This is the yellowest Spring that I can recall. I’m betting that at some point forsythia will be labeled an invasive species. All over the Islands and on the Cape, it appears in every other yard. Where it hasn’t been pruned into a hedge, it’s a burst of sunshine reaching in all directions.

At the Cape Cod Wholesale Nursery in East Falmouth, the forsythia are the first plants you see when you go through the gate. We couldn’t resist. We bought half a dozen of the shortest ones so that they would fit inside the car. The bees seem enchanted with them.

The Martha’s Vineyard Bee Club received its group order of half a million bees on Patriots’ Day. They are now making themselves at home in dozens of hives across the Islands. That’s good news unless you are allergic to honey bee stings. The good news is that these bees are bred to be nice to people. They really are only interested in gathering nectar and pollen. If you should come upon a nest of wild bees that needs to be relocated or a swarm of bees that is out looking for a home, one of the bee club members would be happy to figure how to entice them away without killing them. Contact Lucy Grinnan at the Agricultural Society 508-693-9549.

It’s time to start thinking about signing up for Chappy Community Center programs. Check the website. Yoga with Jay continues on Sundays at 8:30 a.m. The CCC golf tournament is on Saturday June 22. The first lobster bisque order is on Wednesday, June 26 for pickup on Saturday, June 29. The first ice cream social is Wednesday, July 3.

Remember to Zoom into the next meeting of the Chappy Ferry steering committee on Thursday, April 25 at 5 p.m. See the town website for agenda details and Zoom link. If the meeting isn’t posted yet, fear not, it sometimes doesn’t appear until a few days before the meeting.

The new loading ramp for the ferry slip on the Chappy side will be installed during the weekend of May 11 and 12. In case of foul weather, the following weekend of May 18 and 19 is the backup. Passengers will be carried during the entire operation but vehicle traffic will be suspended between 9 a.m. on Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday.