The Vineyard Gazette – Martha’s Vineyard News
When you’ve flown away for a long weekend of tropical adventure and your flight home is canceled at the last minute, you make the most of it and head back to the beach and settle into a lounge chair. Genc Brinja flew to Puerto Rico to meet up with friends from college and celebrate his birthday with his toes in the sand and his face in the sun. The long weekend was magical, filled with laughter, swimming, ziplining and more.
Like so many others, he was caught up in the thousands of flight cancellations that occurred earlier this week. After scouring airline websites for a reasonable alternative to his original flight, he opted to stick with what had been offered at no extra charge and scheduled for Friday. A few more days in the tropics did wonders for mind, body and soul.
Kevin Oliver celebrated a milestone birthday on April 5. His youthful face and youthful spirit would lead you to believe he might have been a recent college graduate, but no: he just joined the half-century club. Happy birthday, Kevin. I hope you felt a little more love. I hope this extra love has helped you navigate this new decade.
Wayne Iacono celebrated a different kind of milestone. It departed from Menemsha bound for the shipyard at Martha’s Vineyard. His trips east on the Sound and into Vineyard Haven Harbor went well and brought him to the lift for F/V Freedom’s 40th transport. While she’s on the rough, Wayne will do some maintenance and get her ready for another lobster season.
He is out and available for you to dive into. Despite the challenges of having a one-year-old at home (happy belated, Winston Elliston), Julia Spiro has managed to bring us novel number two. Plein, with its complex main character struggling with an eating disorder, is available at our local and notable bookstores. If you need it, it’s available online through sites like Amazon. Although it’s not a sequel to Someone Else’s Secret, there are a few familiar characters. Come on Julia.
Welcome Howard Harrison and Liz Burns. April 1st brought their return from the warm and sunny FLA to their home in Menemsha. Howard has already started swapping stories on Squid Row over sunrise coffee from brewmaster Marshall Carroll.
Eighth graders have been on a student exchange program with children from Warrington, England, for nearly 40 years. Mariah and Jessica Campbell had the pleasure of having Rachel Winterburn with her classmates in October 2010. Then they had the opportunity to visit them in June 2011. Both legs of the exchange were memorable, insightful and an opportunity to grow a little. .
After 11 years of little communication, the three women reunited when Rachel visited the United States. A trip to Martha’s Vineyard for a hug from old friends and a chance to catch up on life was just too much to pass up. How funny.
Earlier this week, during Menemsha Station’s quarterly uniform inspection, Boatswain’s Mate Third Class Justus Christopher received the Good Conduct Award. The award is given in “recognition of adherence to the (USCG’s) core values of honor, respect, and dedication to duty.”
After the inspection and brief ceremony, the crew set off for a little pyrotechnic training for two of Station Menemsha’s newest members, Scaggs and McIntosh.
It’s not just the Coast Guard training that took place this week. The Chilmark Fire Department, along with West Tisbury Fire, Aquinnah Fire and Tri-Town Ambulance took part in a mutual aid drill at a house due to be demolished on South Road. Using their smoke machine to set the stage, simulations included the rescue of a downed firefighter by the Rapid Response Team (RIT). They also practiced transition fire attack. Although the department practices regularly, Chief Jeremy Bradshaw said the goal is to practice more frequently with neighboring towns with which Chilmark has mutual aid agreements. This exercise set the stage for that.