JUNE D. MANNING
Condolences to the family and friends of Nancy Hall Delaney who died on July 10 in Boston. Nancy was the wife of Walter E. Delaney, the mother of Gayle Delaney and her husband Andrew Dineen, and the grandmother of Raymond Dineen. As year-round residents for more 30 years, Nancy assisted Walter with his duties as Aquinnah fire chief, fielded telephone calls for the numerous homes he was the caretaker of, and was an integral part of the Aquinnah Public Library board of trustees, the Aquinnah board of registrars and the Aquinnah board of health. She enjoyed needlework, especially crewel. Nancy immersed herself in researching, documenting and organizing her family history and genealogies, an accomplishment she was very proud of. She was also a member of the Martha’s Vineyard Doll Club. Nancy was very proud of their grandson Raymond and his study of the viola. When their health allowed, Walter and Nancy would attend Raymond’s concerts in and around Boston. She will be missed immensely, especially by her Lighthouse Road friends. Funeral services have already taken place in their former hometown of Woburn. Memorial donations in Nancy’s name may be sent to Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, Suite 210, 295 Huntington avenue, Boston, MA 02115.
Condolences to the family and friends of Paul Smalley who passed away on July 11 in Atlanta, Ga. Paul was born at the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital in 1935, raised in Gay Head and subsequently moved to Wakefield, R.I., Deep River, Conn., and retired to Mount Olive, N.C. He was an elder of the Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe and a U.S. Marine Corps veteran. He was predeceased by his parents Alonzo and Edna, as well as by his brother Leroy Smalley in 2008. He is survived by his wife Lula, his children Polly and Patrick, and grandchildren Quinton and Scarlette. Services will be held in North Carolina on Saturday. His nephew Jay and his wife Millicent will attend from Aquinnah, as will his sister in law Beverly Smalley.
The Aquinnah Public Library will present The Hibernating House on Saturday July 20 at 2:30 p.m. at the Aquinnah town hall. This is a wonderful family story time with the authors Sandy Leahy and Kathy Tarentino. Admission is free and refreshments will be served.
The annual Portuguese Holy Ghost Feast will be held at the PA Club on Vineyard avenue in Oak Bluffs beginning at 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 20 with traditional foods, game booths for children, music and dancing, and an auction. On Sunday the parade begins at 11 a.m. from the Steamship Authority, up Circuit avenue to the PA Club with the young girls parading and carrying the crown of Queen Isabella. The Portuguese folk dancers will perform and there will be a live auction at the club. This will be a fun-filled family weekend for all to enjoy and to support the many programs of the club.
Jemima James and Friends will perform in concert at Alex’s Place at the YMCA of Martha’s Vineyard at 9 p.m. on Saturday July 20. Jemima has recently released her latest CD. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at ticketsmv.com.
Martha’s Vineyard Center for Living will be the recipient of Flatbread Benefit Night on Tuesday, July 23. You can dine in or take out. A portion of all pizza sales on Tuesday will benefit Martha’s Vineyard Center for Living programs, especially the need for a permanent home for the Supportive Day Program and the medical taxi service for appointments on the Cape.
Aquinnah Public Library presents Amelia Bedelia on Thursday, July 25 at 3:30 p.m. for a special story time with songs and fun. At 5 p.m. on July 25, Thomas Dresser will speak about his new book Women of Martha’s Vineyard, which features those from Aquinnah — the late Helen Vanderhoop Manning and the late Gladys Malonson Widdiss. Admission is free. Refreshments will be served.
Cameron Cuch, his wife Marilyn and their children Jay Ryder and Arden Grace of Salt Lake City, Utah were at the home of his mother Carla Giles Cuch while here to attend the services for Beatrice Gentry. Family and friends from across the country were in attendance.
Get well wishes to Natalie Francis who has been a patient at Martha’s Vineyard Hospital this past week.
Corinna Majno and her husband Ken Kaufman have arrived from California to assist Barry and Grace Reeves once again at the Totem Pole Inn for the summer season. Corinna had a little misfortune with a fish hook on Sunday but all is well that ends well.
Lyle Ignacio Vanderhoop was born at Martha’s Vineyard Hospital on June 30, the son of Todd Vanderhoop and Amera Ignacio.
Congratulations to Barbara Wallen for volunteering more than 1,000 hours this past year at Windemere. Belinda Booker is a Windemere volunteer as well.
Happy 56th anniversary wishes to Bob and Connie Iadicicco on July 20.
Catching up on birthdays: Gloria Francis Fontes and Dominic Baird celebrated on July 9. Michael Colaneri, Mandy Tomkins and Skyler Cameron celebrated on July 11. My favorite editor Richard Reston had a birthday on July 14. Jake Baird is now a teenager. John Occouch Vanderhoop and Tobias Vanderhoop shared the day on July 15. Dr. Gerald Steinberg celebrated on July 17. Jed Smith and Connie Athearn Taylor partied on July 18. Wendy Weldon, Julieanne Vanderhoop, and James Glavin Sr. will party today.
Susie Lana Shea will observe a major milestone on July 20 as will Laurie Perry-Henry. Raymond Dineen will be 19 on July 20. Aquinnah police officer Steve Mathias will party on the 22nd. Oona Buresch Carroll will be seven years old on July 22 and shares the day with her mother Kendra Buresch. Charlene Alley will be exhausted after the feast but will celebrate on July 22. Sheila Jason celebrates her special day on July 23. Samuel Scott, Corey Vanderhoop and Berta Welch party on July 25.