People are on the move. Island photographer and author, Michael Blanchard is heading out west for a photographic adventure. Writer and author Nancy Aronie spoke on NPR radio last Monday. And a huge eagle flew over my yard a few days ago with a giant loaf of French bread in his mouth. He was headed to West Chop.

Great news for all of us in dire straits because of the pandemic. The VTA is offering free bus rides from the Steamship Authority in Vineyard Haven to the new Island Food Pantry location at the P.A. Club in Oak Bluffs. Check for times. Also, Good Shepherd Parish will have food distribution on Saturday, March 6 and Saturday, March 20 at their facility in Oak Bluffs. No one needs to go hungry in our community.

Lorraine Wells, an active member of Tisbury Waterways, announces an increase in their annual scholarship. The $2,000 scholarship will be available to those studying marine science, environmental studies and related fields. The scholarship is available to year-round Islanders. Apply soon.

Sad news has reached us that human dynamo and civil rights activist Vernon Jordan has passed. I was fortunate to meet this great man a few times.

Delightful author and raconteur Herb Foster also left us last week. I have some of his books. I heard him give a wonderful talk at the Vineyard Haven library. He was so active in civil affairs on-Island. We shall miss them both.

Condolences to Chris, Lilly, Dominic and Corbyn Clark-Garza. My 13-year-old grand cat, Jaspurr, passed last week in Rockford, IL . Jaspurr was very loving with his long, silky black fur. He lived a good life with a warm family, three other cats, three dogs and, for a while, Savannah the chinchilla.

I am sure I do not need to remind you that this is women’s month. International Women’s Day is March 8.

The birthday bandwagon pulled along Nancie Lucas Meekins and Emily Rives on March 2, and the Seward twins, David and Douglas, take the cake thus weekend. Many happy returns.