The Block Island Times

Kyle Draper's send-off, two new kids and other island happenings

By Fran Migliaccio | Apr 04, 2011

About town

A get-together was hosted by the Abrams and Draper families for Kyle Draper and his many friends last Friday at McGovern’s Yellow Kittens, following Clam Shack. All were there to give Kyle a warm send-off before his departure, last Tuesday, for his six-month tour of duty in Iraq. Just before the flight to Iraq from Green Airport, Kyle and others who were deploying were honored at an early morning service at Quonset Point.

Priscilla Anderson, of West Side Road, has expanded her interior design expertise from the Boston area to Block Island, seeking to express and suit her clients’ lifestyles with comfortable, pleasing rooms. Pictures of some of her interiors, with contact information, can be found at her website,

Two new kids, and we do mean baby goats, are now residents at John Willis’s Beacon Hollow Farm. The two, named by Cailin Buffenmeyer for the constellations Pegasus and Pyxis (Peg and Pyx for short), were born in an open field at the Abrams Animal Farm during the island’s cold snap last winter: Pegasus on January 31 and Pyxis on February 1. The kids and their mothers were rescued from exposure to freezing winds and icy ground by Heather Sniffen.


Runner Tracy Fredericks, in Florida last week to compete in a 35-mile Ultra Marathon, completed the run along the beach from Jacksonville to St. Augustine in less than six hours. She returned home to friends, family and hearty congratulations last Thursday. Great going, Tracy, we’re proud of you!

A very happy anniversary to Anna and Mike Lofaro on April 12.

Kristi and Peter Monjé celebrate their 21st wedding anniversary on April 14.

Block Island everywhere

Martha Ball and Fran Migliaccio journeyed to the studio of WCRI radio, Classical 95.9 last week to tape a segment of “Conducting Conversations” with host Mike Maino. The show, promoting celebrations to be hosted this year by the Block Island 350th Anniversary Committee, will air Sunday, June 5, 7 pm, at 95.9 FM. A list of celebratory events planned for the coming months is being continually updated and can be found at

Of cakes and candles

On April 5, wish a happy birthday to Diane Tripler, John Gasner and Kathy Martin.

Peg Montgomery and Arlene Tunney both celebrate birthdays on April 6.

On April 7, Leslie Dodge Slate and Richard Kyte celebrate their birthdays.

April 9 is the birthday of Lew Fagan, so wish him a happy one when you visit the airport!

Edith Blane and Brad Marthens both have birthdays coming up, April 13.

A very happy birthday to Zenith Gross, Kathy Szabo and Greg Kyte, on April 15.

In memory

In the last two weeks, Block Island has lost three people who contributed generously and immeasurably, each in his or her own way, to this island and this community. The three are Elise Lapham, Weld Coxe and Gil Plumb, and all will be sorely missed.

On the date of this paper, some of us will be traveling to nearby Essex, Conn., for a memorial service and celebration of the life of Gil Plumb. Your columnist and her husband were introduced to one another by Gil in November 1986, and in addition to that history making event, we have memories of many happy times with Gil and his family.

As noted in the obituaries in this paper, services for Elise, Weld and Gil will be held on Block Island starting in May, so that friends here may honor and celebrate their lives among us. Dates and times will be announced in this newspaper as they become known.

Let us know what’s happening! Visiting relatives, special occasions, updates on friends near and far, projects… Deadline is Tuesday morning, and Fran can be reached at 466-2892 or

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