Chilmark will sport some new stripes on Wednesday when lines are to be painted on the newly paved sections of Tabor House Road and D.H.’s Hill. Hopefully, they will not be covered with snow too soon.
The highway superintendent and his helper are taking advantage of the mild weather this week and they have been clearing more of the roadside on North Road. The colorful fall leaves are mostly on the ground now, but still adding a cheerful spot of color to the landscape.
The general excitement this week was the moving of barges in and out of Menemsha basin. The U.S. Coast Guard boathouse construction enters a new phase as the large crane now has a land base and was transferred from the barge to the steel platform. Yesterday, a spectacular fall day with no wind, was the day that two tugboats came to take away the big barge. The Jaguar of New Bedford and the Thuban of Vineyard Haven were the tugboats that did the moving of the barges. The first departed the harbor before noon and the replacement barge was brought in about 3 p.m. Both departure and arrival were without incident. The skill of those involved was impressive to this landlubber. The newly arrived barge is laden with supplies for the next part of the construction.
Congratulations to Chief Jason Olsen and the crew of the U. S. Coast Guard station Menemsha on being awarded the Sumner I. Kimball award on Monday last. The award is in recognition of the station’s readiness in the face of emergency. The plaque was presented by John Kondratowicz, senior commander southeastern New England.
The Democratic Council of Martha’s Vineyard will host a visit by Martha Coakley, candidate for Massachusetts governor, to Howes House on Nov. 9 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. The voters are invited to attend and ask questions of the candidate. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Martha’s Vineyard Museum is planning a series of public community forums to be held in each of the Island’s towns. The Chilmark library will be the site of the Chilmark forum to be held on Nov. 13 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Planning board member Chris Murphy will moderate the meetings. The public is invited to share ideas and ask questions about the proposed development of the former Marine Hospital into our museum.
Congratulations to seasonal Chilmarker Carol Brown Goldberg for winning the third prize in the International Urban Sculpture Competition in Murcia, Spain. Murcia is planning a new public space called Levante Park within the city, and the competition was to find sculpture that would demonstrate a link between the culture and the history of Murcia. Carol’s metal sculpture is called Segura Steps. Cheers from us all, Carol, we look forward to congratulating you in person when you return to your Peaked Hill home next summer.
The Chilmark library is hosting a three-woman art show this month. Ruth Kerchmeier is showing her woodcut prints and Claire Chalfoun and Lyn Hynds are showing their recent oil paintings. The show is in the meeting room and open to viewing during the library’s regular hours.
The McCormick family sent word today that Graydon McCormick died on Nov. 3 in Danver. Graydon and his family have been longtime seasonal residents of Menemsha. Mary, Graydon’s wife, was happy to note that he was able to come to Menemsha for some fishing in September. He is survived by Mary, his daughter, Kate, and his son, Seth and his wife Cheryl and daughters Freya and Aubrey. More details will be forthcoming. Graydon will be laid to rest at Abel’s Hill Cemetery. We send condolences to all the family.
Please mark your calendars for the Nov. 20 public hearing and meeting of the Chilmark Community Preservation Committee. The committee will consider requests for community preservation funds by the following organizations: Chilmark Cemetery Committee. Sheriffs Meadow Foundation, Save the Gay Head Lighthouse, Agricultural Society, Dukes County Commission, Martha’s Vineyard Museum and the Island Housing Trust. The preservation fund is the money that the taxpayers have voted to donate to community preservation and housing projects and the money is matched annually by the state. It gives the voters a means to support projects that will contribute to the general improvement of the town and/or the Island and to preserve matters of historical interest.
And finally, watch out for the deer. Every trip on Chilmark roads at dusk seems to offer more than one challenge as deer dart across or stand in the middle of the road. Bow and arrow hunters are out now, so wear your orange when walking the dog. It is hard to know what to wish for but just be careful.