We have had a beautiful few days, cold enough for morning frosts, then sunny and clear during the days, cold again once the sun goes down. A little fire warms the house up nicely for the evening.
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, and my first draft for this week’s early column began with blessings and gratitude. Then Mike came home Tuesday night after several hours with the rescue squad at the site of an accident on State Road. Wednesday evening he returned from coffee at Alley’s with the news that the boy killed in that accident was Waylon Sauer, the 17-year-old son of Dan Sauer and Nonie Madison. Children are not supposed to die. My condolences to Nonie and Dan, to their family, their friends, their community.
Ed Pierce died last week, too. Ed was 78, a more normal age, still sad for those left behind. He was a lovely, talented man, who will be missed by all who knew him.
Don’t forget that the library will be closed Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday. The Friends pop-up book sale will be open in the Community Room on Saturday, Nov. 25, from 11 am to 3 pm, and Sunday, Nov. 26, 12:30 to 3:30 pm.
The Up-Island Council on Aging is finalizing details for resuming Falmouth shopping trips from the Vineyard. A bus at the ferry will take shoppers to Main Street, the Falmouth shopping center, Stop & Shop, and CVS. The first excursion is planned for Wednesday, Dec. 6. There are only 12 spaces available, so call 508-693-2896 for information and to make your reservation.
Sheila Morse and her committee members are hosting a public meeting on Zoom on Monday, Nov. 27, at 5:30 pm. Participants are invited to give feedback on a proposed draft of regulations for short-term rentals. You can read the proposal on the planning board website and register for the Zoom link there: westtisbury-ma.gov/planning-board.
I am finding it very difficult to list the many things I feel grateful for this year. My sadness for the death of Waylon, and for the way so much of our world feels like it’s coming apart from want and war and hatefulness. It’s all overwhelming.
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