The weather has been glorious this past week. A little windy on occasion but spring-like weather abounds. The forsythia are beginning to bloom. Spring is just a matter of days away and perhaps we will escape any further snow for this winter.

So glad Super Tuesday has come and gone. The next primary election will be in September. Please be sure you are registered in the community in which you reside and that your party designation is accurate.

Story time at the Aquinnah Public Library will be on Thursdays at 3:30 p.m. On March 5 there will be story time with yoga and the kids’ craft for the day will be making lion masks from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Martha’s Vineyard Museum development director Dan Waters will be speaking on Tuesday, March 8 at 5 p.m. with insights from the book Island Stories from the Museum. On Thursday March 10 there will be vegan cooking at 5:30 p.m., free and open to the public. Please call 508-645-2314 for reservations as space is limited.

Joan Malkin would like everyone to know that VCS is hosting an up-Island session regarding the warrant article at the annual town meetings in all six towns regarding banning plastic bags. The session will be held on Wednesday, March 9 at 6 p.m. at the Chilmark Library.

Peter Temple and Durwood Vanderhoop have sent a message regarding a meeting on Thursday, March 10 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the town hall. The time has come to re-examine zoning and create more affordable housing options while still preserving the character of the town. The Aquinnah housing committee and planning board will hold a public informational meeting in preparation for proposing changes at the annual town meeting in May.

Congratulations to Cortlandt Cammann who will soon be opening a mobile auto repair business. Stay tuned for further information but his new venture will be a pleasure to have around the neighborhood.

Welcome home to Ted Cammann who has just returned from a 10-month world tour with the rock band Imagine Dragons of Las Vegas. Ted, known for his management skills, was requested to accompany the band on their tour which visited nearly 40 countries. For now, Ted will return to the quiet of his Aquinnah home.

Kristina Kestenbaum Leslie and her husband Ted enjoyed a recent visit from her daughter Jennifer Williams Staples who was visiting from Los Angeles. Tina and Ted had looked forward to the visit, and spending time together assisting them during their illnesses.

Jyl Manning and her grandson Robbie returned home this past week after being the guests of cousin Linda Hobbs and her husband Joe and their children Jason, Lauren, and Chelsea in New York. While there, they also visited with Nancy Gardella and her mother Iole Gardella at their home in White Plains.

Noah James Manning returned home Monday night after spending 10 days in California. He was accompanied by his parents Paul and Theresa. They toured San Francisco, Santa Cruz, Alcatraz Island, and visited Theresa’s brother Dan Kistner, Margaret and his family. Napa Valley was on their tour list as well. They had a grand time.

Captain Hugh Taylor and his wife Jeanne have enjoyed the company of their family for the past two weeks in the Bahamas, with their daughter Alexandra, her husband Shaun MacPhail and daughters Olive and Violet, as well as son Isaac, his wife Noli and their children Emmett and Tillie. A highlight of their visit was the opportunity to swim with pigs and piglets in the Caribbean sea. They also enjoyed a sail aboard the Magic Carpet with Captain Todd Bassett and his wife Lee Taylor of Aquinnah. While away, Charles Hoye and Katherine Olsen were in charge of critter sitting and caretaking.

Condolences to the family and friends of Lennie Baker who passed away last week at the South Shore Hospital. Lennie was a favorite tour bus driver, making daily stops in Aquinnah, and was a co-owner of P&L Appliances with Everett (Porky) Francis at the airport. Lennie was a saxophonist and soloist with Sha Na Na, which not only performed on national television but on the football field at Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School and at various venues across southeastern Massachusetts, especially in the Falmouth Heights clubs. While on the Vineyard, he resided in West Tisbury and Oak Bluffs, returning to his roots in Whitman about 12 years ago.

Condolences to the family and friends of Donald Ben David who died on Feb. 25. He is survived by his wife Jody, his children Michelle, Gisele, Daniel, and Dennis, as well as his grandchildren and great-grandchildren Ryleigh and Logan Manning.

Condolences to the family and friends of Jean Ann Madison, who passed away at Boston Medical Center on Feb. 27. Jean Ann was the daughter of the late Luther Madison and Freda (Belain). Jean Ann was the daughter of Aquinnah Wampanoag Medicine Man Luther T. Madison and granddaughter of Aquinnah Wampanoag Medicine Man Napoleon B. Madison. She was born at the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital in Oak Bluffs and raised in Gay Head, where she attended the Gay Head School, moving to Boston in the 1960s with her mother where she had remained. She was the sister of Jeffrey Madison, Kathleen Madison Williams, and Stephen Madison. Jean Ann is survived by her daughters Tanisha, Channell, Camille, and Amira. She was predeceased by her son Hakeem in November. Services were held in Boston this week.

Condolences to the family and friends of Theresa Lynn Praskach, who passed away on Friday at Montefiore Hospital in the Bronx. Teri was a dear friend and confidante of fellow Vineyard Gazette columnist Nancy Gardella. Teri cared for Nancy through her three major surgeries, and was also a caregiver for Iole Jannace Gardella, residing with them in Tisbury and in White Plains, NY.

Happy 63rd anniversary wishes to Ted and Shirley Dewing on March 9.

Happy birthday wishes this week to Wendy Andrews on March 5, who shares the day with Ruth Rocha. March 6 is a day of celebration for twins David and Douglas Seward. Gregory O’Gorman will also party on March 6. Aron Jackson parties on the 7th. Michael Jackson will observe his special day on March 9. Linda McCarthy and Tiffany Smalley share the day on March 11.

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