The weekend weather amounted to a rip roaring northeaster, a near perfect storm. The winds were ferocious, 88 mph gusts late Friday night. Power was out for six hours in most places, trees upended, shingles ripped from roofs and branches seemed to be everywhere. No boats for nearly two days definitely made it seem worse than a hurricane.

Although we had a few snow flurries on Monday, don’t forget that on Sunday morning we will return to Daylight Saving Time, so turn your clocks ahead Saturday night before bed so you will not be late for church. The sun will now be setting around 6:30 p.m. And spring will be here in a mere 11 days and that will not be soon enough for many of us. Another sure sign of spring was a young lady going into a local coffee shop with the shortest of skirts and mud boots on Thursday, which made a few heads turn.

Marjorie Pierce reports that the Wednesday night suppers at the church parish hall have been a huge success. They will conclude for the season on the last Wednesday of April.

Phyllis Meras returned home Wednesday after a business trip down to New York city.

Tara Whiting, town clerk, notes that anyone who needs an absentee ballot for the April 12 election will need to submit a form. It can be done two ways: through her or the state website. They are only good for a calendar year. The last day to register to vote is on March 21. Her office will be open until 8 p.m. on that day

Kitty Murphy of Middle Road reports that Bart Johnston, of Nashville, Tenn. was here recently to visit his father Enos Ray, sister Shannon Rynd Ray and her family. While at Kitty’s house, he picked up an arrowhead from a field near her house.

Betsey Gately of Lambert’s Cove proudly reports that her son Michael, a 2007 graduate of MVRHS and 2011 graduate of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, recently attained the Master of Unlimited Tonnage Upon Oceans license. He is the great grandson of Capt. Norman G. Benson and Sarah R. Benson of Lambert’s Cove. Congratulations.

Sig Van Raan and his wife Susan Dickler recently returned from a trip to Cuba. The main focus of the trip was the public performance of his play Babylonian Talmud. They also found time to explore Havana and visit with friends. Sig reports that the trip was spectacular.

Elaine Eugster reports that the Martha’s Vineyard Cancer Support Group’s Daffodil Time is coming. Bunches of daffodils will be sold ($10 per bunch) at the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Friday, March 16 and from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 17 at the Edgartown Stop & Shop, Reliable Market in Oak Bluffs, Cronig’s in Vineyard Haven.

Olivia Larsen over at the library reports that Saturday at 7 p.m. there will be an evening of musical sharing with Steve Maxner. The event features original compositions written for solo mandolin, and was inspired by his experience as a veteran of the Vietnam War. On Sunday at 3:30 p.m., the library will host another Second Sunday Jazz Concert. This month’s concert features John Alaimo on piano, Mike Tinus on bass, Tauras Biskis on drums, and vocalists David Hannon and Rose Guerin.

The MV Democratic Council will meet Saturday morning at the Howes House from 9 to 10:30 am. The guest speaker is Lily Welch, the campaign field organizer for Sen. Elizabeth Warren. She will talk about the senator’s campaign. Charlie Morano, who is running for Dukes County Superior Court Clerk, will give an update on his campaign.

History note: On March 15, 1946 the Congregational Church shipped seven 10-pound boxes of food to St. John the Baptist Church in Tisbury, England. We were the original town of Tisbury on the Island and were given that name by Governor Thomas Mayhew in honor of his birthplace of the same name in England. The food and gifts from us will go to the same church where Governor Mayhew and his son were baptized.

Happy birthday to Shelley Mayhew and Mark Rassmussen Friday; Jeff Entner, Karyn Pietruska, Jane Konicki and Daniel DeCastro Saturday; Carol Brush, Dan Culkin, Whit Griswald, Alix Small, Eileen Maley and Sheriff McCormick on Sunday; Blair Emin, Sydney Johnson and Hannah Edwards on Monday; Janet Sylvia and Talia Segal on Tuesday; Elizabeth Kent, Wendy Marzbanian, Nancy Nordin and Crystal Miske on Wednesday; Tammy Hersh, Dr. Jay Segel, and Tim Ryan on Thursday. Belated birthday wishes to Kim Barnett and an anniversary greeting to Heath and Kathy Lobb who celebrated their 46th last Sunday.

Well, that is all the social news for this edition. If you have any news please call or email me. Have a great week.

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