Tisbury: Upcoming Beach Road closure

— Kyra Steck

Heard on Main Street: Always remember that you are unique. Just like everyone else.

Watch large and small animals in the wild. Sally Naser will share her hobby with Wildlife Cams through Zoom from our library at 7 pm today, Thursday, Oct. 15. For nearly 10 years she has put wildlife cameras in the woodlands of the Berkshires, gathering wonderful pictures. See crwildlifecam.com. Sally will talk about this and camera placement strategies.

The following evening Elizabeth Whelan, using a couple of those pictures, will lead a workshop on sketching wildlife (Friday, Oct. 16, at 7 pm). Email amcdonough@clamsnet.org for meeting access.

The Vineyard Haven library now offers Backyard Book Browsing on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 10 am to noon, weather permitting. Bring your card, and wear a mask. You can browse and check out new books on display outdoors in the courtyard behind the library. Enter by the path behind the building from Greenwood Avenue. You must wear a mask, sanitize hands, practice social distancing, and refrain from handling books you don’t intend to check out. Browsing may be limited to 15 minutes.

I am not happy with the prospects of the Beach Road closure; I just hope we can believe whatever signage goes up. The work being planned to shore up Beach Road from being washed out — or even flooded — is long overdue. I have a photo from the early 1930s showing Five Corners all under water. The photo was kept because my husband spent his first few years at that time in a house right on the corner of Water Street. Here we are nearly 100 years later, just beginning to consider doing something about it.

I recommend you visit louisagould.com to see samples of amazing art from two shows at the Louisa Gould Gallery through the end of the month. These now include new art by David Witbeck, in keeping with the Bluefish Derby, which I dare you not to enjoy. You will see from the webpage that you can visit the gallery, even enjoying a more private showing of these works.

It is right that the high school seeks to emphasize the issues of bias and mistreatment of people. I would hope they continue to work on bullying — that is what is at the core of insulting words and stupid behavior. I don’t often see Island high schoolers in action, but have always felt the kids showed good judgment when I have seen them in what could have been uncomfortable situations. In my limited experience, many adults would not do as well, and often don’t even realize their bias.

You should receive your absentee ballot within a few days. When it arrives, be sure to return it soon after. And be sure to fill out all the blanks on the envelope. You can mail it. Or you can take it to the Tisbury town hall between 8:30 am and 4 pm. As soon as you enter, turn right. In front of you then is a window in the door to the town clerk’s office. Knock on the door and someone will come to collect your ballot. You will, of course, keep your distance from anyone else and wear a mask.

I never realized how much I enjoy the bits and pieces that friends send to brighten my days. A short little clip showing three adult cats helping a tiny kitten get back up a bunch of steps brought a quick smile to my face.

I was amused by comments from the guys unloading my car of assorted computers, monitors, and keyboards at Community Services last week. I agreed that my late husband had nearly established a computer museum, when they noticed there were many very “ancient” computer parts. But I will probably be back at the next recycling, because his collection was extensive.

With all the reports of increasing cases of COVID-19, I still find myself slipping from feeling secure in my comfort levels outside the house. But I have come to the conclusion that what confidence I do have comes from seeing how well our Island neighbors act when nearing others. I rarely need to come near anyone without a mask or being careful to stay a distance apart. It is truly a comfort to see so many being so very considerate, even after months of this situation.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go to Ryan Hudson Angelastro on Sunday. Lots of good wishes go out to Jackie Hunt on Tuesday, as she celebrates with 88 candles. Well, Jackie, maybe you could cut down on some of the candles. Happy birthday to Dylan Jacobs on Wednesday.

Heard on Main Street: If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.

If you have any Tisbury Town Column suggestions, email Kay Mayhew, tashmoorock@gmail.com.