Autumn is coming to a close across the Vineyard with the bright leaves that have left till we experience new ones next year. We have been enjoying weather in the 60s during the week. Be careful of the deer as this is their season of moving about. I have never understood why they cross the road at the most inopportune times. Makes one slow down a little more during the dawn and dusk hours.

At the Aquinnah Public Library this week, Saturday was the last day for Morgan. She was the children’s and programming librarian. A few of her many great contributions to the library included the creation of the Pokeman parties, a monthly book club and an adult coloring group. She will be missed and the staff wishes her the best.

On Nov. 19 from 5 to 6 p.m. there will be adult coloring, a free program. Participants may use their own materials or use those provided by the library. A great way to reduce stress and to get creative. Light refreshments will be served. On Saturday, Nov. 14, it will be Make a Fall Leaf Wreath Day, and on Saturday, Nov. 21 make a pine cone turkey from 11 to 3, and there is a Pokeman party from noon to 2 p.m. Throughout the month of November, feel free to stop by the library and fill out a leaf with whatever you are thankful for to be placed on the Thankful Tree.

Yoga classes are being offered by Jannette Vanderhoop for the winter months on Sunday mornings from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the town hall. Please bring your own mat if you have one, otherwise Jannette has a few available.

Martha’s Vineyard Museum docents Nancy Cabot and Bonnie George will share Laura Jernegan’s journal, artifacts, photographs and ship logs from Laura Jernegan: Girl on a Whale Ship at the Howes House on Monday, Nov. 16 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Laura was a six-year-old girl from Edgartown who set out on a three-year whaling voyage with her brother and their parents and the ship’s crew to the whaling grounds of the Pacific Ocean in October 1868. The afternoon conversation is funded by the Martha’s Vineyard Savings Bank Charitable Fund. To register, please call 508-693-2896.

If you have encountered the traffic jam on Lighthouse Road for the past two weeks, workers from Phoenix Company in Shrewsbury have been placing fiberoptic cable along the north side of the road. At last, fiberoptics have arrived in Aquinnah!Twenty years later than our counterparts down-Island. We were on about the same schedule when it came to bringing electricity to Gay Head. Oh well, it just might improve my technological abilities a little.

Down along West Basin there are miles of what appears to be 12-inch piping that has been welded together. Everyone asks me what it is all about. Now how would I really know unless I survey the situation. Upon my arrival at the Red Beach intersection, I was greeted by Capt. Buddy Vanderhoop, who is working with the Army Corps of Engineers during the dredging of Menemsha Pond. The pipes extend from the head of the pond to the bend in the road at Lobsterville and from West Basin Road to Lobsterville Road. Ultimately, all of the spoils will be pumped to the area where there was significant damage in the roadway and a major loss of the beach area during Hurricane Sandy a few years ago. Hope this project provides a better beach area than the one literally dumped in Oak Bluffs. Always nice to check in to see what is really going on and to be offered a tautaug from another cousin, chef Matthew (Cully) Vanderhoop.

Judd Fuller will be the recipient of funds from a benefit bash tomorrow evening, Nov. 14 at 8:30 p.m. at the Wharf Pub, hosted by Amy Padalino Heil and Mike Benjamin. Suggested donation is $10. There will be a silent auction as well. Many of you will remember Judd as one of the founding members of Entrain. For the past 10 years, he has been in Nashville as a bass player with Rodney Atkins. Judd recently underwent bilateral hip replacement and is now recuperating at his home. However, he and his wife Dana have been affected by the unmet medical expenses and daily living expenses while undergoing extensive physical therapy to get Judd back on his feet. His Vineyard friends have not forgotten Judd and the line-up for the bash tomorrow evening includes Mike Benjamin, Tom Major, Jeremy Berlin, Wes Nagy, Jeremy Driesen, Robbie Soltz, Pinto Abrams, Steve Tully, Phil daRosa, Gordon Healy, John O’Toole, Adam Natusch, and Good Night Louise. If that were not enough, there will be guest appearances as well. For donations of items for the silent auction, please contact Amy Padalino Heil. Let’s get Judd out of the rockin’ chair and back out rockin’!

Kristina Hook-Leslie returned home Monday after spending most of the past two weeks in California with her daughters and their families. She spent five days in Los Angeles with Jennifer and Douglas Staples and their sons Max and Charlie. While in LA, she attended the Ellen DeGeneres Show with her daughters. On that particular day of filming, guests included Michael Keaton, Little Mix, and a visit to Michael’s Craft Store. All of the members of the viewing audience that day have been invited back for the Christmas giveaway day. Needless to say, Kristina is on her way back to sunny California in another month. She enjoyed visiting the City Charter School that her grandsons Max and Charlie attend. In the small world department, one of the teachers had been an intern at the Boston Children’s Museum and had the opportunity to meet Tobias Vanderhoop and Linda Coombs a few years back. From LA, it was off to San Clemente with daughter Samantha and her husband Clifford Eveleigh and their children Jackson and Madeline. While away, Michael Sellitti stayed with Ted Leslie to oversee his medical care and to critter sit.

The past few weeks has been difficult for many families across the Vineyard and my sincerest condolences to the family of Donald Billings, deputy chief of the Oak Bluffs Fire Department, who was always present and a leader throughout the community. Our families enjoyed many fire department balls at the beach club, auctions at the ladder station, the muster, and many late nights during the fireworks. Services for Donald were held on Saturday.

Condolences to the family of Robert Phillips, former neighbor in Oak Bluffs and a member of the Noonies who always golfed at Farm Neck with the Rose family.

Condolences to Elder Hope Horgan and her children Richard, Kelly and David in the loss of her husband Christopher Horgan after an unexpected illness. Services were held in New Bedford one week ago, attended by members of the Aquinnah Wampanoag tribe.

Condolences to the families of Daniel Kaeka 3rd, who passed away at his home in Hawaii, Helen Issokson, and Judy Oliver.

Get well wishes to one of our Elders, June James MacDonald, who is recuperating from a recent fall. She enjoyed a visit from Barbara Gentry and Joan Gentry Patadal over the past week and enjoys telephone calls and cards from one and all.

Happy birthday wishes to Hannah Malkin on Nov. 17. Tiffany Vanderhoop parties on the 18th.

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