The sound of the boat whistle early Saturday morning brought a smile to everyone’s face as it indicated that the three-day nor’easter that pounded the Island was on its way out. At last, after three days without boat service, once more the “gleaming white ships” were on the move again. Storm damage did not seem to be serious in most places, and it appeared to be a normal nor’easter that is a common occurrence, but it certainly affected more people than others throughout my years of living here. Hundreds of people trying to get off-Island or return back to the Island were stranded for a few days on the wrong side of the water, causing cancellation of many plans. Here in Oak Bluffs, many people were searching and concerned about a newly adopted rescue dog who had run away from its owner in the area of Trade Winds Airport just as the storm was starting. .For three days, at the height of the storm, social media and phone text messages gave reports of sightings and prayers for this young pup. After three days, he was found not far from where he disappeared, and once more social media and technology spread the happy news.
The wonderful chefs at Trinity Methodist Church in the Campground will be creating a full turkey Harvest Dinner on Saturday, Oct. 19, at 6 pm. This fundraising event will have all the trimmings, and apple crisp for dessert. There will also be coffee, tea, and soft drinks. There is one seating, only so get your tickets soon. Tickets are $18 for adults and $7 for those 12, and under and are available at the Parish House or at Phillips Hardware. For additional information email: umcmvEvents@gmail.com.
Julie Fay, M.V. Community Services executive director for the past six years, will be retiring by the summer of 2020. During her tenure, M.V. Community Services has grown its revenue by 75 percent (from $5.2 million to $9 million annually) by securing more long-term state contracts, and added critical programs like the Island Wide Youth Collaborative and the Island Intervention Center. I do not think that there is anyone on the Island that has not benefited from at least one of the services offered by this Island-wide organization. As they move forward with plans to renovate, reconstruct, or add to much of their campus, please consider making a donation so they can continue to provide us with these much-needed services.
Electronics disposal day time again. It will take place on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 9 am to 2 pm at MVCS, 111 Edgartown Rd., Oak Bluffs, sponsored by Bruno’s Rolloff. It’s off-Island disposal in an environmentally friendly way for electronics, and is also a fundraiser to benefit the programs and services of MVCS.
Hazardous waste collection is 9 am to 12 noon on Saturday, Oct. 19 at the M.V. Refuse District, 750 West Tisbury Rd., Edgartown, and is free of charge to all Island residents.
Our library’s Children’s Halloween Party will take place at our Oak Bluffs library on Oct. 26 from 10 to 11:30 am. Venture into the spooky tunnel through the stacks, and enjoy eerie games and a craft. Kids are welcome to show up in costume.
Part of an initiative from a two-year LSTA grant, the library is offering beginner-level ESL classes. Class size is limited, and participants must register ahead of time. They do ask for a commitment to the whole eight-week program. Classes will meet twice a week on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 7 to 8:30. If you have questions about citizenship or ESL programs, or would like to get on the waitlist for the fall term, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 508-693-9433.
Oct. 22, 24, and 28 are parent conference days at the Oak Bluffs School. Students will be dismissed at NOON on these dates.
We send birthday smiles to Vincent Frye and Fritz Knight on Oct. 18, Erich Luening on the 19th, Nathan Frances, Saige Araujo, and Jeanne Holenko on the 20th, Judy Williamson on the 22nd, Liz Field on Oct. 23, and Chris Look III on the 24th.
Enjoy your week. Peace.