No one can dispute the imagination and invention of the students at our charter school. Yet again they have delighted our town with their display of scarecrows. Thank you to all the kids who made them and all the shop owners who featured them out front. Same time, next year.

Speaking of seasonal events, the First Baptist church on William street will have its annual pre-Thanksgiving dinner from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4. For a mere $17 you may dine in or take out your turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, butternut squash, cranberry sauce, green bean casserole, dessert and beverage. Space is limited. Call 508-693-1539 to reserve your seat or get more information.

The next day sees the Federated church in Edgartown hosting a special service at 4 p.m., with a reception to follow. David G. Berube will be installed as the settled pastor of the congregation. The Federated church will also be the location of this month’s Neighborhood Convention on Tuesday, Nov. 7 at 11 a.m.

Back in our town, the Vineyard Playhouse has not slowed down at all. A reception was held for the art of Lonny McDowell last weekend. The show is up for the month. Also, Island poet Arnie Reisman hosts the first Poetry Cafe on Thursday, Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. The $10 admission gets you in to see all your favorite Island poets. Delicious pies and a beverage come with admission. I’ll see you there.

There is no end of entertainment at our playhouse on Church street. Monday night movies are back at 7 p.m. Five dollars cash at the door gets you in to attend quality films like Wait Until Dark and other classics.

Lyra Littlefield reports that baby Jemma is now home after three weeks. Jenna is doing fine at four pounds. We cannot wait for Lyrae and Dan to introduce Jemma to the Island.

I had a wonderful visit last week from Lowely Finnerty and her son, Noel Macy. Noel was one of my third-graders in my first year of student teaching. Noel is as handsome as ever! He looks exactly the same, but, now he is 6’4” and towers over Old Missy G. Noel and his Mom are both artists. I forgot to ask if sister Tanita is also so inclined but I hope to catch up with her on-Island soon and ask her.

Mary Korba wants you to know that our community services has introduced an expanded website for First Stop MV. This features a new and improved reference guide for social services. Check it out at

Get well wishes go out to Larry Trogdon. Larry has been helping his parents in North Carolina. He was in a car accident but is doing better. Still, I did not like seeing his photo with the neck brace on. I hope it will come off soon.

Condolences to the family and friends of Gerry Jeffers. There is not one unkind word any can say about this wonderful man

With great sadness, I also report the death of Joe Figueiredo last Monday at Cape Cod Hospital. Joe did so much for our Island. Our American Legion is bereft. I have no details of services at this time.

Much sympathy to my young friend, Janelle Guarino. Janelle’s beloved dog, Kane, died last week. Janelle took great care of this rescue boy for seven years. I know he gave her the best years of his life. And she returned the love.

The birthday bandwagon pulled along Saralee Rosenkrantz on Oct. 25. Her devoted husband, Marvin, sent a delightful picture of her. And on Halloween, Sunshine Isles took the cake. And the candy. Many happy returns.

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