Winter weather continues with temperatures hovering around freezing. Gray skies. Winter travel plans are being scheduled for warmer climes. Christmas trees have been taken down and are now rolling around in the yards awaiting removal. Think spring.

Aquinnah Public Library will be back on schedule with the after-school program on Tuesday afternoons to study, do research, share information, or to learn from others. Saturday at the library from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. it will be sewing books time. The handsewn books may be used as journals or as sketch books. Design your own. On Tuesday, Jan. 19 promptly at 5:30 p.m. is kids’ movie night, with Minions being shown. Pizza will be served, gluten free and regular, plus veggies and juice. On Thursday, Jan. 21 at 5 p.m. the Aquinnah Book Club meets and will discuss Defending Jacob by William Landay. Refreshments will be served.

At the West Tisbury library on Tuesday, Jan. 19 at 7 p.m., Susan Silva will present dried flower arranging. Flowers will be available from Sue’s garden, as well as from Tea Lane. Bring your own vase, wreath form, or anything suitable for an arrangement. The class is only $15 and you must preregister by calling 508-693-3366. This program is for the benefit of the West Tisbury Library Foundation.

Want to improve your skills as a public speaker? Learn from the best. Susan Klein will offer classes to teach you to speak with confidence and poise. The five classes will be held for five Wednesdays, starting on Jan. 27, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Tisbury Senior Center. The cost is $139. You must register online at This class is co-sponsored by Tisbury Council on Aging and Susan Klein Communications.

Congratulations to Dakota Delviento and Jackilyn Melanson on the birth of their daughter Genevieve Marie on Dec. 27 at Martha’s Vineyard Hospital.

Get well wishes to Blanche Jackson, who is recuperating at home after a brief stay at Martha’s Vineyard Hospital. Blanche is resting comfortably after joyfully celebrating her 90th birthday. Cheers!

Get well wishes to Jackie Flynn-Morgan, who has been a patient at Massachusetts General Hospital for nearly a month. She is visited often by her sister Karen Flynn and brother Michael Flynn, as well as by her husband Charles and her daughter Mary. Jackie is a teaching assistant at the West Tisbury School. During the summer, she manages The Bite in Menemsha with Karen and Michael. There is a GoFundMe page at for the benefit of their family if you care to donate.

Congratulations and all the best to Beatrice Patadal and Fabian Pattarroyo, who were married on Nov. 27 in Nashville, Tenn. They were accompanied to Nashville by Bea’s cousin Adrian Gentry. Bea is the daughter of Joan Gentry Patadal and George Patadal. Fabian is the son of Luz dela Hoz of New Jersey. Bea is presently a medical/surgical nurse at Mercy Hospital in Oklahoma and Fabian is receiving police training.

Six-week-old Matahquhs Leonard Spears Vanderhooop and his mother Jamie Sue Spears Vanderhoop have returned home after two admissions to Martha’s Vineyard Hospital, a stay at Children’s Hospital in Boston, and a visit with his aunt Cobe Spears R.N. and her family in Rhode Island. He is feeling better with each passing day.

Condolences to the family and friends of Catherine Schultz Clements Curran, who passed away on Jan. 9. Mickey, as she was affectionately known, was the daughter of the late Thomas Schultz and Anna DeBettencourt and was often at family gatherings in the Wing Road neighborhood. She was an avid collector of Avon bottles and other glassware. Mickey is survived by her son Albert Clements and numerous cousins across the Vineyard.

Condolences to the family and friends of Linda Tankard Gonsalves, who passed away at her home in Wareham on Jan. 8. Linda and her husband Wayne were in business at Marie’s Place on the cliffs for a few years while their daughters Mia, Gina, and Elena were young. Linda was the daughter of Carrie Tankard of Oak Bluffs and the late George Tankard Jr. Her services were held on Jan. 14.

Condolences to the family and friends of Hugh MacInnis, who passed away on Jan. 3 at Martha’s Vineyard Hospital. Hugh was instrumental in completing quite a bit of the roadwork in and around tribal housing over the years with his work at White Brothers. His services will be held on Jan. 31 at Trinity United Methodist Church in the Camp Ground.

Happy birthday wishes this week to Thomas Murphy Esq. as he celebrates his special day on Jan. 16. Jesse Wiener will party on Jan. 18. Ciara Seccombe, Roy Hope, Ruth Major, Anthony Vanderhoop, and Carrie Anne Vanderhoop Bellis all celebrate the day on Jan. 19. Captain Gordon (Todd) Bassett parties on the 20th, probably sailing in the Caribbean for the winter. Mark Owen Shea will be six years old on the 20th. Catherine Deese celebrates on Jan. 21.

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