Tisbury: Spring brings back the snowbirds

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Heard on Main Street: Life Is short. Live it to the fullest.

Saturday is the Vineyard Haven library mini book sale, from 11 am to 3 pm. I think it is time to start looking for beach books.

I applaud the farmers for trying to decimate the year-round population of wild geese. Now if we would take out the year-round wild turkeys — they do all those nasty things attributed to geese. They also destroyed our roof. We are on a slight hill, so it is closer to the roof on the upper side. Then they scratch their way across to launch onto high tree branches and roost overnight. Our roofer put in plastic spikes to keep them away. The turkeys just broke them all off.

I understand the “wild” turkeys are only on-Island because the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service brought them here in the first place. Isn’t government great?

I used to delight in an Easter sunrise service, and found marvelous sites all over the country. I think my favorites were at Gay Head, followed by a delicious breakfast on the Cliffs.

This Easter Sunday, April 21, the Chilmark Church invites you to a sunrise service from 6:30 to 7:30 am at Menemsha Beach. Some are gathering at the church at 5:30 am to walk to the beach (dress warmly and bring a flashlight). There is also a service in the sanctuary at 9 am. All are welcome to an Easter breakfast between the services in the church hall.

The Federated Church invites you to an Easter sunrise service at 6:30 am on the lawn of the Mayhew Parsonage, or at 10:30 am at the Edgartown Meetinghouse, with an Easter egg hunt at noon at the Parsonage.

The West Tisbury Church welcomes you. The traditional Easter service on Sunday, April 21, is at 9 am at the church, with a children’s service at 11 am at the Ag Hall followed by an Easter egg hunt.

Thanks to our neighbors who voted against the Housing Trust at town meeting. They wisely avoided the trap of approving legislation allowing no modifications. Charity begins at home. Our town has no idea how much income will come in from the rent tax.

Many young Islanders grew up here and then worked off-Island to save money so they could return and have a home on-Island. Our Island needs to focus on housing for emergency and hospital staff, as well as elderly Islanders.

Don’t forget to vote on Tuesday.

Are you turning 65, or caring for elderly parents? ACE MV offers a special course on “Understanding Medicare” at the high school on Tuesday, April 24, from 6 to 8 pm. Now you can learn what you need to know. It will cost you much more to decide later to add parts to your Medicare. It is not all free. This class will only cost you $35. Check with ACE MV to sign up.

Only one of the 4,000 boxholders told me she got a parcel at the Vineyard Haven Post Office from the keyed boxes. It sounds like a great idea. I guess my next question is, Why should UPS drop off all their packages at the Post Office, instead of delivering them to homes as they do off-Island? Perhaps the U.S. Post Office could also charge a fee to Amazon.

The book I wanted was sent back again from Vineyard Haven, and finally arrived in Florida. Now my friend plans to deliver it when she is back here in a few weeks.

Sandy Whitworth says she hopes we are soon rid of these gray dismal days. She says her “daffies are up and bowing their heads because the yard is still so brown and drab. The grass just doesn’t want to perk up, and the sky won’t beam blue. T.S. Eliot got it right, ‘April is the cruelest month.’” Thanks, Sandy, for putting my feelings into words.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out to Rozetta Hughes, Thomas Green, and Bob Tankard on Friday. Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her birthday on Saturday. We wish a very happy birthday to Becky Renear on Easter Sunday.

Heard on Main Street: Spring showers bring more than May flowers; they also bring back our snowbirds.