This is a long-delayed Valentine card to my friends, the manager, Liza Buckley, and the staff at Cumberland Farms. What would I do without these people? They make my every waking day wonderful; visiting in the morning is my social hour, along with the usual suspects who show up for coffee and a newspaper. The crew is friendly, helpful, cheerful and caring. Happy Valentine’s Day to you all!

Another heartfelt Valentine goes out to our Tisbury Public Works department. These men and women have done a fabulous job keeping our roads clear and safe in this winter to end all winters. Thank you!

We were trying to keep a low profile about this in our neighborhood, but we were outed. If you need to research the controversy about Rupert the Rooster who adopted my neck of the woods, Google Rupert the Rooster January 6, 2011. You can even hear Rupert crow! You can read the posts following the article, of which I have two. Unlike the current custom which I deplore, I actually use my name and take responsibility for what I write. Anyway, two seasonal residents of our ’hood have sent me a clipping from the New York Times, Feb. 3, page D4. In the Domestic Lives column, Elizabeth Giddens gives a detailed account of the disappearance of Gertrude the Hen of Bedford-Stuy. Chicken Vanishes, Heartbreak Ensues is the title. Fortunately, there is a heartwarming outcome. If chickens are kept in Bed-Stuy, what’s the big deal about one rooster in Tisbury?

I had a fine time last Sunday seeing The Sweet Smell of Success for free at our library on Sunday at 2 p.m. It holds one of my most favorite classic movie lines, when the corrupt cop yells after Tony Curtis: “Sidney, come back here! I want to chastise you!” Continuing with the journalist-reporter theme, this Sunday’s presentation is about the outing of the Watergate scandal. I’ll see you there at 2 p.m. Betty Burton serves popcorn and lemonade.

The library continues with special children’s programs. Tuesday, Feb. 15 at the 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. story hours, the beloved book character, Corduroy, makes an appearance. Songs, stories, and a meet and greet are included. Infants to two-year-olds are entertained at 10 a.m., the three-to-five set follow at 11 a.m.

That very night at 7 p.m. in the program room, grownups welcome Anna Lowell Tomlinson, who will hold forth on her book, One of My Nine Lives, by Lucius. Anna’s watercolors accompany the text. Anna saved Lucius from the Animal Shelter of Martha’s Vineyard. She has designated all proceeds from this limited edition book to go to the shelter. Don’t miss it.

You may join in the celebration of Chinese New Year, the Year of the Rabbit, tonight at the community soup supper from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Grace Church. Bring a potluck dish if you like, or just show up and enjoy. Call 508-693-0332 for further information.

Write or say “sweetie” when you book your Valentine’s getaway, from Feb. 10 to 15 at the Mansion House. To book online, write “sweetie” to Telephone reservations with the same password may be made at 508-693-2200. Book one night, get the next night free, and enjoy Zephrus’ dining specials, the spa and the fitness club. Come from off-Island or have a staycation; all are welcome.

The Tisbury School is once again hosting a traveling art exhibit. This time the theme is Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel. The exhibit is there through Feb. 16; after that it will move to our high school.

The Vineyard Playhouse showcases our Island’s young stars this weekend, with debuts of the latest original plays in the Fourth Grade Theatre Project open to the public on Saturday, Feb. 12 at 3 p.m. and again at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 at the door. This is always a fun hour at the theatre!

The Garden Club stays busy all year long. The next meeting is Tuesday, Feb. 15 at 1 p.m. at the Wakeman Center. The topic is Morning Glory Farm. A hospitality hour follows. Contact Ginger Duarte at 508-693-5334 or for further information. Garden Club president Cathy Minkiewkz has two suggestions for overcoming the winter blues. She recommends you contact Sandy at 508-696-4205 to book a bus seat for the New England Flower Show in Boston on March 17. She also suggests you call Karin at 508-693-9426 to see the gardens of the Delaware Valley, arranged by the Polly Hill Arboretum.

With more time to read in this yucky weather, you might want to pick up my friend Nancy Gaffney’s book, autographed no less. Prey for Closure is available at our Bunch of Grapes. Congratulations, Nancy!

For the class schedule for the American Red Cross, including topics such as helping Americans with disabilities and planning the Cape Cod Canal cleanup, call 774-836-7346 or visit CCIREDCROSS.ORG. There is no time to sit back and take it easy with all this important volunteering to do.

The birthday bandwagon pulls along Judy Pachico, Sabrina Leuning, Joao Prata, Zadoc Moreis and Katie Weisman today. Abe Lincoln’s Feb. 12 birthday is shared by Sandy Pratt, Sukhi Bahal, Nat Benjamin and Hannah Holmes Shiverick Van Osten. Feb. 13 is for Chloe Nolan, Brenda Campbell, Linda Amaral Dickson, Kristen Daly, Tom Buchert and Fiona Catherine Mayhew. Feb. 14th is a party for Ray Whitaker, Tim Clark, Gayle Stiller, Linda O’Leary, Alan Hirshberg and Sam Bungey. Feb. 15 honors Grace Burton-Sundman, Heliliani Mendes Souza and Ana Maria Cecilio. Feb. 16 is for Michael Nagle, Mary Lee Gerber, Stephen Kaufman and Chelsea Rose King. And on Feb. 17, Colin Kennedy, Jill LaPiana and Leslie Kent take the cake. Many happy returns.