Tisbury: We have adoptive parents – but not enough

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Heard on Main Street: You have three sizes of clothes in your wardrobe, two of which you will never wear.

I had a wonderful birthday. It lasted about a week and it was special in so many ways that made me a little nervous. Why was it a special birthday? My kids couldn’t come, so I bought myself a little chocolate bomb with a flower on top at Black Dog on State Road. I had four vases of flowers, including bright pink tulips that lasted over two weeks. Spring has arrived in time for snow and ice. Other special treats were delivered by wonderful friends; cards and phone calls came in from all over the world and across the country, even some I hadn’t heard of since COVID hit. And I didn’t get to eat my birthday cake until four days later. A great family brought me three delicious shortbread cookies with fresh strawberries and whipped cream. I ate one a day, then I ate my mini cake. These amazingly fresh baked shortbread cookies were a super highlight.

We have a few foster parents, but not enough. The children of the island are also sent off the island, leaving behind everything they have ever known. You are welcome to attend the annual Foster Parent Recruitment to learn more about the program, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 12, at the Wildanger House in Oak Bluffs. Call or text 508-326-1155 to register or ask questions.

Do you like to draw? Join the Grab a Pencil Breakfast Club for an hour of live sketching from travel cameras with artist Elizabeth Whelan, via Zoom. Travel the world first thing on Tuesday mornings without leaving your home. Join us weekly at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday through May 24. For this event and the next, more than [email protected].

Irish Cooking Online with Karen Roberts Mort, MS, of Cornell Cooperative Extension, is 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 15, online. Irish colcannon and boxty (potato dishes) will be covered, along with less traditional but equally Irish meal ideas. Karen will demonstrate her own Irish seafood stew after a presentation on traditional Irish cuisine.

The Martha’s Vineyard League of Women Voters will host an online broadcast at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 16 on the proposed MV Housing Bank mandate article (on Zoom or on MVTV Live). To find out more, send an e-mail [email protected].

Friends of Glenna Barkan are invited to a celebration of her life with her daughter Sally Barkan. It will be at noon on Saturday, March 19 at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Edgartown.

The Oak Bluffs fire brought back many memories. My first visit to the island included a visit to the Ocean View when it was a hotel. We stayed in an old house nearby, but enjoyed an evening of folk songs and a drink in the basement. We noticed several old ladies watching us warily from their seats in the rocking chairs on the porch as we walked the length of the building to the back entrance. When we returned a few years later, we enjoyed its new restaurant life. We have enjoyed many meals there before and since – but we still remember the old building in our hearts. My daughter was thrilled to hear that the ocean view will be restored. She remembered it fondly as the location of her dinner with her immediate family after her wedding rehearsal.

I love shopping online. Just type in “shoe goo”, and Google knows what it is and where you can get it. But store clerks look at you as if you speak Mandarin. The internet keeps suggesting what you might try to find, instead of sending you to an auto parts store to fix your sneaker.

Big bouquets of birthday wishes are sent to Sue Merrill today. I wish Whit Griswold and Dorothy Gould the best on Friday. In fact, Dorothy was born at midnight, so she can party on Saturdays too. Mark Daniels blows out his candles on Saturday and Kevin Voyer on Sunday. Kelsey Ivory is partying on Monday. Birthday greetings to Jay Segel and Jib Ellis on Tuesday.

DST begins Sunday, March 13 at 2 a.m. I always thought it was 1am. They probably changed it when I wasn’t paying attention.

Heard on Main Street: They say that as you get older, you start forgetting names. But you may have noticed that you are most likely to have trouble with proper nouns.

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