It was in the 30s on Thursday morning. The trees are more brilliant with color each day. This week the commonwealth has sent a team that has been clearing the side of the roads in Aquinnah and in most spots they have clear-cut nearly 10 feet on either side cleaning up the briars, invasive plants and overhanging limbs. Louis Smith assures us that the increased visual scope will assist with safety, especially with joggers, bicyclists, skateboarders, rollerblades, moped riders and all who will now have a place to move over to the side for vehicular traffic. The white paint was replaced on the state roads as well this week, at least up-Island.

Chilmark Chocolates reopens today!

This evening will be French night at the Orange Peel Bakery at 22 State Road in Aquinnah. Julianne Vanderhoop will be hosting a benefit for the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School French students, who will be traveling to France in April. Lots of savory French toppings on pizza tonight, $15 per person or $50 for a family.

Retiring congressman William Delahunt and state senator Robert O’Leary will both be honored on Saturday afternoon at the Agricultural Hall in West Tisbury for their many years of dedicated service to the Vineyard. Please join everyone from 4 to 5:30 p.m. and bring finger foods to share. P.S. If anyone has the shell-shaped chip and dip dish from the reception when it was held for Eric Turkington, please bring the dish with you.

Lois Mayhew has tickets for the 39th annual Harvest Supper hosted by the United Methodist Church, to be held at the Stone Church on Church street in Tisbury on Saturday with sittings at 5 p.m. and at 6:45 p.m. This will be a meal of thanksgiving. For details, call Lois at 508-645-9251.

The Crop Walk will be held on Sunday, Oct. 24 at 2 p.m. from St. Augustine’s Church in Tisbury to Trinity Church in Oak Bluffs and return, for a total of six miles. One fourth of the money raised remains on the Vineyard for the Island Food Pantry, the remainder assists those around the world. For further information, please call Rev. Alden Besse at 508-693-3930.

Marilyn Hollinshead would like to invite everyone for a concert on Sunday, Oct. 24 at 5 p.m. at the Old Whaling Church in Edgartown. The London Gold Group of Suzuki-trained children will perform. The concert is free for children, with a suggested donation of $10 for adults.

Island Grown Schools’ fall fundraiser will be held at State Road Restaurant at 688 State Road in West Tisbury on Sunday, Oct. 24 from 6 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $100 per person and will assist this new vital program for all schools on the Vineyard. Enjoy fresh vegetables from farm stands across the Vineyard and a fine selection of wine to accompany your dinner. For reservations, call 508-693-8582.

The Aquinnah Community Programs Committee will be planning the Halloween party for Sunday, Oct. 31 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Aquinnah town hall. For further information, call Betty Joslow at 508-645-3340.

The Aquinnah Public Library will have a food preparation class for the children’s program on Nov. 2 from 4 to 5 p.m. at the library. All are welcome to assist in making cranberry relish. Library director Cathy Thompson is planning many winter programs.

Thank you to Herb Ward for his wonderful presentation of the history of his great-grandfather, Capt. Levi Jackson, and the heroic rescue of 14 souls from the Mertie B. Crowley in January 1910. Herb shared his presentation with the members and guests of the Martha’s Vineyard Chapter of the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists. If you have missed Herb over the past several months, you will be able to view his discussion with Ann Bassett on MVTV Channel 13 on Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. or online at mvtv.org.

All the best to our Aquinnah town coordinator, Jeffrey Burgoyne, as he leaves his post at the end of the month when his five-year contract ends. Thank you to Jeff for all of the time and effort he has expended over his term, always there to assist wherever he was needed, always lending a helping hand, attending to town business nights and weekends. He was dedicated and devoted to town affairs and almost all events that occurred. Archery season is upon us. The tribal weigh-in station is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The tribe is accepting donations of deer for venison that will serve many in the community, and any donations will also be accepted to test for chronic wasting disease.

Sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Rosalie Nina Francis, who passed away peacefully on Monday at Windemere. She was the daughter of the late Nathan Francis and Marolla (Rodman) of what was formerly Gay Head. Rosalie was one of our eldest tribal elders, who was predeceased by her four children, her 11 siblings, and by several of her grandchildren. She is survived by her large loving family of nieces and nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her surviving sister in law is Barbara Perry Francis of Aquinnah. Graveside services will be held at North Cemetery in Aquinnah on Saturday, Oct. 23 at 11 a.m.

Get well wishes to Alice M. Rose, who has been a patient at Martha’s Vineyard Hospital for the past two weeks. She anticipates being home within a few days.

Condolences to the family of Carlos Porrata, who passed away at his home in Onset this week. Carlos served at the Coast Guard Station in Menemsha in the 1960s. He was the husband of Sandra (Gonsalves) of Oak Bluffs and father of Carlos Jr. and Yolanda. Carlos worked for Pitney-Bowes for many years and would renew his friendships as he worked around many offices on the Vineyard. In his retirement, he worked for the Steamship Authority. Services will be held at the National Cemetery in Bourne on Tuesday.

All the best to Aquinnah Fire Lt. William H. Smith as he undergoes surgery this week at Brigham & Women’s Hospital.

Happy anniversary wishes to Paul Henry Mayhew and his wife, Beth, as they celebrate on Oct. 27.

Happy birthday wishes this week to Pearl Yvonne Vercruysse as she celebrates today.

Captain Everett H. Poole will party on Saturday as he observes a major milestone. Christopher Belain will party on Oct. 23. Isaac C. Taylor parties on Oct. 25.

A very special happy birthday wish to Gladys A. Widdiss as she observes her special day on Oct. 26.

Oct. 27 is the birth date for Katie Lees Carroll observing a major milestone, Patti Rossi, Amy Rogers, Paul Henry Mayhew who observes a major milestone, and Ashley DePriest. Waylon Sauer will be four years old on Oct. 28. Kathy Newman will observe her special day on Oct. 29 as will Captain William D. (Buddy) Vanderhoop. who will observe a major milestone.