Memorial Day weekend has passed, the summer has officially begun. Even if you couldn’t always tell by the weather, you could tell by the amount of traffic this weekend. It seemed like the number of cars doubled up-Island and of course there were mopeds, bikers, and joggers galore. Please, let’s all try to remember to be cautious on the roads up here; no matter how late we are for the next job. I saw a lot of cars passing bikers on blind turns this weekend and that always makes me nervous.

Tell your renters, and house guests: starting this Saturday, June 4 the Aquinnah dump will be open on Saturdays between the hours of 9 am and 1 pm until September 17.

On Tuesday, June 7, at 6:30 pm, there will be an information session about the nursing program starting on the Island. The session will be held at Windemere Nursing Home in the conference room on the first floor. Please call Dr. Lorna Andrade at 508-862-1953 for all the information.

Speaking of nurses, our new town nurse, Mary McLaughlin, will be holding a blood pressure clinic on Thursday, June 9, between 1 and 2 pm. The clinic will be held at Town Hall; for more information you can call 508-645-2307.

If you are 55 and older and want to prove that you still have some moves, come to the “Senior’s Prom” at the Oak Bluffs Senior Center on Wamsutta Avenue on Saturday, June 9, from 6-9 pm. This event is open to all seniors on the Island; tickets are $7.50 in advance or $10 at the door.

Just released and available at local bookstores (and soon at our library) is Tom Dresser’s new book “The Wampanoag Tribe of Martha’s Vineyard: Colonization to Recognition”; this is a history of the Wampanoag with interviews and biographies of key tribal members.

The Wampanoag Games Day this past Saturday was a success with about 15 kids attending, the word up at the Cliffs is that there will be another later in the summer.

Congratulations to June Manning who received the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women Unsung Heroine of 2011 award last month. June is an amazing power of example of community service here in Aquinnah.

Saskia Vanderhoop celebrated her birthday in style with a Latin Dance Party at the Shepherd Fine Art Space in Oak Bluffs.

Todd Vanderhoop is slowly recovering from the compound fracture in his leg, he has a unique crutch where the bottom half of his leg can rest on the crutch and he can get around.

Irina and Sasha Gerhard returned from Russia last week where they visited Irina’s family and also spent some time in Moscow. Irina said that they had a great time, Sasha picked up a little of the Russian language, they went to museums and the symphony and rode on a very fast escalator on the Moscow transit system (the largest underground transit system in the world). Sasha was an intrepid traveler going everywhere with her mother and not complaining on the very long flight home.

Everything is open up at the cliffs as of this past weekend. Faith said that the Seafood Shack will be serving sushi starting in July; they have their regular menu available now.