Oak Bluffs: Battery power

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Did anyone else besides myself somewhat disregard all the weather warnings about the “bomb cyclone” expected for the Cape and Islands last week? Perhaps we are getting so used to the numerous predictions that never come to fruition that carelessness is creeping in, overpowering common sense. I can truthfully say I have never previously experienced the sound and strength of the wind gusts that occurred around 1:30 Thursday morning. It was a wake-up call (no pun intended) for me when we lost power, and I discovered my lanterns and batteries all held dead batteries and my supply of replacement ones had been consumed by a Fortnight addict. I remedied that the next day by getting a new supply, and issuing orders that the drawer holding my supply of batteries now would require a password to gain access. But how fortunate we were in spite of the wind, rain, and power outages that for most of us, it was just for a few hours, thanks to the prompt repairs by Eversource, even in the midst of the storm, and we were kept safe and roads made passable by our ever-vigilant Highway Department, EMS and Fire Department. We are blessed.

Reminder that Thursday, Oct. 24, parent conferences at the Oak Bluffs School will be held from 5 to 8 pm, and also on Monday, Oct. 28, from 1 to 5 pm. School will be dismissed at noon on those days. The Martha’s Vineyard Boys and Girls Club afterschool program will open at noon on both of those dates.

William Richard Rivers arrived at Brigham and Women’s Hospital on Oct. 16 into the welcoming arms of his parents, Melanie Dickson Rivers and Matt Rivers. His big brother Michael James Dickson was waiting with great excitement at home for the new baby to arrive on Friday. Congratulations to this family, and I am thrilled also, as the arrival of William marks the arrival of my eighth great-grandchild.

There will be a celebration of life for David (“Gibby”) Knauf this Saturday, Oct. 26. The celebration will be held from 3 to 5 pm at the P.A. Club in Oak Bluffs. Please bring memories of Gibby and a dish to share with his friends.

Did you know that Featherstone Center for the Arts in Oak Bluffs has a preschool art program? Designed for ages 2 to 5 years, the program is held on Mondays from 9 to 11 am at the Children’s Art Studio. The cost is $30 per class, and students will learn how to discover and color their world through different art mediums.

Our Oak Bluffs library will host “Climate Solutions for the Vineyard” on Saturday, Oct. 26, at 2:30 pm. There will be six talks to inform our Island community on how to be proactive and prepared. “Be Emergency Wise” is the first in this series, and five additional talks with a different topic regarding climate solutions will follow.

Do you want to know more about the plans for the Beach Road Bike Path? There will be a MassDOT hearing on that on Oct. 29 from 6 to 9 pm at the library. Please contact Alice Butler in Town Hall with questions.

The Chamber Music Society will present a free concert on Saturday, Oct. 26, at 3 pm at the West Tisbury library. The concert features beautiful music for two cellos for everyone’s enjoyment.

Federated Church will be holding its annual Bow Workshop on Thursday, Oct. 24, from 3 to 6 pm in the Parish House, 45 South Summer S., Edgartown. Please either sign up on the sign-up sheet on the Festival of Wreaths Bulletin Board in the Parish House, or call 508-627-4421. No previous experience is needed, and all are welcome.

The Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse is performing Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town” Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30 pm, and Sundays at 2 pm, through Nov. 3. There will be no show on Halloween.

Daylight saving time ends in the early morning hours on Sunday, Nov. 3. Set your clocks back one hour to enjoy an extra hour of sleep Sunday morning. It is also a good time to replace the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.

We send birthday smiles to Ann Baird and Addison Blake on Oct. 25, Ashley DePriest on the 27th, Simone McCarthy on the 28th, Felicia Taylor and Eleanor Tompkins on the 29th, Sally Mitchell on Oct. 30, and Jacquie McGillicuddy on the 31st.
Enjoy your week. Peace.