The weekend weather was a mixed bag. It rained most of Saturday but cleared off and was mild and sunny on Sunday. The Dumptique is closed all of this month and will reopen in March. The gas station was unquestionably the busiest place in town Sunday morning with their special Sunday fuel price. All Patriot fans suffered a severe blow when the team lost the Super Bowl to the dreaded Giants. On the upside, the Patriots did finish the year with an incredible 18 wins but lost the big one.

The first Sunday of Lent is Feb. 10 and daylight saving time begins March 9, so we are inching closer to spring and there isn’t any frost in the ground. But a winter blast is expected this weekend.

A packed house, nearly 100 people, attended Cynthia Riggs’s 20th annual Groundhog Day party last Saturday afternoon. It was a great chance to socialize with neighbors and friends, catch up with the latest political happenings around town and have an enjoyable evening with delightful food and adult beverages. The political season has begun. Candidates so far are Cynthia Riggs of Edgartown Road and Greg Orcutt of Willow Tree Hollow for library trustee. Rumor has it that James Powell may run for selectman and Jonathan Revere for land bank commissioner.

The Presidential Primary election was held on Tuesday at the Public Safety Building under rainy skies. A total of 1,174 people, representing a turnout of 55 per cent, voted. The polls were busy all day with a steady stream of voters. Bob and Barbara Day held a sign for Hillary Clinton and Hillary Blocksum and Fan Ogilvie held signs for Barack Obama,who was the clear winner on the Democratic side with 659 votes. MittRomney won in the Republican contest with 91 votes. Look for complete primary coverage elsewhere in this edition.

Malcolm Hall reports that his wife, Judy, has just returned from Bethany Beach, Del., were she attended the annual Carmen Miranda mid-winter art festival. Shirley Mayhew reports that it is fine that Malcolm has started plants for his Vineyard garden but they have been enjoying tomatoes all year-round.

Marian Irving, senior church deacon of Old County Road, reports that the Congregational Church has been busy on Wednesday evenings feeding between 30 and 40 Islanders. The community suppers are sponsored by the missions committee. An open invitation is extended to all residents. Most whoattend arrive with a food contribution which is often their specialty. Dinner is served promptly at 5:30 p.m. with plenty of good food and friendly conversation.

Emma Kiley of Vineyard Meadow Farms, reports that her sister, Sarah, will be presenting her master’s thesis, The Taphonomic Effects of Agriculture Practices on Bone, to the American Academy of Forensic Sciences in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 21. Ms. Kiley received her master’s degree in human biology and forensic anthropology in August from the University of Indianapolis. She is being considered for several awards and is preparing publications based on her research. Congratulations, Sarah.

Ed Konicki of Webster was browsing in a bookstore in his neck of the woods last week and discovered the July 9, 1955 edition of Your Weekly Cape Cod Guide Including Martha’s Vineyard. It cost 4 cents to mail the publication back home. It is much like a chamber of commerce guide loaded with information about the Cape. The Island page is listed under the heading of North Tisbury. It recommends visitors to the Cape take a side trip to the Island. You had three options to get here from the Cape: the steamer from Woods Hole operated by the Massachusetts Steamship Authority, the Catherine Tek from Hyannis, or a flight from Barnstable airport for $5.95 per person.

Joanie Ames of Forest Road reports that there will be a meeting of the West Tisbury Taxpayers’ Association this Sunday at 4 p.m. in the Howes House dining room/meeting room. They plan to share research done to date and prepare questions for Vision Appraisal and the town assessors.

Chantale Legare of Elias Lane reports that next Friday night the Parent Teacher Organization is holding a Valentine Dance at the school starting 6:30 p.m. Music will be provided by disc jockey Eric Johnson. It will be a family event with a country store raffle, bake sale and a lot more.

Happy birthday to Terry Hydeman, Elaine Barnett, Elizabeth Carr and Dianne McDonough today; Paul Thurlow and Harold Lawry tomorrow; Mabelle Medowski, Al DeVito, Catherine Minkiewicz, Lynn Hoeft and Nickolas Peters on Sunday; Bev Bergeron, Deirdre Ling and Karena Hammarlund on Monday; Debbie Otto, Ken Kram, Malcolm Young, Brad Tucker, Sandra Polleys and Jill Amado on Tuesday; Vincent Lenza and Gayle Stiller on Wednesday; and Michelle McCormick, Chris Morse, Suzanne Fenn, Laurie Huff and police chief Beth Toomey on Thursday. Belated birthday wishes to Florence Rossman.

Just 32 years ago Thursday, Tim and Eileen Maley were married in the Field Gallery.

Well, that is all of the social news for this week’s edition. If you have any news, please call or e-mail me. Thursday is Valentine’s Day so be sure to remember that special lady in your life. Have a great week.

On Feb. 12, 1945, Mel Barker of Music street returned home to spend two weeks with his wife Dorothy and their daughters Judith and Karen. Mr. Barker had completed a three-week assignment as a USO sketch artist that took him to hospitals in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Jackson, Miss., and Memphis, Tenn. His next USO assignment would last for three weeks and take him to several military hospitals in Georgia. In the meantime he planned to spend time with his family and friends.