Winter storm Riley has come and gone and what a visit he paid over the weekend. Significant wind damage across the Vineyard as well as unusual high tides. Mid-week now and we are awaiting the next storm. Stay safe and warm.

The West Tisbury sixth graders have been working hard in science class to create a bylaw to ban intentional release of helium or lighter than air balloons into the atmosphere in order to prevent litter and harm to wildlife. They managed to create the bylaw, create petitions, and get the bylaw to town meetings for a vote in Aquinnah, West Tisbury, and Oak Bluffs. Students learned about the process of presenting a bylaw by making banners, handing out flyers, and giving speeches. They spent weekends getting petitions signed across the Vineyard. Their bylaw passed on Tuesday evening in Aquinnah, and will now go to the attorney general’s office to become an official law in Aquinnah.

The First Baptist Church will host a corned beef and cabbage meal and Irish sing along on Saturday, March 10 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the parish house on William street in Vineyard Haven. A hearty meal with neighbors, family and friends, and take-out is also available. Tickets are $12, may be purchased at the door the night of. Call 508-693-1539 for information.

Polly Brown from Vineyard Village at Home will be the guest speaker on Sunday, March 11 at 11:30 a.m. at the Federated Church meetinghouse in Edgartown, following the morning church service.

The Martha’s Vineyard Cancer Support Group’s daffodil time is coming. Daffodils will be sold for $10 per bunch at the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital on Friday, March 16 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. On Saturday, March 17 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daffodils will be available at Edgartown Stop & Shop, Reliable Market in Oak Bluffs, and Cronig’s in Vineyard Haven. Cancer is the leading cause of death on the Island and a diagnosis brings not only emotional and physical pain but often financial difficulty. All of the money raised will be used to help patients and their families with medical and transportation expenses.

Belated happy first birthday wishes to Landon Tyler Struyk as he observed his special day on Feb. 27. Landon is the son of Adam and Elizabeth Struyk.

Happy birthday wishes this week to Juliette Fay and Sue Merrill as they celebrate on the 10th. Linda McCarthy and Tiffany Smalley share the day on March 11. One of my most favorites, James V. Taylor, celebrates on March 12. Janice Rose will party March 12. Lisa Bibko-Vanderhoop and Ken Wentworth share the day on March 13. Nancy Edwards Thompson, Louise Petersiel, Stevie Edwards and Jay Smalley share the day on March 14. Tammy Conroy, Bill Stafursky, Jib Ellis, and D.J. Kaeka share the day on March 15. Rodeo Purves Langer will be 11 years old on March 16. Meghan Smith, Danny Larsen, Taylor Ives, and John Floros celebrate on the 16th. Natalie Francis will party on March 16. Gabriel Olsen will be seven on March 17.

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