Spring is here. The trees are leafing out, the cherry trees are blooming and the temperature is cooperating. People are out now, getting flowers to spruce up their pots and gardens to bring some color to their life. Social distancing and masks are the new norms as you shop for flowers.

Happy birthday to all who celebrated their day this past week. Big balloons go out to Joseph Holland and Joao Nunes, who celebrated May 16; Bianca Nunes May 17,;Pedro Alves, Summer Cimeno, May 18; Jonas DeOliveira, Salomao Marcel May 20; and to Lukas Smith who celebrates his day today May 22.

We are all disappointed that the Fourth of July parade is canceled but the participants are just as disappointed, one being the Colonial Navy of Fall River. The Colonial Navy first came to the parade in 1988 or 1989. My brother Frank Noble was the commodore at the time and they showed some interest in marching in the parade. Ted Morgan then put out an official invitation and the rest is history. The Colonial Navy has marched in many parades across the state, but they said they have never received the same cordial and welcoming feeling like they do when they march here. Edgartown has the most receptive crowds and the Veterans are always most welcoming after the parade with their hospitality at the veterans hall.

The Colonial Navy also came on Memorial Day weekend and marched in the parade. Every member commented on how honored they were to march in such an amazing tribute to those who fought for our country. They are all thankful for their invitations and look forward to invites in the future.

We are slowly opening up. It can be difficult trying to figure out who is behind the mask. But we all know it is for everyone’s protection. I know many grandparents are very anxious to see their grandchildren and even their children. So please stay safe and wear those masks and wash your hands so we can get back to our normal way of life.

Have a great week and keep the home candles burning.