Walter E. Delaney has retired after 17 years as the fire chief for the town of Aquinnah. On Sunday afternoon, Nov. 13 at 4 p.m., there will be a retirement party for Walter at the Aquinnah town hall. It will be a potluck gathering, so please bring an appetizer, entrée or dessert to share with fellow firefighters and friends from across the Vineyard. Speeches will be welcomed to thank Walter for his dedication and commitment to our community. Walter served not only as the fire chief for many years, but also as town moderator. He also oversaw Tri-Town Ambulance and served on the Conservation Commission, in addition to many other duties in our community. Thank you, Walter.

Honor our veterans on Friday and every day.

The Martha’s Vineyard Center for Living will hold its annual meeting this evening at the Tisbury Senior Center at 7 p.m. The public is invited to attend. Following a brief business meeting, the board of directors will demonstrate their accomplishments over the past few years and discuss what the future will hold for the Center for Living. Meet the board members and learn the history of the programs that have been in place for decades on the Vineyard for those 55-plus. Refreshments will be served.

Aquinnah library director Cathy Thompson would like to remind everyone that the Aquinnah Public Library is honoring Native American Heritage Month, which is celebrated during the month of November. There will be story time and crafts on Thursdays, Nov. 10 and 17 following school, with the primary focus on Native American stories and picture books. Crafts will honor Native American heritage and traditions. There will also be a display of new books and DVDs by and about Native Americans during the month. Cathy Thompson, Rosa Parker, Penny Huff and Barbara Lampson would like you to know, “We are pleased to honor the Wampanoag Tribe and Native American Heritage Month.”

The next Aquinnah blood pressure clinic will be held on Thursday, Nov. 17 from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Aquinnah town hall. Please stop by to meet the nurse, review your medications and discuss any concerns you may have. It is free and open to all.

The Martha’s Vineyard Museum now offers free admission (or pay what you may) from Nov. 5 through spring 2012 to Island residents on Saturdays during the off-season. This is your opportunity to stop in and view the ongoing exhibits, find unique gifts in the gift shop in time for the holidays and view the permanent Wampanoag exhibit. The museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and is located on School street in Edgartown.

Friends of Trinity Methodist Church would like to invite everyone to their annual holiday fair on Saturday, Nov. 12 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Trinity Parish House in Oak Bluffs. You will find attic treasures, Advent calendars, jewelry, personalized ornaments, gifts, bric-a-brac, fresh baked goods, hand-knit items and more. While shopping, enjoy lunch at the Parish House Café.

The West Tisbury Library annual community poetry reading will be held on Sunday, Nov. 13 at 4 p.m. at the West Tisbury Library. You may either read your own poetry or that of others. Your name will be drawn from a hat for the order in which to read. This will also be the kick-off for the West Tisbury poet laureate nomination process. Refreshments will be served. The reading is free and open to the public.

Condolences to the family and friends of Bethany Sylvia Haveard, who passed away on Nov. 6 in Florida. Bethany, the daughter of Renee Ortiz and the late Dennis Sylvia, was the mother of five young children, having delivered twin daughters two weeks ago. She is survived by her grandmothers, Mary Oliver Ortiz and Gloria King Sylvia, and by her sisters, Naylee and Marjane, and brother, Jon. A memorial service has been planned by her friends and schoolmates on the Vineyard.

Philip Weinstein, retiring professor of English at Swarthmore College, will continue his four-lecture series on Western colonialism as depicted in several novels. His third lecture will be on Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. at the Vineyard Haven Library. The novel “Things Fall Apart” by Chinua Achebe will be discussed.

Adam Wilson, administrator for the town of Aquinnah, returned this week after spending time in Florida golfing with friends. Adam observes his one year anniversary with the town. I thank him for his nomination of Unsung Heroine.

My ever-so-special furry feline friend, aka Krazy Kat Kate, had to be put to sleep on Monday. We were together for 10 years and through many escapades. My home is agonizingly quiet now without her silly antics always drawing my attention or her lying across my arms at the laptop. She is already missed immensely, but for now I will go next door to visit Noah’s two cats, Scratch and Hiccup.

After experiencing the northeaster two weekends ago, we have now been enjoying warm weather once again with temperatures in the 60s and calm.

Belated Happy Birthday wishes to Kayla Foster, who celebrated a major milestone on Nov. 3, and her sister, Daryn Foster, who celebrated on Nov. 6. Kayla and Daryn are the daughters of Gary and Lisa Foster of Aquinnah and Los Angeles.

Happy Birthday wishes this week to Sarah Shafer Howes as she celebrates on Saturday. Lewis Colby parties on Nov. 14. Clare Ives and Brigelle Gibson share the day on Nov. 15. Benjamin Booker will be 14 on Nov. 17. Rachel Vanderhoop, daughter of Douglas and Linda, will celebrate on Nov. 17.

A very special happy birthday wish to Hannah Malkin, who is such an inspiration to her many friends as she celebrates her special day on Nov. 17.

Tiffany Vanderhoop will celebrate on Nov. 18.