Friday, May 24, 2024

Aquinnah

Aquinnah – Select board, voting, kid friendly movie, Wednesday luncheon

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I serve as a registrar of voters here in Aquinnah. The election on May 16 was a doozy. We had a respectful but energetic horse race on our hands when the marvelous, new-to-politics Jannette...

Aquinnah: Variety Show, community spirit, and Climate Action Fair

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Sunday, May 12, found me waking up singing “There’s No Business Like Show Business.” The night before had seen our Town Hall, with an audience packed from wall to wall for the first Aquinnah...

Aquinnah: Motherly heart, Chilmark School Maypole, trustee retiree, and Aquinnah Variety Show

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I’m writing this on Sunday morning. It’s late for me to be doing this. I have been distracted. Distracted partly by being back at work at what will be my summer job, but mostly...

Aquinnah: Emergency response, town election, lighthouse, variety show, and writing workshops

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I attended two wonderful Aquinnah events last week. The first was a gathering of almost all of the core movers of the Aquinnah Community Emergency Response Team (Aquinnah CERT). We hadn’t met for a...

Aquinnah: Family and community, beach grass, Earth Day clean-up, and Conservation Festival

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Last week I found me riding the Peter Pan bus to and from Logan Airport all in one day. I took that trip in order to accompany my elder sister to her flight back...

Aquinnah: Springtime birds, candidate forum, Island Grown Initiative, and solar eclipse

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As the impact of spring gets more and more apparent (leaves are showing!), and we have the occasionally truly sunny and warm day, I am reminded of the ditty my Dad used to tease...

Aquinnah: Council on Aging, Polished Dental, candidate forum, beach grass, and Earth Day

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I’m down with some kind of stomach bug, which isn’t any fun at all. There’s something about not feeling well that fights against any creative endeavors, and I confess that I had to drag...

Aquinnah: Early spring, town library, ‘Food, Inc. 2,’ CPR training, and beach grass

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The weather is giving us a bridge, a chance to lose our winter fur or feathers, days that aren’t warm yet, but that aren’t frozen either. This is a time to plant seeds in...

Aquinnah: CERT volunteers, positive media, food pantries, egg hunt, and First Light Café

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My friend Carla Cuch and I are part of the Aquinnah Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). Our volunteer assignment is to oversee a daytime shelter, if it is ever needed, in case of an...

Aquinnah: Joan LeLacheur, Council on Aging, volunteers for IGI, and Chilmark School

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I’m one of those people who don’t feel fully dressed unless my ears have earrings dangling from them. One of my most precious pairs of earrings was purchased from my friend and neighbor, Joan...

Aquinnah: Town clerk, Council on Aging, new apartments, ACE MV, and Chilmark School

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You may recall that last week was the presidential primary election. I am a registrar here in Aquinnah, and had the joy of watching a steady parade of people coming in to do their...

Aquinnah: Garden Club, Meat Ball, Soup Social, beach grass, and Nancy Aronie

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Last week was one of the quietest weeks of the year around the Island. School was out, skies were mostly gray, and, with winter doldrums hovering about; many folks fled the Island in search...

Aquinnah: Grateful for SSA, Tech Pro for seniors, ACE MV, and special anniversary

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Charley and I had to go off-Island last week and I want to say thank you to the employees of the Steamship Authority. Getting our reservation was easy. The ferries going and coming were...

Aquinnah: Winter walks, waddling ducks, war in Gaza, and community work

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Today the sun is shining and everything looks sparkly; sparkly, that is, unless you look at the driveway, filled with snowmelt mud. It is a balmy 40° out there; sparkly, that is, except for...

Aquinnah: Stop & Shop, school field trips, ‘Saving Moms,’ and Polished Dental

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Charley and I did our weekly down-Island get-the-errands-done journey today. We went to the bank, the library, the grocery store, the pharmacy, and Morning Glory Farm. The grocery part of the journey included a...

Aquinnah: Variety show is coming together

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Right this minute I’m looking at a cloud-free, sun-filled landscape. The bare trees are proudly showing off their bent limbs, there are robins in the yard pulling out worms, and the bullies at the...

Aquinnah: Black History Month, Polished Dental, Island Health Care, and ACE MV

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February is Black History Month. It’s a time to educate yourself on history, and to inform yourself about what is happening right now. At 10 am on Saturday, Feb. 3, at the Oak Bluffs...

Aquinnah: Wintertime quiet, creative flow, and Aquinnah Variety Show

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Even with the wind howling, this is actually the quiet time of year here in Aquinnah. Many of us see our work slowing down (or stopping) for the season. Visitors are infrequent. Gardens are...

Aquinnah: Flooding, emergencies and CERT, baby seal, and Tri-Town Ambulance

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Last week I found myself in the terrifying position of driving my new-to-me vehicle through a rushing river, complete with waves. I wasn’t in the wilds of Montana, I was on Beach Road in...

Aquinnah: Outermost Inn, ice skating, Howes House, and library positions

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I write this column on Sunday mornings, and this Sunday morning feels special. It’s a rainy Sunday in January. Is there any more blissful moment? The world is quiet. There is no way we...