Tropical storm Elsa did not stay around too long, touching the Vineyard rather gently and not leaving much damage. Not very good beach days this past week. But just like Elsa, this too shall pass.

The Aquinnah emergency services departments will sponsor Aquinnah Day at the circle on July 17 from noon to 4 p.m. The town police and fire departments, Tri-Town Ambulance and special guest Smokey the Bear will create a grand time for all. There will be food, giveaways and Touch a Truck. Join in the fun and meet your emergency teams.

The mobile market will be returning to Aquinnah on Tuesday evenings from 5 to 6 p.m. for all residents to enjoy fresh and affordable produce and eggs. The market will be at the tribal housing parking lot on Totopinumayak Way.

Sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Otis P. Jeffers Jr., who died at the Brockton veterans home on July 8. He was the son of the late Otis P. Sr. and Thelma Randolph. He spent his youth hunting and fishing around Aquinnah with his brother Ronald and with their friends when they visited from Mashpee. Otis was predeceased by his wife Barbara DeBettencourt. He was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and enjoyed a three-decade career and unblemished driving record with United Parcel Service. He worked for the Vineyard Transit Authority during his retirement. He was an Aquinnah tribal elder and would often advise those younger. In retirement, he and Bobbi moved to Hollywood, Florida, where they enjoyed entertaining family and friends visiting from the Vineyard. He will be missed by many for his sense of humor. Services will be held at a later date.

Tom Dresser has a new publication called Schlepping Around Martha’s Vineyard. It is a self-published tour guide for the Vineyard visitor curious about sights and hikes, history and mystery, and the lay of the land. It includes photographs, hikes, and sights to see. The book is available for $15 at Edgartown Books, Bunch of Grapes, the Cottage Museum in Oak Bluffs and the Corner Store. And, of course, on

Happy birthday wishes to Charles Michael Didiuk, who will be two years old on July 25. Dr. Gerald Steinberg will celebrate on July 17 as will Barbara Okun. Jed Smith will observe a milestone on July 18. Connie Athearn Taylor parties on July 18, Wendy Welson on July 19, and Susie Lane Shea on July 20. Ted Mayhew will observe his special day on July 20. July 22 is a day of celebration for Kendra Buresch, Oona Buresch Carroll, Susan Jensen, Charlene Alley and Steve Mathias.