Monday is the first of May, when baskets may be hung on your door and May Pole celebrations and dances announce the arrival of warmer weather and send old Jack Frost on vacation. The baseball field on Sunday hosted a youth baseball game and the tennis courts were also busy. Short sleeve shirts and shorts were clothing of choice. Buds are appearing on trees, forsythia is in bloom and daffodils are everywhere.

Anna and I returned home Monday evening after visiting grandsons Eddie and Mark. Their parents and older brothers Robbie and Henry went down to New York city to the Armenian march last Sunday. They also went to a car show while in the city. Henry reports that they had a great time, so much going on all the time. Sunday and Monday were beautiful in East Taunton. It was a sunny 68 on Sunday, home owners were cutting their lawns for the second time this season, and the trees are about a month ahead of ours.

Angela Grant, Vineyard Transit Authority administrator, reports that the VTA bus schedule will gradually change to the summer shoulder season beginning Friday. At this time, they will offer extended service on Fridays and Saturdays until Memorial Day weekend, when it will include Sundays. The passenger count increased in the last three months during the winter schedule. The new schedules are available and contain a wide range of regional transit information. They are available at most businesses in town.

Jen Rand discovered that the cover photo on the annual town report was not identified and many people have asked her what the subject of the photo is. Harry Athearn reports that the photo is of Joe Howes’ home on State Road. He thinks it was more than likely taken in the early 1900s. You can see the dirt highway and telephone pole.

Peter Colt Josephs has written a new book consisting of fish stories in and around Menemsha and other things.

Our condolences to Ernestine Kinnecom and family on the death of her husband Bob. Among the many things they delivered the Globe to their up-Island customers for many years.

Olivia Larsen, over at the library, reports that Saturday at 4 p.m. the library will host a concert with our own trio, LBJ —Laura Gliga, Betsy Gately, and Julia Mitchell—singing a selection of their favorites that will include folk, pop, jazz, and spirituals. On Sunday at 2 p.m., join the library for a celebration in honor of Justen Ahren of West Tisbury, who has been selected as the 2017-2019 poet laureate of Martha’s Vineyard. He was one of 10 local poets nominated for this honorary position. This reception is free and open to the public, with music by Andy Herr.

On April 21, 1986 Bob Schwartz and his wife, Maggie, of Greenwich, Conn., arrived to spend the long weekend at their house on Music street. Their guests were their daughter Ellen Tormey, her husband, Mickey, and their new baby, Thomas. Also Pat Ziprodt, an award-winning costume designer from New York city, arrived at her home, God’s Pocket, on Edgartown Road. Her guests were her sister Constance Zonka and her son Milo, of Chicago, Ill. and Lord Hanover from Hanover, England. She returned to New York city to attend the opening of Sweet Charity, a play for which she designed all the costumes. Lord Hanover departed on Tuesday to address the closing session of the United Nations before returning to England.

Happy birthday to: Emily Fischer and Colin Britt Friday; Priscilla Bettencourt, Ken Edwards, Cathy Campbell, Ben Hopkins and Bea Phear Saturday; Bob Schwartz, Carolyn Downs, Charlene Baker-Weiss and Moura Vera on Sunday; Dick Knabel, Sylvana Dole, Terry Kriedman and Daniel Pace on Monday; Jonathan Scott Jr., Bill Graham, Charles Giordano and Jennifer Doyle on Tuesday; Stephanie Dreyer, Alexander Dorr, John Durfee, Elizabeth Van Landingham, Prudy Burt, Jenny Dowd and Justin Smith on Wednesday; and Patrick Hart, Wendy Briggs, Lynn Flanders, Matt Taylor, Nick Puner and Greer Rivera Thursday. Belated birthday greetings to Sharon Fiore.

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