JUNE D. MANNING
Spring — aha! The temperatures have been in the mid 60s this week. The first hummingbird arrived at the feeder on Sunday. The lilacs are beginning to bud and, finally, many lawns are once again green. The Aquinnah Shop is anticipating opening day on Mother’s Day.
Mother’s Day events will be held at the Aquinnah Public Library on Saturday, May 11. The children will make crafts, including picture frames for their mothers. In the afternoon, the moms will have a very proper tea from 1 to 3 p.m.
The annual Aquinnah town meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 14, with a special town meeting at 6:45 p.m., and the annual town meeting beginning at 7 p.m. The annual Aquinnah election will be held on Wednesday, May 15, with the polls open from noon to 7 p.m.
Have you read Everyday Heroes: The True Story of a Lighthouse Family written by Seamond Ponsart Roberts and Jeremy D’Entremont? Seamond was raised on Cuttyhunk and then at the West Chop Lighthouse where her father was the lighthouse keeper. Seamond fondly remembers many of her friends from her days at Tisbury School and residing on the Vineyard. The book is presently available at the Martha’s Vineyard Museum or may be purchased at NELights@gmail.com.
Get well wishes to Anna Cass, daughter of Lisa Pachico and Michael Cass, and step-granddaughter of Forrest Alley. Anna was injured in an automobile accident in April and has been transferred from U-Mass Medical Center to Spaulding Rehab in Sandwich. Her address is Anna Cass, Room 261, 311 Service Road, Sandwich, MA 02537. She would enjoy hearing from her Vineyard friends.
Condolences to the family and friends of Garth Williams Edwards, who passed away over the weekend at his winter home in Essex, Conn. Many joyous days were spent with Garth and his late wife Ollie. Every day was a different adventure with Garth, with Ollie not really approving of some of his adventurous plans. In their 73 years of marriage though, she often allowed him to have his way. He made the most of his 97 years, from the midwest farms to the NRC in Aitken, S.C., and his illustrious career with Stanley Tools in New Britain. He served them all very well. Garth and Ollie spent more than 40 summers at their beautiful home at the top of Abel’s Hill where four generations would spend part of their summers, especially to gather for Garth’s birthday in August and again for Thanksgiving. Garth was very proud of his family and their many accomplishments. He is survived by his children Garth Nance Edwards and his wife Jenny of Southport, N.C.; Nancy Thompson and her husband Hilly of Dover, Mass., and Tisbury, as well as by his grandchildren Garth Ross Edwards, Cathy Edwards and Libby Edwards, and Christopher Thompson, Cortney Thompson, and Benjamin Thompson and their families, which include eight great-grandchildren. He will be greatly missed by many for his humor, kindness, generosity and wisdom. A memorial service will be held this summer for Garth and Ollie.
Get well wishes to Rodeo Langer, who had one of the worst cases of poison ivy that I have seen in years. I met up with Molly and Rodeo on the ferry two weeks ago. His eyes were nearly shut but his spirits were not dampened at all.
Olive and Violet MacPhail spent part of their school vacation in Manhattan, undoubtedly shopping on Fifth avenue The photograph of them at school is in the Vineyard Gazette today. Before their departure for Manhattan, they attended a movie and then dinner with their neighbor Noah Manning and the Trimmer children, who were here from their winter home in Connecticut.
Noah Manning spent his school vacation on an overnight trip to Mystic, Conn., with his mom, Theresa; Kendra Buresch and her children, Oona and Emme; and Kelly McCracken with her daughter Reece and her brother Grady. They spent one day at the Mystic Aquarium and the next day at Mystic Seaport. Noah ended his vacation week with a Red Sox game with his parents, Paul and Theresa. Members of the Boston Police Department, Mayor Thomas Menino and Governor Deval Patrick were at the game too. Everyone enjoyed Neil Diamond singing Sweet Caroline, and the best part was that the Red Sox won that day.
Congratulations and all the best to Alyssa Mayrand, daughter of Michael and Carol, who graduated on Saturday from University of South Florida with a master’s degree in education.
Condolences to Robin Robinson and Hollis Smith in the loss of their son Christopher Rifkind who passed away on April 27 following a motorcycle accident in Riverside, Calif. Christopher was the grandson of Virginia Robinson of Aquinnah.
Congratulations and all the best to Samuel Ernest Scott, son of Francis and Linda Garvin Scott with his graduation tomorrow from Nichols College. He will graduate with honors with a bachelor’s degree in business administration in management and marketing. Sam is a 2009 graduate of Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School. He is the grandson of Lillian Garvin of Oak Bluffs and Emily Scott of Tisbury.
Get well wishes to Susie Lana Shea who underwent orthopedic surgery this past week at Massachusetts General Hospital.
A happy Mother’s Day to everyone.
Happy 14th anniversary wishes to Darren and Nancy Leport on May 15, and happy third anniversary wishes to our UPIS LAND mail carrier Sean Cummings and his wife Kerry Sertl as they celebrate the same day. Happy 27th anniversary wishes to Michael and Bettina Washington on May 17.
Happy birthday wishes this week to Paula Peters and Robin Robinson who share the day on May 11. A very special happy birthday wish to our youngest sister Jyl Manning as she celebrates her special day on May 12. Marjorie Vanderhoop Galbraith and her nephew Serel Garvin will celebrate on May 12. Beverley Evans, Tim Fullin, Jeffrey Duarte and Ed Belain all celebrate on May 13. Steve Garvin Sr., Phyllis Vanderhoop, Sophia Welch and Bret Stearns will party on May 14. Phyllis Meras, Katie Mayhew and Nick Bologna celebrate on May 15. Jody Reston, Lydia Fischer, Kathy Kendrick, Herb Moody, Leigh Moreis and Ben Cameron share the day on May 16. Tom Seeman, Aquinnah Witham, Kyle Killebrew and Erin Corbo share the day on May 17.