Chilmark warmed up a bit today as the temperatures climbed into the comfortable numbers we look forward to in May. At last. The oak leaves are unfurling, the shadbushes are in full bloom and the dogwood trees on North Road are blooming. We are on our way...

Cheers from us all to Jennifer LoRusso and Joel Glickman of Chilmark who welcomed daughter Emi Abigail Glickman on April 27. She was born in Boston and is home with the family on South Road. She is the granddaughter of Frank and Judy LoRusso of South Road. Jennifer and Joel are known to most of us as the busy owner/managers of the Chilmark Store and they remind us that they opened Wednesday, May 17 for the season and will be open seven days a week. They are happy to tell us many of their employees of last year are back so we will be greeted by familiar faces.

Susie and Jay MacLeod were happy to share the news of the arrival of their first grandchild. Reid MacLeod was born on May 11 in Washington, D.C. to their daughter Merrielle. The family is looking forward to a long summer visit with Reid and his mom at their Aquinnah home.

The Mother’s Day weekend brought a lot of folks to town but the wind and rain kept everybody moving.

Terry and Kathie Meinelt of Topsfield and South Road were at their Wade’s Cove home with their entire family for the weekend. They will all be back for visits as summer approaches.

College students are returning. Tom Ruimerman and Janet Weidner welcomed Peter home this week from his studies at Manhattan College in the Bronx. He will be back at work at the Menemsha Texaco for the summer.

Bradlee Carroll, daughter of Marshall and Katie Carroll, is home from William and Mary College in Virginia for the summer. She will be a senior this fall.

The Chilmark Community Church will hold their annual blessing of the fleet services on Sunday, May 28. The service is held on the dock in Menemsha. All are welcome and the program includes the music of a bagpiper, some hymns, and a blessing of all the fishing boats and those pleasure boats that wish to be included. This service is popular and seats will be provided for those who need them.

Ted and Judy Mayhew traveled to Bedford, N.H. on a recent weekend for a visit with Ted’s sister, Carol Mays, and her family.

Bella Thorpe attended the New England Dressage Association’s Spring show in Marshfield last weekend. She and her horse, Reina, from Woodbe Farms, won first in free style with a score of 75.733. Congratulations, Bella! They also won the Junior High Point Award and 3-3 levels.

Carolyn Baer has moved to Chilmark to be closer to her mother, Elsie, who lives on Blueberry Hill Road. Carolyn is the one with the two golden retrievers, if you see her around town.

Congratulations to Jay Lagemann on the installation and dedication of his new monumental work Swinging Jenny, a cast bronze sculpture that is to be at 625 West 57th street in New York city. It was chosen by the Durst Organization for one of their locations. Cheers to you, Jay.

The Chilmark library is displaying PeaceQuilts, and on May 24 at 5 p.m. there will be a discussion and display by Carolyn Stoeber of the products of the women of Haiti. The PeaceQuilts is an economic development project that provides support to help the women of Haiti. Quilts and other items will be for sale. Admission is free. The program is sponsored by the Friends of the Chilmark Library.

The Chilmark library has something new to check out, literally. You can borrow a wifi hot spot for two weeks. It will get you the internet anywhere there is Verizon service. It is the size of a wallet. Great for summer visits, and some summer homes. Stop by and check it out if it sounds like something you might need.

Eleanor Bates of West Tisbury is spreading the word that the Writing Group will be meeting weekly at Howes House in West Tisbury from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. They welcome former members and new members and offer support for a variety of genres.

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