Tisbury: Why on earth?


Heard on Main Street: We have two lives, and the second begins when you realize you only have one.

Drivers in town need to be especially careful over the next two weeks. Drivers need to watch for little kids too excited to look both ways. Our kids in Tisbury are used to walking to school, and now will gather on street corners, waiting for the school bus. Kids get impatient and start fooling around, so may step into the street. It’s hard enough on our kids that they don’t start until Monday, Sept. 9. In our town, they all now have to wait for buses.

I don’t need to echo all those asking why on earth it took our town leaders so long to figure out how bad things are at the school building. 

We will soon need a new veterans agent on the Island. Joanne Murphy plans to retire this fall, after many years of doing so much that the rest of us were not aware of. She helped veterans get help paying health costs and find doctors. My family really appreciated the support of the Island veterans and chaplain who gathered at my husband’s graveside service. The “Taps” and gun salute were incredibly important. The service meant more than our family and friends had even expected. It is hard for me to describe how helpful it was to us.

Tonight at 7 pm, Thursday, August 29, Mark Halperin will read from his new book, “In My Night School,” poetry about living, loving, and embracing life. Included in this event at the V.H. library will be an opportunity for participants to write a poem of their own.

It is not too early to sign up for Prof. Phil Weinstein’s literature seminar, “Fictions of the Law,” presented by the Vineyard Haven library. The program begins at 7 pm on Wednesday, Sept. 18, but by then you should have read “Bleak House.” You can get the book from the library. And register for the free seminar at the library or online, so that you get any schedule changes or preliminary material.

Next Tuesday, Sept. 3, see “Follow the Journey” at 7 pm at the library. The North Atlantic right whale documentary follows right whales from calving grounds off the coast of Georgia and Florida to the Gulf of St. Lawrence in Canada. It includes stories of rescuers and the challenges the whales face on their journey.

The Library Friends 5K on Sunday, Sept. 22, benefits our Vineyard Haven library. The 5K Run/Walk runners start at the library at 10 am, and go to the West Chop Lighthouse and back. The Half-Mile Fun Run for Kids is free. Save $5 off the $25 race fee by registering in advance at vhlibrary.org or at the library. 

Don’t forget the M.V. International Film Festival next week, from Tuesday, Sept. 3, through Sunday, Sept. 8. Most events and films are at the M.V. Film Center and the Capawock Theater, and a few at the Strand in Oak Bluffs. Tickets are now available at the Film Center.

Happy anniversary today to David and Elizabeth Beim.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out Saturday to Jessica Dolliver. Edwin Gould-Hart will party on Monday.

Heard on Main Street: Have you noticed that guys wear white socks even after Labor Day?