Another week of sweltering heat in Aquinnah. Think winter — it will take your mind off the heat and humidity.

Grateful that the VTA bus strike is finally over. It was a long month for the striking drivers but in the end there were finally positive results. Thank you for the support of so many Vineyarders, along with our local, state and national governmental entities and beyond who rallied around the drivers. A personal thank you to all of the law professors who contacted me from across the eastern seaboard. So encouraging! Our drivers are now a part of Local 1548.

Debby Athearn would like to invite you to share your musical talents at the Fair this year. Did you know there’s some magic in a ukulele? Bring your uke (and a sense of humor) to the Agricultural Fair on Thursday, August 15, for an all ages and abilities Uke Jam from 4:30 to 6 p.m. If you don’t have one, you can borrow one from most of the Island libraries, and they’re very affordable if you want to buy one from Island Music. Learn four to six chords and you’re good to go. Songs you know (and chords) will be projected onto a screen. If you have questions, email (Many of our fellow MVRHS classmates of 1964 are members of the group.)

On August 9 at the Aquinnah Cultural Center there will be a talk and book signing by Robin Wall Kimmerer, author of Braiding Sweetgrass. The discussion begins at 4 p.m. at 35 Aquinnah Circle. Suggested donation of $5.

Welcome to Holden James Braillard who was born on June 27 at Massachusetts General Hospital. Holden is the son of Andy and Diana Braillard and grandson of Walter and Linda Woods. He is welcomed home by his four-year-old brother Cooper, as well as his aunts and uncles and many cousins. Holden was born at 9:02 a.m., weighing 7 pounds, 10 ounces. Diana is our much-loved administrative clerk at Howes House, the up-Island Council on Aging.

Get well wishes to Dana Darcy who has been a patient at the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital this past week.

Evan Hall is home from Boston for the summer. On Thursday evening he sat in with his guitar on a few sets at Cliffhangers.

Nancy Hawes and her family have been enjoying their family home for the month of July.

The Levinson family finally had to part with their Volvo, a fixture in Aquinnah for 30 years. They had to give up their 1990 Volvo station wagon due to their inability to find a part for yet another repair. They mourn her loss. Mr. Levinson wouldn’t let Theresa put her to rest in the backyard.

Happy anniversary wishes to James Wallen and Kathleen Smith on July 30.

Celebrating birthdays last week were Suzanne Boyer on July 26, and Jay Theise on July 27. Hollis Smith celebrated a milestone on July 29. Greg Orcutt and Deborah Jernegan shared the day on July 29. Jamie Sue Vanderhoop and Polly Galbraith shared the day on July 30, as did Clara Corjulo. Terry Pothier, Bernadette Crossland and Dale Ferry shared the day on July 31. Donald Smith was ninety-one years old on August 1, sharing the day with Barbara Magnuson Phillips and Dr. Ryan Shea.

This coming week, Aileen Mahoney, Susan Britt LeClair, Ron MacLaren and Meadow Bassett party on August 2. Tom Colligan and Nancy Gardella will share August 3. Tricia Bergeron and Marvin Popkin celebrate on August 4. Pam Morgan Dolby and Susan Klein party on August 5. Dr. Peter J. Laursen parties on August 6, as will Terry Iadicicco. Carolyn Feltz and David Vanderhoop II share August 7, Beatrice Patadal and Evan Hall party on the 8th, and Layne Bazzy on August 9.

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