On Thursday, April 2 Mark Alan Lovewell will present Weathering the Storm on Martha’s Vineyard, at 6 p.m. at Zephrus Restaurant at the Mansion House. Mark will discuss the major storms to have hit the Vineyard over the centuries. This will be a special event with a continuous video loop display throughout the evening. The Mansion House was the first weather station on the Vineyard. For those who wish to make dinner reservations, please call 508-693-3416 for the dinner. A portion of the proceeds from dinner will be donated to the Martha’s Vineyard Museum.

Congratulations to Derrill Bazzy, designer at South Mountain and chair of our Aquinnah housing committee, for his continuous conscientious work on design and housing issues. On Friday, April 3 at 3 p.m. at 250 State Road in West Tisbury across from Nip ‘n Tuck Farm there will be a ground breaking ceremony for Island Housing Trust. South Mountain will be constructing eight housing units in an affordable housing neighborhood.

The annual Spring Hunt is being carefully planned on a daily basis. Whether Duck Inn hostess Elise LeBovit is in Aquinnah or far away, her assistant Virginia Yorke is quacking away while she is busy organizing everything until Elise returns. On April 10 and 11 from 2 to 6 p.m. there will be eggciting decoration of the eggs for one and all to attend. On Sunday, April 12 at 1 p.m. the annual Spring Hunt eggstravaganza begins for the young and young at heart in Aquinnah for the most eggsquisite prize of the day, The Golden Egg.

Aquinnah police chief Randhi P. Belain and Sergeant Paul G. Manning attended the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association annual trade show in Marlboro on Wednesday. While there, they met up with former Aquinnah police officers Ryan Maher and Ryan Ruley. Oak Bluffs police chief Erik Blake also attended from the Vineyard.

Congratulations to Marilda Vieira Hollister, the new branch manager at the Chilmark branch of Martha’s Vineyard Savings Bank. While in Chilmark, stop in to welcome Marilda to our up-Island world.

Condolences to the family and friends of Dale Robinson who passed away at the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital on Saturday after a brief illness. I am so glad I was able to spend a little time with Dale the previous Saturday, our families being friends over several generations. He worked so hard especially to care for his nieces and nephews who cared for him in return.

The ninth annual Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival featured Aquinnah’s own Janis Vogel with her film Drop. Tom Bena has really done a great job with the festival which becomes more popular each year as he transforms the Chilmark Community Center into a comfortable home theatre atmosphere. Janis, daughter of Captain Brian F. and Elaine Diotima Vanderhoop, spent the weekend at her Aquinnah home with friends.

Happy Birthday wishes this week to Michael Hebert as he celebrates his special day on March 28. Edward Fantasia will party on March 29 and shares the day with Jannette Vanderhoop. Aquinnah Police chief Randhi P. Belain will party on March 30. Dan Maltais, James Glavin and Heidi Vanderhoop share the day on March 30.

Durkee Day is March 31 — as our treasured Steve Durkee of the Vineyard Gazette staff parties and we will all with him on this great day, full of excitations.

Michael Dolby will party on March 31 — in case no one else is allowed to print that special day usually kept a secret.

Edwin D. Vanderhoop parties on March 31 amid all of his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Patt Burgess will party while at her winter home in Florida on March 31.

Betty S. Rose will observe her special day on April 1 and shares the day with Linda Fischer and Joanne Marathas. Audrey Jeffers will party on April 2 and shares the day with Levi Moreis, who will be eight years old.

June C.D. Noble will observe her special day on April 3 as will Amy Vanderhoop.