By Megan Alley - 508-693-0850 - Meganislandmegan@verizon.net
The Oak Bluffs School Talent Show last Friday was an amazing experience. There were many very talented performers, ranging from grade school children, family acts, school staff, and marvelous singers and dancers. Who would ever have believed that so much talent existed in this small town? Perhaps the most rewarding part of the whole evening was seeing how much support everyone received from the audience including not only the adults but students as well as they enthusiastically cheered and applauded after each performance.
We send birthday smiles to first-grader Noah Hoyt who was seven on Feb. 1 while his sister Chloe turns four on Feb. 7, my grandson Matt Rivers who will be 18 on Feb. 4, and his dad Marc Rivers who celebrates on Feb. 7.
We send condolences to the family of Doug Abdelnour, an Oak Bluffs businessman who died last week. Doug was always busy working on the next project, keeping things busy about town and was also a good friend to many people.
We are sorry to report that Sandra deBettencourt received news last week of the death of her brother Jimmy Geddis. Jimmy and his wife Sharon spent many summers with Sandra and her family and will be missed by her and his niece and nephews.
Rebecca Stevens reminded me that her dad, Peter Duart, who died on Jan. 16, had many ties to Oak Bluffs as well as to Vineyard Haven. Peter managed the Oak Bluffs Terminal for many years during his 35 years of working for the Steamship Authority. His grandparents also operated their farm at Iron Hill in Oak Bluffs for many years. Becky describes her father as a fair man, always willing to help out when he could. It is quite obvious that Peter was much loved and will be greatly missed by his family and all who knew him and we send our condolences to them.
The Library Friends of Oak Bluffs will be holding their meeting Tues., Feb. 7 at 6:30 pm in the Historical Society Room on the second floor of the Oak Bluffs Library. Anyone interested in becoming a member is invited to attend.
Colin Penney recently graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a degree in anthropology and a minor in geology. Colin's parents, Rob and Bobbie Penney of Shelburne, Vt. were recently notified that he had made the Dean's List. Colin took time last summer to volunteer at an orphanage in South Africa and the previous summer had helped at a shelter for mentally ill women in India. Bob Penney and Betty Daniels of Oak Bluffs are Colin's very proud grandparents.
Marie Hearn of West Newton spent the weekend with her mother Ann Hearn of Woodside Village. They enjoyed visiting with on-Island relatives and a bit of shopping.
The Oak Bluffs School Student Council is sponsoring a Rockathon on Feb. 10 after Games Night. The kids will sit and rock from 8 pm until 9 am to earn money to assist Hannah Vanderlaske and her family in defraying the expenses of her travel and treatment. Last year they raised several thousand dollars for the Jimmy Fund. You may support this effort by pledging some amount to an Oak Bluffs seventh or eighth grade "rocker." It can be a fixed amount or hourly pledge, or you could let one of them borrow a rocking chair for the night. Please check with Pam Melrose at the school library for more information.
The PTO will be collecting all the bags of Boxtops for Education from the classrooms this week. So if you have any extras please send them along to the school this week.
As I am writing this on Sunday night, it is raining off and on and the weather prediction is for possible rain, snow or sun or a Nor'easter for Tuesday. Won't it be interesting to see what occurs? How can you miss with that forecast? Enjoy your week and send your news along.