There is one month left to contribute to Gifft Hill School’s Annual Fund, and 9th grade student John Spinale has put together a video with fellow classmates Gemmal Ashly and Jackson Barry to emphasize the importance of giving.
Photographer and videographer Steve Simonsen, also a GHS faculty member, gave the students a little professional guidance too.
Check out the video, and see how many folks you recognize.
Say hello to Blake, a whitetail deer fawn found alone and rescued by several caring folks in Coral Bay.
Blake, now about 8 weeks old, spent a little time at the Tourist Trap, making new friends while he was nursed back to health, but you can’t have a deer for a pet and he is now living on protected, private land where wild deer congregate.
“Whitetail deer that are hand raised by humans very easily return to an adoptive herd when they are old enough,” says Cheryl Geller. “He will soon be fully weaned and free to join up with the herd of wild deer that pass through the land he now lives on.”
It’s a bittersweet story for everyone involved in his rescue. All are happy that he made it – the mortality rate of orphaned fawns is 90 percent – and they’re happy he’ll have the chance to live out his life as a wild deer, but he’ll also be missed.
Check out the video Cheryl shot for us, of Blake and her cat Geoffrey. Blake apparently likes his cats clean.
Motu just celebrated its two month anniversary, and owner Dawn Burgess is pleased.
“The feedback has been fantastic by both visitors and locals. They love the couches and the laid back feel. Bushwhackers and Mojitos are my biggest sellers,” she says.
Motu is finding its own niche in the Cruz Bay bar scene. It hosts a cocktail party for Grande Bay guests every Monday. And Wednesdays are “Wine Down Wednesdays:” $20 all you can drink wine and sangria from 5 to 7:30.
Check out the cool, granite bar top. (And our $6 rum punches.)
Today’s Lunch of the Week takes us to Mongoose Junction and the breezy, open-air Ocean Grill.
Here we have the Tuscan Truffled White Bean Soup, topped with applewood smoked bacon and minced scallion. $12
And the Crispy Beef and Chili Tacos. 3 spicy, but not fiery crisp shell tacos with beef simmered with poblano and jalapeno chilies, bell pepper, onion and spices, tossed with shredded cabbage and shredded cheddar cheese and served with guacamole and pico de gallo. $15
And the Ocean Grill Panko Fried Chicken Sandwich. Chicken breast lightly panko fried, with spicy cole slaw, pepperoncini, tomato and swiss cheese on a toasted knot roll, and served with homemade blue potato salad. $16
Gifft Hill School has a soccer field worthy of David Beckham.
The field, named Trayser Field, after long-time GHS supporter Fred Trayser, was completed in 2010.
“The original plan was for a grass field, but after collaborating with our partners at Iowa State University and realizing that grass would require not only mowing and maintenance, but 19,000 gallons of water a month, the decision was made to use artificial turf,” says GHS’s Molly Murrill.
The field gets near constant use. In addition to students, there’s a men’s soccer league that uses it, members of the GHS Fitness Center use it for walking and running, families bring their children to play and it’s even used for baseball, volleyball and flag football.
“The field has dramatically changed our athletic offerings, and the views and breezes are beautiful and the afternoon shade is wonderful,” Molly says.
Read about Gifft Hill School’s field and its upper campus here. It’s a story of great generosity.
The 9th Annual Beach-to-Beach Power swim is this Sunday, and if any swimmers break records they’ll get a phone and wireless service for a year.
Choice Wireless is sponsoring special awards for record breaking times by any VI male or female swimmer on any of the three solo distances, and will give record breakers a free Android phone and one year of Choice Wireless service.
There were 200 registered swimmers last year, and Friends of the VINP’s Heather Ruhsam says they’re expecting at least 250 this year.
If you plan on swimming, you’re running out of time to register. Go here.