Heard on Main Street: Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful, or joyful.
This climate crisis is an emergency, and our young people are asking adults to start acting like it is. On Friday, Sept. 20, Island churches will take part in the 2019 Global Climate Strike for the love of creation, in cities and towns across the planet. Stop business as usual and participate. The churches, here and elsewhere, are showing their support for the Climate Strike by ringing their bells on Sept. 20 at 11 am for 11 minutes. Why 11? Because this is the 11th hour before we can no longer put off the disaster facing our planet.
Sunday is the 5K Run/Walk to benefit our Vineyard Haven library, where runners go to the West Chop Lighthouse and back. Medals will be awarded to winners in all age groups, and all are eligible to win raffle prizes, including gift certificates from local stores. 5K registration begins at 8:30 am, and includes a T shirt. 5K starts at 10 am, free half-mile Fun Run for Kids at 9:45.
This evening, Sept. 19, at 7 pm you can learn about reflexology with Betsy Shands at the library. She is located in Vineyard Haven, and helps people heal from physical pain and past emotional issues, breaking free to living a full life. She will tell you more this evening.
Adults and teens, ages 12 and up, can try out an easy new painting method called Acrylic Pour Painting at 3 pm on Saturday, Sept. 21, at the library. Materials are provided for free, while supplies last.
My son is a cyclist. One of the tours he enjoys is the trip from Plymouth to Provincetown. Then the riders and bicycles take a ferry back. This year one of the last cyclists off the ferry was hit, thrown, and badly injured by a careless driver, who was not only high but also crashed his car around the next curve. When police arrived, witnesses spoke up. Soon the police found this same driver had run away after three other such accidents.
Fortunately, that cyclist is slowly recovering. He is well enough now that he is sharing a warning for anyone who might be a victim in the future. Such hit-and-run drivers rarely have much insurance or own anything of value. So for your own protection, you need uninsured motorist insurance as part of your own auto insurance. This victim found his own insurance protected him, covering some very costly hospital bills. I always thought the worst of such drivers, but never really considered how it might impact me.
Ever wonder where your weather forecast comes from? Dr. Peter Neilley will talk about this and Global Warming next Tuesday, Sept. 24, at the V.H. library at 7 pm. He is director of weather forecasting sciences for the Weather Channel, and responsible for weather forecasts used by people around the world. He lives on the Island year-round.
Your library plans to add a multipurpose room. Find out more about this between 6 and 7 pm next Thursday, Sept. 26, at the library. For more see vhlibrary.org/building.shtml.
I didn’t realize how important MY chair is to me. My living room was repainted while I was off-Island a few days; then the furniture was put back. The painter had carefully taken a photo so he’d know where to put things. A couple of chairs are identical. Well, actually, they look identical. But they are not the same at all. As soon as I sat down, I thought something was wrong. With me? Of course not. But my chair was just not right. Fortunately, it did not take that long to figure it out. But it surprised me how important it seemed that I have the chair that Goldilocks would have described as “just right.”
Happy anniversary to Louisa Gould and J.B. Lamont today.
Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Barbara Maciel. Wish the best tomorrow to Jan Dorchester. Saturday belongs to Trip Barnes and Ken Ward. Happy birthday on Tuesday to Judy Federowicz, Kathy Rogers, and Kenny Davey.
Heard on Main Street: When in doubt, just take the next small step.