Oak Bluffs: deserves a standing ovation

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– Shelby Regan

When 2021 started, we really didn’t know what to expect. We knew we were happy to say goodbye to 2020! New Years Eve was more of a collective sigh than fireworks. COVID-19 vaccinations had just started, but it was not yet clear how and when they would be available to everyone. A new president and our first female vice president were about to take office, but the U.S. capital was attacked on January 6 in an attempt to disrupt that process. It seemed almost too hard to fathom, after the year we had just lived.

Now, as this year draws to a close, it’s amazing to reflect on all that has happened. One thing will be remembered from 2021: lines for testing, lines for food distribution, lines for vaccines, lines for driving birthdays, lines for the post office. Lines to enter shops, bakeries and farm stalls. Social distancing has become the new normal way of doing business and we’ve all adapted.

No one has adapted better in 2021 than our teachers and everyone involved in the education and care of our children. They deserve a standing ovation for the amount of adaptation they’ve made – from “distance” education to “hybrid” education, to classrooms with social distancing and face masks worn all day. The nurses, doctors and all the medical staff who have also adapted, working in tents and improvising equipment, also deserve a standing ovation. This includes our first responders, who have responded to every emergency with new COVID protocols in place. Our schools and medical workers continue to help us navigate this crisis with inspiring courage, and I thank everyone for their work and dedication to our community.

If you have an intention or wish to write down for 2022, visit the Wishing Tree in Vineyard Haven at 124 William Street. The Simpkins family have provided all the supplies you need to hang your wishes on the tree through December 31st. down and let it go!

One of the things I enjoyed over the holiday season was WMVY’s Holiday Channel, which they ran for free on their website. It was not your average holiday muzak, it was filled with all types of genres and artists, and many local musicians. We are fortunate to have a local radio station that plays such a variety of music and also has some great shows featuring new and local artists.

Oak Bluffs Library is bringing back its Graphic Novel Book Club starting in January. Meetings will take place via Zoom on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. Anyone aged 16 or older with an interest in graphic novels is welcome to join the club, which will be led by Carolina Cooney, Library Programming Coordinator and former Comic Book History Instructor at the Academy of Art. University of San Francisco. The first session is Tuesday, January 11 – check the library’s website for the Zoom link. The book will be “The Old Geezers, Volume 1”, a 2020 graphic novel which is available at the library.

Santa listened and brought me Susan Wilson’s latest book, “What A Dog Knows”. I haven’t found the quiet moment to start reading it yet, but this local author never disappoints so I can’t wait!

Farmer’s Mobile Market will be at the hospital on Friday, December 31 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., featuring local vegetables and eggs. You can order in advance on mobilemarketorders.square.site or dial 508-687-9062.

Skate New Years Eve public skating on weekends at the MV Ice Arena. Bring your skates or rent them on site for $ 5 on Saturday (3 p.m. to 4 p.m.) and Sunday (2:50 p.m. to 3:50 p.m.). Free for YMCA members, only $ 5 for non-members. A great way to get moving and have fun for the whole family!

Big New Years Birthday kisses to Tommye Ann Brown and Abe Seiman on January 1st! Michelle DeHaro celebrates the 2, with Jen Araujo and Michelle Bettencourt. Best wishes to Nicole deBettencourt on the 3rd, Adam deBettencourt on the 4th, and Kate Feiffer and Jules Ben David on the 5th.

I wish you health and happiness for the new year! Send me your news!



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