Well, it certainly is an exciting winter weather-wise here in Aquinnah. We got about a foot of snow here over last Friday and Saturday (in case you hadn't noticed), and as I write this it is pouring rain.
While the storm caused many things to be postponed or delayed, it did not feel as disruptive as it could have because it came on the weekend. Nearly everyone I spoke with in Aquinnah and Chilmark lost power for some amount of time Friday night into Saturday morning, but it seemed like everyone had it back by the early afternoon.
We live off State Road and had no power for about 12 hours, from 10 pm Friday night to 9:30 or so Saturday morning. It then took another seven hours for our Internet and phone to come back up. I hope everyone passed the storm safely with limited damage. A lot of the local kids had a great time sledding up at the circle and at other local spots.
Megan Ottens-Sargent wanted to say thank you, plow angel! Her truck got stuck down Island, and after getting it out, she arrived home to see that some unknown person had plowed her driveway. Thank you to everyone who plowed and sanded and checked in on neighbors during the storm. As Megan says, "Small town living...very sweet."
The free blood pressure clinic is happening today at the Town Hall from 2 to 3 pm; this is open to all residents of Aquinnah.
The first kids' movie and pizza night at the Aquinnah Library was a huge success, with just as many grownups as kids and even a family from Chilmark. Everyone munched on pizza, watched movies, and chatted afterward. Barbara had and will continue to have supplies available for putting together photo albums and scrapbooks for the adults who don't want to watch the movies. The next one will be on February 21, and then March 7; movies start at 5 pm. This event is co-hosted by the Aquinnah Community Preservation Committee (ACPC).
Today the library is having a "low-key" Valentine's Day program for adults with or without sweeties of their own; there will be a chocolate tasting with yummy treats from 4 to 5 pm, and then a romantic movie from 5 to 7 pm. Call the library for details on the movie at 508-645-2314.
Pathways at the Chilmark Tavern is hosting an event this Friday, February 15, at 7 pm: "Love Songs: Celebrating Valentine's Week with Music, Island Composers, Lyrics, Island Poets & Songwriters." William Waterway and Marianne Goldberg will host the evening.
The Chilmark PTO benefit that was supposed to be last weekend has been postponed until Saturday, April 6; the format will be the same, Johnny Hoy and the Bluefish will play, and there will be desserts and a silent auction.
The Land Bank's Aquinnah Town Advisory Board is in need of a representative. This is an opportunity to help preserve and manage open land in Town. The Aquinnah TAB provides the local perspective to the Land Bank Commissioners, and is their partner regarding acquisition and management of properties in Town. The AQTAB meets on an irregular basis as needs arise, which generally results in six to eight meetings a year. This position will be appointed by the AQ Board of Health. If interested, please contact health agent Julie Sierputoski by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Happy birthday one day late to Albert Fischer, who just missed being born on Valentine's Day by one day. Happy Birthday to Rachel Helena, summer resident of Aquinnah and Mikey's mom; her birthday is today, Valentine's Day.
If you haven't done it already, it's not too late to stop at the Bank of Martha's Vineyard and pick up Valentine's Day cards made by Lisa Vanderhoop and then swing by Chilmark Chocolates (open until 5:30 pm). Don't get put in the doghouse — do the right thing for your sweetie.