A beautiful week around Aquinnah with the temperatures in the 60s. The rhododendrons are in full bloom, as are the beach plum bushes.

Congratulations to the class of 2019 at Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School.

Kristina Kestenbaum Leslie enjoyed a recent visit from her daughter Jennifer Staples as they prepare to open their Bowen Arrow Shop at the cliffs for the season.

Kristina has just returned from a visit with her aunt Barbara Kestenbaum Samuels and family in Dartmouth. Her grandson Darrius Lewis has arrived for the summer after graduating from Temple University in Philadelphia with a degree in sports and recreation management. Her brother William Kestenbaum arrived on the east coast this week to attend the graduation of his grandson Brian Kestenbaum from Wareham High School and expects to briefly visit with Kristina in Aquinnah.

Welcome to Svend Axl Laursen, born May 19, the son of Timothy and Ann Laursen. Svend is welcomed by his paternal grandparents Dr. Peter and Marie Laursen of Tisbury.

Corinna Majno and her husband Ken Kaufman have arrived for a two-month stay at their family home on Mariners Way. Corinna invites all to visit her Seaweed Gallery off of Lighthouse Road to view her artistic creations.

Across the channel at USCG Station Menemsha, I stumbled upon a fun ceremony Monday morning. It’s a time-honored tradition that acknowledges the departure of crew members with true confessions about them from their shipmates.

I had arrived to say bon voyage to USCG BM1 Adam Smith, but when I got there he was in the middle of being roasted by the crew. It was evident that he’d been a valuable mentor to those who served with him during his five years at Menemsha.

Adam, his wife Meghan, and their Vineyard-born daughters Elliana and Adelaide are headed five miles north to Woods Hole where he will serve aboard USCG Cutter Sanibel while his family resides at Air Station Cape Cod.

Meghan formerly worked at the West Tisbury School while completing her masters degree in art education and also worked a summer at the MV Museum.

Recently we learned that Adam actually proposed to Meghan while they were classmates in third grade, even presenting her with a real diamond ring!

Two other men are also moving on. USCG BM2 Travis VonDessoneck is headed to USCG Cutter Escanaba in Boston, while USCG BM2 Joseph Belladue is off to USCG Station Woods Hole. He and his bride Amber will make a new home on the Cape.

Congratulations to USCG MK2 Jason Breau and USCG MK2 Jacob Waters-Maciel who were recently awarded the Commandant’s letter of commendation for their efforts and dedication to Station Menemsha during their time as acting engineering petty officers over the winter.

Yoga is happening at the town hall in Aquinnah. Neva Goldstein teaches vinyasa study, with an emphasis on breath and proper alignment for peace, flexibility and strength in mind and body. Classes are Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 to 10 a.m. For more info you can reach Neva at 914-772-5719 or yogineva@gmail.com.

Sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Tony Horwitz who passed away May 27 while on a book tour. Tony and his wife Geraldine Brooks and their sons Nathaniel and Bizu were gracious hosts at several celebrations I attended at their West Tisbury home. Tony was a bright spot in any day, always upbeat with a contagious smile. We first met at the home of William and Rose Styron in 2013 when Geraldine had just won the Pulitzer Prize for March. Tony could barely contain his excitement.

Sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Primo Lombardi who passed away on May 20. Fond memories of the day Primo arrived on Circuit Avenue to open Papa’s Pizza, and then to get to enjoy his culinary specialties at the Chilmark Store (and to at last have pizza up-Island) were gastronomical delights.

Happy 23rd anniversary wishes to Jonathan and Kim Klaren on June 7.

Happy birthday wishes to Chelsi Ricker who celebrated on June 5, and to Sam Feldman who celebrated his 90th birthday over the weekend at the Farm Institute.

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