Tisbury: Community Easter service, Interfaith Climate Action, solar eclipse, and postal mail

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Heard on Main Street: There are two theories to arguing with women. Neither one works.

The Community Easter Service will be at the Ag Hall at 10 am on Sunday, March 31, with Sunday School for ages 3 to 12.

The M.V. Interfaith Climate Action Team will meet Sunday, April 7, at the West Tisbury library from 2 to 5:30 pm to discuss and plan a climate retreat, open to all.

It is a delight to be able to focus on something we really can’t do anything about. I mean the eclipse, of course. The only decision you have to make is how much attention you plan to give to it. I know my son hopes to go to Vermont or New York to be in the path of the shadow.

I will probably suddenly wonder why it seems to have gotten dark earlier … or not.

In 2017 my son brought his family to the Island for the eclipse, setting up a cardboard shadow box so we all, kids included, could look down at the floor of the deck and watch the shadow of the earth slowly block out part of the shadow of the sun — no glasses needed. I found that thrilling. And very easy.

On Monday, April 8, a solar eclipse will pass over the Northeastern U.S. While no location in Massachusetts will experience totality, Martha’s Vineyard could see more than 90 percent coverage of the sun, much greater than the 65 percent obscuration during the 2017 partial solar eclipse. Locally the eclipse will begin at 2:16 pm, with greatest magnitude at 3:29 pm.

Our Vineyard Haven library invites you from 2 to 4 pm as it holds an eclipse viewing, with eclipse-viewing glasses and eclipse-themed snacks. They will be streaming the path of totality throughout the day on the library TV. All Island libraries are planning this.

If you don’t plan to attend, free eclipse glasses are available while supplies last, with a maximum of two pairs per family. Eclipse glasses have already been provided to the Tisbury School.

I do have one thing I wish would just happen. I am still waiting for a paper copy of a 1099 form needed to complete my income tax. Supposedly, the company sent me a notice that these could be viewed online. I didn’t know I’d have to ask for a paper copy. The delay annoys me — and makes it more awkward for the wonderful lady doing my taxes this year. Even if I can use a computer, I find it annoying that everyone just assumes you will do that. But I never realized it wasn’t just supposed to be done, as it has in the past.

But don’t get me started! I wish the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital would simply send information provided in the past without assuming that I wanted to go online to see if I could find out test results or any of my personal reports that used to come in the mail.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Linda Unczur and Dale McClure. Tomorrow, wish the best to Kaleena Searle and Kathleen Madeiros. Happy birthday to Larry Sylvia and Marco Daniels on Saturday. Tom Zinno blows out candles on Wednesday.

Heard on Main Street: Duct tape is like the Force; It has a light side and a dark side, and it holds the universe together.

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