Cranberry Day was celebrated Tuesday, with ideal weather to gather at the bogs. As in days gone by, all ages harvested cranberries to bake something special or to save for Thanksgiving. The annual potluck was held in the evening, around the fire at the bogs.

The First Indigenous Peoples Day held at Felix Neck on Oct. 11 was a success. Approximately 200 people attended. Yes: we are still here!

The Aquinnah Public Library book group will meet on Thursday, Oct. 21 at 3 p.m. on the deck, weather permitting. In case of bad weather, it will meet over Zoom. The discussion will be about West with the Night by Beryl Markham.

The library will host Trick or Treat on Saturday, Oct. 30 from noon to 3 p.m. Show all of those unique costumes to the library staff.

Speaking of the library, Nancy Benoit has the library sign in her possession for a new coat of paint that will last a few more years. We can expect a meticulous job. Whether it is interior paint in a home or her Christmas decorations, her work is all professionally accomplished in a precise manner.

We all still speak of the late Aiko Hydeman, who funded the original project about 20 years ago.

Martha’s Vineyard Museum will host Appraisal Day with Skinner, Inc. on Oct. 23 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the museum’s location on Lagoon Pond Road in Vineyard Haven. One item will be appraised for $15 and up to three items for $40. Please register by calling (508) 627-4441 and speak with Savannah Berryman-Moore at extension 127. Masks will be required.

Across the channel at U.S. Coast Guard Station Menemsha, congratulations to FN Justin Roberts on his selection as station Menemsha’s sailor of the quarter. FN Roberts was nominated by his peers for his duty before self attitude. On multiple occasions, FN Roberts volunteered his off-duty time to participate in community events around the Island and volunteered to act as a boat crew member to assist in certifying four members in their qualifications.

BM1 Colleen Wilson was presented with her Heavy Weather Coxswain Certificate. This qualification is paramount towards the unit’s ability to respond to SAR, with the winter season right around the corner.

Great work by petty officers Ezrah Brown and Brian Wood, as well as FN Justin Roberts, for safely moving an ocean sunfish from the shallow and confined waters of Menemsha Pond back out to the open waters of Vineyard Sound. Protection of living marine resources is one of their missions.

Petty Officer Ezrah Brown has re-enlisted for an additional six years.

All of these awards, certificates, and enlistment renewal were presided over by senior chief Justin Longval.

Happy 17th anniversary to Shaun MacPhail and Alexandra Taylor on Oct. 16. Happy 19th anniversary to James and Melissa Mahoney on Oct. 19.

Happy birthday wishes to USCG Chief Robert Parent, who will be deer hunting in our woods soon. Happy ninth birthday to Tillie Arrow Taylor on Oct. 17. Neal Maciel will celebrate his special day on Oct. 18, sharing the day with James Vercruysse and Abel Rutkowski.

Louis Belain parties on Oct. 19. Jaleah Elizabeth Sauer will be six years old on Oct. 20. Clyde Phillips will observe his special day on Oct. 20, as will USCG Petty Officer Ezrah Brown.

Oct. 21 is a day of celebration for Barbara Gentry, Joseph Lee and Nancy Campana. Jenna Petersiel will observe her special day on Oct. 22, as will Pearl Vercruysse.