After the winter we have been having I think we can say that this week’s weather has been balmy. It has hit 40 degrees and we were all ready to pull out the shorts; running around without the jacket and gloves was a good thing.

Happy birthday to all those who celebrated their day this past week. Big balloons go out to William Bruguiere, who celebrated March 7, and to Addison McDonough and Keira Willoughby who celebrated their day March 10.

I walked out to do some errands the other morning and the sun was shining, it was getting warm and I could hear the birds singing. I even heard a flicker pecking on somebody’s tree. It was a great sound. Beth Erickson said she saw a robin, which gives us great hope. Now the next sound we want to hear is the pinkletinks.

I had to go up to Sweetened Water Farm a few times last week and each time I went I thought I would see kids sledding, but there were either none or just one or two people. I thought it was strange, but then I thought that with all the snow we have had the novelty probably wore off. We are so used to not having snow that when it did snow the kids were piled on the hill and you could only get one ride down and then wait a while until you could go again. But this winter we had unlimited times you could go sledding. They were even able to pile up a big bump of snow to do some kind of jump.

Stephanie Immelt and Danny Gilkes were the guests of honor at a baby shower held at the Kelley House and put on by Suzanne Cioffi and Jen Wiggins.

Stephanie and Danny are expecting their first child in April and received many wonderful gifts. The theme was nautical, since soon-to-be dad Dan is a fisherman and captain. Mom Stephanie is an Edgartown police officer and represents the department at the Edgartown School, so the whole town was very well represented. Instead of cards the guest were asked to use books to sign. I can honestly say that this child certainly will have a big library in his or her room. Congratulations to both of you and we can’t wait to meet the new member of your family.

Please join us at Slow Food MV’s annual Farmers’ Brunch on Sunday, March 15, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Chilmark Community Center.

Four speakers, as well as exhibits and displays, will explore Negotiating the Complexity of GMOs — Sourcing Seeds, Feeds & Foods. At the brunch you’ll learn the difference between GMO-free and organic, grass vs. grain-fed beef and poultry, the real cost of eggs, and the latest on GMO labeling efforts. There will be a raffle of GMO-free products that are available locally. Tickets are available at and at the door; $10 for members, $12 for nonmembers.

Have a great week and keep the home candles burning.

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