Aquinnah: Squibnocket Pond alert

— Kyra Steck

The collaboration of Wampanoag tribal members and Danza Organica “âs nupumukâunean (We Still Dance),” which was performed last week at the Yard sounds like it was a stunning performance. I am so sorry I was unable to attend as I saw its early inception at the ACC and then at the Gardner Museum. I talked with Mike Sellitti, who was one of the performers in it, and he stated that the piece has evolved and is much different since it was last performed. He was very grateful that he had been able to be a part of it. It seems like it was one of the best kinds of performances, one that changes both the people on stage and the people in the audience.

There are two events this Thursday at the library, the first is with Sânushq Camille. She will lead an interactive Circle Time with stories and songs in the Wôpanâak (Wampanoag) language outside on the library deck at 2 pm. Space is limited, so please register. For the second event, Dick Johnson will present his research on Lone Star ticks as part of the M.V. Tick Project. The presentation will be at 5 pm via Zoom. Email to register for one or both events.

Kate Taylor’s record release concert for her new album, “Why Wait!” will be this Tuesday at the Tabernacle in Oak Bluffs. Kate and many special guests will be performing songs from the new album, along with other favorites. I think this is going to be the show of the summer. Doors open at 7 pm and the show starts at 8 pm. Get your tickets at

The group CyanoCasting/Martha’s Vineyard Commission has issued an alert of reports of dangerous levels of cyanobacteria in Squibnocket Pond. This toxin is reported to be associated with dog deaths. The Aquinnah Board of Health recommends no swimming or fishing in Squibnocket Pond until further notice. Contact the Aquinnah Board of Health with any questions or concerns, at 508-645-2309.

Apparently there has been a rash of accidental calls to 911 recently on the Island. The culprit? Cell phones! Please make sure that your phone is locked before you put it in your pocket. These calls place a burden on the call center and divert attention from genuine emergencies.

The Possible Dreams auction was this past Sunday, Liz Witham and Ken Wentworth’s Film Truth Productions donated to one of the “dreams” and that package raised $32,000 for M.V. Community Services. Thank you, Ken and Liz.

Thank you, Richard Skidmore! Richard recently retired from his position of Gay Head Lighthousekeeper, a post he held for 31 years. He is the longest serving keeper in the history of the lighthouse. Anyone who knows Richard knows that he is a wealth of information about the lighthouse, and that he was always happy to share that knowledge. He oversaw the incredible move that happened in 2015 and never seemed anything but calm and steadfast throughout. On a personal note, my husband and I were married at the lighthouse and Richard was a joy to work with. He knew how important the day was to us and he treated us like we were the only people to have ever been married there, even though I know there have been so many. I look forward to seeing what the next phase is for Richard. Happy Birthday to Hollis Smith who celebrates on July 29.

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