Summer has yet to end. Over the past week, temperatures have ranged from 39 in the early morning to 77 by noon. The full moon is shining down on the calm seas after a week of rolling surf that could be heard half a mile away. Hurricane season is coming to an end but in the meantime, let’s enjoy the warmth of the sun each day. The foliage will be a little different this year as the winds affected many of the leaves. Cranberry Day is on Oct. 10.

Jennifer Burkin reports that it will be a quiet week at the Aquinnah Public Library. Story time and After School Club will be held at the usual days and times. Later this month the library will again offer the Acrylic Landscape Painting Workshop on Oct. 19 at 5 p.m.

This is the final weekend at the Aquinnah Cultural Center. Museum tours will be held on Oct. 6 and 7 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

On Friday, special guest artist Kitty Hendricks-Miller from the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe will demonstrate traditional twined weaving, an ancient technique used to make bags, baskets and sashes from a variety of native plant fibers. On Saturday, special guest artist Gail Hill from the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe will demonstrate traditional coiled pottery, a technique used for over 2500 years. Gail will also show how ancient pottery was decorated and describe firing methods.

Oct. 7 is the last day of the season for the Aquinnah Cultural Center, bringing the 12th season in the Vanderhoop Homestead to a close. Plans have already begun for next summer and opening day will be June 16, 2018. While the museum will be closed for the season, please watch for announcements for history and culture workshops and “Funraisers” (mini fundraisers with food, music, Native art and speakers) that are held over the winter. For more information on all of the exhibits, events and activities, please call 508-645-7900 or email at Regular admission for adults $5, seniors and children 12 and under $3.

Across the channel at USCG Station Menemsha, senior Chief Robert Riemer received his pin on Oct. 2. He has been promoted to Master Chief. Congratulations. A ceremony was held on Monday at the station with most the crew as well as his wife Kara and their daughter Nora. Daughter Emma is away at college.

Congratulations to BM2 Adam R. Smith and his wife Meghan on the birth of their first child Elliana May Smith on Oct. 1 at Marta’s Vineyard Hospital. Elliana weighed 7 pounds at birth and measured 19 inches in length. Meghan was surprised at a baby shower held for her by her fellow educators at West Tisbury School a week ago.

Congratulations to BM3 Joel Behr on successfully completing his basic coxswain certification in September for the 47-foot motor lifeboat as well as the 29-foot response boat. This certification entails a detailed examination of a Coast Guardsman’s ability to lead a crew during search and rescue, law enforcement and training missions. Joel is a member of the Oak Bluffs Fire Department as well.

On Oct. 1 in the afternoon, a fisherman notified Station Menemsha that there was a sea turtle in distress off of Cuttyhunk. BM2 Joseph Queen, BM3 Travis Von Dessonneck, MK3 Shaquille Reed, and SN David Galan, Jr., accompanied by Bret P. Stearns, the Natural Resources Director for the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah), found the entangled leatherback turtle and released the turtle that was ensnared in line from a lobster trap and buoy. All is well that ends well. It was released and appeared to have said thank you to his rescuers as he lifted his head and simply swam away.

The Menemsha Pond dredging project is officially underway as of midnight on Oct. 1. The dredge and accompanying equipment appear to be more efficient than that utilized during the past two years. It is anticipated that the project will end on Dec. 31 in time for the winter flounder to spawn in the pond. Stay tuned.

Joan LeLacheur is having an open studio on Oct. 7 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 42 Old South Road Aquinnah. Call 508-645-9954 or email

Debbie Magnuson would like to remind members of the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School Class of 1967 that the 50th class reunion will be on Oct. 21, at the Wharf Pub in Edgartown. There will be a cash bar, yummy appetizers, and a well varied buffet menu, all for the price of $55 per person. A talented DJ will be playing all the favorite songs from the 60’. If you are interested, please call Dennis daRosa 508-524-2065, or Debbie Magnuson, 508-693-0081. A count is needed by Oct. 10. Please send your RSVP and checks to Dennis daRosa, at P.O. Box 581, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557. As I recall, Joan Gentry Patadal graduated from MVRHS in 1967 — the Valedictorian.

Congratulations to Leonard Charles Vanderhoop who won the Mink Meadows Club championship for the year. This was his ninth club title. Keep practicing Lenny.

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