JUNE D. MANNING

508-645-2574

(lthslnks@gis.net)

The Aquinnah annual town meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 10 at 7 p.m. in the old town hall. Your presence will be greatly appreciated to act on the vital matters affecting the town.

On Wednesday, May 11, polls will be open from noon to 7 p.m. If you will not be in town on that day, you will still have the opportunity to cast your absentee ballot at the town hall today, on Monday, Tuesday, and even Wednesday morning with town clerk Carolyn Feltz.

What a week of emotions on the television as events worldwide happened in front of us all. Personally, I am so glad the royal wedding took place before any other events of the weekend. The wedding was certainly a pleasure to watch following the tornado destruction in the South. All the best to William and Kate. The news of two nights later was one of anticipation and one that is certainly difficult to explain to a four-year-old child who discussed it a few days later and for him to know how the “bad” guy is no longer around.

Sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Jean (Frenchy) Levesque, who died on Tuesday at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston where he has been a patient for the past few months while awaiting transplants.

Ella Madison Mahoney has returned home following her trip to France with her classmates from the French class at Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School. Welcome to Jenna Petersiel, who has arrived for the season and will be opening the Chilmark Tavern very soon with her parents, Paul and Louise Petersiel. Welcome home to Samuel Scott, who has arrived home for the summer from his sophomore year studies at Nichols College. On Tuesday Sam was out looking for summer employment already.

There will be a fund-raising benefit for Kevin Searle tomorrow evening at the P.A. Club. Kevin is presently undergoing medical care and needs your support at this time as he is unable to work. Tickets are $20 per person. There will be music by the Love Doctors, food and a live and silent auction. Please join Kevin’s friends to support him in his time of need. Donations may also be sent to You’ve Got a Friend, 54 Clevelandtown Road, Edgartown, MA 02539. For further information or donations, please call Bonnie Parent at 508-627-8714.

Capt. Hugh Taylor and Jeanne have returned to the Outermost Inn after spending the winter in the Caribbean. The Outermost Inn has now been in business for 22 years. Olive and Violet MacPhail and Emmett Taylor are all thrilled that their grandparents are home for the summer.

Artist Wendy Weldon will have a show of her paintings at the West Tisbury Library. The exhibit honors one of her best friends, her dog Mollie. There will be an opening reception this afternoon from 4 to 6 p.m. at the West Tisbury Library. Stop in to see Wendy’s collection through May 29.

Parents of students who will be attending the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School prom this year are invited to a free catered dinner sponsored by the Martha’s Vineyard Youth Task Force on Tuesday, May 10 at 5:30 p.m. at the Martha’s Vineyard Hebrew Center. There will be a discussion with other parents on prom safety and other concerns. Please RSVP at 508-696-5304 with coordinators Theresa Manning or Jamie Vanderhoop.

Minnesingers director Jan Wightman and her husband John Wightman have returned to Aquinnah following their successful Minnesingers tour to Paris and Prague. The Minnesingers will perform The Music of America: Give Our Regards To Broadway at the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School Performing Arts Center over the weekend. Concerts will be held on Saturday, May 7 at 7 p.m. and on Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets are $10; $5 for students. Aquinnah students performing will be Clara Corjulo and Elsie Fantasia.

The Martha’s Vineyard Center for Living will present the fifth cultural luncheon, Women of the Whaling Days and Island Culture by author Cynthia Riggs on Saturday, May 21 from noon to 2 p.m. at the Grill on Main in Edgartown. Music will be performed during the luncheon by Martha Hudson accompanied by Phillip Dietterich. Reservations are available by calling center director Leslie Clapp at 508-939-9440. Tickets are $25.

Happy Mother’s Day. Happy 15th anniversary wishes to Tim and Susan Anthony as they celebrate on May 11. Happy birthday wishes this week to Alexandra Taylor as she celebrates her special day today. Elaine Zwicky will observe her special day on Saturday. Cardiac rehab nurse M.J. Rogers will party on May 8. A special wish to Phyllis Meras, Cookie Gazaille Perry and Bonnie Ciancio Parent, who all share the day on May 10. Capt. Robin Robinson will party on May 11. A very special happy birthday wish to our youngest sister, Jyl Manning, on May 12 as she shares the day with Marjorie Vanderhoop Galbraith, Serel Garvin, and Marion Cardoza, who will be observing a major milestone. Tim Fullin will party on May 13 and shares the day with Jeffrey Duarte, Ed Belain and Beverly Evans.