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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2012 VINEYARD GAZETTE, MARTHS VINEYARD, MASS. NINE CHAPPY PETER WELLS 508-627-4216 ( You probably think that Chappaquid- dick harbors some unusual characters. It's true, but Nantucket may have us beat. Get your hands on a copy of Island Practice by Pam Belluck. If you like Doc Martin and House you will .love her nonfiction account of the adventures of Dr. Tim Lepore as the surgeon in residence on our more remote sister island. I don't really see it as a Chappy book club selection. Any discussion regarding this book could easily be summed up just by looking aghast at one another. Chappy Book Club readers who had not quite finished reading ExPats by Chris Pavone got a reprieve this past week when the Community Center was closed for porch floor sanding and refinishing. The book club discussion has been postponed to Thursday, Sept. 20. I didn't read the novel, but according to the New York Times book review, the plot revolves around the theme that two adults, husband and wife, can live in the same house and yet have no idea what the other is really up to. I can't imagine where the author got this ideal Meet at the CCC at 10:30 a.m. No skimming, you've got plenty of time to read it word for word. I heard that there are a lot of surprises at the end. Remember that the first potluck sup- per at the Chappy Community Center is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 19 and will be hosted by Nancy Slate and Dennis Goldin. Appetizers start at 6 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m. Bring a casse- role, salad or dessert for six. Whatever you care to make -- it always seems to balance out. Don't spread this around, but if you're late getting home and don't have time to put anything together, come anyway. Your presence is what matters most. I always eat twice as much as I should, so you can have half of mine. Many CCC activities continue through September: tai chi classes are scheduled for Sept. 15, Sept. 17, Sept. 22, and Sept. 29 at 9 a.m.; yoga classes are every Sunday at 10:30 a.m.; AA meetings are Thursdays at 7 p.m. You can tap into Wi Fi on the porch anytime. Check for updates on the CCC website or bulletin boards. Next time you're there you will get to admire the new finish on the porch. There is a new face in the CCC office. Lynn Martinka will be sharing the job of co-coordinator this fall, winter and spring with Abigail Chandler, who has resumed her teaching responsibilities at the high school. Lynn and Abigail will share office duties, plan next year's programs and do all that's necessary to keep the center running until next summer. With both Lynn and Abigail on staff, the office will be open Monday,' Tuesday ann Thursday 9 a.m. to noon. Lynn lives on Chappy with her husband and two children. She adds energy and enthusiasm to the staff, and the board is delighted to welcome her as part of the CCC family. Board president Marvene O'Rourke says, "We're very fortunate to have two capable women sharing the job of coordinator." The 2013 CCC calendar pre-order forms are available at the CCC and on the website. I heard that Annie Hey- wood was able to catch Santa Claus on film aboard the On Time II as he headed for Chappy last December. I also heard that the photo won a spot in this year's calendar. Ping-pong tables are always set up on the porch of the center. Call Bob O'Rourke at 508-627-7902 for informa- tion about Islandwide table tennis as well. The Trustees of Reservations plan to continue their lighthouse and natural history tours through Columbus Day weekend. Call 508-627-3599 for up-to- the-minute information. Pamphlets are available at the ferry, Mytoi garden or the gatehouses. Be sure to visit Mytoi garden as the seasons change. Even if you have only 10 minutes to spare, you will be glad that you peeked in. Shortly before sunset this past Sun- day we witnessed a double rainbow that lasted for over an hour. The sinking sun in the west shone brightly underneath the rain showers that slowly departed eastward. People all across the Vineyard witnessed this spectacle. I marveled that Mother Nature could put on such a fantastic display without applying for a single permit from a conservation commission, a planning board or even a zoning appeals board. She should actu- ally have notified the Martha's Vineyard Commission since more than one Island town was involved. Imagine the lengthy discussions that would have ensued! How bright should we allow the colors to be? What should be the order of the colors, especially in the fainter second rainbow? Which towns should get the distinction of hosting the ends of the rainbow? (Pot of gold, right?) Maybe some folks wouldn't even want the rainbow to end in their towns. Among many other issues we'd have to address would be a height restriction! Fortunately, Mother Nature has her own laws. She seems to love to impress and surprise us. One day Nantucket Sound will have a surface like a mir- ror and the next day be filled with white-capped rollers four feet high. If she wants thousands of yards of beach sand and glacial till at Wasque Point to go somewhere else, it goes. Living on a small island keeps us aware of Mother Nature's ambition. The derby started a week ago and we've seen many fishermen coming to Chappy to seek out that winning fish. In celebration of the derby, the Old Sculpin Gallery is hosting a show of fishing-related art through Oct. 8. You don't need to feel intimidated about going in for a quick look. Sometimes you'll see ferry captain Becca Hamilton sitting at the reception desk. They don't expect everyone who walks in to buy something, but they still want you to come in. If only one ferry is running when you get in line on Daggett street, you've got about five minutes to hop out of your car and have a quick look. We all could use a little bit of culture, so make an effort. Likewise, our own Edwina Rissland is part of a photography show way up in Vineyard Haven. The show opens this Saturday at the A Gallery. The gallery is just beyond the road up to the Park and Ride. The building is painted red with a huge letter A on the front. Edwina notes that though the photos are not of Chappy, they are marine-related. In fact, all were taken in the boatyards of Gannon & Benjamin. Don't be shy about popping in for a few minutes. Last Saturday three Chappaquiddick boats participated in the yearly Moffett Race off of East Chop. The crew of a fourth boat was half Chappaquiddick- ers. The wind gusted over 35 knots and the seas reached three feet out in the Sound. The race course took the boats all the way over to the Fahnouth Harbor buoy and then almost to Edgar- town around buoy number two just off Cape Pogue. Our own Roger Becker is vice commodore of the Holmes Hole Sailing Association, which hosted the 35th annual race in remembrance of George Moffeft P.ogek:'i:'acfd his boa.t Gloria, Bill Brine sailed Good Fortune and I raced for the first time in Sep- tember. Rick Haslet and Dick Knight were aboard Eileen, a very high-tech sloop that blew a fuse, giving every- one aboard a chance to learn how to operate the manual override systems to keep the boat sailing. We will be telling stories about that wild day for weeks to come, so forgive us if we repeat ourselves. Angel Flight Fundraiser They provide invaluable service to people in need, offering free air trans- portation for patients and their fami- lies to medical appointments off-Island. Now, for a small price you can nibble on hors d'oeuvres and support their worthy cause. On Sunday, Sept. 16 Angel Flight NE will host its second annual Martha's Vineyard Wings of Hope fundraiser from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Farm Neck Golf Club in Oak Bluffs. Benefit tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door, or can be purchased at the Ocean View Res- taurant, located on 16 Chapman avenue in Oak Bluffs. All proceeds will go to benefit Angel Flight NE and every dol- lar donated attributes to $5 of medical air transport service to those in-need. The benefit will feature entertainment provided by Ellen O'Brien, passed hors d'oeuvres, a cash bar with all proceeds to Angel Flight NE, as well as a silent and live auction. EDGARTOWN KATHIE CASE 508-627-5349 ( Love, love, love this weather. Not too hot, cool enough to wear short sleeves or a tank top, shorts or capris and a good night's sleep. Nice.  ..... Happy birthday to all who celebrated their day this past week. Big balloons go out to Tyler Garrett Edwards, who celebrated his day Sept. 1; Talia Es- trella, Sept. 6; Simone Albino, Tessa Hammond and Lukah Vieira, Sept. 7; Kimberly Marques, Alana Morris and Jack O'Brien, Sept. 8; Adeline Hayman and Tyler Vanderhoop, Sept. 9; Kiana Casey, Sept. 11, and Caroline Kelleher, who celebrates her day today, Sept. 14. Special wishes to Ted Morgan, who celebrated his day Sept. 12. Sons Tim and Ted and Ted's wife Cindy traveled north to celebrate Ted's 91st birthday. Happy anniversary to Brooke and Derek Avakian, who celebrated their second wedding anniversary on Sept. 11. Brooke and Derek will be having their first child in December and we can't wait to meet the new member of the family. Congratulations and best wishes to Kara Shemeth and Brad Dekker, who were united in marriage on Friday, Sept. 7. It was a beautiful day for a wedding at Felix Neck and a great celebration at Farm Neck. Congratulations to you both. Here is to many happy years to- gether. Fbotball season is here and what a better way to start the year than at The Shed at the Dolbys' house. We saw friends we haven't seen in a while and, of course, enjoyed the food and the game. Shannon Dolby Smith and her daughter, Adie, and son, William, were not there as they headed back to New York that morning after spending the summer with Mimi and Papa. On Nov. 3, there will be a fundraiser for Tim Fullin. The dinner will start at 4; 30 to 7. Then the live auction will start at 7. Tim was just diagnosed with cancer and will be traveling back and forth to Boston for treatments, and of course there are many expenses that go along with that. The event will be held at the P.A. Club in Oak Bluffs and the com- mittee is looking for donations for the auction table. To donate contact Olivia Law-Butler at or Caroline Derrig at flyingwazoo@yahoo. com. , ; I saw Cathy Klein on Tuesday .and we were talking about her girls Heather and Amanda. Heather is working and living in Boston, and Amanda is living and teaching physical education and a wellness program at Lincoln Sudbury High School. During the summer Amanda and her teacher friend Vickie brought 15 field hockey players to the island to do community work, so down to the Boys and Girls Club they went. Between all 15 girls and the two teachers, they painted the inside of the club in about four hours. Of course, the trip wasn't made without some beach time and a walk in Oak Bluffs and a ride on the Flying Horses. It is always so nice when we can report such positive things about our Island children all grown up. Have a great week and keep the home candles burning. John Arrives Amy E. Kirkpatrick and John Petrosi- nelli of Oak Bluffs announce the birth of a son, John Kirkpatrick Petrosinelli, born on Sept. 8 at the Martha's Vineyard Hospital. John weighed 8 pounds, 11 ounces at birth. Visit us at Connie McAllister Connie McAllister Was Elegant and Irreverent Connie McAllister of Oak Bluffs died peacefully early Sunday morning, August 19 at the Martha's Vineyard Hospital after a short stay there. She was the beloved mother of Matthew McAllister of East Greenwich, R.I. and Gwyn McAllister of Oak Bluffs. Connie was a private person but her few close friends enjoyed her dry sense of humor, her strong opinions, her knowledge of current events and her love of literature, opera and art. She was an avid reader who consumed the New Yorker magazine religiously. Her favorite authors were Thomas Mann and Joyce Cary. She loved the paintings of Vermeer. Connie was born' in Boston to sec- ond generation Polish/Russian parents. Shortly after graduation from the Kath- erine Gibbs School, she moved with her sister to New York city where she worked as a secretary. There she mar- ried Leslie McAllister, a graduate stu- dent at Columbia University and later a theater professional who worked at the Circle in the Square Theater in New York. Both of their children were born in New York city. While living in Cleveland, where Mr. McAllister was employed by the Cleveland Playhouse, the couple di- vorced and Connie moved back to her parents' home in Medford with her two small children. She stayed at home just long enough to complete a master's degree between Tufts University and Harvard University, and then moved to Cambridge and took a job as a teacher in the Somerville public school system. After three Nears asia gradq chool teacher, Cbnie 'hdepted'a ifB dffer from Highlights for Children magazine and moved her family to Honesdale, Pa., a small town in the Poconos. She worked as an editor for that magazine for over 15 years. Around 1985 Connie purchased a Vic- torian house in downtown Oak Bluffs and relocated to Martha's Vineyard. She worked from home as a teacher for a correspondence course with the Institute of Children's Literature. She continued working tirelessly at that job right up until she had a major heart attack six months before her passing. Connie was a tiny lady who always dressed neatly and stylishly, favoring white clothing. She enjoyed outings to the theater, music events and lectures with her daughter, and frequent visits from her son and daughter in law, Kath- erine Besnier. She was close friends with her ex-husband until his death in 2010. She also maintained close friend- ships with her sister in law Barbara Naughton of Laramie, Wyo. and her sister, Elliot Treibeck of Winchester. Connie hosted a number of family re- unions at her Oak Bluffs home. People who knew Connie, described her as ladylike and elegant, but she often surprised people with her ir- reverence. She will be greatly missed by her children, friends and family and her daughter's dog, Felix -- a loving companion to Connie. h @ OAK BLUFFS SKIP FINLEY 508-696-3742 ( Sarah Wilbur's headstone (April 15, 1792 to March 20, 1875) is in a small graveyard with several unmarked stones just off the Vineyard Haven-Edgartown Road, almost hidden behind the "County Road Oak Bluffs Next Right" sign. I don't know who Mrs. Wilbur was -- or in- deed, if in fact she is actually buried there, understanding there is a ceremo- nial graveyard in Sengekontacket in re- membrance but without remains. There's a family graveyard along Barnes Road near Featherstone. On land owned by the State of Massachusetts, where the John T. Hughes Hatchery & Research Station is located on Shirley avenue, is the more widely-known Eastville Cem- etery where original people, sailors like John Cates (died at sea, April 30, 1828) and black people, like the former slave Rebecca Ann Michael (1809 to 1854) are buried. Eastville Cemetery is part of the African American Heritage Trail. There is a bench with a plaque in memory of Rebecca, great grandmother of the black Vineyard whaling Captain William A. Martin. Were it not for the attention de- voted to the Heritage Trail, the Eastville Cemetery would be as forgotten as Mrs. Wilbur's and the one on Barnes Road -- and an undeterminable number of others. It's disappointing that we place such low emphasis on the departed after the exertion of their internment. The high- way department looks after Oak Grove Cemetery, and lost an employee in 2011 in a budget cut following the retirement of Gall Landers, who had "vast knowledge of the cemetery." The Eastville Cemetery needs attention and the sate should take care of that. Perhaps, though, the care of other cemeteries might be looked after by the Martha's Vineyard Land Bank in conjunction with the town's Cem- etery Commission to acknowledge the memory of those in repose. Oak Bluffs' principal cemetery, Oak Grove, includes areas called the Sea View Hill Cemetery and the Adam's Lookout Cemetery. In 2011, 84 folks died in Oak Bluffs, 51 of whom were Oak Bluffs residents. The cemetery commissioners' annual report notes that 27 quarter lots and two crema- tion lots were sold but does not clarify how many, if any of those who died, were buried in Oak Grove. Shout out to New York Times Fru- gal Traveler writer Seth Kugel for the August 28 recap of his six-day trip to Martha's Vineyard the week of July 2, when he was able to vacation for $600, far more frugally than the rest of us. Of course, he stayed at the Martha's Vineyard Family Campground for three of the nights and rented a bike. (Good thing he didn't see how much gas is!) In his story that was highly complimen- tary of Oak Bluffs ($1 Katama oysters at Hooked, $1-$1.25 donuts at Back Door -- "the real deals"). He was also the first writer I'm aware of to note how superior the Oak Bluffs harbor sunset was over that of Menemsha. I agree. The third annual Best Fest was cel- ebrated Saturday, from Viera Park to Dreamland. Providence's Extraordinary Rendition Band highlighted the day- long music and arts party support- ing WVVY-FM with a rousing parade up Circuit avenue through Post Office Square and down Kennebec to Dream- land for its annual ball. Few events top a Circuit avenue parade and this colorful and enthusiastic one was remarkable. Circuit avenue closes to traffic to- morrow for Tivoli Day (9 a.m. to 6 p.m.) allowing us to get discounted Vineyard and Oak Bluffs T-shirts and sweatshirts and enjoy the with neighbors. Margot Datz will signing her Mermaid books at Sanctu- ary. Spectacular weather is predicted and this year the Liberty Jazz Band plays I(.'()MFORT TWIN SI! 1 $399 $799 ...... 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The open- ing gala party and fashion show starts at 7 p.m. at Dreamland and includes music and cocktails The Sand Bar and Grille hosts a Summer's Not Over Yet fashion show on Wednesday at 7 p.m. This year Fashion Week features theme- related movies at the Martha's Vineyard Film Society's new theater in Vineyard Haven on Tuesday and Friday. Thursday will feature a trunk show and another movie for a complete week of fashion- related activity. There will be a closing party and fashion show at Dreamland on Saturday night. Tickets are available at Having had a great time last year, we plan to attend many of the expanded activities. The beneficiary of Martha's Vineyard Fashion Week is Angel Flight NE, a collaboration of pilots, planes and airlines whose mission is fly- ing patients and families to hospitals na- tionwide. Participating Oak Bluffs fashion retailers include B*tru, Basics, Laughing Bear, On Kennebec and Pik Nik. Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year is Monday; Shana Tova (happy new year)! If there was a prize awarded for the Most Calories, Rita Brown's Martha's Vineyard Gourmet Bakery's Back Door Donuts should win this year, beating out such stalwarts as Mad Martha's, Ben & Bill's Emporium, the Good Ship Lollipop, Murdick's, The Carousel, The Sweet Spot -- and even the Clam Bar. Thanks and congratulations, Rita, for keeping us jogging and on the bike paths and at B Strong. In an updated tally of the August 17 column, Oak Bluffs owns Sarson's Island near Majors and Hidden Cove for a total of four islands, not just the three mentioned. In a recount of recreation and repose, Oak Bluffs has (at least) 40 parks, 15 ponds, a substantial trail system, a golf course and seven known cemeteries/graveyards. Condolences to Narragansett av- enue's Boiling family, who lost Bruce Boiling Tuesday at age 67. Childhood friend Bruce was part of a political family whose many accomplishments included the fact that while he was serving on the Boston City Council, his father, Royal Sr., was a state senator, and his brother, Royal Jn, was a state representative. Bruce was Boston City Council's first black president. Hats offto Oak Bluffs' Caleb D. Nichol- son and crew for Tuesday's derby rescue of a couple of New Bedford chuckleheads adrift absent lifejackets after sinking a 20-foot boat miles offshore. The Gazette reported that the Steam- ship Authority is starting an online store to sell SSA merchandise later this fall. I wonder if they will only take credit cards -- and not debit cards -- like their ticket-ordering website. Keep your foot on a rock. Shirley McCarthy Shirley M. McCarthy of Oak Bluffs died at the age of 81 on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012 at Mass General Hospital. She was the wife of Frederick J. McCarthy who predeceased her in July of 2002. Her graveside service wilt be held in the VA National Cemetery in Bourne Friday, Sept. 14 at 1:30 p.m. Donations may be made in her memory to Martha's V'meyard Comm, mity Services, 111 Edgar- town Road, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568. Please visit for online guest book and information. EAST CHOP RICK HERRICK 508-(a,93-8065 ( Let me begin this column with an important correction. I misreported the winner of the most improved fe- male golfer at Edgartown. The winner was Betsy Dripps. In addition to this award, Betsy won the championship at Farm Neck and was runner-up in the championship flight at the Edgartown Golf Club. Congratulations to one of East Chop's premier athletes. Congratulations are also due to Lau- rie Howick. Laurie ran the Monday night shuffleboard competition at the beach club. On Sunday, we held the end of the year Labor Day grand tour- nament. This year the winners were Barry Carroll and Lyn Herrick. All 20 participants were winners. We had a wonderful time! By the time you read this column, Lyn and I will be back in charge of the tennis club. We are the off-season managers. Because of our involvement with the club, I have noticed and re- ported to board members that we are slowly losing clay. I recently figured out the problem. Kim Patterson was sending clay in sandwich bag pack- ages from court one to Leigh Ivison in Landenberg, Penn. when Leigh was recovering from pancreatic cancer last summer. Leigh was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in October 2010. After five weeks of chemotherapy to shrink and harden the tumor, she underwent a dangerous whipple operation in February 2011 that removed the tumor, her gall bladder, part of her small intestine and part of her stomach. After 16 weeks of post- operative chemotherapy, she is now cancer-free. How does one recover from cancer? According to Leigh, in her case there was luck involved. She had an early diagnosis. She also had a great doctor in whom she had full confidence. If you ask Skip, her husband, she beat this challenge because of her incredible spirit. "When she went to chemother- apy, she made a party of it. She had all the other patients laughing and having fun. It was never a question with her of how long do I have to live, but how long will it take me to heal." Leigh gives Skip a great deal of the, credit for her positive attitude. "He did all the research on my disease. A lot of what he learned was scary, but he kept it from me unless I asked a specific ques- tion or if the information was important for my treatment. He made all the doc- tor appointments. He drove me to the hospital, and to all those chemotherapy sessions. We cried and hugged together. He was there for me -- totally." East Chop was there for her too. Cyn- dee Dennehy'both suggested an East Chop visit and ave Leish and gkip her home. The Ivisons came to the Vine- yard in January of 2011 between Leigh's initial chemotherapy treatments and her operation. "I came here that Janu- ary to gather energy, and the Vineyard delivered. We walked beaches, took in some movies and read books. Skip and I had such a good time." And then there were all of her East Chop friends. "They saved me, Rick. They were there for me. They were not fair-weather friends. They sent cards, called me on the phone and came to visit. I was supported with love by so many people. It made a huge differ- ence." A community is a place where people are supported with love. I am a lucky guy to live in such a place and to write about such people. See you next sum- mer. Carry In Carry Out Remember to keep Island beaches clean. 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