Lucinda Poole Mosher Vincent hasn’t strolled her yard or turned the lights on in her house since she ceased walking the earth in 1970, but last week, as they do from time to time, Katie Vincent Persons and her family enjoyed a mini-vacation at the Lucy Vincent house. Twin 8-year-olds Natalie and Vivian traveled from their home in upstate New York with their mom and dad, Nick. They frolicked in the snow, laughed a lot and stomped their boots off in the same doorway Lucy did. Adventures with 8-year-olds are some of the best.

High school seniors are hearing back from colleges they’ve applied to and are working on scholarship applications. As I was looking through the long list of generous groups, families and nonprofits offering some financial support to our kids for their continuing educations, I spotted a name: Joy Flanders. The Joy Fund — a hybrid grant/scholarship established in her honor — was created in 2015 through the Permanent Endowment (now the Martha’s Vineyard Community Foundation). It provides scholarships for island special needs students and high school/college students who are studying special education. Although it’s been 10 years since Joy stopped walking the earth, her smile, kindness and spirit can be seen daily in her daughters Genevieve, Allison and Sarah. Consider making a donation to the Joy Fund as a way to pay forward all the good she shared.

Another year will pass without music and a comical live auction being the centerpiece of the Chilmark School PTO annual fundraiser. Although we all could use a good party right about now, the parents are pulling together an online auction (accessible at Called Hearts of Gold | Bids for the Kids, the fund-raiser is open for bidding from March 15 to March 21 on such items as a Hawaiian vacation, a private dinner by Chef Amy, student artwork and more. Do you have a product, service or item you’d like to contribute? Or perhaps just make a monetary donation? Contact Lisa Brown at lisabrown08@gmail. Funds raised will continue support of the schools outing program. Thanks to Orion’s mom, Allison Cameron Parry, for putting this on my radar.

The Bernhard family has made their way back to London from their Carroll Lane home. Although they thoroughly enjoy one another’s company, Katharine, Charlotte and Lily all have high hopes of getting back into their school buildings in the near future to see friends and educators in person. They, along with their parents Jill and Ted, look forward to seeing their pup who wasn’t able to travel to the States with them.

We have a new little boy in town and his parents couldn’t be more excited. I didn’t know all the details at the time of my writing, but Casey Elliston and Julia Spiro are the overjoyed parents of baby boy Winston. Pups Bailey and Oscar may feel slightly displaced for the near future, but as we all know, these new parents have a whole lot of love to go around so life will settle into place in no time. Elise and Robert Elliston will easily rise to the role of grandparents. Welcome little buddy and congratulations to all.