Oh my goodness, talk about a roller coaster ride. I am not a huge football fan but the Patriots vs. Ravens game had me, yes me, yelling at the television screen. That is one of those characteristics I find innately irritating and somehow I found myself on the receiving end of the annoyance. Yes folks, it was a weekend full of football and sledding. We built one sweet run in our back yard that Brooks could take on standing up. Snow surfing is what we call it and he is good at it.

Many thanks to our esteemed Highway Superintendent, Keith Emin, for all of his hard work pushing back the white stuff. With the spinning yellow light on the top of his truck all aglow, he made the rounds of the town and carefully orchestrated the clearing. Team work, is what it’s all about, one does the middle, one does the edge, treat the road, let it sit them slush it. In addition to Keith, thanks to Ken Cottrill, Henry “Hutch” Kirwin, Tim Carroll, and Marshall Carroll for clearing the roads.

Saturday, despite the snow, was a day full of off-Island adventure for John Larsen with daughter Abigail, Wayne Iacono, and Emmett and Kathie Carroll. They all hit the road abound for Hyannis and the Massachusetts Lobstermen’s Association’s 2012 Annual Weekend and Lobster Trade Show. Seminars, exhibits, panel discussions, auction, dinner, catching up with friends and more. It actually sounded like fun.

Chilmark School fourth grader Madia Bellebuono is in the hotspot February 4. She has been chosen as the Kid Critic for the last Winter Film Series of the year. Chris Fischer will prepare a fantastic spread created with goodies from Beetlebung and Morning Glory Farms. Be sure to check out their website for more details.

It’s always hard to introduce something sad into my column. Where do I put it? Should it go first, last or somewhere in the middle? I go round and round on what to do. Sadly, I must share that Sandra Fales Hillman of Middle Road and Greenwich, Conn., died unexpectedly last Friday. I didn’t know Mrs. H., well but we spent nearly every Wednesday morning together for the last few summers while my children and her grandchildren had swimming lessons together. She quite often had a kerchief tied round her head. She watched intently as her grandchildren, Harrison, Ridgely, and Chandler, did laps, practiced diving and frolicked with the other children in the mix. Hartwell, the eldest of her four grandchildren belonging to Elise and Greg Green, now 15, was usually off at camp or working at the Home Port, but often came up in conversation. We chatted under the shade of a tree about her gardens, her livestock, the Agricultural Fair and the importance of a good afternoon nap to really recharge one’s personal batteries. A memorial service will be held for her in the spring.

You can jam-pack your weekend with fun if you want to without even leaving town. Free Friday Movies at the Library at 7 pm is sure to draw a crowd this week with the 1973 movie The Sting. The winner of seven Academy Awards stars Robert Redford and Paul Newman. With those two, why would you miss it? Saturday night it is time to rock around the clock with the sounds of the Chickie Babies — Merrily Fenner, Sue Smith and Janice Syslo with Mark Mazer and Peter Knight. Yes folks, the 50s/60s fundraiser for the Chilmark School PTO is the place to be from 7 to 11 pm. There are some auction items you will surely flip over. There is a musical event at the Library on Sunday. Be sure to give them a call and ask what it’s all about.

Denver, Colorado, welcomes a bouncing baby girl. Six-pound, 3-ounce Dylan joins big siblings Alex and Hayden and joyful parents Andrew and Cassie Noyes. Proud cousins include Adelaide, Thea, Ella, and Lathrop Keene, along with beaming aunt and uncle Hillary and John.

Question: Whom should I thank for building the awesome snowman outside the Texaco? It was a wonderful addition to Squid Row.