Well, some folks have already begun planting peas in their gardens last weekend and cleaning up the garage to locate the lawn mower that will be delivered to Jim’s Power Equipment in Vineyard Haven for a spring tune up. People are also beginning the task of cleaning up the yard after the long winter, throwing away the Christmas tree out back that is beginning to turn rust color, raking the lawn and flower beds. My wife reports that crocuses and daffodils are in bloom in the back yard. It also snowed on Monday morning; old man winter’s final good bye until fall we hope.

Tara Whiting, town clerk, would like to remind voters that the town meeting is Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the school gym. The town election is on Thursday and the polling hours are 7 a.m. till 8 p.m. at the Public Safety Building. Absentee ballots are available until noontime on Monday for those who are away that day and/or cannot make it to the polls. If you have any questions call her at 508-696-0148. Voters will be facing a 56-article warrant. There will be no contested offices on the election ballot and just one question seeking $400,000.00 to fund the annual operating budget.

She also reports on some highlights of the warrant: money to buy a new police cruiser, a series of articles spending funds from Community Preservation money, personnel and zoning articles. Some items not recommended by the finance committee are a petition article seeking money to operate the communication center and establishing a stabilization fund for the high school.

We were lucky to have been invited to Leon and Brenda Braithwaite’s house for Easter dinner. The company was great, food excellent and I can truly say a good time was had by all.

Colleen Morris reminds us that Monday is National Passport Day. If you need to renew your passport or have other questions she has the answers. You are invited to stop by the library any time during the day and visit.

A rabies clinic will be held tomorrow at the fire station from 10 a.m. till noon. All dogs must be leased and all cats and ferrets must be in a cage. The cost is $25 per animal.

Olivia Larsen, over at the library, reports on some of the upcoming events. Tomorrow from 4 to 5 p.m. there is an art reception honoring the photography of Lanny McDowell. On April 12, 1945 President Franklin D. Roosevelt passed away at his retreat in Warm Springs, Ga. in the early afternoon. That night the Grange held a special meeting in the Agricultural Hall and immediately after it opened held a short but impressive memorial service for the President who had been a Granger for 31 years. He was a seventh degree member and possessor of a Silver Star certificate denoting 25 years of continuous membership hang in the White House. The service was conducted by Miss Elizabeth Manter assisted by two assistant stewards, Lillian Magnuson and Mrs. Warren Armitage. A picture of the late President was draped with the Grange memorial ribbon. An original poem written by Emma Mayhew Whiting for this occasion was read by the Master Maud Call. George Magnuson sang Lead, Kindly Light and the service concluded with the Lord’s Prayer.

Happy Birthday to Susan Britt, Joan Thomas and Suzanne St Andre today; Craig Saunders, Kathleen Kiley and Neil Withers tomorrow; Joe Amaral, Sally Anderson, Robin Brown, Rosalee McCullough and Joyce Farmer on Sunday; Marilyn Fish, Julie Hitchings and Robin Fitzpatrick on Monday; John “My Way” Alaimo, Kaitlyn Kurth and Heidi Pachico on Tuesday; Linsey Lee, Sally Sherwood, Donna Michalski, Scott DiBiaso, Hallie Britt and Kristen Buck on Wednesday; Carmen Wilson, M.E. Horowitz, John Hoff and Max Jasny on Thursday.

Well that is all of the social news for this week’s edition. See you at Town meeting and the polls.

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