How dare she? How dare she? Dolly Campbell retiring from the Thrift Shop? That’s like a day without sunshine. Well, the rest of the staff is excellent, so we’ll just have to make do. A big party was held in her honor last Friday evening at the Thrift Shop. Next stop, New Zealand!

On a less affirmative note, here’s another “How dare she?” I’m sure you have all seen the letter by now in our paper’s Oct. 21 Letters to the Editor and in the Martha’s Vineyard Times from a person I don’t even want to give the publicity of her name because we all know it. She couldn’t just rest in peace at having our Rupert the Rooster removed from the neighborhood. She had to twist the knife and write to both papers and crow about it. She also misstates that Rupert was someone’s pet because he entered some of our houses, watched TV and had a snack. Well, he was no one individual’s pet but a friend to all in the neighborhood. I don’t know what survey or poll she is going by, but she throws the word “most” about as if it’s definitive. Most is just a four-letter word, open to interpretation. In my personal survey “most” of the denizens of our fine hood loved Rupert and feel bereft without him, especially the children. I repeat what I said on last January’s blog about this local controversy: The woman is in Florida over the winter months; let her come up against an alligator and find out what a really annoying neighborhood animal can be. By the way, special thanks to Laurie Marotta, who threw the most elegant rooster party in honor of our dearly departed (but not dead yet) Rupert, and all the people who gave speeches, wore rooster pins and clothing, and brought divine food, much of it on rooster plates. Ruppy, we’ll never forget you!

Ed Colligan, a member of our local American Legion Post 257 for more than 50 years and a devoted commander for the past two years, has passed the torch to the wonderful Buddy Oliver. Of course, Ed won’t be inactive. Buddy and Ed still remind us that the off-season Sunday breakfasts, first Sunday of each month from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., begin on Nov. 6. There is still bingo every Monday night. A week from today is our most important national holiday, Veterans Day, and we still need your help raising the flags at our cemetery at 7:30 a.m. and helping to take them down at 3 p.m. I’ll see you there. Meanwhile, heads up on our Legion Auxiliary meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m. I’m giving you big advanced notice because we are always looking for new members and for help with our annual holiday bazaar, which is early this year, on Saturday, Nov. 19. There will be the usual fun and food, raffles, prizes, gift baskets and white elephants. Call me if you need something picked up to donate or just need more information on how to get involved.

The Martha’s Vineyard Museum has a great off-season deal for Vineyarders. Beginning tomorrow, all Islanders will get in free on Saturdays or may make a donation of choice. The Museum is excited to be hosting an author’s talk by Chip Bishop on Thursday, Nov. 10 at 5:30 p.m. The subject is The Lion and the Journalist: the Unlikely Friendship of Teddy Roosevelt and Joseph Bucklin Bishop. I’ll see you there.

Part of the museum’s winter holidays in Edgartown is raising funds by the donation of your unwanted jewelry to be resold as excellent holiday gifts. Donations will be accepted until Wednesday, Dec. 7. You may bring them to the museum or mail them to Jewelry Jingle, P.O. Box 1310, Edgartown, MA 02539.

One of my favorite scholars and friends is Jim Norton, who will be presenting evening lectures on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. in the program room of the library on Nov. 8, 15 and 22. The program is free. Jim, a noted South Asia scholar, will speak on the challenge of Afghanistan. For more details call 508.696.4211, ext 16. Betty Burton will fill you in.

How long ago I was in Sedona, Ariz., and how beautiful it was! Dr. Roni DeLuz of the Martha’s Vineyard Holistic Retreat invites you to join her and staff for a wonderful experience there, detoxing, losing weight and enjoying the view. The trip starts Dec. 5, so book now. Call 888-901-3339 or e-mail

The birthday bandwagon pulls along Marianne Schmidt, Marianne Ojile and Becca Hamilton today. Tomorrow is a party for Alex Campbell, Jessica Brown, and Claire Joannidi. On Nov. 6 say happy birthday to Ceci at Cumby’s, and wish Ashley Tilton and Marilyn O’Callaghan a grand day. Nov. 7 belongs to Lynne Kressin and Jeffrey Masi, Jr. Nov. 8 honors Adelaide Silva, Ed Panek, and Nancy MacMullen. Nov. 9 shines on Barbara Jo Cayer, Matt Medeiros, Maria de Pinha, and Evan Scott-Jennings. And on Nov. 10 the United States Marine Corps takes the cake. Many happy returns.