Oak Bluffs: Oh deer

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One of the happy sights in these dreary days is the frequent sighting, in our neighborhood, of deer wandering through the backyards or streets. As much as I love to watch them, it also reminds me that we have infringed upon their habitat, and they have lost much of their woodlands and meadows to development. So their appearances are a mixed blessing. Life here is changing constantly. 

Don’t forget those you love on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14. We send a Happy Valentine to everyone. 

A reminder that Monday, Feb. 17, is Presidents Day, and Island schools will be closed. According to the “Old Farmer’s Almanac,” in 1906 Theodore Roosevelt became the first American and first U.S. president to win the Nobel Peace Prize. 

We send sincere condolences to the family of Earl Peters, Islander, husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. Earl was a concerned town resident who served on the shellfish committee for many years, and loved his large family and his town of Oak Bluffs. His survivors include his wife Susan and his daughter Jessica, who was his loving caretaker throughout the difficult journey of his illness. We are so very sorry. 

The Barn Bowl & Bistro will be the venue for a sober night hosted by Mike Sisco. The event takes place on Saturday, Feb. 15 from noon to 2 pm and 3 to 5 pm. The $20 entry fee gets you pizza and coffee, and a bowling tournament, and all proceeds will benefit Vineyard House. 

Every February, the second grade conducts a Food Pantry drive at our Oak Bluffs School. The drive will take place through the end of this week. Please consider donating nonperishable food to the school to help at this time. 

Friends of Family Planning is looking for all talented friends to start practicing for a Lip Sync Contest. This will be a contest with cash prizes of $500 for first, $200 for second, and $100 for third place. Here is your chance to take your song out of the shower and into the spotlight, and sing to support Island sexual and reproductive health programs and projects. The contest will be at the P.A. Club in Oak Bluffs, March 7, from 7 to 10 pm. Performers can register by emailing fofpmvi@gmail.com and paying a $30 fee. Deadline to register is Feb. 22, and the number of acts is limited, so don’t delay. 

Part 6 in the Climate Solutions Series for the Vineyard takes place at our Oak Bluffs library on Saturday, March 14, at 2:30 pm. The topics for Part 6 are “Growing More Food and Composing More Waste.” The purpose of these talks is to inspire our Vineyard community to take action against climate change. 

The Oak Bluffs Public Library board of trustees is looking for candidates to fill a board vacancy. If you or someone you know is an Oak Bluffs resident, can meet year-round, and cares about the library, please email a letter of interest to Scottie Vail at marvail717@gmail.com. This is a three-year, selectmen-appointed position. 

Our Oak Bluffs library is partnering with the M.V. Family Center to offer a FREE daytime ESL class for caregivers, starting on Feb. 19, from 9:30 to 11 am. Eligible participants must meet requirements set by both the library and the Family Center. Preregistration only. Those interested in more information, or getting on the wait list may call or email Nina at nferry@clamsnet.org or 508-693-9433. 

Love the music of Frank Sinatra? Come to the Wintertime Melodies show at the Vineyard Playhouse, where Shelagh Hackett, Paul Munafo, and special guests, accompanied by Adele Dryer, will sing love songs from the Sinatra songbook. The shows take place at 7 pm on Friday, Feb. 14, and Saturday, Feb. 15, in the Marilyn Meyerhoff Lobby, downstairs in the Playhouse. 

“Doctor Zhivago” will be the next Monday Night at the Movies film showing at the Playhouse, on Feb. 17. All movies, during the month of February only, will start at 6 pm. For $5 cash only at the door, you are guaranteed an evening of entertainment. 

We send birthday smiles to Susan Christopher on Feb. 14, brothers Eric and Michael deBettencourt and Lorraine Mavro on the 15th, Carol deBettencourt, Kathy Farrissey, and Father Michael Nagle on the 16th, Carrie Tankard and Joel Rebello on the 18th, and Michael deBettencourt Jr. on the 20th. 

Enjoy your week. Peace.