Chris Jones proclaims winter is over. How can he make such a bold statement? The stripers are running, and he managed to snag one. A beautiful keeper worthy of a feast is a telltale sign. A sign even more trustworthy than the mighty bloom of a daffodil.

It may not have been a winning game but Perry and Gabe Ambulos ventured north to Boston to take in all the sights and sounds Fenway Park and the Boston Red Sox had to offer. Just so happens Lenny and Jennifer Clarke were there as well. Jen is still kicking back in Boston working on some music at Sanctum Sound.

Some may have known her from her days as a school teacher. Some may have known her through her family — her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Some may simply have seen her making her trek down the Cross Road on foot to retrieve her mail from the post office. She would often wear her bright red gloves or hat on a chilly day. You may have seen her taking her daily dip at Menemsha Beach and grabbing a newspaper at the Texaco on her way back up the hill. Sadly, Mildred Mayhew, the woman we all knew in some capacity, lived life to its fullest capacity and passed away on April 19 after experiencing 97 1/2 years on Earth. A graveside service was held on Monday at Abel’s Hill. My heart goes out to her family, including Ted and Judy Mayhew, Becky and Mike Hewitt, and Sarah, Charlie, Kira, and Tyler Shipway.

MV Shellfish Extravaganza, a benefit for the MV Shellfish Group, is bound to be a super fun time. Saturday, April 28, at the Chilmark Community Center from 7 to 10 pm. Tickets are $20, available at the door. Stop by to boogie down with Johnny Hoy. Stop by to eat freshly shucked oysters and clams. If you can’t make it, but want to help or donate an item for the silent auction contact Amandine at 774-563-0953. Some of the already contributed amazing items include a huge fish wall hanging, Joan LeLacheur wampum, vintage ceramic soup set shaped like clams and so much more.

If you find yourself down island Saturday night, Island EMTs and emergency personnel will take to the catwalk for a charity fashion show. In honor of the American Heart Association’s “Go Red For Women” campaign the Tisbury Volunteer Ambulance Association presents “Respond in Style” at the Harbor View Hotel in Edgartown. Indulge in raffles, auction, gift bags and door prizes, hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Contact the Tisbury Ambulance Association at 508-696-4214 for further information. Tri-Town folks participating include Zeke Wilkins, Farley Pedler, Olivia Law Butler, Ben Retmier and more.

This Sunday, April 29, a memorial gathering for Amanda Hutchinson will he held at 1 pm at the Chilmark Community Center. Please stop in and share a story or two, glance at pictures that will put a smile on your face and remember the beautiful woman that Amanda was.

Buffy Knight Carroll took a quick getaway and visited with her mom Billie Hancock at her home in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. The two ladies dined out, had their nails done, visited with family and friends, and hit the beach. While mom was away the boys did play. Gil and Christian played 36 holes of golf. A father/son dream.

A round of applause and big thanks to the community are extended from all of the Chilmark Preschool family members. After countless hours and tireless efforts of many, it has been decided: Peter Knight will take on the construction of the preschool bathroom addition. Additional thanks are shouted out to Keith Fenner who constructed planting beds for the youngest of our students to tend to.

Speaking of the preschool. Do you have a child who is ready for preschool? There are ten students in the Chilmark Preschool family moving on to kindergarten, so there are still a few available spaces left for fall enrollment. Please contact Director Heather Quinn at 508-645-2562, ext. 110, for details.