JOHN S. ALLEY

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(alleys@vineyard.net)

The weekend weather was not that bad, with a stray shower or two but mild temperatures. Saturday an Islandwide bike race was held. The orioles (birds that is) will return to town by Thursday. The late Emma Whiting had records to prove that they always return by May 12. (Editor’s note: See the Bird News column on Page Eight-A for reports of who has seen orioles already.) The VTA buses began operating on their summer schedule, with additional weekend trips, last Saturday morning. The price of gasoline keeps rising daily. Congratulations to President Obama, the Navy Seals and all involved in successfully hunting down Osama bin Laden.

Marian Irving, of Old County Road, reports that a hardy group of folks arrived at her home at 5 a.m. last Friday to celebrate the royal wedding in London. Wearing hats, gloves and strands of pearls, wedding guests enjoyed breakfast served royally with linens, bone china and crystal. Official Wedding Programmes added to the celebration for Ann Nelson, Cathy Minkiewicz and Ruth Schaffner. Another invited guest (who shall remain nameless) elected to sleep in and catch up later.

Baron Ludwig Von Ochs, of Vienna, Austria, known to Vineyard folks as Peter, and his wife, Gudrun Waltenstorfer, arrived on Tuesday for eight weeks. You can’t miss them on the road as they will be buzzing around in Peter’s yellow car.

Tiana Graves returned home to New Hampshire last weekend after spending her school vacation with her grandmother, Diane Jetmund. She had an exciting week, lots of swimming, reading, knitting, enjoying the newborn Labrador puppies, especially Mocha, whom she will leave on the Vineyard. She also attended the dine-to-donate benefit at Sharky’s for the Martha’s Vineyard Center for Living with her grandmother, who happens to be the president.

Welcome to new residents Tony Horwitz, Geraldine and Gloria Brooks.

Karen Child delightedly reports that Aiden McKinnon Child was born on April 25, weighing 7 pounds, 7 ounces, at Newton Wellesley Hospital. His parents are Brandon and Stephanie Child of Walpole. His grand parents are Henry (Hal) and his wife, Karen, and John and Darlene Oddo of Watertown. His great-grandparents are Edward and Barbara Cottle Child of Lambert’s Cove, and Maidie McKinnon and the late Malcolm McKinnon of Chesapeake, Va. He was also welcomed by his very proud aunt, Bess M. Child of Framingham.

Bob Luskin, of Edgartown Road, reports that his son, Peter, was deployed to Afghanistan last Friday. He spoke with him Tuesday morning from Kandahar air force base; Peter speaks Pashto, so he’ll be out in the field by the end of this week.

Emily Gadd, of South Road, arrived home after a winter in Bozeman, Mont. She will be planting her prolific vegetable garden and renewing friendships with friends. Welcome back, Emily!

Sal Laterra, of Providence, R.I., spent the weekend with Phyllis Meras at her Music street home. He kept himself busy mowing the lawn, tending to her flower beds and various other chores.

Tara Whiting reports that the Junior Horse Council is hosting a gymkhana this Sunday at the Agricultural Hall. It starts at 9 am and is made up of games on horseback! Come out and see what the fun is all about! For more about the horse council and upcoming shows, visit mvhorsecouncil.org.

The PTO reports that this week is Teacher Appreciation Week. They had a light breakfast on Wednesday and a potluck luncheon today. The teachers look forward to this luncheon each year. It is a nice way to thank them for all their hard work. There will be a PTO meeting on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the school library. Please come to help plan end of year activities, learn about elections for the PTO and the School Advisory Council and plan for next year. They also want to thank all the families who designated the PTO as their charity of choice for Our Island Club — this yielded almost $700 to support the PTO efforts! Also they will be receiving a check from Stop & Shop soon for proceeds from the School Rewards Program.

Karin Stanley, over at Polly Hill Arboretum, reports that the camellias are in bloom! Don’t miss this spectacular annual display.

Maria McFarland, board administrator of the conservation commission, reports that the commission would like to remind people that riding dirt bikes or ATVs in the Margaret K. Littlefield Greenlands and along Checamo/Checama Path is not permitted under a town bylaw passed in May of 1986. The bylaw allows the town to fine people who do not have written permission from the owner of private ways or town land. Greenlands is bounded by Great Plains Road, Checamo Path and the Edgartown, Oak Bluffs and Vineyard Haven town lines off Airport Road. It is a conservation area owned by the town for the purpose of protecting the aquifer and town water supply; it also provides the town with an area for passive recreation such as walking, bicycling and horseback riding but no motorized vehicles are allowed.

Colleen Morris, over at the library, reports that she will be busy tomorrow from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. helping people make mosaic Mother’s Day cards. Wendy Weldon, up in Chilmark, is having an exhibition at the library entitled Mollie and her Friends. The opening reception is today from 4 to 6 p.m. On Monday at 7 p.m. is Monday Night with the Sunday Writers.

Carole and Jim Early report that the Comsog plant sale will be held tomorrow and Sunday, May 7 and 8, and then until May 29, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day. The Comsog greenhouse is on New York avenue in Oak Bluffs.

Happy birthday to Jane Konicki, Jeanne Smith, Leslie Hurd, Jonathan Rich and Hilary Whyte today; Judy Counsell, Peter Vann, Betsey Gately, Rebecca Rattner and Natalie Thibodeau tomorrow; Ken O’Connor, Madeline Tramontano, Jessica Estrella, Sky MacDuff and Garry Metters on Sunday; Shanti Blum, Lynne Whipple and Rebecca Williams on Monday; Phyllis Meras, Chris Decker, Dave Kish, Marques Rivers, Betsey Van Landingham and John Osmers on Tuesday; Michael McCarthy, Shane Fisher, Ingrid Pohl, Catherine Carr and Todd Murtha on Wednesday; Beverly Mazza, Liza Williamson, Emily Gray and Daniel Benedetto on Thursday.

A very happy 28th wedding anniversary to David and Eleanor Stanwood next Friday.

Well, that is all of the social news for this week’s column. If you have any news please call or e-mail me. Happy Mother’s Day to all of the moms out there, and have a great week.