Winter is creeping up upon us. Daylight saving time does not really save anything and makes it night time before we know it, but this too shall pass. Temperatures have been in the 50s and dipping into the 40s with the wind chill factor. Glad we had those glorious days of warmth and sunshine during October. Time to turn the heat on.

November 11 is Veterans Day. Be mindful of those presently serving and those who have served to protect our freedom. The Veterans Day Parade has been changed to a ceremony at the Oak Bluffs School Gym, due to the impending cold weather. The event begins at 11 a.m.

Story Time at the Aquinnah Public Library is on Thursday Nov. 9 at 3:30 p.m., and at 4 p.m. the after school club will meet. The book group meets on Saturday, Nov. 18 at 2:30. This month’s book is Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley. Join in for a lively discussion.

The Martha’s Vineyard Museum is hosting a PechaKucha event at the Menemsha Room at the Harbor View Hotel on Friday, Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m. PechaKucha is a presentation format created by Japanese architects looking to make conferences more concise. Anyone can create a PechaKucha on any topic they choose. The only requirement is a slide show or display of 20 images, and each image can each be shown for only 20 seconds. If you are interested in presenting, call Madison Ibsen at 508-627-4441, or email her at

A presentation of recent acquisitions of the work of artist Lois Mailou Jones will be on display through Dec. 2 at the Martha’s Vineyard Museum, open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., closed on Sundays.

The Chilmark Community Church will be offering an open table meal at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 23, Thanksgiving Day. Rev. Charlotte and Don Wright will be cooking. All who need a place to go that day or who may not have family nearby are welcome. Donations or a dish to share would be appreciated but not necessary. For further information call 508-645-3100.

Kristina Leslie and Michael Sellitti returned this week from a 10-day visit with her family in Los Angeles. Of course they spent Halloween in costume on Hollywood Boulevard. They enjoyed the trip immensely and look forward to their next adventure.

News from across Menemsha channel (now that it is newly dredged). Congratulations and all the best to SK2 Allison Conroy who filled her final shift this week at USCG Station Menemsha. Allison and her family are originally from Alabama and having served in Alaska and Tennessee and on the Vineyard, they enjoy the change in seasons. After her official last day in a few weeks, she and her family will head to Maine and enjoy the New England lifestyle.

Congratulations to BM3 Leanna McKenna who returned to Menemsha this past week after completing USCG Motor Lifeboat Heavy Weather Training in Washington. We thought we had high rolling seas around the Vineyard but those on the West Coast are more so.

Be mindful of our Veterans who are presently serving active duty and those who have served.

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