Another mild week with temperatures in the 50s most days with chilly nights. Perhaps it is because Aquinnah highway superintendent Jay Smalley purchased a snow blower for the season — a good omen — as he only needed to use it once in January. On the north side of Lighthouse Road the new grass planted in November while placing fiberoptic cable is still green. Of course, Forest Alley has green grass year round!

Aquinnah Public Library will make monsters with paper plates Saturday at 11 a.m. On Tuesday afternoons for the month of February, the after-school program meets at 4 p.m. for reading or homework. On Thursday afternoons, Wiggle Worms storytime is held for all to enjoy.

The Menemsha dredging project has come to an abrupt halt. After many delays, it is now time for the winter flounder to spawn and therefore the project must end. One day there was the appearance of a geyser when one of the pipes burst, sending sand blasting into the air, on other days there was equipment failure, and as the end date in January was nearing there was the disappearance of keys that probably fell into the pond. In any event, the resulting dredging spoils have been filling in near the bend of the road in Lobsterville. We shall await the next phase of this project.

The crew of Station Menemsha was honored for their service and many missions at a screening of The Finest Hours on Sunday. Members of past and present crew and their families were present as honored guests of the sponsors.

The Finest Hours has been a very moving experience for me over the past week, having read an excerpt of Mr. Webber’s account of his time spent in Gay Head in the 1940s where he was the assistant lightkeeper under lightkeeper Frank Grieder. A few of us in Aquinnah remember the Grieder family.

All the best to Jerry Tingle who retires from Coast Guard Station Menemsha on Feb. 9 after a five-year career. His plans are to travel to Idaho for the winter before heading home to California. He will be back in July for a visit with the crew and his many Vineyard friends.

All the best to Robert Decker, who will retire from Coast Guard Station Menemsha in two weeks. Rob will remain on the Vineyard to work as a civilian following his discharge.

Congratulations to Rya Baird, a senior at Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School, for receiving a Boston Globe Scholastic Art and Writing Award. Rya is one of six at MVRHS to receive a silver key, acknowledged for her photography which will be on exhibit in Boston in March. Rya is the daughter of George Baird and Allyson Woollacott, granddaughter of Alfred and Jill Woollacott and Janice Sylvia and John Baird.

Condolences to the family and friends of Leonard Green of Old Lyme, Conn. who passed away recently. He enjoyed his visits to Aquinnah and especially attending services at Community Baptist Church where he was an ardent supporter. He is survived by his wife Marjorie, their son Dr. Thomas Green and granddaughters Tiffany, Shauna, and Kristen.

Always nice to see Dr. Thomas Green in town while at his Aquinnah home for the weekend. He was accompanied by his friend Ann Marie.

Michael and Margaret Kistner and their granddaughter Ava returned to their home in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. on Sunday afternoon after spending the weekend with Paul, Theresa and Noah Manning. They enjoyed family dinner on Friday evening, beach time with puppies Rhett and Talladega, and a trip to the cliffs to visit with Jason Widdiss at Howosswee Trading Post. Margaret and Theresa enjoyed a lesson in antique painting on Saturday. This was six-year-old Ava’s first trip to the Vineyard and definitely her first boat ride. She promises to return, even after viewing parts of the Jaws movie on Saturday.

Our dear friend Jackie Flynn-Morgan of The Bite was transferred from Mass General Hospital to New England Sinai Hospital, 150 York Street, Stoughton, MA 02070. Jackie is making great progress and may be transferred to Martha’s Vineyard Hospital for further convalescence. In the meantime, a card to the above address will cheer her.

The Aquinnuts bowling team ended their first season in the Moonlight League in third place. The team consisting of Thomas Murphy, Esq., captains Buddy Vanderhoop and Brian Vanderhoop, Captain Hollis Smith, Brian Webster, and Sgt. Paul Manning will look forward to their next league winnings in the spring.

Happy sixth anniversary wishes to Judd Fuller and his bride Dana Radford on Feb. 8.

Happy 16th anniversary wishes to Jim and Eloise Moreis Boales as they celebrate on Feb. 12.

Happy Birthday wishes this week to Carl Hustler Widdiss, who celebrated his first birthday on Jan. 28. Hellie Neumann and Darrel Razdow share the day on Feb. 6. John Nelson will celebrate on Feb. 9. Brook Zern parties on Feb, 10. Nicki McHugh Miller, Sandy Pratt, and Leona White all celebrate on Feb. 12.

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