Martha’s Vineyard community notes


GPS course for mariners offered

The Martha’s Vineyard Detachment of the Coast Guard Auxiliary will offer a two-week GPS for Mariners course beginning Wednesday, December 4. The course will meet Wednesday evenings, 6–8 pm, through December 11 at the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School.

This in-depth course focuses on the Global Positioning System (GPS) equipment typically owned by the recreational boater, according to a press release. Course participants who already own hand-held GPS units are invited to bring them to the class. GPS units will be available for those who do not own one. This course will involve students in an interactive experience, with a goal of providing each participant with the knowledge and skills to use a GPS for practical and safe recreational boating.

Pre-registration is required for admission. Additional information and reservation of space in the GPS for Mariners class may be obtained by calling Chris Scott, Auxiliary Instructor: 774-930-0921. While the instruction is free, there is a $40 fee to cover the costs of the textbook, chart, and materials used in the course.

Know a hero?

The Cape Cod and Islands Chapter of the American Red Cross will honor individuals at the 12th Annual American Red Cross Heroes Breakfast, presented by Cape Air, on Friday, March 28, 2014 at the Resort and Conference Center at Hyannis.

The organization is currently looking for nominees. Hero categories include Professional (fire, police, dispatch, EMT), Lifesaving, Community Impact, Good Samaritan, Armed Forces, Environmental/Animal, Individual with Disabilities, and Mentor/Role Model. Heroic event must be ongoing or have occurred between December 15, 2012 and December 21, 2013. Hero must live or work on Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, or Nantucket.

The Red Cross touches lives in our community every day through programs and services such as disaster relief and health and safety training. As an organization committed to helping the community, the Red Cross is honored to salute individuals who are making a difference through their actions.

Forms are due by December 28.