It’s been quiet in town since the holidays. Folks are going away on vacation or will next week and that is about the size of it. We did have four inches or so of snow last Tuesday and many SSA boat were canceled. The business at Chilmark Chocolates has been brisk — be sure to remember Valentine’s Day.

With the vast majority of the country experiencing a flu epidemic, the all-Island boards of health will sponsor a late season flu clinic on Feb. 15 in the hospital community room. Conroy’s Pharmacy reports they have the vaccine available and they have been busy.

Marjorie Pierce reports that the Wednesday night community suppers at the church continue to be popular. The food, she says, is mighty tasty. Last week they fed more than 50 people. All are welcome no matter where they live on the Island.

The Democratic council of Martha’s Vineyard will meet Saturday morning at 9 a.m. in the Howes house. There will be updates presented on the various Democratic town caucuses. The guest speaker will be county Sheriff Robert Ogden.

Paddy Moore reports that the Democratic town committee will caucus on Saturday, Feb. 17, to elect delegates and alternates to the state convention, which will be held on June 5 and 6. Any resident who is a registered Democrat is eligible to attend, participate and vote for delegates and alternates. Also, they will registering voters as well.

Spring is getting a bit closer. Susan Block of Music Street reports that before the snowstorm, snowdrops were about to burst into bloom in a small section of a once-thriving garden down at the Frank Adams place.

Olivia Larsen over at the library,reports that there will be a lot of music at the library this weekend. Saturday at 4 p.m., Cindy Kallet and Grey Larsen will perform contemporary and traditional songs and tunes. The concert will also include a special opening performance by Island guitarist and singer/songwriter Isaac Taylor. On Sunday at 3:30 p.m., the public is invited to an afternoon of live jazz featuring Island musicians Eric Johnson and Jeremy Berlin. This month’s performance is a recital of jazz solos and duos. On Monday at 7 p.m., the library will host its monthly Writers Read evening. The event features community members reading short original prose pieces. Both fiction and nonfiction readings are welcome. Each reader is allotted eight minutes to read. Critique to follow reading are optional. Sign up to read in advance by calling 508-693-4307.

History note: on Feb. 16, 1945, Bert Cahoon, Daniel Manter and Albion Alley received letters of thanks and commendation from Lieut. Commander Norman G. Asbury, officer-in-charge of the Naval Auxiliary Air Station for the immediate and timely aid they rendered to a pilot of a plane forced down on the Orlin Davis property on Middle Road in Chilmark. Albion, chief of the guards at the NAAS, and Bert, operator of the local garage were on their way back home from finishing an assignment at the Peaked Hill military installation and witnessed the crash in a field near the road.

Happy birthday to: Harod Lawry, Paul Thurlow and Christopher Carrick Friday; Wade Simmons, Brook Zern, and Lynn Hoeft Saturday; Bev Bergeron, Colin Hurd and Arielle Hayes on Sunday; Jill Amado, Elton Nascimento, Ken Kramm, Abe Lincoln, Sandra Caruso and Connie Hyde on Monday; Albert Fischer, Michael Bigby and Vincent Lenza on Tuesday; Chris Morse, Gayle Stiller, Beth Toomey, David Schuster, Don Evon, and Michelle McCormack on Wednesday; Leah Houghton, Karen Child, Carina Koury-Jones and Suzanne Fenn on Thursday. Just 42 years ago Wednesday, Tim and Eileen Maley were married in the Field Gallery.

Well, that is all the social news for this edition. Please call or e-mail with news you wish to share with others. Have a Happy Valentine’s Day and a great week.

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