Winter is nearing an end with less than 50 days to go. The sun has been bright over the past week in Aquinnah with spectacular sunsets. Temperatures are predicted to drop over the next few days and a forecast for snow.

Again I spilled liquid on my laptop computer and all I could do was scroll on my Facebook page for a week.

Coast Guard station Menemsha is appreciative of all the support they have received from not only those on the Vineyard but across the country in their time of need. Due to the uncertainty of the federal government, your support is still needed. Donations can be sent to Coast Guard Spouses Association of Menemsha, 20 Edy’s Island Way, Chilmark, MA 02535, or dropped off at Station Menemsha. There are donation boxes at Menemsha Texaco, Martha’s Vineyard Community Services, Chicken Alley Thrift Shop, Tax Matters, the Edgartown police department and Stop & Shop in Edgartown.

Chilmark Chocolates reopens tomorrow at 11:30 a.m. It is not too early to buy Valentine’s Day chocolates. Avoid the rush!

The Martha’s Vineyard Neighborhood Convention will meet on Feb. 5 at 11 a.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Society in Vineyard Haven. Guest speakers will be Jamie O’Gorman and Marie Ambrose discussing the Island Grown Initiative. All are welcome; please bring a bag lunch. Dessert and beverages will be served.

Eileen Maley will present her book No Fixed Address at the Chilmark Library on Feb. 6. A great story.

The Chilmark School PTO will host Blues Blizzard on Feb. 9 to benefit the school outing program. Doors open at 7 p.m. Adults only. Live and silent auctions, desserts and Johnny Hoy and his band for entertainment and dancing the night away.

Sincere condolences to family and friends of Conrad Neumann who died this week at his home in Durham, N.C. Conrad and his wife Jane enjoyed their summers at their Chilmark home with their children and grandchildren. It was always a treasure to sit and learn from Conrad. His stories were fascinating, his humor even more so. He was a multigenerational friend of our family. I will forever cherish my autographed copy of Up Island Poems.

Congratulations to Samuel and Laura Hart on the birth of their first child, Alexander Stanley Hart who was born at the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital on Jan. 27. Alexander is also welcomed home by his maternal grandmother Heather McQueen who has been with Sam and Laura in Aquinnah for the past few months awaiting the arrival. Heather is from St. Andrews, Scotland. On Alexander’s paternal side, his ancestors extend over more than two centuries on the Vineyard.

Happy 63rd anniversary wishes to Peter and Cora Weiss.

Belated birthday wishes to Eli Parent who celebrated on Jan. 21, his brother Isaac Lee Parent celebrated his fifth birthday on Jan. 22, and their former neighbor Nora Kate Riemer who celebrated her 14th birthday on Jan. 24. Samuel Hoppe partied on Jan. 26. Daniel Gonzalez celebrated on Jan. 27 as did Tom Engley. Carl Widdiss was four years old on Jan. 28 and shared the day with Laura Hacker-Durbin. Keyshawn Devine, David Vanderhoop and Mary Vanderhoop celebrated on Jan. 29. Lois Craine celebrated on Jan. 30. Bethany DeBettencourt Hammond celebrated her special day on Jan. 31, sharing the day with Angela Rose.

Feb. 1 is a day of celebration for Christine Murphy, Andrew Fischer and Angela Waldron. Feb. 2 is a day of celebration for Emmett Carroll, Dr. Ronald Low, Betty Joslow, Mark Shea, and Logan James Manning (who will be seven). Colby Storm will party on Feb. 3 as will Trisha Haskell. Hellie Neumann parties on Feb. 6.

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