That northeaster hung around longer than we expected, with gusts at 94 miles per hour. Thank you to all the crews that have worked tirelessly over the past week to not only restore electricity, telephones and cable but to those still clearing trees from the roadways, and to our emergency police, firefighters and emergency medical teams. All are awesome!

Our home was without power for exactly 24 hours and zero damage at this end of the Island that braces with the north wind every once in a while. The tides have been significantly high. As long as Hariph’s bridge remains intact, we feel relatively safe.

Lunch is being served at the Outermost Inn on Thursdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.. Sunday brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

November is Native American Heritage Month. Yes, we are still here! During the month, one may pay tribute to the rich history we have, the rich ancestry we share and the rich traditions that we still observe as Native Americans.

Nov. 10 is United States Marine Corps day and Nov. 11 is Veterans Day. It is observed at the eleventh to honor those still serving and those who have served. The town of Aquinnah honors eight men who have served our nation.

Electronic Disposal Day will be held on Saturday, Nov. 13 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School parking lot. Martha’s Vineyard Community Services and the MVRHS student government will share the proceeds of the day. The event is sponsored and supported by Bruno’s. If you would like to sign up in advance, you can do so at

The League of Women Voters of Martha’s Vineyard now has a drop box at the Aquinnah town hall for used inkjet printer cartridges. The league sends the cartridges to a recycler, keeping thousands of cartridges from the landfill. There’s a purple box with a sign on it in the entrance. Questions? Contact Irene Ziebarth 202-680-8076 or

On Monday, the crew at station Menemsha bid farewell to MK2 Brody Schilling as he departed and is now bound for the USCG Cutter Argus, based in San Pedro, Calif. Brody was awarded the Coast Guard achievement medal for his unwavering support to the unit’s diverse missions and the dedication he showed toward his shipmates and their successes. MK2 Schilling was an integral part of the team and the USCGC Argus is lucky to have him aboard. Brody has enjoyed having family members visit from their home in Louisiana. Best of luck Brody. You will be missed.

Tiffany Smalley has returned to her home in Los Angeles after a brief visit with her parents, Jay and Millicent Smalley, and her siblings Zachary and Faith. Tiffany is presently enrolled in graduate school.

Sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Kent Healy, a member of the select board of West Tisbury but, most importantly, a member of the community at large. He was always present to assist anyone with a unique question that would test his engineering knowledge and he would find an honest and simple solution to whatever it was. He will certainly be missed across the island for sharing his knowledge.

Sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Max McCreery, whom I had the good fortune of meeting nearly 20 years ago when he and his neighbors would gather every afternoon at 5 p.m. to uplift the spirits of their ill neighbor. We had many thoughtful chances to meet since then and have interesting conversations. Max will be missed.

Happy birthday wishes this week to Mary Griffin Edwards on Nov. 2. John Hanavan celebrates on Nov. 6, sharing the day with Daryn Foster, Jill Gross and Susan Peters. Fiona Brown will be 11 on Nov. 7. Our Aquinnah town clerk Gabriella Camillieri will observe her special day — a milestone — on Nov. 9. Bradford Combra parties on Nov. 9, as will Zach Macey and Lincoln Scott. Molly Cournoyer celebrates on Nov. 10. Molly Purves will observe her special day on Nov. 11 and Sarah Howes observes her special day on Nov. 12.