JANE N. SLATER
Chilmark, as I write on Wednesday, is prepping for yet another winter storm. It is sincerely hoped by most that this will be the last one! All our lucky neighbors who were away on vacation last week will be happy to share this latest bit of winter with the rest of us!
We all send most cheerful birthday greetings to popular Chilmark resident and poet Peggy Freydberg, who celebrates this week.
Mike and Jess Holtham of West Tisbury welcomed a baby girl, Jolene Adele Holtham, on March 4. She was born at the Oak Bluffs hospital. The proud grandparents are Will and Madeline Holtham of South Carolina and Jan MacDougal of Vineyard Haven. Congratulations to all!
Congratulations to Ellen Biskis who has been hired by the Chilmark selectmen as our new town accountant. We all send her best wishes. Ellen is a Chilmark resident.
Tonight, Friday, March 8, the final movie of the winter program of movies at the Chilmark library is Gaslight, a thriller from 1944. It begins at 7 p.m. in the library meeting room and popcorn and drinks are free. Thanks to the Friends of the Chilmark library for this annual winter event.
There will be music at the Chilmark Tavern on both Saturday and Sunday nights this weekend. Pathwaysprojectsinstitutes.com will tell you all the details. The program is from 7 to 9 p.m., both nights. You may also call 508-645-9097 for more information. All are welcome at no charge.
Distinguished documentary filmmaker Tim Garber will show his documentary about commercial fishermen entitled The Salt of the Sea. There will be discussion afterward. The program is brought to us by the Menemsha Fisheries Development Fund and the Friends of the Chilmark Library. The program begins at 5 p.m. on March 13 at the library.
The Chilmark Community Church will kick off the popular pizza nights on March 12 at 6 p.m. at the church. All are welcome and invited to share in games after eating.
The Martha’s Vineyard Housing Needs Assessment has prepared a partial draft/interim report and it is a serious and detailed account of all aspects of housing in Chilmark. Anyone interested can find a copy at the town hall or library. The project was funded by the towns of the Island and the Martha’s Vineyard Commission, Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development’s District of Local Technical Assistance Program. As always, I am amazed and happy to read such a careful piece of work done by mostly volunteers interested in our town’s future.
Tax time is closing in. I will take this time to remind you that Sue Larsen is preparing for her third and final Avon Walk for Breast Cancer to take place in Boston in May. All contributions are tax exempt and will be used to find a cure for this dreaded cancer. Her fundraising page is avonwalk.org/goto/susanlarsen.