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FRIDAY, MAY 31, 2013 VINEYARD GAZETTE, MARTHES VINEYARD, MASS. SEVEN EDGARTOWN KATHIE CASE 508-627-5349 ( The rain sure did find its way to the Island this weekend, but it did not dampen a lot of spirits. There were plenty of people here and I'm sure everyone made the best of it. This weekend is going to be hot. We will see. Happy birthday to all who celebrated their day this past week. Big balloons go out to Nathaniel Garcia and Micah Simmons, who both celebrated their day May 26, and to Kamel A1-Hamid and Mason Cron, who celebrated May 30. Hazel Irene Morgan of Shelburne Falls, Mass., celebrated her first birth- day on the Island on Saturday, May 11. Hazel's grandmother (VaVoa) Allouise Morgan hosted a party at her home in Edgartown. It was a delightful day celebrated by a first trip to the Flying Horses, a bouquet of beautiful balloons, a birthday girl crown and ribbon, and presents galore. A midday luncheon was served, followed by birthday cake topped with a large number one candle, strawberry cheesecake and chocolate chip cookies, all prepared by VaVoa. In attendance were Hazel's parents Rob and Elizabeth Morgan, her aunt Amy Morgan and her daughter, Hazel's cousin Charlotte of Marlboro, Mass., and her aunt Jennifer Morgan of Ed- gartown. Hazel is the granddaughter of Allouise Morgan and the late Bob Morgan of Edgartown. Dine to Donate at Flatbread to sup- port Martha's Vineyard youth soccer is on Thursday, June 6, from 5 p.m. to closing. There will be silent and basket auctions and everyone is welcome to come. Martha's Vineyard residents can en- joy a beloved children's fantasy when the Martha's Vineyard School of Ballet presents Alice In Wonderland at the Martha's Vineyard High School Per- forming Arts Center on Sunday, June 2 at 2 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $10. The production features the cast of the children from the ballet school un- der the direction of Beth Vages. Some of the performers include Amelia Kyburg- Abbott of West Tisbury, Ava Thors of Edgartown and Ava McGee of Oak Bluffs. I was watching the news and some of the graduations and guest speakers, and they showed the West Point graduating class and all I could think of is that in four years Conor Smith will be graduat- ing from West Point. It seems like yesterday that he and his brother Liam were on the beach helping cook littlenecks on the grill, and then putting them on a tray to serve all the sunbathers, much to our delight. They just grow up too fast. I want to remind everyone that the Relay for Life is this weekend at the high school track. I have not partici- pated in the race for years, but this year I am on a team. Judging from the meet- ings I have been to, it has grown. There are lots of activities to do and booths for face painting, feathers, earrings and tattoos, and there will be colors to put in your hair. There are many other booths that help to raise money for a cure for cancer. Visiting the booths is a good way to rest up between your laps around the track. I hope you try to make it even if you don't walk. The survivor lap is so worth it, and even though it is emotional, the lighting of the luminarias is beautiful.' I hope to see you there. Have a great week and keep the home candles burning. Married for 66 years, Mr. and Mrs. Cron died just 28 hours apart. David, Doris Cron's Love Story Lasted 81 Years David and Doris (Swallow) Cron met in kindergarten in Worcester. Their 81- year love story ended last week when Doris died Friday, May 24 and David died 28 hours later on Saturday, May 25, both at the Martha's Vineyard Hospital. They had been married for 66 years. Dave was born on Jan. 16, 1927 in Worcester to Carl and Ethel Cron. Do- ris was born to Milly and Basil Swal- low on May 14, 1927, also in Worcester. They eloped when they were 19. Dave started his first career with Johnson Steel & Wire in Worcester. He eventu- ally became national sales manager for Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel Corpo- ration in Pittsburgh, Pa., after stints in Cleveland and Indianapolis. Along the way, he and Doris had two sons, Carl R (CR) and Brent David. Dave t9ok early retirement in 1980 and they moved to their home on Martha's Vineyard. His retirement didn't last long; he soon became involved in selling real estate. Doris joined him, managing his office, Island Real Estate, in Vineyard Haven. They worked together until earlier this year. In his youth, Dave was quite an ath- lete. He played football in high school, winning a scholarship to Georgetown University. He was a boxer in the Ma- rine Corps and turned down an oppor- Barbara Murphy. Volunteer of the Year Elder Services of Cape Cod and the Islands honored Barbara Murphy of Chilmark with the Volunteer of the Year award at its annual meeting. Mrs. Murphy has been a Meals on Wheels volunteer since 2005. She came to the Meals on wheels program as a volunteer driver after teaching Spanish at Martha's Vineyard Regional High School for more than 30 'years. Mrs. Murphy grew up in Oak Bluffs and her father was also a volunteer with Meals on wheels. She and her husband Chris have two daughters, Hope and Mary. "Do you know who is driving you and your family?." Background Checks On All Drivers ESCORT' kt Fully Licensed COACH Livery License Plates On Vehicles . Random Drug/Alcohol Test Airport Licensed A Celebration of Life for Paul Strauss will be held Saturday, June 8 at noon at the Portuguese American Club, 137 Vineyard Avenue, Oak Bluffs. Food and drink will be provided. Contributions may be made in his name to the East Chop Association, PO Box 1916, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557 or The Nature Conservancy, 18 Helen Ave., Vineyard Haven, MA 02568 tunity to fight Rocky Marciano early in his career -- probably a smart move! He also tried out for the Red Sox. Doris was a secretary for the Overhead Door Company prior to their marriage. Dave and Doris's family was the cen- ter of their lives. Dave instilled in his sons and grandchildren a strong work ethic. He didn't understand why anyone needed a vacation when there was work to be done. And there was always work to be done. He was a wonderful friend to many, both on and off-Island. His other pas- sion was Pittsburgh sports. He was a Steelers season ticket holder for de- cades and was rooting for the Penguins in his last days. Doris taught us all that family was everything. She loved music, dancing, convertibles and dogs, not necessar- ily in that order. She loved to see her favorite singers in concert, most re- cently traveling to Mohegan Sun to see Michael Bubl6 with her granddaughter Sam. Dave and Doris are survived by their sons, CR and his wife, Shelly, of Spring- field, Va., and their children, Carleigh Rae Cron, Matt Grid, Nicole Griel- Reskovac and her husband, Aaron Res- kovac, and their son, Shawn Reskovac; and Brent and his wife, Laura, of Vine- yard Haven and their children, Amanda (Wink) Cron, and Samantha Cron and her husband, Alex Maloney, and their children, Kya Ann Maloney and Mason David Cron. They also leave their close friends at Island Real Estate. David was predeceased by his broth- ers, Robert and Donald. Doris is sur- vived by her brother, Philip Swallow of Norton. Dave vas a member of the Barnacle Club, the American Legion and the PA Club. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Vineyard Committee on Hunger, P.O. Box 4685, Vineyard Ha- ven, MA 02568, and Angel Flight New England, Lawrence Municipal Airport, 592 Sutton street, North Andover, MA 01845. A celebration of their lives will be held on Saturday, June 22 at 2 p.m. at the Grange Hall in West Tisbury. All are welcome to come and share a memory. Arrangements are under the care of the Chapman, Cole and Gleason Funeral Home in Oak Bluffs. Scout Arrives Lisa and Ezra Sherman of Edgartown announce the birth of a son, Scout Jeff frey, born on May 29 at the Martha's Vineyard Hospital. Scout weighed 8 pounds, 9 ounces at birth. He joins big sister Maisie. by signing up for the Hy-Line Martha's Vineyard Resident Card! With your Resident Card from Hy-Line, get to Hyannis & back for just $20 round-trip, all season long. As a thank-you for signing up, we'll give you a round-trip ticket aboard Lady Martha for the 2013 season...just to try it out! Daily i up online only service to Hyannis from May 4 - October 27 Certain restrictions apply Elizabeth Stetson Pettit Loved Travel, Photography Elizabeth Stetson Pettit, 92, died peacefully in Seattle, Wash., on Saturday, May 11. Mrs. Pettit was born in Bedford, N.Y., the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. J. Clifford McChristie, and was a longtime resident of Princeton, N.J. and Chappaquiddick. She lived a full life, impacted many, and will be missed by her family and friends. Elizabeth, also known as Snookie to her friends, and as "Bizbeth" to her grandchil- dren and great-grandchildren, grew up with a love of horses. She rode her pony, Pet, all over the Bedford countryside and was especially proud of being in charge, at age 12, of a local junior horse show. She also enjoyed riding in equitation classes at Madison Square Garden. Elizabeth was a woman before her time, and her love of physical challenge and adventure Snookie Pet*it expanded as she grew older. As an adult Elizabeth attended Miss Hall's School she learned to ski, sail, fly an airplane and and Vassar College. She married Basil drive a four-in-hand. She enjoyed many Wise Stetson in 1940 and they had four summers cruising the waters from Chesa- children. Mr. Stetson died in 1974. Eliza- peake Bay to Maine, and while closer to beth is survived by her husband, Wil- home on Chappy, she was a crack crew on liam Dutton Pettit, whom she married in a Rhodes 19. In addition to all her physical 1986, and by her four children, Elizabeth pursuits, Elizabeth was well known for Kratovil of Bridgeton, N.J., Charlotte her photography and was proud of having Stetson of Middlebury, Vt., Basil Stetson started witha Kodak Brownie camera. She and his wife, April Cornell, of Burling- loved to travel, took photographs wher- ton, Vt., and Iola Stetson, of Redmond, ever she went, and had several shows. Her Wash., as well as six grandchildren and last exhibit, which she put on at the age four great-grandchildren. Besides Mr. of 90, included photographs from South Pettit, Elizabeth is survived by his five Korea and the Galapagos. She also had a children and their spouses, and by his lifelong interest in dogs. She actively bred, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. raised and showed Irish wolfhounds and Friends and family are invited to a Norfolk terriers, reception, planned for Friday June 21 at Throughout her life, Elizabeth was the D & R Greenway in Princeton, N.J., active in numerous community and from 4 and 6 p.m. Friends and family are philanthropic organizations. She was also invited to a service and interment dedicated to land preservation in New at St. Matthews Church in Bedford, N.Y. Jersey through the Delaware and Rari- at 10:30 a.m. on June 22. tan Greenway, and on Martha's Vineyard In memory of Elizabeth, the family through the Sheriff's Meadow Faun- asks that donations be made to Dela- dation. She was instrumental in the ware & Raritan Greenway, One Preser- preservation of the nearly 2,000 acre vation Place, Princeton, NJ 08540 or to Seabrook Farm and hundreds of addi- Sheriff's Meadow Foundation, Wake- tional acres of productive farmland in man Conservation Center, 57 David Mannington Township, N.J. Avenue, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568. John Patrick Sr., 89, Landed on Beaches of Normandy John D. Patrick Sr., who was born in Dracut, raised in Lowell, and lived later in life both on Martha's V~meyard and in Cambridge, died May 25 at home in West Tisbury surrounded by family. He was 89. As a 20-year-old private in the U.S. Army serving with the VII Corps, 4th infantry Division, John was a member of the invasion forces that landed on Utah Beach in Normandy, France, on D-Day, June 6, 1944. He had worked as an apprentice electrician before the war and was assigned to the 1st Engineer Special Brigade where he was trained to detect and defuse mines, a job he did throughout the war. He also partici- pated in campaigns in Northern France and the Rhineland. John was especially proud to receive, years later, a special commemorative certificate from the Secretary of De- fense of France, thanking him for his participation in the invasion. After the war, John completed his training as an electrician and worked throughout his life on construction jobs around New England as a union mem- ber of the IBEW,, Local 103. With his keen mechanical ability, John was never happier than when he was tackling a job around the house, fixing a machine or repairing something broken. John was born in 1923, the son of John A. Patrick and Alice (McDonald) Patrick. He attended both St. Michael's School and Lowell High School. He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Lorraine (Bergeron); by his oldest son, Dr. John D. Patrick and his wife, Sharon Britton, both of Cam- bridge, Mass., and by their son, Logan Patrick, also of Cambridge; also by his youngest son, Neil T. Patrick and his wife, Susan (Rutledge), of Glastonbury, O 0 s,.cE,.5 II)ENTIAL, COMMERCIAL and POST CONSTRUCTION tO HyannisI click on 'S to sign up for free! John Patrick Sr. Conn., and by their sons, Andrew Pat- rick of Rocky Hill, Conn., and Jordan Patrick of Manchester, Conn.; and also by a great granddaughter, Victoria, born last month to Jordan and Kristen Stone. He is also survived by two brothers, Leo and his wife, Jean, of Pelham, N.H., and Gerald and his wife, Jean, of Burlington.; and by three sisters, Virginia Byrne of Baltimore, Md., Arlene Aunchman and her husband, Daniel, of Lowell, and Dorothy Webster of Florida, as well as by many nieces and nephews. Interment will be in a private cer- emony at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne. The family re- quests that in lieu of flowers donations be made in John's name to Hope Hos- pice, 765 Attucks Lanel Hyannis, MA 02601. Arrangements are under the care of Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home in Oak Bluffs. CHAPPY MARGARET KNIGHT 508 627-8894 ( With all the cold and rainy weather it's as if the seasons have been try- ing to go backwards: No doubt we'll be complaining about the heat before long, though. Memorial Day weekend seemed quiet, but since I mostly stayed home, I can't be sure about that. I was surprised at how many people were still around on Tuesday. Usually there is a lull after the long weekend, but unlike the weather, there is no going back- wards as far as the influx of summer. Peter has been driving the second ferry regularly the past few weeks, as work on house and yard intensifies and lines build up quickly with trucks of all kinds. Maddie Lecoq was back at work as deckhand on the weekend. The extra traffic with paving machines was supposed to happen last week but the machine that grinds the asphalt was broken. It is now fixed and the work should be done by the time you read this. The plan is to repair just the patches of cracked asphalt that were marked, of which there are many. The tide has been especially low this week, exposing areas of the channel bottom normally never out of water. At low tide, the ferry rests extraordinarily deep in the slip, making you wonder if there's enough water to get across. Peter says these extra low tides attract fully- loaded dump trucks, which have to be turned away to wait for the change of tide. For a good low tide picture, check out thechappyferry Facebook page, on which Tom Dunlop posts lots of great shots and his ferry-related musings. Chappaquiddick is looking very green these days, and the rosa rugosa is blooming along the road up from the Point. As summer approaches, my tendency is to leave Chappy as little as possible, but there are some things I look forward to going off the island for. This is my favorite time of year to drive the beach road to Oak Bluffs because of the beautiful pink, white and red roses covering the dunes, with the enticing ocean beyond and the expanse of sky above. Also, surprisingly, I'm almost inventing reasons to go to Vineyard Haven just so I can drive through the roundabout. Going around it, even half way, feels kind of like a little carnival ride (living the quiet island life can be short on thrills). Even though I wasn't in favor of it, I like it now, and find it so much more relaxing than playing a cat and mouse game of who's going to go first at the old intersection. Another reason to go off Chappy this summer is Susan Klein's Spice of Life memoir writing workshop. It will be on four Mondays starting July 8, from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at the Tisbury Senior Center. For information you can call Susan at 508 693-4140. Susan is known as "The Midwife of Story" and gives a great workshop where you can both learn lots and have fun. This weekend there will be a pop-up performance at The Trustees of Res- ervation's Mytoi Garden. Chilmark's DanceTheYard and the modern dance improv group, what's Written Within, will be doing a site-specific dance on Saturday, June 1, from 2 to 4 p.m. You can enjoy the performance as it takes place while you meander through the Japanese garden. The event is free and refreshments will be provided. Trans- portation to and from the Chappy ferry by TTOR van is available on the hour at 2, 3 and 4 p.m., only by preregistration by calling 508-693-7662. Slip Away farm stand is open Friday through Sunday during daylight hours, and this week offers its eggs, island- made yogurt, coffee beans and produce from its fields including spinach, some herbs (mint, oregano, sage, chives), kale, baby greens mix and spring garlic. Lily says they're adding tomatoes, peppers and eggplants to their seedlings selec- tion. The next potluck at the Chappaquid- dick Community Center is on Wednes- day, June 5, starting at 6 p.m. Judy Buss and Paul Cardello are hosting and ev- eryone is welcome. The CCC is still looking for a host for the last potluck of the season on June 19. Tai chi with Tom Pardee begins on Friday, May 31, from 9 to 10 a.m. The 12 Step program contin- ues at 7 p.m. on Thursdays. The CCC has hired Alex Dunbrack to be office assistant for the summer. Alex has vol- unteered for years at the CCC and has been an enthusiastic member of the sail- ing program. Eli (Elizabeth) Reynolds is hired as assistant sailing instructor to work alongside Justin Painter. Check out the beautifully redone website, chap-, to find out lots more information, including what will be offered there this summer. Chappy's Nika Slade will be work- ing with BiodiversityWorks through the summer. She'll be helping with the projects run by Luanne Johnson and Liz Baldwin, including otter mapping and monitoring, beach-nesting bird moni- toring and protection, and surveys to map and monitor belted kingfisher nest cavities and swallow colonies in cliffs and sandy banks around the Island. You can find out more about their prol- ects and the chance to volunteer at their website, They're looking for landowners who have otter or kingfisher activity on their property who would like to be included in the mapping projects. Starting in June, there will a reprise of the Brad Woodger column. Brad is back on Chappy once again, and he and Peter will be alternating weeks writing the column for the summer. Enjoy! Bob Wachsler, 79, Achieved Much from Modest Means Bob Wachsler of Chilmark died May 25 in Portland, Ore., from complications due to Parkinson's, surrounded by his family and his beloved dog Gracie. He was 79. Bob loved the Vineyard and sailing his boat, the Janie-Bird, in races on Menemsha Pond. A two-time winner of the notorious Marjorie Dangerfield trophy, Bob was a dangerous sailor who put his friends and family at risk many times as he raced on the pond. He truly felt the Vineyard was a state of mind. He was a brilliant, successful funny, athletic man who was the son of immigrants. He grew up modestly in the Bronx and went on to be a suc- cessful and highly respected consultant to many CEOs of the world's largest corporations. Bob served on many boards, among them Goodspeed Opera House, West- port Public Library, Jewish Home for the Elderly and Medici Archive Project. He was a lifetime learner and mentor to all. He served as an adjunct professor at the New York University Stern School of Business and Columbia Business School. He was asked to be John Glenn's personal aviation psychologist, the field in which he earned his doctorate. He earned a master's in statistics and a PhD at Ohio State University. He was a skier, watercolor painter and excel- lent tennis player. A lover of Mel Brooks comedies, Gershwin/Porter, Fred Astaire, York Peppermint Patties and anything chocolate, Bob was a true renaissance man who will be greatly missed. He is survived by his wife, Jane; his daughters, Anne (Pad) Niedergang of Portland, Ore., Elizabeth Wachsler, of Black Rock, Conn., and Susan Wachsler of New York city;, and his grandchildren, Max and Zadie. A memorial service will be an- nounced at a later date. 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