Jeff Day will once again be presenting the Massachusetts Wildlife Hunter Education Course at the Martha’s Vineyard Rod and Gun Club. The course is free of charge but you must pre-register by calling 978-632-7648. The class is open to all, including children ages 10 to 17 with parental permission. You will learn safe handling and storage of sporting arms and ammunition, hunting laws and ethics, wildlife identification, principles of wildlife management, and basic survival skills. Classes will be held April 14 and 17 from 6 to 9 p.m., as well as on April 19 and 20 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

A reminder of the annual Spring Social on Sunday, April 27 from noon to 5 p.m. at the tribal building. This is a potluck event where we host several New England tribes. The Aquinnah Youth Group will be hosting the teens from five New England tribes. It will be an afternoon of dance, drum, singing, and socializing. The entire Vineyard community is invited to attend. Please bring a dish to share. For your convenience, the Vineyard Transit Authority bus stops at the front door.

Get-well wishes to Edmund Silva as he recuperates at Martha’s Vineyard Hospital where he underwent orthopedic surgery on Tuesday. Condolences to Bill and Kathy Smith, their daughters Samantha and Katy, and extended family members in the loss of Joanne Medeiros Smith who died Sunday. Joanne and I spent quite a bit of time together in recent years and her words of wisdom continue to resonate quite often.

Congratulations to Aquinnah resident Russell Smith on his new appointment as administrator for Dukes County. Russell was previously an Aquinnah selectman, has been our legislative liaison at the State House and has assisted us on numerous occasions on tribal issues as well as Aquinnah issues.

Carole Ann Vandal and her daughter Wenonah Bellecourt returned to their home in Minnesota over the weekend after a visit to her son Mekenok Bellecourt, Raina and their sons Legend and three-month-old Bangii. Carole also visited with her father Ed Silva who is enjoying the company of his brother Ralph who has recently moved back to the Vineyard after an absence of many decades.

Safe Haven Camp will be convening in a few weeks at the youth hostel for its annual gathering. Cherilla Brown, her daughter Coco, Janet Belain, and Rhonda Backus have all once again created a handmade quilt and this year it will be of blues and purples. The quilt is now on display at Alley’s Store where one may purchase a chance for $1. In their first year of donating a quilt, the ladies sold 1,000 chances for 2007 and are planning on selling 2,000 chances this year to benefit Safe Haven Camp.

During Safe Haven, the campers will again be hosted by members of the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah.) Weather permitting, there will be drumming and a history class at the Lighthouse at Aquinnah Circle with Woody Vanderhoop and his Black Brook Drum and history by yours truly.

Happy 47th anniversary wishes to John and Gabi Vanderhoop as they celebrate on April 14.

Happy 34th anniversary wishes to Capt. Hugh and Jeanne Taylor as they return to their Outermost Inn for the season and observe their special day on April 15.

Happy birthday wishes this week to Judith Manning Milavsky who will observe a major milestone today and shares the day with Robert Rose and Ted Leslie.

Prudy Whiting Solon will observe a major milestone as well as she celebrates on April 13. She had been a nursery mate of Judith’s back in the days. Prudy is quite excited about her newborn granddaughter Isla — her first grandchild.

Eddie Cisek will party on April 12. Riley Cameron will be six years old on April 13. Lucas Kenneth Belain will be three years old on April 14 and shares the day with Samuel Vanderhoop Lee and Dakota Delviento. Todd Keegan will party on April 15. Basil Welch will observe his special day on April 16 and shares the day with Lenny Baker, Ben Cameron and Peyton Briscoe Jeffers.