Well this is Veterans Day weekend. Both the library and the post office will be closed Saturday. The holiday was created to acknowledge the armistice that ended WWI, but then was rededicated to honor the veterans who fought in all of our countries armed conflicts. Let us pause for a moment over the weekend to remember all of those who have gone before us.

You may have noticed the deer have been moving around lately, primarily due to the hunting season, and you are apt to see them in the strangest places or crossing the road. The archery season for deer ends soon. The days are growing shorter as the sun is beginning to set before 4:20 p.m. My how time flies. About one month from today we will be well into the Christmas season.

Jane Konicki, up in Webster, reports that many people missed National Doughnut Day last Saturday but don’t fret there will be another one in June.

A transformer exploded across from Alleys Store on Sunday evening, causing a power outage in a small portion of town. It made the electricity spark and caused three loud explosions that sounded like someone shooting a gun into an empty metal garbage can.

Last Saturday, Elliott Tohlen married Emmy Sharkey at the Whaling Church with a reception at the Grange Hall. Elliot lived for many years in the family compound near the Youth Hostel. His mother Martha, brother Will, uncle James Young, uncle Matthew and his wife, and about 60 others, including her parents Tom and Suzanne helped the couple celebrate their big day. The pickpocket bluegrass band with Ryan Tucker in the lead provided excellent music, and the reception was catered by Peter Larsen. Needless to say, a good time was had by all. Congratulations to the newlyweds.

Marian Irving reports that plans are well underway for the annual Church Christmas Faire that will be held on Dec. 2. Do you have any Christmas ornaments that are just sitting in a box, unused? Donate them to the faire. They are affordable gifts for the children to buy, and collectors will enjoy them, too.

Harry Athearn reports that the annual meeting and election of officers and trustees of the Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Society will be held on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Ag Hall.

The Democratic Council of Martha’s Vineyard will meet tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. in the Howes House. The featured speaker will be Jay Gonzalez, Democratic candidate for Governor..

Olivia Larsen, over at the library, reports that tomorrow the library will be closed all day in observance of Veterans Day. On Sunday at 4 p.m., join them for a concert with the Music Street musicians. The concert features pianist Diane Katzenberg Braun, and Boston opera stars Bethany Worrell (soprano) and Vincent Turregano (baritone).

On Monday, at 7 p.m., the library will host its monthly Writers Read evening. This event features community members reading short original prose pieces. Sign up to read in advance by calling 508-693-4307 or just stop by and listen.

The Chilmark Community Church will be offering an open table meal at 1 p.m. on 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.

On Saturday night, November 11, 1950, the Norman Benson family in Lambert’s Cove thought they heard the familiar, though out of season, music of pinkletinks. For generations, it has been an accepted tradition that they announce the arrival of spring with their piping. Well, the Benson’s granddaughter, Margaret Duquette, succeeded in capturing two of them, which are now in a globe in the kitchen and are continuing to announce that spring has arrived. Various people, when asked about the pinkletinks, have said that never before have they known of the peepers appearing at this season of the year.

Happy birthday to: Richard Cohen, David Warren, Mary Jo Joiner, Andy Brunk, Cynthia Eakin and Linda Sibley today, Tina Fisher, Paul Schultz and Wendy Hitchcock tomorrow, Bob Gothard, Lucy Mitchell, Cheryl Kram and Rosemary Jackson on Sunday, Geoff Currier, Bob Luskin and Louise Fragosa on Monday, Antonio Saccoccia and Allison Thompson on Tuesday, Jane Finnerty, Carol Hall Marchant, Dixon Rogers and Wendy Forest on Wednesday, Eric Perzankowski, Chelsea McCarthy and Chloe Maley on Thursday. Belated birthday wishes to Renee Monast and a happy 10th anniversary to Nicole Alley and Arsen Hambardzumian tomorrow.

Well that is all of the social news for this week’s column. If you have any news please call or email me. As we approach the holiday season please be reminded of what Will Rogers said about making your money last longer: Fold it in half!

Have a great week.

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