I must say I'm quite happy that Punxsutawney Phil didn't see his shadow last week. I realize that we've had a mild winter, but the last couple of weeks seem to be trying to make up for lost time. And maybe it is just because I'm getting older, but the cold weather just really makes me cranky. I may have been born a New England girl, but I'm pretty sure someone made a mistake with that. My heart pines for the tropics. May spring get here before I get too maniacal.
Mary and George Kuehne called the other day, asking me to extend congratulations to their granddaughter, Tayla, daughter of David and Melissa Kuehne of Edgartown. Tayla, a red belt, recently competed in the tae kwon do competition representing her martial arts school, Strictly All Contact of Martha's Vineyard. Twelve-year-old Tayla finished second and third in forms and fighting.
I was so sorry to read that Edgartown lost one of its finest members this week with the passing of Joe Mello. Though he was 92 years old, he was just one of those people that seemed like he would always be with us. I had gotten to know Joe over the years through his caretaking work. Joe, a respected veteran, was always a kind and gentle soul who always had a pleasant greeting and kind word to say, and we will certainly miss him very much.
Don't forget the Valentine Tea on Feb. 14 at 1:30, hosted by the Unity Club of the Federated Church in Edgartown. All the women of the community are invited to this no-charge event. Call Joyce Hall at 508-627-9288 with any questions.
Happy birthday to Zeke Iammarino, who turned 7 this week. And to Jonathan Ryan, who turned 20 on Feb. 5.
The annual dinner/auction to raise money for the high school girls ice hockey program is on Sunday, Feb. 11, at 6 pm. For tickets and information, call Colleen Sylvia at 508-693-5185. If you can't make it to the dinner, you're welcome to join the fun of the auction at 7:30 pm.
It's vacation season again, so be sure to get me news of your adventures to lands far and near.
I guess that's about it. Not much news coming in. Have a great week.