He passed a few years at Station Menemsha. He made many friends and became a dad while he was here. His next tour took him as far as Woods Hole and the cutter Sanibel so many of his Island connections remain strong. His bride Meghan and daughters Ellie and Adelaide are super proud of Adam Smith who is making the rank of Chief in the U.S. Coast Guard. I’m sure it’s been a lot of work but well worth it for him, his family and those who will be working under him. Congratulations Adam.

Wayne Iacono is always up for an adventure. He was spotted last week on his lobster boat, Freedom, maneuvering through towing drills with some of the USCG crew. His roles as a former “Coastie,” auxiliary member and a commercial fisherman make him the ideal training partner.

Jonathan Mayhew has consistently been venturing out the channel on Skillie. He routinely returns to the harbor with a little something for the dinner table. Last week he managed to gather a couple of lobsters for his sister Margaret and Dominique Penicaud. There was some talk about needing to get the pulpit on, in preparation for spring fishing.

Judy and Ted Mayhew ventured downtown to pick up takeout last week. They picked up an extra two dinners and distance-dined with Kathie and Emmett Carroll. How convenient it is that these sets of long time friends now live across the street from one another. Although they are making the most of not venturing to the Florida Keys this winter, they are looking forward to a 2022 adventure south.

Between morning beach walks with pup Ozzie and afternoon stint flying, Scott McDowell has been busy tapping, shaping and molding in his Copperworks shop. In recent years, he is most noted for his copper fish created for wall hangings, light fixtures and more. But he’s also a jewelry creator. I have a simple and beautiful silver bracelet that never comes off my wrist, but what caught some eyes is the sweet little set of stackable rings he perfectly shaped last week. Scott’s talent is subtle and timeless. Between his multi-layered artistic skill and the eye catching 87-yea- old Ford truck he’s prepping to get back out on the road after it snoozed in storage for the winter, Scott’s certainly living a full life.

June Manning, our beloved Aquinnah columnist, is our go-to gal for answers to almost any question imaginable. She sits on nearly every board known to human kind so clearly she must know the answers to any question set forth. June stopped by the Texaco earlier this week while out for a ride with son Paul and family pup, Rhett. This is noteworthy because, as many of you know, June has been presented with some health challenges. She’s a total rockstar when it comes to remaining positive, but if you find the time, drop her a note in the mail. There’s no time like the present to reach out to friends. And how often do you actually get snail mail and more? It’s a treat for sure. I have her address if you want it. We love you, June.

Bradley Carroll has been attending MassBay Community College’s accelerated paramedic program since September. She has dedicated the past seven months to reading, memorizing, asking questions, practical skills, testing and more. This week marked the completion of the classroom portion with four days of testing. I am so proud of her dedication. Hip, hip, hooray for her as she phases into the clinical portion of her studies. She will be learning by doing at Saint Elizabeth’s Hospital in Brighton and Children’s in Boston.

I’d like to extend my condolences to the family of Carol Dolan of New Canaan, Conn. who died over the weekend. She was loved fiercely by her son Will and his family Tory (Shanok), Emma, Kate and Will. They have strong ties to town after decades of summers spent at the Shanok Middle Road home.

Nineteen-year-old Adam Knight is back under his parents, Alicia (Fenner) and Peter’s, roof. After a fishing/learning adventure in warm southern Atlantic waters, he’s spring job hunting and contemplating an online class or two. Welcome home, Adam, the fish will start busting here soon.