Are we really almost through with April? What a pleasant spring we have had so far. I keep having memories of the never-ending downpour that was last spring and I am so grateful for the warm days and mild weather we have had. Things are starting to cook in Aquinnah. People are coming in to open their summer houses, preparing for the return of college kids, and making summer camp plans. Before you know it, we’ll be spending the day on Philbin and heading down to the Chilmark Store for pizza on the porch.

Aquinnah’s population increased by one this week, Heidi Vanderhoop gave birth to Erick Angelo Moore at 10:30 pm on Tuesday, April 13. I have not seen him in person, but I have seen a picture and he is quite a cutie. Welcome Erick, and all the best to Mom and Dad.

Speaking of Aquinnah’s population, the U.S. decennial Census is continuing around town. If you have received a notice from your census taker but have not yet called them please do. It is very important that everyone be counted. Massachusetts is in danger of losing two seats in the House of Representatives and the number of our population directly impacts our federal funding. So make sure you get counted.

This Sunday the 25th is the Wampanoag Spring Luncheon from 12 noon-4 pm. Come to the Tribal Building for some food, fellowship, dancing, drumming, and singing. It’s a great way to welcome spring and socialize with your neighbors.

Faith’s Seafood Shack is open, serving a limited menu, and their new master sushi chef, Nobu Kobayshi arrives from Tokyo tomorrow. They will have a grand reopening of their sushi bar on Saturday, May 1; from 11 am until sunset, stop by for some great sushi. For more information, call 508-645-4080.

Remember, Julie is doing pizza days on Saturdays from 2 to 5 pm for a $10 suggested donation, as long as the weather is good. Her daughter, Ella, has been burning it up running track at the high school. She has been doing very well in her first season, especially for a freshman.

There is no word yet from the library on their upcoming programs for spring and summer, but Jenny promises to have something together soon and Art and Story time is happening every Saturday at 11 am.

Jim Wallen left last week for St. Bart’s to bring back the boat, Juno, on which he is crew and cook.

People have been making good use of the fine weather, and it seems wherever I go in Aquinnah these days people are cleaning up the winter debris from their yards and starting their gardens. There have also been some nasty germs going around: A stomach bug flew around most of the kids at the Plum Hill School a couple of weeks ago, and a bad cough/sinus bug has also been making the rounds. Not to mention the allergies that come with spring. Not to be a downer but I’ve been sick for three weeks with a cough that I can’t seem to shake. Is it just the change in the weather? Or living with a three-year-old? None of my friends without kids seem to be that sick. Whatever it is I’m tired of it, and am looking forward to the time of long sunny days and good health.