Oak Bluffs: Spring is on its way

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March seems to have roared in like a lion. Once again we were lured outside over the weekend by a somewhat sunny Saturday, only to be pelted by cold, swirling, brief snow squalls changing to windy flooding rains on Sunday, which spoiled weekend plans for many. Perhaps this lionlike weather will gradually turn into a lamb as the month progresses, or so the saying goes. Encouraging omens are the courageous spring bulbs once again sending out tiny green leaves, promising us, once again, that spring is on its way. Heralding the soon-to-come sunshine are the increasing sounds of the songbirds as they, like us, are anticipating warmer days.

And like the signs of spring returning, the end of the winter school vacation week brought the return of people from their brief respite from the cold. The Marchand family spent this time in Aruba, joined by family and many friends, while Erin and Michael deBettencourt and their family went to their favorite place, Disney World in Florida. Others chose to go to the snow: Jeremy Alley-Tarter, along with friends, went north to New Hampshire to enjoy a weekend of skiing at Mount Sunapee, where the conditions were at their peak. To each his own.

Congratulations to 15-year-old Jonas Clarke, who placed third at the New Balance Nationals indoor meet in New York City in the 60m freshmen race. Jonas is the son of Greer Clarke and Rachel Alley, and grandson of Kerry and Pat Alley of Oak Bluffs.

It’s time for spring cleaning, and free dental cleanings are coming soon. Thanks to the Boards of Health and the Oak Bluffs Council on Aging, Islanders with limited access to dental care can call 508-696-0020 or 508-696-5230 for an appointment. The cleaning schedule is March 22 for Aquinnah and Edgartown, and March 29 for Oak Bluffs.

Dr. Meghan McCoy of MARC will be the speaker at the Oak Bluffs School PTO meeting tonight, March 14, at 6 pm at the Oak Bluffs School library. Take this opportunity to hear Dr. McCoy’s parent presentation on bullying and cyberbullying, which is increasing rapidly.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a themed craft at our Oak Bluffs library today from 3 to 6 pm. And the favorite library mini-golf returns on March 15 and 16. Friday the 15th is for teens only, from 4 to 5:30 pm, and is free. Adults 21 and over are invited to participate from 6 to 9 pm at a cost of $15 per person, which includes the ticket, food, and drink. Saturday is Family Day from 10 am to 1 pm, and is free for all. You may buy tickets at the Oak Bluffs library. Cash or check only, please, and the $15 cost also includes a raffle ticket for exciting prizes.

Tai Chi Qi Gong and Yange Style continues every Friday with Diane Crane at 10:30 am.

Remember to wear green on Sunday, March 17th, all you who are Irish or wish you were. Happy St. Patrick’s Day.

We send birthday smiles to Jib Ellis on March 15, Edith Roussau, Jaime Leon, Kelly DeBettencourt, and Joe Moujabber on the 18th, Bo Fehl on the 19th, and Cherrie Nunes and Goldie Goldthwait on the 21st.

Enjoy your week. Peace.