Thanksgiving is a week away. Remember those less fortunate who may need a place to enjoy the day. And of course, remember the Wampanoag nation who shared that first meal with those who arrived from afar 397 years ago. We are all still here.

Chilmark Community Church will offer an open table meal at 1 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Rev. Charlotte and Don Wright will be cooking. All who need a place to go that day or who may not have family nearby are welcome. Donations or a dish to share would be appreciated but not necessary. For further information or a ride call 508-645-3100.

First-time grandfather Ted Cammann is delighted to share the news of Anna Corrado and Nicholas Cammann announcing the birth of their son Henry Franco Cammann born on Sept. 27 in Savannah, Ga. We will look forward to his Aquinnah debut. Congratulations to all.

Don Groover was honored at Grooverfest on Saturday evening at the P.A. Club. The outpouring of love and admiration was amazing. Vineyarders from all over attended, youngsters joined their families in wishing Don well in his medical care. Musicians from every corner performed to support their dear friend. The evening was truly magical. Donations can still be sent to Don Groover at Box 2946 in Oak Bluffs, MA 02557.

Wayne Kurth was around over the weekend while here to attend his Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School 45th reunion. I’m looking forward to the photographs of Wayne and Elmer Silva who wanted to recreate their 1973 look.

Tiffany Vanderhoop and her children Brian, Maysel and Novella returned recently after a visit to their grandparents and great grandparents in Masset, British Columbia. Their youngest brother Carl Widdiss remained at home with his father Jason Widdiss.

It was a pleasure to see Deborah Moore Yennie over the weekend. After selling her home four years ago and moving to North Carolina, she is happy to say that she has now moved to Falmouth and will visit her Vineyard friends often.

Condolences to the family and friends of Don MacDonald who died at Massachusetts General Hospital on Nov. 6. Don and his wife Betsy often spent time with her parents at their Aquinnah home. Services were held over the weekend.

Across the channel at USCG Station Menemsha, the crew is getting ready for the cold winter months while out training in heavy weather for their certification. The community is already sharing their bounty with the crew: homemade pie, chowder, shrimp and other delicacies, and the holidays have yet to arrive. The crew is very grateful for those who are mindful of their presence.

BM1 Adam R. Smith recently attended classes in New London, Conn. at the Coast Guard Academy for bridge resource management school. He trained as the operations petty officer for his duty on a cutter, where he will be able to identify and mitigate risk of collision situations when encountering other big vessels. The instructors gave different scenarios that they had to successfully navigate an area with different navigation rules of the road situations.

BM2 Joshua Boytek has returned after three weeks of lifeboat heavy weather training on the high seas in Washington.

SN Daniel Gonzalez-Respeto, his wife Marguerita and their children Abdiel and Allayni, have recently returned from a wonderful family vacation in Disney World. A grand time for all.

Welcome to two new Menemsha crew members: BM3 Alex Dekoschak of Shelburne Falls and SA Ryan Ouellette of Boynton Beach, Fla.

Belated birthday wishes to Marie Laursen who was honored at a surprise party on Nov. 3 at The Barn, Bowl and Bistro. Belated birthday wishes to Phil Wallis who was honored at a Phun Philled party at the Grange on Nov. 3.

Happy birthday wishes this week to Hannah L. Malkin on Nov. 17. Tiffany Vanderhoop will party on Nov. 18. Curtis Sayles will party on Nov. 22, and Kenneth F. Belain, Jr. observes his special day on Nov. 24.

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