It is 2014, people. Does that number just look so SciFi or what? Where is my hovercraft, already? Seriously, though, I did get a little chill typing 2014. Nothing like a new year — new goals, fresh start, clean slate. And with the days now starting to get longer, it’s all uphill from here.

I can’t believe how many more puppies I have seen since I reported last week. I met a handsome fella named Milo just the other day, who was all waggy tail and happy cuddles. Also, Jason Dyer and Glenda Gotcsik have welcomed Nika, an English mastiff into their home. Olivia, their five-pound Pomeranian-Chihuahua mix has welcomed her new burly sister with open paws. They have quickly become two peas in a very oddly shaped pod.

There were a lot of full houses this holiday season, with visitors from all over. Patrice Brewer had the kids under one roof, with Davis, Simone, and Simone’s daughter, Evelyn, there to celebrate. Meanwhile, Harriet Broun’s folks, Susan and Gary, flew over from Brighton, England, to share the holiday with their daughter and Lady, another K9 pal.

I’ve received a couple of announcements from the Federated Church. First off, the All Church Cabaret is slated for Saturday, January 11, at 7:30 pm. With Peter Boak at the piano, you can count on solos, duets, a cappella groups, comedy, magic, and more. Jay Banks will emcee, and appetizers and beverages will be available for purchase. All proceeds will directly benefit the Haiti Peace Quilts mission and the Federated Church.

Also, the members of the Federated Church are once again sponsoring their Free Lasagna Luncheons, beginning January 5, and continuing every Sunday through March 30. The luncheon is held from 12:30 to 2:30 pm, in the Federated Church Parish House. The free meal consists of salad, lasagna, garlic bread, and assorted cookies, and all are welcome. For more information, call Marna Waller at the church office at 508-627-4421.

Looking to get out of town but don’t want to deal with that pesky ferry boat? For the month of January, the Mansion House in Vineyard Haven will host their annual Slumber Party to celebrate 29 years on Main Street. Islanders get to stay in the Inn, enjoy the health club and pool, for just $29 pp, based on double occupancy. From what I hear, it turns into a block party of sorts, as everyone knows each other. Also going on in January is the Saturday Sampler, during which anyone can attend the health club for free and sample classes that they might be reluctant to pay for without first trying them out. So there you go. Brave the rotary and get outta town for a few hours. We’ll still be here when you get back. For more info, call 508-693-2200.

Birthday wishes go out this week to Debbie Elias, who celebrates January 4; to Dee Laird and Jake Sylvia, on January 5; to Alex Morrison and Lindsay Medeiros, on January 6; and to Katie Jordan, on January 7. Have fun, folks.