Our honorable Chief Medicine Man Luther T. Madison died on March 12 at the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital. He was a man of incredible courage in the face of the cancer he had endured for the past 16 years. He was known for his quiet sense of humor, and his integrity. Luther was a wisdom keeper, well-loved by one and all, a mentor to many, and a dignified town father. His presence in Aquinnah will be greatly missed.

Get well wishes to Mrs. Eloise Moreis Boales who underwent surgery on Tuesday at Jordan Hospital by Dr. Richard Koehler.

Congratulations to Jay and Meg Bodnar on the birth of their daughter Malia Austin Bodnar who was born at the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital on March 3. Malia weighed in at 7 pounds, 2 ounces. Jay, a builder is working on their new home on Locust Lane while Meg is photographing every moment of Malia.

Charles Preston and his wife Pat Z. returned to their home in Missouri this week after driving to Aquinnah in less than forty-eight hours to attend the service for Luther T. Madison. Pat Z. worked for Luther and Anne at the Aquinnah Shop for many years.

Dr. Richard Sullivan and his wife Janet were at their home in Aquinnah over the weekend.

Condolences to the families of Robert Litchfield and Gary Mosher, fond family friends from over the decades.

The Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) health department is sponsoring walking groups at four different locations across the Vineyard to accommodate tribal members. On Tuesday evening, registered dietician Terri Mac-Laren, assisted by chef/health director Ron MacLaren hosted a healthy dinner to initiate the new or revitalized Wampanoag wellness program. Even the non-practicing vegetarians enjoyed the dinner immensely.

The Aquinnah Public Library will not be hosting story hour nor art on March 21 — instead get out and enjoy the spring in the air. On Saturday, March 28 the Spindrift Marionettes will present the puppet show Toad, Party in the Sky. The show begins at 10 a.m. to create art from felt and wool for the hour prior to the show. There will be two more Tuesday evenings with Amanda Hutchinson — knitting and stitching from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Games will be available from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on March 24 and March 28 as the end of the winter season draws to a close.

Phil DaRosa will be performing on Sunday, March 22 at 6 p.m. at the Rockwood Musical Hall on 196 Allen street in Manhattan. His fans from around New York and beyond will be joining him during his performance.

Aquinnah town clerk, Carolyn Feltz, would like to inform one and all that nomination papers for local offices are now available. Your nomination papers must be returned to the town clerk by Wednesday, April 8. The last day to register to vote in time for the town meeting is April 22. For further information, please call Carolyn at 508-645-2304. Absentee ballots will be available as of April 24.

The annual town meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 12 at 7 p.m. Town elections will be held on Wednesday May 13. The Aquinnah board of selectmen is now accepting warrant articles for the town meeting which must be submitted by Tuesday, March 31. Any submissions for the annual town report must be submitted by April 16.

Lights Out Martha’s Vineyard will be held on March 28 between 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

Happy 21st anniversary wishes to Albert and Linda Fischer as they celebrate their special day on March 20.

Marshall Carroll celebrated a major milestone on March 19 while working at Menemsha Texaco and keeping our gasoline prices down for the arrival of Spring.

Happy birthday wishes today to Kristie Noyes Mayhew as she shares the day with Joseph Corbo. As you head into Up-Island Cronig’s this morning, please wish Rita Meyer a happy day. Elaine Jorissen-Gonneville will be celebrating her special day on March 21. Annette Anthony parties on March 22 as will Joseph R. Andrews Jr. Master chef Dan Sauer will party on March 23 and shares the day with Paul Galbraith, Dwight Kaeka, and Nanauwe Ama Vanderhoop who will be nine years old.

Lauri Bradway will celebrate on March 24 and shares the day with Aretha Witham, Anna Marden Monteiro, and twins Joe and T.M. Araujo.

On March 25 we will wish our East Pasture friend and neighbor, producer Gary Foster a very happy one and all the best as he awaits the premiere of his latest movie The Soloist on April 24. There will be a segment on 60 Minutes on March 22 about Nathaniel Ayers, the soloist.

James Benoit will also party on March 25, as will Sue Mitchell, Eloise Moreis Boales, and Emma Mayhew who will be five years old. Mrs. Rosalie Silva Bassett will celebrate her special day on March 26, and shares the day with Mike Marshall, Anita Vanderhoop Keegan, and Mason Jeffers who will be 11 years old.

Ms. Jeffie Butler parties on the 27th as will Brenda Smith.

Think spring!