Shhhh! Do you hear that? That’s the sound of an empty town. Everyone — all right obviously not everyone as I am here writing this and you are here reading it, but it feels like everyone — has decamped for some bright sunshine or a ski vacation or just some place not here. And Chilmark Chocolates is closed until March 15. 7A and State Road are also closed for a spell.

I hate this time of year. It’s really the only time when I feel extremely isolated from the rest of the world (probably because my friends are all some place else). Well, on the brighter side, once everyone returns, spring will be just around the corner but the winter this year has felt like spring all along so we’ll see what changes actual spring will bring.

Tonight, Thursday, Adult and Community Education (ACE MV) is offering: Cooking through Cultures series, one class, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm: Wampanoag Cooking with Kristina Hook-Leslie at MVRHS. You must pre-register by going to or by calling 508-693-1033, ext 240. The fee is $35. Kristina is very knowledgeable, I’m sure this is going to be a great class.

There will be another film for kids at the library on March 1 from 5 to 6 pm, and popcorn and cider will be served. On March 6, dig out your boxes of photos and grab an album and come on in for some scrapbooking at the Library. Glue will be provided. But it’s only for the scrapbooks, not for sniffing.

The monthly blood pressure clinic in Aquinnah will be held on March 15 from 2 to 3 pm in the town hall. Free and open to all.

I received an email from Chilmark resident Sam Feldman about a group that he is very involved in: the National Widowers’ Organization, Inc. (formerly The Men’s Bereavement Network). They have expanded their reach nationally and are dedicated to helping widowers find the support they need. If you are one of the 415,000 men who are widowed annually or you know someone who has been widowed, you can contact the organization directly via email at: or by calling the Executive Director, Fred Spero at 774-269-6611.

The Community Preservation Committee (CPC) will be meeting during the month of March to discuss their recommendations for the disbursement of CPA funds for the fiscal year 2013. This is in preparation for the upcoming Annual Town Meeting, where the recommendations of the Committee will be presented as warrant articles and voted on by the town. The CPC would like to encourage all interested parties to submit project proposals for projects to be considered for CPA funding.

All proposals must be in writing, must be no more than two pages in length, and must be received at Town Hall no later than 5 pm on Monday, March 5, to be considered. There are of course guidelines and such for projects that are eligible for CPC funding. Those guidelines are available at town hall, and if you have any further questions you can contact Carolyn Feltz at 508-645-2304 or Derrill Bazzy at 508- 693-4850 during normal business hours.

I saw Christy Moreis on the boat this weekend coming back from a Youth Leadership conference that was held at the Mohegan Sun reservation. She took her youth group of five Wampanoag kids and there were about 15 other kids from different New England tribes. She said that it was a great group of kids and that they really loved the material but that she was tired and ready to be home. She was holding her son, Isaac, who is the perfect mix of both his parents and getting cuter every day.

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