I would like to open the column this week with a heartfelt apology for inaccurate information regarding the Edgartown Council on Aging last week. Please disregard everything that was included last week, as it was all obtained from an out-of-date source. I apologize for any inconvenience it caused readers and for the extra work I created for Laurie and her staff at the Anchors. The correct COA news for October follows.
There will be a men's breakfast on Oct. 10 at 8 am with Sgt. Richard Kraus serving up French toast, sausage, fruit, and juice, and a corresponding women's breakfast on Oct. 13 at 8 am, offering up spinach and cheese strata, sausages, muffins, fruit, and juice. Where else can you get such a breakfast all for a $5 donation? Please note that flu shots are NOT included with these breakfasts!
Also starting at the Anchors this month are new exercise and movement classes. Ballet started Tuesday night at 5:30 pm and will run for eight weeks for beginners to intermediates. Pilates also began this week and will continue for eight weeks on Tuesdays at 4 pm. This class costs $20. And yoga begins this morning at 9 am, also running for eight weeks at a cost of $20. The yoga class is limited in size, so please call to see if space is still available.
The Friday Cafes are also back at the Edgartown COA, offering roast chicken on Oct. 6, London broil on Oct. 13, cheese lasagna on Oct. 20, and grilled sausage and BBQ beans on Oct. 27. The cafes are from 11:30 am until 1:00 pm, and seek a donation of $3 to $5.
A memorial service for Edward Prada, who died in March, will be held on Saturday, Oct. 7, at 1 pm, in the New West Side Cemetery in Edgartown. Ed is the father of Catherine (Cathy) Ward of Maryland, Carol Connor of Florida, and Edward Prada of Pennsylvania and was the brother of Frances Resendes of Edgartown, Catherine Griffin of Falmouth, and Richard Prada of Edgartown, who predeceased him.
There will be a gathering of family and friends immediately following the service at the home of Frances Resendes at 24 Herring Creek Road in Edgartown.
Hey, it's never too soon to start planning for the Holidays! Christmas in Edgartown Committee meetings have begun! The next meeting is scheduled for Oct. 12 at 5:51 pm at the Baylies room of the Old Whaling Church and anyone who would like to help with the Dec. 8-10 events is welcome to join us. Also, if you would like to help out with the parade, call or e-mail me; I am already beginning to solicit volunteers, floats, and performers for this fun festivity. This year's theme is "25" in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the event!
Congratulations to Aaron Galley, son of Aushra and Ken Galley. Aaron recently passed an Outdoor Emergency Care (OEC) course, which is a type of EMT course for ski patrollers. Since April, Aaron has been spending one weekend a month in the course up north, completing the course and passing both a written and practical exam this past weekend. He will now put his skills and knowledge to good use, working at Okemo this winter as a junior ski patroller. Aaron is a very bright kid and I'm sure will be a real asset to the Okemo ski patrol staff.
That's it for the news. Have a great week.