year, and there should be some lively discussions.

The League of Women Voters is holding a candidates forum on Saturday, March 16, at 3 pm at the Edgartown library. The league is a nonpartisan political organization that promotes active and informed citizen participation in government, in voting, and in influencing public policy through education and advocacy. All candidates and voters are urged to attend. The forum will be videotaped for airing on MVTV. For more information contact beaphear2@gmail.com. I’m a little disappointed to not be part of the excitement this year, but as I am currently living in Oak Bluffs, running in Edgartown is not an option this year. But maybe O.B. selectman will be in my future?

I had the good fortune to attend the opening of the “Feather and Stone” art show at Featherstone this weekend. Sarah Vail is our home ec. teacher at the Edgartown School, and we are so very lucky to have her. She is multitalented, and I was very happy to go to her opening. On display at this show were some lovely nests that she made out of wires, some with recycled bits of rope or paper, with beautiful Island “egg” rocks. She is the queen of recycling, and I’ve learned a great deal from her, not the least of which is that recycled items can truly be art. Other artists’ work was also on display at the show, and the talent on this Island is truly amazing. I really need to get out more. There’s so much to see.

And speaking of recycling, a panel presentation about the ins and outs of recycling on the Vineyard will take place fittingly on St. Patrick’s Day on March 17 at 3:30 pm at the West Tisbury library. Representatives from Bruno’s M.V., the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, and Vineyard Conservation Society will address how recycling is done on the Island. Bring your questions and/or samples of items for clarification. There will be lots of time for questions and answers. Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Please attend this session if you possibly can. Recycling on this island is challenging, to say the least, and it’s important to learn all we can. Did you know that if one-half of 1 percent of a shipment is contaminated by nonrecyclable trash, the entire shipment becomes trash? So if we aren’t sure about whether or not something can be recycled, we may be causing more harm than we would if we simply threw it away. If you cannot attend the workshop, send your questions to info@vineyardconservation.org, and they will make sure your questions get answered. Co-sponsored by the West Tisbury library, the Green Team of the First Congregational Church of West Tisbury, and the Vineyard Conservation Society.

The Wharf Restaurant will host a Dine to Donate with a portion of food sales going to benefit the Friends of the Edgartown Library on Thursday, March 21, from 5 pm until 9 pm. Eat some food. Support a great cause.

One of the best news stories I saw this weekend was the exciting news that Ava Townes collected on a great Christmas present by attending a Bruins game. She and her friend Hailey Smith, with their dads Dan Townes and Ryan Smith, went to the game on Saturday against Ottawa. Ava is quite the sports fan. She’s also persistent. She made a big sign and managed to eke her way down to the boards, put her sign up on the glass, and banged and banged on the glass till she got the attention of her favorite player, Brad Marchand, who dutifully tossed her a puck. As a result, she also ended up on the Jumbotron. That’s a pretty exciting Christmas gift, if you ask me. And she was sporting an ear-to-ear grin when I saw her in the grocery store the next day. I’m betting she’ll be floating around on air for at least a few days. What a memory.

I reckon that’s it for this week. Happy St. Patrick’s Day, the one day each year that everyone seems to be Irish. Be well.