Chilmark is in for some spring repairs this week. Please be alert for roadwork scheduled to begin on the 19th. There will be the repaving of sections of Tabor House, North and Middle Roads, in that order. It is hoped that the work will be completed by the week after the Memorial Day holiday. Just be prepared for delays on those roads. It will be nice to see the last of some of the potholes!

Our selectmen made their annual walk around town Thursday. They do this to see first hand what winter has left and whatever new problems may be happening. They will address their findings at future selectmen’s meetings.

Tim Madden, our state representative, visited Chilmark on Thursday, May 14, for a visit with selectmen from both Chilmark and Aquinnah.

The rebuilding of the east jetty is almost completed and now the heavy equipment is on the beach side of the jetty. It is a project that is on schedule and aiming to be out of the parking lot by May 21.

We are happy to report that the Martha’s Vineyard Shellfish Group’s fundraising event at the community center last weekend was a success, with many attending and enjoying the festivities.

Emily Gadd is back at her Abel’s Hill home after wintering in Bozeman, Mont., where she says she had a milder winter than we did in Chilmark! She is sporting a new hip and is ready to begin her gardening.

Happy birthday wishes from us all to Eileen Mayhew who will be 100 on May 11. Eileen, mother of Skipper, Greg, Jonathan and Peggy, and the late Eileen and a grandmother and great-grandmother is also remembered by many of us for the active roles she played in Chilmark through the years. Eileen is at Long Hill residence.

Karen Flynn and her brother Michael are hard at work preparing the Bite for a Friday opening. We all look forward to our first fried clams of the season!

The Chilmark General Store is now open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Saturday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will be closed on Sunday. After the Memorial Day holiday the hours will be extended and the store will be open for seven days a week. They are happy to be welcoming back many of the same kitchen crew from last year, pizzas are being made as I write and Chilmark coffee is available.

The LoRusso family is happy to tell us that the Chilmark Tavern Restaurant will open on Tuesday, May 19, with both Jennas back for the season.  Jenna Petersiel is the manager and popular chef Jenna Sprafkin is returning also.  Service begins at 5:30 p.m.

Lois Glazer of Warwick came through Chilmark this week greeting old friends whose company she enjoyed the many years that she spent in Chilmark as a summer resident.

Phil Smith visited friends and family in town this week as he is enjoying some time stateside before returning to his home in Alaska.

The seventh annual auction for the benefit of the recreation program at Windemere will take place this year at the Grange Hall in West Tisbury from 6 to 8 p.m. on June 12. There will be live and silent auctions and all sorts of treats and wine. Admission is free and donations are welcome. Please call 508-862-1933 for more information.

The Chilmark Church will have pizza night on Tuesday and the popular lobster rolls will be on sale beginning Tuesday, June 16.

May 23 is the date of the next Women’s Symposium at the Chilmark Community Center from 9 a.m. to noon. This year’s subject will be Just When You Thought. . .  There will be speakers, discussions and refreshments. Contributions are welcome to cover costs. The programs are popular and it is always wise to get there early for good parking.

Best wishes to The Galley gang as they head into another year. They are open now from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and plan to extend hours by the Memorial Day weekend. You can call 508-645-9819 for more information.

There will be a memorial program for Peggy Freydberg at the community center on June 14. I will have more details next week. She was our beloved poet and neighbor who died last month at age 107.

Steve and Susan McGhee of Menemsha enjoyed a musical weekend in Tyringham, Mass. with fellow musicians.

Congratulations to Bette Carroll who has been named a citizen who has made a significant contribution to preserving Chilmark history by the Chilmark Historical Commission. Her name will be placed on the plaque that hangs in the Chilmark town hall and may be viewed during regular business hours.

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