The northeaster came and went with very little resulting damage in its path. The wind was strong but we were spared the mounds of snow that many other communities received. By Tuesday, all the snow had melted and according to Punxsutawney Phil we will have six more weeks of winter. One predication we may rely on will be that Tom Brady will most likely achieve his 10th Super Bowl win.

Have you returned your annual Aquinnah street listing information to town clerk Gabriella Camillieri? Please complete your form and mail to the office of the Aquinnah town clerk, or place it in the drop box at the town hall. If you have not received a form, please call Gabriella at 508-645-2304 to obtain one. You must obtain your annual dog license as well.

In this windswept most western community on Martha’s Vineyard, we will observe the 70th anniversary of being the last community in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to receive electricity. It seems like just yesterday that we survived with kerosene lanterns, wood burning potbelly stoves, bayberry candles, coal stoves, outdoor plumbing, Delco batteries and a totally different way of life. Electric light switches and clothes washing machines becoming a significant part of our days. We purchased black and white televisions, but never envisioned flat screen televisions, stereos, microwaves, electric stoves, vacuum cleaners, desktops and laptops, printers. If you would like to learn more about our former Town of Gay Head becoming electrified, yours truly will present a short snippet through the up-Island Council on Aging and the Martha’s Vineyard Museum on Feb. 17 at 2 p.m. To register, please contact Diana Braillard at the Howes House: 508-693-2896 or

News from Hollywood, Caleb’s Crossing will be made into a movie starring Native American actors. Geraldine Brooks is the author of the intelligently written historical account of Caleb that was published a decade ago. Geraldine has presented her depiction of Caleb in many settings across America over the past decade. Caleb was not only the first Native American graduate of Harvard University in 1665 but he was also the first Vineyarder to graduate from Harvard.

Interested in knitting? The Howes House Monday night knitting group is up and running via Zoom on Monday’s at 7 p.m. Contact Ginny at: to register.

The Martha’s Vineyard Fishermen’s Preservation Trust will have all donations between $25 to $2,500 doubled during the month of February. Donate online or by mail to MVFPT, PO Box 96, Menemsha, MA 02552.

Across the channel at USCG Station Menemsha ,SN Patrick Shanahan has advanced to BM3, recently returning from A School in Yorktown, VA. MK3 Brody Schilling and BM3 Ryan Martyn have recently re-enlisted. Ryan attended Living Marine Resources School and has earned his Heavy Weather Certificate for the 47-foot motor lifeboat.

Belated Happy 50th Birthday wishes to our neighbor Shaun MacPhail as he celebrated on Jan. 23, and to Angela Rose for her 50th celebration this past week.

Happy Birthday wishes this week to Christine Murphy as she celebrated on Feb. 1; Logan James Manning celebrated his ninth birthday on Feb. 2; Wunotuway Powell Vanderhoop celebrated her fourth birthday on Feb. 3, sharing the day with Trisha Haskell, Tysonnae Aiguier-Bolling and Colby Storm; Hellie Neumann will party on Feb. 6.