Kevin Devine, Sergeant First Class in the United States Army, returned to his duties at Fort Drum in New York after spending the New Year with his father Herbert L. Devine, Jr. in Randolph, and the first week in Oak Bluffs with his mother Wendy King Oliver. Kevin, who has served more than 16 years in the Army including a tour five years ago in Iraq, departed this week for a year in Afghanistan. He promises to keep in touch by e-mail when time allows, while we will keep Kevin in our thoughts and prayers as he serves our country. His wife, Tabitha, and their children, Anthony, Derrick and Kylie, will remain at Fort Drum.

Donald R. Andrew, former neighbor and former Oak Bluffs town accountant, will be on his way to Washington, D.C., tomorrow to participate in the inauguration. Thanks to Don, I am the fortunate recipient of a key chain reminding me of Jan. 20 and on that day it will probably start playing the national anthem at a designated time.

Beatrice H. Gentry has been a recent patient at Martha’s Vineyard Hospital and is recuperating rapidly.

Ronald B. Jeffers has been a patient at Martha’s Vineyard Hospital this past week and anticipates being discharged by the weekend.

Nefititti Jette was admitted to Martha’s Vineyard Hospital on Monday and anticipates returning home by the weekend.

Cheryl L. Vanderhoop-Sellitti returned home from Martha’s Vineyard Hospital after a recent fall.

Community Baptist Church of Gay Head, along with First Baptist Church in Tisbury, has lost three of their former ministers recently. The Rev. Francis B. Sayre was quite often an interim minister during the 1980s. Rev. Francis Hensley passed away in November in Abington. He has served both churches during the 1970s. Rev. Hugh Smith frequently served as guest minister and would share his fascinating stories of his 30 year ministry in China. Condolences to their respective families.

The Aquinnah Public Library will begin Tuesday night events as of this week. Join in the fun with your knitting or sewing project. Amanda Hutchinson will provide basic troubleshooting of your project. Bring along a light refreshment if you wish! Knitting and stitching with Amanda will continue on Tuesdays from 5:30 to 7 p.m. through March.

Also on Tuesday evenings through March, the library will provide board games during the evening from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Board games will be available for all who are interested. Bring a friend or family member and play a game in the library.

On Thursday, the library held the first potluck and movie night. The next potluck movie night will be held on Feb. 26.

Winter craft workshops are starting up again. On Thursday, Jan. 22, Lindsey Scott will return to the library to lead a quilting workshop. There are three spaces still open for the workshop and spaces are filling quickly, please call 508-645-2314 for information. There will be a $10 fee for materials.

Dan Sauer, chef at the Outermost Inn, has generously offered to lead a cooking demonstration about winter soups at the library on Saturday, Jan. 31, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. The kitchen space in the old town hall can accommodate 15 people to watch the demonstration. Please call 508-645-2314 to sign up for this event.

The story character Maisy will be visiting the Aquinnah Public Library on Saturday, Feb. 7 at 11 a.m. Maisy will join us for our story time session. Come meet Maisy.

And, of course, the Saturday Story and Art times are ongoing at the library. On Jan. 17, everyone will paint and decorate their bird sculptures. On Jan. 24, they will begin a block printing project. Ages for the art time is for those five years of age and up, or younger with parental participation. All programs at the library are free of charge, unless specifically noted. See you at the library!

A special town meeting has been planned for Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. Due to the fact that the Aquinnah Public Library is utilizing the old town hall for the winter months, it will take a great deal of planning and labor to rearrange the furniture and fixtures in order to accommodate citizens for the town meeting. Therefore, we will anticipate full participation after all the efforts to reorganize the meeting room. Those residing in town and choosing not to participate in the special town meeting will have their library fines tripled after everyone has moved everything around.

While recently in Morrice the Florist Shop, Linda noted they would be having daily specials throughout the month of January. Stop by to see exactly what their special will be and brighten someone’s day. What a wonderful way to welcome the new year, with renewal and energy from plants and flowers.

Happy Birthday wishes this week to Jesse Wiener as he celebrates on Jan. 18 and has been busy producing and directing in Manhattan. Anthony Vanderhoop will be 10 years old on the 19th. Carrie Anne Vanderhoop Bellis will celebrate on Jan. 19. Roy Hope and his twin brother Robert celebrate on Jan. 19. Gordon Bassett will party on the 20th.

Tribal elder Rosalie N. Francis will observe her special day on Jan. 21 with visits from her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Catherine Amaral Deese will party on Jan. 21. Shaun MacPhail parties on the 23rd.