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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2012 VINEYARD GAZETFK MARTHAS VINEYARD, MASS. THREE Pictures by Ray Ewing With paws of approval, Buddy joins ranks at Station Menemsha. Coast Guar00 S Newest Recruit Ready to Brave Ruff Seas By REMY TUMIN Beneath a billowing American flag and light breeze off the harbor, Buddy sat in salute at the U.S. Coast Guard Sta- tion Menemsha early Monday morning, chest proudly puffed, ready for his next treat. The three-year-old golden retriever was sworn in as a seaman recruit by Senior Chief Jason Olsen at a special en- listment ceremony. With the duty crew standing behind him, Buddy became a rank and file member of the Menemsha team. "Be it known that Buddy, in selfless ser- vice to his country in affirming the oath of enlistment in the United States Armed Forces, hereby enlists in the United States Coast Guard in the rank of seaman re- cruit and rank as such," Mr. Olsen read from the certificate. 'All right, good job, Buddy," he added with a pat to the dog's head. .... "Does anyone have an ink pad?" Mr. Please Adopt Us With Christmas just a few short weeks away, we are so happy to let you know that our adoptions have picked up and all the young kittens have found their forever homes -- just in time to bring joy to some happy families. The two tuxedo brothers have gone to the same home where they will bring a lot of love to those lucky people. little Guinea Pig, Bella, has not found a young person to take her home. Don't forget the Christmas parade on Saturday. If you would like to walk with us, please meet at the Fdgartown School at 10 a.m. Please call the shelter if you have any questions. Do you have a special dog or cat per- son on your Christmas list? We are still adding bricks to our memorial sidewalk in front of the shelter and they would As happy as we are for the kitlens. .... make a really great gift. lt would benefit we are; -sad {hat' e: st ltPh'aqg "i16/":ii;' ' he'she ltert0"o:-Ifth' bfl'Cks'ari t' wMt wb'ndfftil oldel' e',ltswho-w0]'cl bve you have m mt'fia f6r the ammal persoh t0Bi3h " foreC6'l"hSegTbt theih61'iday. in your life;h0w about'a donation"f6 the Our featured cat this week is Mittens, the beautiful sweet and affectionate one-year-old ginger and white tabby. She would love to have a playmate if you already have a cat -- she loves attention. Our other older cats will have their adoption fee waived if some kind family will just give them good homes. They are: Daisy, Fve, Vickie (who we like to call a Vineyard Coon cat) and Rex. New to the shelter is Brody, a sweet old fel- low who was abandoned at the Vineyard Vet Clinic doorstep, tte is in need of a lot of TLC. He is not fond of dogs or other cats, so he would do best in a lov- ing home as the only cat for whatever time he has left. Won't you please open your hearts this Christmas season and give these deserving older cats a loving home? We can't understand why our sweet shelter in their name? We are so grateful for all the kind donations which have been generously received in the past four years. On be- half of the animals, thank youI Shelter hours are Tuesdays and Wednesdays 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Thursdays and Fridays 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Saturdays 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The shelter is closed Sunday and Monday. The telephone number is 508-627-8662. Contributions are always gratefully accepted; we are funded solely by dona- tions. The Susie Fund was established to pay the medical expenses of animals at the shelter who need medical care. Please make checks out to The Animal Shelter of Martha's Vineyard; the mail- ing address is RO. Box 1829, Edgartown MA 02539. Duties include boat checks, running on the pier and chasing squirrels. Olsen asked. Buddy's pawprint will go on his enlistment certificate. Station Menemsha's former mascot, Bridget, died in September 2011 at the age of 12 and was later buried at sea. Now Buddy will fill the void, Mr. Olsen said. "It seems like the crew is a lot happier. It's great to come in and have the dog here. He increases morale. People who had dogs or al- ways wanted dogs but weren't ready for it, having Buddy teaches a level of responsibility." Buddy arrived in Menemsha two months ago from North Kingston, R.I. His responsibilities include daily boat checks, running up and down the pier, chasing seagulls and squirrels, sleeping at the feet of on-duty crew members and greeting visitors. He is trained to stay out of the galley, and sits patiently in the doorway during mess hour. Canine mascots are a longstanding Coast Guard tradition; through the years they have served as both com- panions and search and rescue work- ers. Buddy is officially designated as a mascot with the U.S. Army veterinary clinic and is eligible for care through the military. Buddy's single-stripe rank is marked on his blue collar. He is eligible for advancement by mastering new com- mands. For now, his command repertoire includes sit, stay, come and shake (give a paw). "We're trying to get him to salute," Mr. Soscia laughed. While Buddy has been on board Coast Guard boats, he has yet to go on his first official mission and needs a life preserver, which will be ordered for him. "We'll take him out in the spring and see how he does," said Mr. Olsen. After a hard day of work, a well-deserved rest. Students l00bnor Past With Present By KATIE RUPPEL Meverill Good thought he was coming to the high school for a small deliver}: Earlier in the week his wife, Anne Good, suggested they visit the school to give secretary Inez Montanile a gardening book. But inside the front lobby of the high school on Friday morning, a group of students stood in a line, twisting their fingers and twirling their hair while they waited to surprise Mr. Good. "Here he comes!" history teacher Elaine Cawley Wein- traub said. When he entered, the students and teachers clapped, gave him hugs, told him they had missed him and were so happy he was there. His eyes swelled with tears as he took it all in. The halls boasted posters of his pictures, quotes and accomplishments. "This day will be in history books," said senior Maddie Webster. "Mev Good Day." For 10 years Mr. Good served as a substitute teacher at the high school, covering everything from science to English But it was history he preferred, and was known to dress up in his World War II uniform during class and put students in the shoes of a soldier. "Look to your left," he would say as he prepared to take students on a journey through war. "Look to your right. Some of you will not return." But it was more than his engaging presentations that made Ms. Wein- traub want to cel- ebrate Mev Good Day. "We never do enough for people when they are around; we take them for granted," she said. 'And Mev made history come to life for these kids. Bella Bennett holds up poster. He was the past, real for them." Up until last spring the 88-year-old veteran was sub- stitute-teaching three days a week. His speaking topics ranged from life during World War II to dancing in the roaring twenties. "He makes history real for the students," said history teacher Kate Holter. "He's like a living legend." After an injury this summer, teachers and students alike felt his absence around the high school, asking "Where is Mr. Good?" So on Friday students and teachers gathered to thank Mr. Good for his time at the school, and to let him know he was missed. "Your stories have stuck," said Ms. Holter. "We won't soon forget about your brush with Louis Armstrong on that New Orleans dance floor or the ambition and bravery of your Aunt Ruth during a time when women weren't encouraged to fly." "You are less a substitute and more the model of a truly impassioned friend, colleague and educator," she said. 'And when you aren't here, people notice." "I usually did not care for substitutes," said senior Tjark Aldeborgh. "I was one of those students that would run off into the hall. But anytime I would walk into your classroom, I'd say, 'It's time for history.'" Senior Brian Hurley echoed his thoughts. Pictures "You could have knocked me over," he said of surprise. "I was amazed by Mr. Good's connections to history and the pride in his family," he said. He remembered the presentation on the Civil War, in which Mr. Good had family members fight on either side. "He actually dressed in both uniforms." Brian added: "When I'd walk into a classroom and he was my substitute, it'd make me smile and light up my day." Mr. Good himself was overwhelmed with the surprise. "You could have knocked me over!" he said. "I started crying." He reminded the group of the lesson he has taught for a decade: live your history. 'And there's not much more to say except I miss you," he said. After the speeches the students sat around him at a table while he ate cake and told stories. "What was it like living in the mountains?" asked a student. "Well," said Mr. Good. "You had to live outdoors entirely Ms. Weintraub looked at Mr. Good, surrounded by students who were eager to listen. 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