Oh, the weather has been ideal for the past week, with a slight shower on Tuesday evening. Other than that, sunshine every day, temperature reaching the 70s and cool calm breezes. Lilacs are in full bloom as are the rosa rugosa.

Friday evening was a sentimental time for the Vineyard Gazette alumni as they attended a Zoom reunion celebrating the 175th anniversary of the printing of the Gazette. Mark Alan Lovewell is the longest person employed as he has been in the newsroom since 1979.

The Vineyard Transit Authority had a ribbon cutting ceremony last Friday for the new solar canopies that will charge the twelve new electric buses. It was encouraging to see so many supporters from the state and local entities.

I met up with Annette Anthony by accident a week ago. Plans are in place for the Chilmark Flea Market to open for the season on June 30 and run through the Labor Day weekend.

Congratulations to my oldest grandchild, Christina Marie Orfe, who received her Master’s degree in Education with a dual degree in autism and intellectual disabilities from the University of Nevada at Las Vegas. Ceremonies were held on May 13, after a delay due to the pandemic. She was a straight A student with a GPA of 3.97, raising three children, as well as being a classroom teacher.

Congratulations to my youngest grandchild, Noah James Manning, who is on the Head of School list for Falmouth Academy for the second semester of this school year. Noah is also the president of his freshman year class of 2024.

Congratulations to my youngest great grandchild, Kylee Ann Darcy, on her first Kaleidoscope dance recital held on Saturday at Union Chapel under the direction of their ballet teacher Lucia Dillon. Kylee and her dance troupe, including Clementine, Olive, Elke, Charlotte, Frances, Eilish and Leona, performed to the music entitled Cherry Blossom Princess.

Welcome to Jeffrey Elghanayan and his family who have decided to be year-round residents at their Aquinnah home. Looking forward to seeing them around town.

Welcome to Barry Christopher Laursen, son of Timothy and Ann Laursen, who was born on May 7 at Martha’s Vineyard Hospital. He was welcomed home by his brother, two-year-old Svend, and by his grandparents Peter and Marie Laursen.

Corinna Majno and her husband Ken Kaufman have arrived from California. Corinna has her seaweed art studio open for the season on Mariner’s View Way.

Happy fourth anniversary to Dana and Kayla Darcy on May 20.

Happy 42nd anniversary to Michael and Susan Wallo on May 26.

Happy Birthday wishes this week to Howard Klebanoff on May 17, sharing the day with Spencer Thigpen; Lucas Collins and Samantha Smith share the day on May 19; Will Sennott just might party on May 20; Liza May will observe her special day on May 21; ferry godmother Bridget Tobin will party on May 22; Maureen Dolby Stanus parties on May 22; Nathan Belain shares May 23, along withl Mia Jeffers; Logan Boytek will be five years old on May 24; Jon Mayhew and Ilona Metell share the day on May 24; Janis Vogel parties on May 25; Marsha Shufrin will observe her special day on May 26; May 27 is a day of celebration for Janice Brown, Dr. Richard Koehler and Kayden Keith Devine; Wenonah Madison, Susan Anderson, Carissa Smith, Christy Vanderhoop and Rusty Peters share the day on May 28.