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Did we really need a groundhog to tell us there would be six more weeks of winter? The snow [a]looks picture-perfect when it has first fallen and cleans up the landscape. Then, as New England weather does, the temperature rises a bit, the snow starts to melt, and we are left with a somewhat disappointing view of everything that remains until time for spring clean-up. But soon the cycle will begin again with falling temperatures and snow camouflaging what we don’t want to see. I guess we should be grateful for the water it brings because many parts of the country, especially California, are in such a serious drought they would certainly appreciate the rain and the snow. And besides, will complaining change anything?

If you are looking for a book to read during this cold, snowy winter, get a copy of “Everyday Heroes,” by Seamond Ponsart Roberts. This true story of a family’s life at lighthouses will give you a view of a way of life that has passed into history. Seamond’s father, Octave Ponsart was stationed at the West Chop lighthouse in 1946 and Seamond was a student at the Tisbury School. The book contains many chapters about her friends and her adventures on the Island.

Leaders of the new organization 350 Martha’s Vineyard Island (350MVI) will be guests at the monthly meeting of the Democratic Council of Martha’s Vineyard (a.k.a. MVDems).   The meeting will be held from 9 to 10:30 am. on Saturday, February 8, at the Howes House in West Tisbury which is across from Alley’s General Store.  All are welcome to attend.  For more information, please contact MVDems at info@mvdems.org.

Our Library will keep us active this winter and the latest program is a “Curious Minds Forum”

on Thursday, February 13, at 6:30 pm. Join Holly Nadler and guests for this monthly forum. The February topic is lucid dreams.

Valentine Making for Kids will take place on Thursday, February 13, 3:30 to 4:30 pm. It includes making and decorating paper valentines for or ages 3 and up. Adult supervision is required.

Get lost in a giant maze on Saturday, February 15, from 11 am to 2 pm. This will be fun for the whole family and you will have an opportunity to meet the maze makers,

Sponsored by Slow Food Martha’s Vineyard at the Edgartown Public Library, the

documentary “Genetic Roulette – The Gamble of Our Lives” will be shown on Wednesday, February 12, at 7 pm. This film explores the health dangers of food containing GMOs (genetically modified organisms). Come learn about GMOs, GMO labeling initiatives, and efforts to become GMO Free.  For more info, call the library at 508-627-4221

Bill and Maureen Anderson have just returned from five weeks in St. Pete Beach, Florida, visiting their daughter, Kristen Anderson, and grandson, Ian Thompson. While there, they went to Fort Myers and then traveled on the Key West Express for a visit to Key West. Another daughter, Gretchen Anderson, and her family, were also there to celebrate the holidays.

Whenever you have attended the Memorial Parade, over past years, you have probably seen the woman who was selling the red poppies That woman was Anna Duarte. After many years devoted to that project, Anna retired a few years ago. Now, due to health issues, Anna resides at Windemere. She would love to hear from old friends or perhaps new ones who would let her know how her hard work over the years was appreciated.

We send birthday smiles to Chloe Hoyt , Marc Rivers and Sally Scott on February 7, Adam Barmakian, Nelson deBettencourt, and Richard J. Mavro on the 10th, Juanita Suarez Espino and Cody Pachico on the 11th, and Melissa Kalagher on the 12th.

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