Autumn weather has arrived, those warm days we always look forward to after a busy summer. The past week has been favorable to enjoy end-of-season activities. We did have a little bit of rain that lasted five minutes. Swimming is still being enjoyed even in the fog.

There are options for registered voters to cast their ballot for the upcoming election; check with the town clerk for details. Gabriella Camilleri can be reached at, or by calling call 508-645-2304.

Kathie Olsen, a member of the community emergency response team, has diligently identified almost 500 residents of Aquinnah. She is in the process of completing a major listing and still needs a few more email addresses. If you have not yet heard from Kathie, please email her at

Many new residents have moved to Aquinnah over the past year. Welcome to Timothy and Susan Collins, Ronald and Nancy Slate, Beau and Susan Ryan, and the Nelson family. Once the pandemic is over, it will be nice to meet everyone in a social setting.  

The Vineyard Independence Partnership yard sale is on Oct. 3 at 19 State Road in Chilmark at the former site of Chilmark Chocolates from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m..

Chilmark Tavern will be closed for the next week, reopening on Oct. 9. Jenna Petersiel intends to serve takeout meals through December.

Wenonah Madison is one of eight women featured in the new show at the West Tisbury Library during the month of October.

All the best to Aquinnah tribal ranger Christopher Manning as he heads to Artesia, N.M. this weekend to attend police academy for the next three months.

Theresa Manning returned this past week after a brief trip to Poughkeepsie, N.Y. to visit her parents Bill and Joan Kistner. It was their first time together since December due to the pandemic, although they enjoy daily telephone calls and occasional Facetime moments. All six Kistner children and most of the grandchildren and great-grandchildren enjoyed being together on Facetime for Bill and Joan’s 67th anniversary recently.

Welcome to Vivian Marie Romano who was born Sept. 24, 2020 at the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital, the daughter of Jonathan Romano and Aretha Taylor.  Vivian weighed in at 9 pounds, 13 ounces and was welcomed home by her sisters Fiona and Zuri as well as her maternal grandmother Kate Taylor.    
Welcome to Chandler Tomczak who was born this past week, son of Alan Tomczak and Samantha BenDavid. Chandler was welcomed home by his sister Ryleigh Manning and brother Logan Manning.

Congratulations and best wishes to Stanley McMullen and Tnisha Chandler, who were married at the home of her parents John and Julie Chandler in Oak Bluffs on Sept 26. Due to the pandemic, it was a small, intimate family wedding. Stanley is the son of Stanley and Katherine McMullen of Fairhaven.

Sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Elizabeth (Betty) Denningham Blanchard who died Sept. 25.

Sincerest condolences to the family and friends of S. David Cronig who died Sept, 24, at the age of 106, most assuredly the eldest Vineyarder.   He was the last survivor of the class of 1932 at Tisbury School, having been a classmate of valedictorian Gladys (Malonson) Widdiss and Albert (Ozzie) Fischer. After spending many years in Florida, he returned to his home town a few years ago to be near his surviving child Donald Cronig and grandchildren Rubin and Lily. He was the father of the late Jeffrey Cronig and Marsha Cronig.

Sincerest condolences to the family and friends of William Philip Reynolds who died at home in Edgartown on Sept. 27.  Phil, as he was fondly known as, was a friend for more than half a century.  It was always a pleasure to see each other on occasion. Phil worked as the Martha’s Vineyard Airport director in the 1990s and we enjoyed working together at that time with their board of governors. He will be greatly missed.    

Happy anniversary to Captains Hollis Smith and Robin Robinson on Oct. 2.

Happy 12th anniversary to Damon Runyon and Anna Cotton on Oct. 4.

Happy 15th anniversary to Paul and Theresa Manning on Oct. 8.

Happy birthday wishes this week to Grace Vanderhoop on Oct. 1, sharing the day with Rick Lee. Tim Murphy, Coco Adams, Allen Razdow and Ellen Gaskill will party on Oct. 2. Louie Ives will be three years old on Oct. 3. Ralston Jackson will party on the same day. Jane Lancellotti, Ted Sutton, Robyn Wingate, Menasha Leport, and Robert (Max) Peterson all share the day on Oct. 4. Oct. 5 is a day of celebration for William Kistner, Sr., Pat Z., and Jayden Baird. Elena Noble and Jerry Wiener party on Oct. 6. Arnold Zack and Heath Widdiss share the day on Oct. 7 Golden Vanderhoop Adams will be six years old on the Oct 8, and Vicki Danberg parties on Oct. 9.