It was a long discouraging derby season this year, but perseverance paid off for my husband, Don Sexton, (9.84 shore bonito) and Marty Fox, first and second place winners in that category.
"Forget perseverance," says my husband, "It was dumb luck." He called me about 20 minutes before he caught the bonito to say there were no fish, no bait, no birds, and he was coming home. As it turned out, he was late for lunch. Luck, perseverance, whatever - congratulations to both of them and to all the other happy winners.
Congratulations, too, and best wishes for a long and happy life together, to Ashley Bouchard and Mike Waters who were married last Saturday. Ashley is the daughter of Marsha (Larsen) Mason and Bob Bouchard. She grew up on Flanders Lane.
Chris and Kendra Carroll and Marshall and Katie Carroll all celebrated their wedding anniversaries last Saturday. Diane and Jimmy Morgan celebrated theirs on Oct. 5, and Julie and Bart Thorpe on Oct. 7. More congratulations!
Chilmark Library Director Ebba Hierta shared the limelight last Wednesday with West Tisbury Library Director Howard Curtis on Cynthia Riggs's Ch. 13 program on MVTV. They exchanged librarian-like views on reading habits of their patrons, the difficulties of weeding out outdated books, or those that no one has taken out for years and the pros and cons of CLAMS. They would like everyone to read more books.
Please call Katie Carroll, (645-3638) if you are able to bring snacks - pretzels, cookies, etc. - to the firefighters' annual Halloween party, which this year will be on Tuesday, Oct. 31, at 5 pm at the community center. Everyone in town is invited to this lively event which has been held every Halloween for decades and which features a costume contest. The weather usually provides a suitable backdrop for the ghosts, goblins, and spirits who stalk the land with thunderous thunder storms and plenty of lightning.
Jonathan and Anne Mayhew left last week for southern California to visit Jonathan's daughter Brooke for a week. They will also visit Minnie and Mickey at Disneyland.
Janet Messineo, taxidermist and legendary Vineyard angler, will talk about her experiences at the library next Wednesday, Oct. 18, 5:30 to 6:30 The event is free, sponsored by the Friends of the Library, and everyone is invited.
A reminder that the third annual Justin Coleman memorial hike is this Saturday, Oct. 21. The starting point at noon is the Coleman residence at 150 South Road, and participants will walk to Hancock Beach and back, three miles, or continue on to Lucy Vincent Beach and back, 10 miles. Any questions, please call Evie Kreyling at 508-645-2261.
There will be a graveside service for Fred Glodis next Saturday, Oct. 21 at 12:30 pm at Oak Grove Cemetery in Vineyard Haven. A reception will follow at the VFW post, 257 Martin Ave. in Vineyard Haven. Mr. Glodis was the math and science teacher at the Tisbury School.
I talked to four friends on Sunday, and three of them said they were making kale soup. T'is the season.