Longtime family friend Linda Maury BenDavid has been undergoing medical care each week at Massachusetts General Hospital. Please send get well cards to her at Box 415. Oak Bluffs, MA 02557.

Condolences to the family of Eileen Blake. Those of us who live up-Island especially have had the pleasure of enjoying her famous pies for several decades. It was testament to Eileen’s baking skills when even a tour bus was spotted in her parking area earlier this summer.

Condolences also to the family and friends of Carl Chalifoux who died on Monday at the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital. Carl has supported tribal socials, pow wows and staff parties. His wife Bonnie Chalifoux is the director of human services for the tribe and Carl always assisted her when needed. Funeral services this morning at Saint Elizabeth’s Church in Edgartown. A gathering will be held today at the Vineyard Transit Authority Building, thanks to Angela Grant and her staff. Carl enjoyed working for the VTA this past summer, especially with his son Jason as a co-worker.

All the best to Aquinnah police officer Charles Chaprales upon his engagement to Jeanette Filling of Mashpee. They will be married in May 2009 at Palm Beach in Aruba. Charlie has been on the Aquinnah police force for the past four years and commutes from the Cape in his own boat. Jeanette is a radiology technician at Falmouth Hospital. We all look forward to meeting Jeanette soon when they each have the same day off.

Jean Entine has just arrived back and will be here for several months. She is having a great time with her grandchildren, Madeleine and Tobias, and their parents, Jennifer and Dan Matz, who are visiting from San Francisco. They are here until next Tuesday, when they leave for a Quaker family camp in Vermont.

Condolences to the family and friends of Maurice Foxx, a member of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe. Maurice has been the chairman of the Massachusetts Commission on Indian Affairs for many years and has guided our nation on numerous issues and concerns. He was the repatriation officer for the Wampanoag Confederacy and had served with many of us on the state-mandated Nation Council. Services were held in Mashpee on Wednesday and were attended by many Aquinnah tribal members.

Noah James Manning returned home on Sunday night after spending 10 days in North Carolina with his maternal grandparents Bill and Joan Kistner. Oak Island and Long Beach are longtime vacation sites of the Kistner family and thus the place for Mike Kistner and his bride Margaret Mills to get married at 8:08 a.m. on August 8, 2008. All the best to them and we hope to see them in Aquinnah again soon. Two-year-old Noah was accompanied on his travels by his parents Paul and Theresa on a well-deserved vacation.

Get well wishes to Julia Neville, 11-year-old daughter of Aquinnah police officer James Neville and his wife Rachel. Julia has been a patient at Children’s Hospital in Boston for the past week and will remain there for the next few weeks. If you would like to send her a card, she is at Children’s Hospital, Eight South, Room 22, 300 Longwood Avenue, Boston MA 02115. She has been surrounded by her parents, brothers and sister as well as her grandparents. On Wednesday she enjoyed a visit from Nancy Leport and her daughter Menasha.

Robert Peterson, his wife Judy Lana Peterson and their children Max and Abbie returned to Vermont a week ago after spending their two-week vacation at the Lana family home at Lobsterville.

Brian (Little Buck) Vanderhoop and Helena Pfeiffer announce the birth of their daughter Maryanna Elizabeth Rose Hip Vanderhoop who was born on May 10 at 11:24 p.m. at Robert Wood Johnson Hospital in Hamilton, N.J. She is the granddaughter of Cheryl Vanderhoop-Sellitti and great-granddaughter of Edwin D. Vanderhoop of Aquinnah and Gloria Fisk of Edgartown.

The Aquinnah Cultural Center will present a program In Search of the Indian College tonight at the Circle. Did you know that the Harvard Charter of 1650 established the school for “the education of the English and Indian youth of this country”? Students, will talk about work in progress on an exhibition on 17th century Harvard and the search for the Indian College. The first students from the Vineyard to attend Harvard were Wampanoag: Caleb Cheeshahteaumuck and Joel Hiacoomes.

Participating in the archaeological dig in Harvard Yard was Aquinnah tribal member Tiffany Smalley, Harvard class of 2011. Tobias Vanderhoop recently graduated from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and now tribal administrator. In the recent past, Carrie Anne Vanderhoop graduated from Harvard with a master’s in education; she had served as tribal education director.

A grand thank you to Gordon Massingham for sharing his documentary film Zeb free of charge in Ocean Park on Saturday. Approximately 100 people enjoyed the outdoor venue. Thanks also to Oak Bluffs police chief Erik Blake and his officers for their parking assistance — it was such a convenience for me and a pleasure as I hobbled up the hill! I enjoyed the film with Bret Benway, the great-grandnephew of Zeb and grandson of the late Capt. Thomas Tilton, Oak Bluffs librarian Danguole Budris who was mentioned by Polly Borroughs in her Zeb book, and Tom Berry a longtime boating enthusiast. The first time I saw the film was nerve wracking! It was such an incredible honor to be included as part of the documentary film.

Zeb is a must-see documentary for all Vineyarders, especially those with Tilton heritage. It has already been shown in Tisbury, Chilmark, Oak Bluffs and will be shown next in Edgartown at the Old Whaling Church on Wednesday August 20 at 8 p.m. Gordon certainly produced an extraordinary film.

We are trying to schedule a fundraiser for the Community Baptist Church of Gay Head, screening the film in Aquinnah. DVDs are available for $25.95 and for sale at stores in each town.

Noli Taylor, Aquinnah resident and program coordinator for the Island Grown Initiative, will speak at the Aquinnah library about IGI’s school program on August 21 at 5 p.m.

Sixteen members of the Native American Youth Council spent three wonderful days on the Vineyard, many for the first time. They were accompanied by five chaperones including Amira Madison and Tiffany Smalley of the Aquinnah tribe. Thanks to the Chilmark Community Church and especially to Pamela Goff for providing housing.

A reminder that lighthouse tours are every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 7 p.m. until sunset at the Circle. These self-guided tours are $5 though children under 12 are admitted free. If you would like to schedule a private tour or have your wedding there, call lighthouse keepers Richard and Joan at 508-645-9954.

Celebrating birthdays this week were Teri Morse, Jim Boales and Peter Jeffers on August 10 and Dr. Helen Mays Jackson on August 11. A very happy second birthday wish to Laina Benoit who partied on August 12. Joan Gentry Patadal celebrated on August 13 and shared the day with Rick Duarte. Lenny and Mallory Butler shared their day as always on August 14. Vernon Jordan, Esq. parties on August 15 and shares the day with Kate Taylor. A special happy birthday to former President William J. Clinton. Tamara reminded me over the past week that Hillary was not on the ticket this year — guess what, I have started a national campaign to write her name in!

Happy birthday to another dear friend, Robert Carroll, as he celebrates today. Not saying which one but we all know he is a savvy octogenarian.

Kendra Frakes at the front desk of the Vineyard Gazette will be partying on August 16. And birthday wishes to James Neville, who celebrates a milestone birthday on Saturday.