I was beginning to think an ark might be needed. It has been such a dark, dismal few weeks that people were so happy to see when blue sky showed up on Wednesday. We were afraid to look up to the sun for fear it might get scared away. A lot of people were saying that they broke down and put their heat on Monday. Oh well, better days are coming.

Happy Birthday to all who celebrated their day this past week. Big balloons go out to Anthony Pereira and Micah Simmons, May 26; Emanuelly Simoes, May 28; Ayslly Otoni, May 30; Finlee Callen, Evelyn Lavigne and Luke Nascimento, May 31; Isabella Silva, June 1; and Jonathan Deoliveria, Kyle Levy and Brenda Sampaio, who all celebrate their day today, June 2.

Massachusetts Audubon Society strives to create a welcoming presence for a wide range of visitors at Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary, as well as at sanctuaries and nature centers across Massachusetts. Thanks to the generous support of the Vineyard Golf Club Foundation, the new Access-ABLE program at Felix Neck provides exploring opportunities for those with limited mobility. Led by Sanctuary staff on a golf cart, this one-hour guided tour highlights the property’s woodlands, marshes, and beach habitats. Tours will be held on the first and third Thursdays of June through September. Registration is required and groups are limited to three people. This program is free with Sanctuary admission, and pick-up in the parking lot is available upon request. Participants must be able to get on and off the golf cart without assistance from staff.

For more information or to sign up, email felixneck@massaudubon.org or call 508-627-4850.

The MV Seacoast Defence Chapter of the DAR’s document-shredding event is Saturday, June 17, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the MV Regional High School parking lot. The cost is $15 (cash only) for every six bags/boxes of documents to be shred on-site. Congratulations to Conor Smith, who just graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Conor is the son of Tom and Alison Smith. Conor had his whole family present, including his fiancée Catherine Margaret. His brother Liam, who attends the Air Force Academy, was also present in full uniform.

I love sharing this news, because we watched these boys grow from babies. This family was a big part of our beach crew that met every Sunday. It seemed like yesterday that these two young men were digging littlenecks with their feet and bringing them up to the grill and cooking them and serving them to the group. These are memories that never fade and we are all so proud of them. Congratulations to Tom and Alison for raising such wonderful boys.

Have a great week and keep the home candles burning.

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