Temperatures dropped to minus 33 degrees with the wind chill factor over the weekend. Lightening on Monday evening. By Tuesday it was up to 53 degrees with torrential rains in the afternoon. Really strange weather pattern. In my more than half a century on the Vineyard, I do not believe I have ever experienced a wind chill like that. Frost heaves are forming along the byways. The pond that was forming on State Road just over the town line was repaired on Thursday morning a week ago, as it had taken up half the road. It necessitated a few hours of work for Lawrence Lynch Company to repair the side of the road where the natural spring forms and then to tend to the catch basin on the other side. The coast is clear now — thank you. Ice formed over most of Nashaquitsa, a significant portion of Menemsha Pondand Squibnocket Pond, and the Herring Creek is frozen. Sea smoke formed along the coastline. Many people are heading to warmer climes for the school vacation week, but only if the Steamship Authority runs, so plan accordingly.

Aquinnah Public Library will have storytime as always this week. On Saturday morning at 10 a.m. there will be a special storytime in combination with yoga for kids. Susan Larsen will teach a yoga class and mats will be provided. Following the yoga, there will be crafts related to yoga from 11 to 3, including drawing and painting mandalas onto beach stones, a terrific centering stone for kids when they want to be calm and focused.

On Tuesday, Feb. 23 at 5 p.m. the movie Shaun the Sheep will be shown, and on March 1, the movie Brooklyn will be shown. Note: Dan Waters, development director at Martha’s Vineyard Museum, will have his presentation on March 8.

At the Howes House on Monday, Feb. 22 at 1:30 p.m., Martha’s Vineyard Museum docents Nancy Cabot and Linda Vadasz will present reproductions from Island Stories: Highlights from the Martha’s Vineyard Museum, published in June of 2015, sharing their insights and stories about the wonderful collection items. The museum conversation is free to the public thanks to the support of the Martha’s Vineyard Savings Bank Charitable Fund. Please register in advance by calling 508-693-2896.

All the best to David Nathans as he steps down as director of Martha’s Vineyard Museum for the past six years. David anticipates moving to New York within the next few weeks. He was honored by the directors and staff at a luncheon on last Thursday at The Wharf. Fair winds David. Thank you for your leadership.

Martha’s Vineyard Museum will present Pecha Kucha on Friday, Feb. 26 at 7:30 p.m. in the Menemsha Room at the Harbor View Hotel. It is free admission and open to all. Enjoy the presentations of 20 images that are 20 seconds each on a variety of subjects. Perhaps you would like to be a presenter one evening on any topic you choose. Please call the museum at 508-627-4441 to receive assistance in setting up your slides.

Have you stopped by Wayward Wampum yet? The first shop on the right as you head up the stairs towards the cliffs. Jason Widdiss is open most days from 11 to 2, serving hot coffee and soup, as well as hot dogs. His wampum jewelry is rather reasonable. Stop in for a game of cribbage or just to warm up while up in Aquinnah.

Betty Joslow enjoyed a brief visit from her daughter Nancy and Nancy’s mother in law Elaine, here to help her celebrate her birthday.

Congratulations to Aileen Mahoney and her brother Seamus in their recent jiujitsu classes. Aileen received her grey belt with a black stripe while Seamus received his grey belt with a white stripe. They are both highly trained in karate as well. Their parents are James and Melissa Mahoney and grandparents are Kevan and Marcy Nichols.

Get well wishes to Linda Garvin Scott who was transferred from Martha’s Vineyard Hospital to Massachusetts General Hospital this past week.

Condolences to the family and friends of Ruthann Duart Ponte, who passed away at the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital on Feb. 14.

Condolences to the family and friends of Philip Fullin, son of the late Remo Fullin and Alice Duart, who passed away at Falmouth Hospital on Feb. 9. He was a longtime family friend and member of a large Vineyard family. Fond memories of Philip and Carol Peters’ wedding in February 1965.

Condolences to the family and friends of Shirley Peters Krikorian who passed away at Windemere this week.

Very sad week, all long-time friends and a loss to all who knew them.

A memorial service for Mark Martin will be held Saturday at Grace Church at 11 a.m. Mark was the son of Ginger Martin and stepson of David Duarte.

Happy 42nd anniversary wishes to Mark and Susan Lana Shea on Feb. 23, married in a blizzard, no ferries and family unable to arrive, kind of like the weather now.

Happy birthday wishes this week to Wendy deGeofroy, who celebrates on the 20th, and shares the day with Cedric Belain. Lenny Jason Jr. will celebrate on Feb. 21, as will Anne Fleming Vanderhoop Madison, Brenda Lehman, Constance Iadicicco, and Kenan Chaplin. Ginger Martin Duarte will observe her special day on Feb. 22, as will Rita Suarez Jeffers, Chelsea Ives Kelley, and Ryleigh Jade Manning who will be five years old. Brian Vanderhoop will be six years old on the 23rd and shares the day with Jeanne Smith Taylor and Donna Nagle. Darren Lewis will celebrate on the 25th. Patricia Paiva Vanderhoop and George Berz share the day on Feb. 26.

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