The rule for turning off the heat on April 1 has been completely broken and if you are following that rule, you sure are the better person. I have mine low so when it comes on, I know it is going to be another sweatshirt day.

Happy Birthday to all who celebrated their day this past week. Big balloons go out to Ruby Dello Russo and Samuel Pinto who celebrated on May 7; Kevel Mehta on May 8; Harrison Lazarus on May 9; Maria Fonseca and Ava Trott on May 10; and to Alexandra Guerrero and Edward Rosebeck who celebrated their day on May 12.

Pam and Mike Dolby were the guests of honor at a party at the Edgartown Reading Room in honor of their 50th anniversary. It was hosted by their children Chris Dolby, Shannon Dolby Smith and Lindley Dolby Weagle. Barbara Magnuson Phillips was there, as she served as Pam’s maid of honor. Mike’s sister and brother in law Maureen and Jerry Stanus traveled here for the occasion. It was a great night and we wish them many more years together.

Michael Donaroma started his business in 1977 and over those years he has had many employees. On Thursday, May 5, we celebrated one of his longest employees: Sumner Grover has been with Donaroma’s for 40 years. Sumner hardly ever misses a day. He keeps the grounds picked up; he weeds; and when the weather is making it not a good day to be outdoors, he helps to fill pots in the greenhouses. He is a faithful employee and attends all the activities we have had and never turns down the chance to dance at our annual parties. Thank you, Sumner. Here is to many more years at Donaroma’s.

The lilacs are blooming and that always means Memorial Day is coming. Soon the lilies of the valley will be right along. They were the only flowers blooming so we used them as a bouquet to carry in the school parade to the harbor and toss them into the ocean to be a remembrance of those who served. It was many years ago that we did this but the aroma still takes me back.

Have a great week and keep the home candles burning.