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FOUR VINEYARD GAZETTE, MARTHA'S VINEYARD, MASS. FRIDAY, MAY 5, 2017 "\ j. %,-- . OAK BLUFFS SKIP FINLEY 508-627-4311 (sfinley@mvgazette.com) In the Sept. 21, 2012 column I wrote about a June 1953 article entitled Oak Bluffs Was Definitely an Island Once by Joseph Chase[Allen. The piece posited that an ancient passage from the head of Deep Bottom Pond to the head of the lagoon was a water basin that may have been hundreds of yards wide at some points with a swift current. Forgetting that things too good to be true usually are, especially given my jingoistic vie',i,s of Oak Bluffs, I didn't bother with alay Fact checking. Well, I recently had?he pleasure of meeting David R. Foster, author of the outstand- ing, A Meeting of Land and Sea-Nature and the Future of Martha's Vineyard. His book is a lifetime achievement, a lPaean to our Island, and the first and ast word on the geological history of the Vineyard. Tom Dunlop reviewed the book back in December, saying: "Thanks to a gla- cier, Martha's Vineyard was the last piece of ground to be created in all of New England. Thanks to the rising sea, it will be the first to go." I was honored to meet Mr. Foster and the first thing I asked him was if Oak Bluffs had once been an island. Of course not, he said. 'q Circling back to the article, I discov- ',ered that Joseph Chase Mien was the Gazette's first full time reporter. Born an Chilmark on New Year's Day 1892 he ,Was a character who didn't, but should have lived in Oak Bluffs. From a Vineyard family of 300 years, Mien had been a gurveyor, soldier, commercial fisherman, notorman, farmhand and sailor. Spend- ing little time at school he learned to read on his own and "read every darn [thing I could get my hands on." Joseph Chase Mien sometimes wrote Lhe news in rhyme and created a col- umn of incidental quotes and overheard storefront conversations called Cutting Cross Lots. He also wrote about ironic events and commentary first called Vineyardana and later, Things Insular. I learned some interesting things from one of Mlen's articles in the July 29, 1941 Gazette. Two teenagers had expe- rienced a tough passage sailing from the mainland to Oak Bluffs harbor to participate in the Edgartown Yacht Club regatta. Drenched from head to toe and with no money, the proprietors of a local hotel allowed them an overnight stay, with dry clothes and victuals on the word that the father would reimburse all expenses (which he did). The young men slept in Room L--at what was the Ocean View Hotel--that was owned by Joseph A. Sylvia, the state represen- tative the beach is named for. I didn't know he once owned the Ocean View, where I once worked washing dishes and making salads and desserts. One of the young men was named Torbert Hart McDonald who later became the congressman for Massachusetts eighth district. And the other young man was John E Kennedy, the future 35th Presi- dent of the United States. Oak Bluffs once having been an is- land? Joseph Chase Mien made that up. He got me and now I have 50 some years of his wit and marvelous writing to catch up on. The director of the Worcester Youth. Philharmonic orchestra is performing a free concert at the Union Chapel on Saturday, May 6 at 1:30 p.m. in support of arts education programs. On Thursdays, beginning May 11 from 6 to 8 p.m., the Oak Bluffs Li- brary is hosting a Sewing School with its new sewing machines. Folks will learn how to make things like shopping bags, potholders and toys. The shop- ping bags should come in handy with the approaching new bag regulations reducing our consumption of plastic bags. You must register in advance; call 508-696-9433. In his obituary on the front page of The Vineyard Gazette's May 22, 1981 edition, Henry Beetle Hough acknowl- edged that Allen had written for the paper for over 55 years, with a "free-play blend of fact and imagination, Yankee humor and joy..." Joseph Chase Mien died on May 21, 1981 in a hospital in Falmouth and is bur- ied in Oak Grove Cemetery in Tisbury. Keep your foot on a rock. Kevin Dole, Dedicated Doctor, Hospital Trustee Kevin B. Dole, MD of Flower Mound, Tex., Edgartown, and formerly of Nor- wood, died peacefully on April 23 at home surrounded by his loving family. ! He was born in Boston, son of the late ohn V. and Dorothy J. (Mackey) Dole. Kevin was a graduate of B0ston College ~igh School, Boston College (Baehdor Of Science, magna cum laude), and .,Tufts University School of Medicine. iqe formerly served as the director of pathology at the Carney Hospital and medical laboratory director of Caritas Medical Laboratories. He served as chief pathologist and president of the Glover Memorial Hospital Staff (Beth ]srael Deaconess Hospital -- Need- ham). He was also medical laboratory director at Dedham Medical Associates and Lemuel Shattuck Hospital. Kevin had a long, distinguished ca- reer in medicine and was a dedicated physician. He held numerous leadership msitions, both in professional medical societies and in the Boston community. He served as a past member of the board of trustees at Martha's Vineyard Hospital. In 2009, he was the proud re- cipient of the prestigious Pathologist of the Year award presented by the College of American Pathologists. He was the beloved husband of Eliza- beth (Cummings) Dole, MD; the loving father of Monique Elise Lotze and her husband Michael;of atfJan Bea fi;, Calif., Christian Adam Dole and wife; Raemi Wood of West Newton, and An- drew John Dole of Boston; and the cher- ished grandfather of Georgia, Gemma and Fletcher Lotze. He was the devoted brother of Dorothy Koesler and her husband Peter of Martha's Vineyard and Dennis Dole of Norwood. A Mass of Christian Burial was cel- ebrated on Saturday, April 29 at 11 a.m. at St. Catherine of Siena Church in Norwood. Memorial contributions in memory of Kevin may be made to Boston College High School, c/o the Office for Insti- tutional Advancement, 150 Morrissey Blvd, Boston, MA 02125. ! EDGARTOWN convenience. On Thursday, they will be at Mex's Place at the YMCA from 1 to 6 KATHIE CASE p.m., and on Friday, May 5, they will be 508-627-5349 at the high school in the lobby of the (kathleencase@comcast.net) Performing Arts Center from 9 a.m. until 2 p:m. I encourage you to donate. Well it is spring and fog season is You just might save a life. here. People were in last week and The Martha's Vineyard Cancer Sup- asked me where the sun was because port Group invites you to its annual they had just left Vineyard Haven and fundraising gala "Evening Under the the sun was shining. But this happens Stars" on Thursday' May 18, from 5:30 every year. We just wish maybe some until 8:30 p.m. at Farm Neck. The eve- year it would skip us. ning includes appetizers, buffet dinner, Happy birthday to allwho celebrated dessert and a silent auction and cash their day this past week. Big balloons bar. All the money raised goes directly go out to Ella Blodgett and Clara Ra- to Island cancer patients and their fami- beni who celebrated their day April 29; lies, to help with various costs of their Ariel Meyer, April 30; and to Nicholas treatments. Fbr more information and Rabeni, May 2; Paige Anderson May 3; tickets, call Annemarie Donahue at 508- and to Tayla BenDavid, Aleeya Holley 627-7958. and Hector Olivieira who all celebrate It is the month that the town will their day today May 5. become a IJlly Pulitzer makeover. Yes Linley Dolby was the guest of honor the town will be decorated in Pink and at a baby shower held at her home and Green and there will be lots of events hosted by her sister Shannon Dolby going on. Donaroma's will hold an event m tn. It was a great evening ano nued as it is a special anniversary tor the with love and lots of friendship. Linley Donaroma family. and her husband Dave are expecting a There will be a lot of events during baby boy in June. He will certainly be Mother's Day weekend. Lots of food, well dressed and have every gadget he wine tasting and many different activi- needs, but most of all he will be loved, ties for kids and adults alike. Just keep We all can't wait to meet the new baby an eye in the Events page to keep you Weagle. informed. But put Donaroma's on your The American Red Cross will be to do list. holding blood drives this week at two Have a great week and keep the home locations on two different days, for your candles burning. CHAPPY BRAD WOODGER 508-627-4216 (woodger81@gmail.com) Annie Heywood is gone. From this world, our lives and this column. Annie was my cousin -- the grand- daughter of my great grandmother's sister. She was the daughter of Carroll and Roger Heywood, sister to Brad and Bart, aunt to Nathan, Duncan, Brigid and Ashley. Most of all though, she was just Annie. Her personality was large enough to provide her all the identity she could want or need. I wrote about her often in this col- umn. She provided excellent material for storytelling. During the weeks and months when there was little of note to report, Annie never failed to give me something -- just by being Annie. I loved her, though it may have been argued otherwise based upon the con- tent ot my column at times. She was a good sport, good enough to absorb and even embrace humor that was in part at her expense. We talked about it. She was aware that some found my commentary mean-spirited, and relished a little the attention that it brought to both of us. She did not always disabuse others of the notion that she was offended, choosing instead to give back to me some of what I gave to her. She had great humor and VINEYARD HAVEN NANCY GARDELI.A 508-693-3308 (iklean@yahoo.com) I am so glad we had a climate change gathering at Five Corners last Saturday. For so many of us to be out protecting, protesting and demonstrating on sub- jects important to us shows our needs are not being met by government. 1think back to my first personal en- counter with this problem as Rachel Carson's Silent Spring was released in 1962. I shall never forget the phrase Mni Wiconi passed on by our water protec- tors. I am in awe of the young people suing the government for their rights to a current and future clean and livable earth. Neil DeGrasse Tyson, a pillar of the scientific community, says: "Show me a nation with a science-hostile gov- ernment and I'll show you a society with failing health, wealth, and security." Follow him. Check all the writings and quotes coming out from Noam Chom- sky. Read Silent Spring if you have not already. We must immediately end this foolishness about drilling and selling off any areas of our National Parks. So much to do, so little time. Let's get organized for the summer. The Martha's Vineyard Cultural Council had a reception Tuesday night at our MV Film Society downtown. Thanks to the many people and shops that provided free refreshments. Liz Witham and Ken Wentworth's special preview of scenes from their new docu- mentary, "Keepers of the Light: The History of the Gay Head Lighthouse" was featured. I think we all followed the moving of the Lighthouse a few years ago,' now you can put the whole tale in perspective. The MV Cultural Council accepts grants for projects Islanders from now until Oct. 16, 2017. If you ...... :i.I:!II7!I! Please come to a celebration of the life of Jim Hoe to be held at The Reading Room in Edgartown on Saturday, May 3th at 3:oo pm. All who knew and loved Jimmy, please come and share your memories, thoughts, stories, or toasts. need an application go to masscultur- alcouncil.org. This terrific program is run state-wide. We need your input. A reminder now to collect your out- dated, broken, or too-well-used elec- tronics for our annual disposal day. It will be on Saturday' May 20 at the Martha's Vineyard Community Services campus from 9a.m. to 2 p.m. I have not received any more news at this time whether bulk furniture collection might also be that day, Many of you, and rightly so, have expressed dismay over the many sofas and mattresses and other bulk items left on streets. The birthday bandwagon pulls along Jim MacDonald, Sarah Francis and ]oey Murphy on May 6; May 7 shines on Ellen Dubraska; May 9 is a party for Chris Collins, Matheus des Santos and Whitney Kelly; and on May 11 Tristan Klein and Mary Anne DAlessandro take the cake. Many happy returns. RE-ELECT ,/'Experienced Leader ,/'Thoughtful Listener a terrific sense of irony. She'd also been toughened some by having two brothers that kept her in check. So she requested that I not stop -- that I continue telling tales as long as her name was included. She did not, however, keep private the fact that half the readership liked me and half hated me. Not my writing, but me. She would tell me these truths always with a smile and a laugh -- hardly able to contain her glee at revealing some secret animosity. "No, no, no -- I mean they really don't like you. That Brad Woodger is a real jerk. That's what they say." And she would laugh, laugh, laugh. Annie was many things. She was generous, kind, funny, creative and per- sistent. What she was not was quiet. She was Chappy's self-appointed town crier. Her whisper was what most folks consider a shout. If you did not want everyone within earshot (a few mile radius) to know a fact or opinion, you did not tell Annie. Mso, if you would rather not be implicated in a scandal you didn't stand next to Annie at a gathering. Her opinions were blunt, verbose and irrepressible. "That so-and- so is full of it, she doesn't know a thing about this or that. Miss know-it-all," she would declare. Any hope that these words might go unheard were dashed by her opening cackle -- heralding the opinion to come. She also was nearly always right. I googled Anne's name and Chap- paquiddick before writing this column, interested to see what I might find that I didn't know about her. There wasn't much really, besides what I'd written myself. But there was a 2009 column written by lo Ann Tilghman that reported Annie's Agricultural Fair accomplishments that year. She won ribbons for a hooked rug, a needlepoint stool cover and a knotted afghan. She also placed sixth in the women's skillet toss. That was classic Annie -- delicate enough for needlepoint, rough enough for cast iron casting. In that respect, she was an Islander through and through, capable of sustaining herself happily with the least contribution from soci- ety. She was,indeed, very okay with her solitude, but she also loved the company of family and strangers alike. She was a great traveler. She made friends with travel guides, busboys, bellhops, cats and Casanovas from Portugal to Greece. She loved her life and loved sharing it with others. And despite some of our own reticence to sometimes engage Annie in conversation, those who met her abroad found her fascinating and lovely -- perhaps reminding us of her beauty in the process. Annie loved her family most of all. Her brothers, her nephews and niece, and her dad Roger. Good old Rog. She took great care of him in his waning years, show- ing him the care and patience only a daughter can. Roger spent his final years exactly where he wanted -- at his home on Cape Pogue. Because of Annie. She had an affinity for strays, both feline and human. Having met most of her collection, I can guess the attrac- tion -- they had stories to tell, they were imperfect and they needed her. Kim and I spent many summer nights at the school house, enjoying the company of the Heywood strangers -- laughing, dancing and shaking our heads. No doubt about it, Annie was fun. And then there were her photo- ~r~Dh~ NTn 9,et-to~ether was complete without at least a few Bart Heywood Political Advertisement reminders to "stop it with the camera, Anne!" Bart wasn't being mean, he was only saying what most of us were think- ing. Yet years later we are left with an incredible anthology of our personal history in pictures. Thanks to Annie. Anne was 75 when she died last week. But to me, she was ageless. There was no discernible change in her appear- ance or being. The same tight-waved hair, the same soulful blue eyes that would wink at you with every third sentence, as if to acknowledge that you were in on the secret. The same Annie. I spoke with her about a week before she died. She was in the hospital, her body rife with cancer. She had every right to be grouchy, maudlin or just plain sad. But she was beautiful. Her voice sang with love. She was grateful. She was understanding. She was at peace. In the end, she gave us all the greatest gift she could ever give -- for- giveness and love. For those left behind, especially her brother Bart, there will be a void that can't be filled. Bart included Anne in his life in a way that many would not, and Anne was lucky for it. I'm grateful to Bart, his wife Lucy and his friends Tuna and Wah for their wisdom and kindness in recognizing the diamond in the coal. You will be missed Annie. More than you could have known -- and I suspect that makes you laugh. TISBURY SELECTMAN ,,'Curious and Informed ,/Collaborative and Inclusive ::F#r the., f Tis ury..:..: ......... : ..... -TisbUfg+'B6ard:6 ? electman- 3 years 'i Won grant for public/private partnership to test new IA septic Helped re-organize town government and establish annual town goals Working with town businesses on vision for downtown improvements - Tisbury EMT - 17 years - Chair, Lagoon Pond Bridge Committee - Dukes County Commissioner - 9 years - County Advisory Board - 3 years - Finance and Advisory Board - 12 years - Chair, Sewer Advisory Board - Chair, Tisbury Wastewater Planning - Chair, Tashmoo and Harbor Mgmt. Committees - Board member of Hospice and Tisbury Waterways Committed Stewardship of Tisbury's Resources Paid Remember to VOTE on MAY 9th Polls open Noon - 8PM Emergency Services Facility Rides to the polls available - call 617-803-2684 for by.the Committee to Re-elect Melinda Loberg, PO Box 2557, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568 ) Member FDIC ) i+: THIS IS A POLITICAL AD I! Are you in favor of establishing a regional housing bank to address the critical housing needs on the Vineyard? This non-binding ballot question seeks to reaffirm a concept that a majority of voters inall six towns approved back in 2005: to create an island-wide entity with a dependable source of funding for housing. A"yes" vote by a majority of voters would support the development of a plan and proposal for how the island-wide housing bank would be structured, administered, and funded. A"yes" vote also communicates to the state legislature our united, common goal. The question will appear on ballots on the following dates: Tisbury- May 9th Aquinnah- May 10th Sponsored by: John Abrams- Derrill Bazzy-Abbe Burt- Kathy Burton- Greg Coogan - Michael Donaroma- Steve Ewing Larry Gomez-Jim Feiner-Philippe Jordi- Richard Knabel- Richard Leonard-Cynthia Mitchell Jim Newman-Tony Nevin- Brian Packish- Mitzi Pratt-Bill Rossi - Michael Santoro - Robert Sawyer Arthur Smadbeck- Kira Sullivan-Christine Todd- Richard Toole- Walter Vail - Julianne Vanderhoop This is a political ad paid by The Vineyard Housing Bank Ad Hoc Citizens Committee PO Box 1408, Vineyard Haven, MA. 02568