Get well wishes to Nancy Delaney who was admitted to the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital this past week. Nancy is improving and anticipates returning to her home by this weekend.

Congratulations to Shaun Joe DePriest and his bride, Heather Snider, who were married on Sept. 27 at the Tabernacle. Shaun is the son of Ashley DePriest of Oak Bluffs and Bernadette (Rebello) Crossland and her husband Mark Crossland of OakBluffs. Heather is the daughter of Walter and Karen Snider of Manchester-by-the-Sea. She is the granddaughter of Mrs. Ruth Pachico Snider ofTisbury. Many of Shaun’s Aquinnah aunts, uncles and cousins attended their wedding.

Dr. Don Hare and his wife, Nancy, spent the past week at their home for their first visit of the season. By all reports, Dr. Hare is doing well and has continued his medical care near their home in Rochester, N.Y. They certainly chose a great week weather-wise, as the temperature has been sunny and in the sixties for the pastweek.  

Reminder: there is a special town meeting Tuesday evening, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m. Your input is greatly needed.  

The Aquinnah planning board will resume hearings shortly on the town bylaws covering wind energy facilities in Aquinnah. This follows on the sense of August’s town meeting that regulating wind energy is a complicated subject, that the wind bylaw language needs to be easily understood, and outreach from the town on voter opinion is needed. 

The planning board needs and wants all the help it can get in reaching voters on the subject. You may have been involved in some of the early stages of the town’s investigation into wind energy. This included two presentations from Maggie Downey, Cape Light Compact’s executive director, together with some of her key staff colleagues. And so, we would like to ask for your help inidentifying  what town voters are thinking about the wind energy subject and for your suggestions on perfecting a wind energybylaw.  

There are many facets to the subject that were covered in the existing wind bylaw draft and some that need further exploration.  These include voter opinion about private wind turbines, opinion about community wind turbines, visual impacts on both the scenery and abutters, energy audits as a part of renewable energy planning, how to handle abandoned wind turbines, determining relative public costs, and pros and cons of ‘small’ wind vs. ‘big’ wind. The planning board intends to mail a questionnaire to town voters on this subject in preparation for its hearings on perfecting the current draftbylaw. Your help composing the questions to be asked — and later following up by telephone, in the case of questionnaires not returned — would make a big difference in getting the job done well, sooner rather than later. If you can help, please confirm at your earliest convenience with Jeff Burgoyne at the town hall 508-645-300, Camille Rose, 506-645-9621, or Carlos Montoya, chair of the wind committee,508-645-7817. 

On Nov. 2 at 4 p.m., Peter R. Boak will present an organ recital on the 1895 Hook and Hastings organ at the Federated Church meetinghouse at the corner of South Summer street and Davis Lane in Edgartown. The organ is due for restoration, and the admission donations, which can be of any amount, will directly benefit the Steeple Fund Capital Campaign of the Federated Church, which includes monies for the organ, and funds for the restoration and preservation of the Federated Church buildings which in clude the 1828 meetinghouse, the parish house, and the Mayhewparsonage. Those who come and enjoy this special recital will be able to appreciate not only the music but also the work that has already been completed on the buildings. A wine and cheese reception will follow this extraordinaryevent.