Once upon a time I enjoyed attending Martha’s Vineyard airport commission meetings but that was in 1998 when I recorded and transcribed their minutes — just before my heart attack.
Spring was in the air with the temperatures reaching the mid 60s on Saturday and it was a great day for electronic disposals and to meet so many fascinating young students who assisted during the day, as well as Brian Kennedy and his crew and MV Community Services board members. Thank you to our Aquinnah Wampanoag youth Benjamin Booker and Yannick Gonsalves, escorted by Amira Madison. It was another successful event.
On Tuesday the winds returned with torrential rains in the evening with enough April showers to last for the remainder of the month. Temperatures were back in the low 30s on Wednesday morning. The weeping willows are beginning to bud, but the daffodils are definitely taking precedence this month.
Community Baptist Church will hold the Easter sunrise service at 6 a.m., conducted by the Rev. Ellen Tatreau. All are welcome to attend. There will be a Good Friday service this evening at 7 p.m.
Aquinnah Public Library is hosting a spring fling and Easter egg hunt on Saturday, April 19, at 10:30 a.m. sharp. Join in the fun.
Community nurse Laura Murphy will be at the Aquinnah town hall on Tuesday, April 22, for a free blood pressure clinic from 2 to 3 p.m. and will be available from 3 to 3:30 p.m. for nursing clinic appointments.
The Martha’s Vineyard Center for Living will sponsor a community educational forum and panel discussion on Alzheimer’s disease on Friday, April 25, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Martha’s Vineyard Hebrew Center. Featured speakers will be John Zeisel, author of I’m Still Here, and Suzanne Faith, nurse at Hope Dementia and Alzheimber’s Services on Cape Cod. The event will take place at the Hebrew Center, 130 Center Street, Vineyard Haven. For further information, please call Leslie Clapp at 508-939-9440. Provisions will be made for clients whose caretakers will be attending the forum.
Aquinnah town employees and community members gathered on Friday evening for a delicious potluck feast in honor of Marjorie Spitz retiring after 29 years (30 years, as you know how accountants round off every figure) as town accountant. Adam Wilson was the emcee for the evening, thanking Margie for her commitment to the town. Jeffrey Madison thanked Margie as well, as he had hired her during his term as a selectman. She was presented with a beautiful rocking chair with a floral designed pillow covering for many enjoyable hours of relaxation. Her college degree was in theatre arts, so we have decided to bring back the enchanting and ever-so-entertaining plays that were once performed in the town hall. It was an evening of reminiscing, especially among the baby boomers.
In case you have not noticed, 7a has reopened for the season. Dan Sauer and Nonie Madison have several new specials on their menu board but there is nothing like their Liz Lemon. For now they are open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and closed on Sundays. This week, Dan has been in Providence, R.I., preparing one of his specialties.
In addition to Skyler Cameron playing Peter Pan and Violet MacPhail as a Never Never Land child, their siblings also were part of the Peter Pan production. Riley Cameron was the stage manager and Olive MacPhail assisted at the snack bar during the Martha’s Vineyard Public Charter School play on April 5.
Sandra Squires sent a note regarding the Gay Head Light campaign that recently received a $10,000 grant from the Permanent Endowment Fund for Martha’s Vineyard. “The money will fund the recently completed geotechnical survey and testing activities that will help with determining the best relocation site for the historic Gay Head Light.”
Happy birthday wishes tomorrow to Eleanor Hebert, Larry Mollin, Prudy Magee, Mitzi Pratt, Kim Burke, Richard Randolph and to Cameron Cuch who celebrates a major milestone. Our beloved Up-Island Council on Aging director Joyce Bowker observes a major milestone on April 21. Also partying on the 21st will be Lauren Martin, James Mahoney and Josh Tucker. Clovis Smith will be three years old on April 22 and shares the day with Tim Laursen. Denys Wortman, Tom Rabbitt and Rachel Millman Vanderhoop share the day on April 23. Dennis Thulin, just back from Hawaii, parties on April 24.