Sweet September here at last with its shorter days, fewer people, and a little less traffic. The bright blue skies during the days and the cooler nights bring welcome relief from the hectic days of summer, when it seemed as if we had neither time nor patience to notice either when they occurred.
With all of the politicking in the newspapers and on the television regarding the war in Iraq, sometimes we forget that there are real people involved on both sides engaged in the conflict. Then we receive a message like the following and it puts a real face on those involved.
This is an excerpt from an e-mail message sent to Bertha Blake by her son Michael on Sept. 11. "I would like to remind you to take a moment out of your day to reflect on those we lost five years ago in the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. As a dedicated public servant, I would like to inform you on behalf of myself and my brothers and sisters in arms that we have not lost focus of our mission and our promise to the nation. We do not wrap ourselves in political rhetoric or point fingers or ask why. We execute the orders issued to us. We are engaging the enemy daily and reducing their numbers and destroying their infrastructure. I thank all of you who have supported my brother and I in our pursuit of those who wish to do harm to our country and way of life."
It seems as if my high school problems with geography are carrying over into my MV Times column. Matt and Gayle Long are proudly from Fredericksburg, Texas, not Virginia as I wrote last week.
The Oak Bluffs School is already in full swing with many programs and a few new policies this year. They have implemented a new calling policy in an effort to allow classroom lessons to proceed without interruptions. Calls will no longer be transferred to the classrooms unless it is an emergency. Office staff will take messages throughout the day, but you are asked to please limit the calls and whenever possible make your after-school plans with your children before school. You are encouraged to take advantage of the free and reduced lunch and breakfast program. As the guidelines change each year, it is suggested that it is possible that even if your family did not qualify last year they might this year. Also be sure to check with the school regarding MV transit bus passes. They are available to students only at their school at a very reasonable price.
The Howes House Writing Group in West Tisbury will be holding two free public readings in Oak Bluffs. The first one is Sunday, Sept. 24, at 7 pm at the Trinity United Methodist Church Parrish House, and then on Thursday, Sept. 28, there will be one at the Oak Bluffs Public Library at 5:30 pm.
Friday, Sept. 22, starts the age 6 to 10 Story Time at 3:30 pm at the library. The program starts with reading some interesting books, and then children get a chance to create some art that has to do with the story. Children must attend the reading in order to make the craft. The Preschool story time for Wednesdays at 10:30 am has already commenced. The theme for Sept 27 is Mousey Story Time.
We send birthday smiles to Kristy Watt who celebrated her 16th birthday on Sept. 18. Ruthie Metell gets two birthday smiles this month because I misread her birth date, but now we know it is really Sept. 21. Kenny Davey will party on Sept. 25. Skylar Hall really did it up big for his fifth birthday on Sept 6. He had a huge party with all of his friends and family at his new home with lots of pizza and a Star Wars Cake. His Nana Ginny Hall worked very hard along with his parents Helene and Fred to make the party a success.
The custodians at the Oak Bluffs School want to send a round of applause and thanks to the Highway and Park Department crews for the great job they did on the grounds at the school during the summer. Ray Frazio, Bob Dickson, and Fred Thornbrugh want them to know how much their hard work is appreciated.
Enjoy your week and send your news along to me.