Rototillers and ospreys were the soundtrack this week as folks get their gardens ready for the season, and birds reclaim their territories. It was fun this week to be behind the utility truck as it rolled down Main Street for the annual American flag distribution. The crew seemed to be having a grand time, waving to traffic and pedestrians as if they were in a parade, holding the flags up high to wave in the wind and one time nearly losing a flag as it touched a low power line. Thanks to all those who helped pay for the flags, and those who put them up. It’s a festive touch and makes things feel lively downtown.

School events

With only a month left until the end of the school year, there are still lots of things planned including field trips to the land trust trails, the high school’s annual Knowledge Quest projects and History Alive night, and the PIE Spring Production to name a few. The last school day is Wednesday, June 12 assuming no snow days are used. It may be a tad chilly out, but hopefully the threat of snow days has passed!

Business around town

Eldercare has announced they will be auctioning off wooden totes at their Vintage Vinalhaven event on Saturday, July 20 and you can paint and decorate one for them to auction off. If you are so inclined, you can even build your own. To get a box or to find out more, Betsy Hopkins can be reached at betsyadamshopkins@gmail.com or 863-2218.

The Vinalhaven Land Trust Walks and Talks series begins in May, so mark your calendars for the Warbler Walk led by John Drury on Sunday, May 19. Folks can meet at Skoog Park for carpooling, and can check the VLT calendar at vinalhavenlandtrust.org/goingson.html for the starting time as it has not yet been announced. In past years a wide variety of warblers have been heard and sighted and John Drury has a wealth of birding knowledge, so it is bound to be a good outing.

What folks are talking about

New Era Gallery has announced its summer schedule of art shows at 60 Main St. I always look forward to seeing what artists have been up to, and how things are displayed. The first show titled Winter Works will open May 25 and go through June 19. To see the full schedule check out neweragallery.com or Vinalhaven.org/community-calendar.

Downtown this week, Clarence Conway caught me for a chat and thankfully set me straight on the name of the old schoolhouse down the street from my house at the corner of School Street and East Boston Road. That building is the White School despite its color being yellow. Clarence went to school there for a bit, so he should know its name better than I. Living so close, I pass by the structure regularly and try to imagine it back in the day when the marsh was a ball field complete with bleachers. It is fun to think about my Papa Dow playing there with his Rockport High School baseball team in the 1920s. Thanks again to Clarence for the correction, as it is important to keep historical facts straight and not have them change over time through misinformation.

The gorgeous weather we have had for a few days, and the chill of the other days has the grass growing more slowly than last year at this time, but there are plenty of mowers out doing their work. The flowering trees around town and especially in front of the Public Library are adding color and cheer to town. The amount of pedestrians is definitely up this week with returning residents, visitors, and those of us who travel the streets regularly year round. I even saw some folks starting their training runs for July’s Emergency Benefit Challenge Duathalon. So if you are tilling or flag waving or running, there are plenty of ways to enjoy town as the trees leaf out and the air warms up.

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