Just how cold is it? Well, this has been a long week of freezing temperatures. Squibnocket Pond has frozen over, enough to walk across it and sled around. Schoolhouse Pond, now at the Aquinnah Public Library, has frozen enough for ice skating. Nashaquitsa Pond is frozen more than half-way across. But when the Cook Spring pipe freezes and ceases running near the herring creek, it is well beyond cold.

There is warmth in the Aquinnah Public Library. After skating across the Schoolhouse pond, stop in for a hot beverage, and then come back all week long for story hours and more.

Jessie Damroth and her children Logan and Ayden Nairn are experiencing their first winter in Aquinnah, thus their first attendance at the Christmas party as well. Jessie is the new director at the Boys & Girls Club in Edgartown. She is the daughter of David Damroth of Chilmark and Mary Jane “Cookie” Nevin of Boston and Chilmark.

Sam Hart, new resident along Lighthouse Road, is the director of ACE-MV. There are many new adult education courses planned for the winter. The ACE-MV schedule online will give you an overview of those available.

My friend Skip Finley has been assisting the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School students with their work on WYOB radio 105.5 FM. They are in the process of developing creative ways to raise funds for operations and will be soliciting sponsorships for Black History Month in February when they salute 51 notable Vineyard African Americans. The station is also speaking with a local Jamaican church that wants to sponsor Jamaican Gospel music Sunday mornings. For information or to donate, visit wyob.org or call 646-234-4923.

Kara Cawley Riemer celebrated her special day on Dec. 29; Kaitlyn Joy Vanderhoop will be 12 on Jan. 6; Nancy Cotton will observe her special day on Jan. 6; Sonya Mayrand parties on Jan. 8 and shares the day with Ava Louise Dubno who will be four years old. My dear friend Ann Burt will observe her birthday on Jan. 9; Aquinnah ranger Michael Sellitti, Jr. will party on Jan. 11, sharing the day with his grandmother Gloria Fisk; Moryn Holmes Widdiss will be five years old on Jan. 11; Pam Glavin will celebrate on Jan. 12 and shares the day with Gordon Perry, Priscilla Belain and Alex Mayhew; Ava Mayhew will celebrate her second birthday on Jan. 12.

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