Chilmark literally has plowed through another week of winter. It just keeps coming . . . that white stuff. Maybe by the time you read this some rains will have come and washed a bit of it away. We can only hope.
This week’s storm caused a very old tree on the roadside property of Tom Ruimerman and Janet Weidner and their boys, Peter and Andrew, to collapse from snow and wind. The tree fell across North Road in the middle of the night and tore electric wires from the house. Power was out on D.H.’s Hill for a time and from the Homestead until Monday. The family wants to thank all the people who turned out and helped cut up the tree and clear the road. It was a large and beautiful tree and we can expect to see many artifacts made from the wood. We are hoping that someone is counting the rings and will tell us how old the tree actually was.
We send best wishes to Marianne Neill of State Road who is recuperating from a hip transplant done this week at the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital. We hope to see her out and about soon.
Please join me in sending my youngest grandchild, Scott Bennett, soon to be six, best wishes for a speedy recovery from his surprise appendectomy. He and his family, Sarah and Aaron Bennett and his brother, Jack, were visiting Menemsha on the Presidents Day holiday weekend but left early on Sunday to get to a hospital nearer their Attleboro home.
I had a bit of a surprise today when I thought to amuse you with notes on the Chilmark winter 100 years ago as recorded in the Lucy Vincent diaries. I went to February and read that she and Myron had found violets on their daily walk . . . seemed off so I checked the diary of the year before and sure enough, they were in Florida! They remained there until mid April that year so no snow report from her! They missed the famous icy winter and interestingly enough, there is no mention of the winter in the town report of 1914. There were no expenses for snow removal or reference to road clearings. Upon reflection, we note that there were very few cars in town in 1914 and no school buses.
The Chilmark Community Church will enjoy the last of the season’s soup suppers on Feb. 25. The popular pizza suppers will return beginning on March 11 at 6 p.m. All are welcome to share food and games afterward.
The Chilmark library will host a free Friday night movie on Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. The movie will be Top Hat, from 1935. Free popcorn and beverages are included. Admission is free. The Friends of the Chilmark Library offer this weekly treat.
Mark your calendars for the March 4 selectmen’s meeting when the new plans for Squibnocket Beach and roadway will be discussed and new findings will be included. We are to vote at town meeting about this plan so this is a good opportunity to learn more. Now is the time to take out papers if you are planning to run for a town job. There are three positions available on the finance committee and two on the planning board. Both are busy and interesting committees that your fellow townspeople serve on as volunteers and who would enjoy new members. For more information, see Jennifer Christy, town clerk, at town hall.
Ted Meinelt will be laid to rest at a graveside service at Abel’s Hill Cemetery on March 8 at 12:15 p.m., followed by a reception at the Granary Gallery in West Tisbury.
The Pathways Projects, programs for and by artists of all media, still goes on in spite of some weather interruptions presenting interesting and varied programs weekly. Please call 508-645-9098 for details. The events take place at the Tavern in Chilmark center.
Congratulations to the hardworking staff of this newspaper for having won many annual honors in the New England Better Newspaper Competition. It is always nice to be on the winning team!