We have some sad news this week. Shirley Hunter, a very active, long time resident of West Island died this week after a fierce battle with cancer (see obituary on page 18).
Shirley was involved in a whole bunch of stuff on the island and with the West Island Improvement Association.
I could list a bunch of stuff she and Herb did, or try to explain the impact she had on her part of the world. But, I think I’ll keep it simple. One thing about Shirley, she was always ready to join the fun. Even in her 80s, she was quick to party at the little bar at the Marina just a hop and a skip from her house on West Island, or join whatever gathering that promised to be fun, even though, she may not have realized that she was a big part of why it would be fun in the first place.
She greeted everyone with a big smile.
Her obituary says her home was welcome to all, and I will attest to that. Their house was definitely a drop-in-whenever-you’re-walking-by stop.
She will be missed.
Also in this issue (see page 6), the memorial bench for Matthew Lovegrove has been vandalized. Matthew’s mother believes someone ripped off the back of it to use for firewood. Really, people…cut the crap, will ya? That bench memorializes a 21-year-old whose life was tragically cut short by a car accident. Lots of people, myself included, have sat on that bench for a moment of quiet solitude by the water. And you rip it up for firewood?
I think the person or persons who did that should have to rebuild it. Or, they should be forced to remove graffiti from somewhere, sandblast it or whitewash it, or whatever. They need to see how difficult it is to fix what they marred.
And last, but not least, tropical storm Isaias (eye-sa-EE-yas), packed a bit of a punch (see page 12), but not as bad as it could have been. And, as a bonus, we got to host the Mayflower II (see page 7) in the harbor.
Well, that’s it for now.
Stay safe out there, stay cool.
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