JUNE D. MANNING
Happy New Year one and all with hope of a more peaceful world. We had a slight dusting of snow over the weekend and temperatures have been bone-chilling. So much for the global warming we thought would remain after such a mild winter in 2012. Not so. Temperatures will drop to the single digits this week for the overnight hours. Scalloping will be on hold until it warms up again. Stay warm.
Congratulations to Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School students on their first quarter honor roll achievements: Alayna Hutchinson, a senior with high honors, Ella Madison Mahoney, a senior on the honor roll, Josie Iadicicco, a sophomore with high honors, Emerson Mahoney, a freshman with high honors, and Mason Jeffers, a freshman with honors.
Albert and Linda Fischer were very happy to have all four of their children with them at Christmastime. Andrew and Christopher from their home in Chilmark, Lydia from her new abode in Brooklyn, and Molly from her sophomore year studies at Ithaca College.
Vineyard fans of Judd Fuller will be excited to see him as he performs at The Wharf on Saturday, Jan. 5 with John Caban, Brian Alex, and Tom Major. This is probably his first gig on the Vineyard since his rewarding career in Nashville.
Bill and Joan Kistner returned to their home in New York for their second holiday gathering with family. They enjoyed the joyous occasion of Theresa’s birthday celebration on Dec. 22 at the Manning home. There were 27 children in attendance with their parents. A grand time was had by all.
Ann Vanderhoop Madison celebrated on Christmas Day with her annual open house celebration with family and friends and four generations of her family in attendance.
Noah James Manning returned home on Monday afternoon after spending five days in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., with his Kistner clan at the home of his grandparents Bill and Joan. Many more Christmas gifts for this youngest grandchild on all family trees. On Saturday Noah took the train into New York city with his parents Paul and Theresa. He had a delightful trip to Rockefeller Plaza, the M and M store, the Lego store, and FAO Schwartz. Then it was back to reality in Aquinnah. On New Year’s Eve he entertained his neighbors, Olive and Violet MacPhail, in celebration of their seventh birthday.
Gary Paraboschi and Barbara Wallen visited with family and friends in Boston during the holiday and have returned to their new home overlooking Lobsterville.
Condolences to the family and friends of Freda Madeline (Belain) Madison Rocker who passed away at her home in Boston on Dec. 31, surrounded by the love and presence of her family. Freda was the daughter of the late Daniel and Blanche (Jerrod) Belain of what was once Gay Head. She once served as a town clerk for the town of Gay Head before moving to Boston in 1963. She was an Aquinnah Wampanoag tribal elder and probably the last to create beautifully handmade braided rugs. Freda is survived by her children Jeffrey Madison of Aquinnah, Kathleen Williams, Stephen Madison, and Jean Ann Madison, all of Boston, as well as her grandchildren Wenonah Madison Sauer, Shawn Williams, Tiffany Madison, Amira Madison, Camille Madison, Hakeem Madison, Tanisha Crayton, Channell Madison-Fils, and Jannette Dias. She is also survived by 11 great-grandchildren including Alaysha Bedell who lovingly cared for Freda in her final days. Graveside services will be held this afternoon under the guidance of Chapman, Cole and Gleason at the North Cemetery in Aquinnah at 2:30 p.m. with a gathering at the Aquinnah town hall following. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Aquinnah Cultural Center, 20 Black Brook Road, Aquinnah, would be appreciated.
Capt. Hugh Taylor and his wife Jeanne returned to their winter home in the Caribbean on New Year’s Day. They will now await visits from their family over the next three months.
Happy birthday wishes to Stela Plamenova Duncheva who celebrated her second birthday on Jan. 1, the Vineyard’s New Year baby of 2011.
Happy belated 80th birthday greetings to Barbara Flynn who celebrated her special day on Jan. 1 amid family and friends.
Gary Haley and Karen Truchon-Altieri shared the day on Jan. 1.
A very special happy birthday wish to my beloved cardiologist Dr. Timothy E. Guiney, who celebrated his special day on Jan. 2.
Donald Widdiss also partied on Jan. 2. Matthew Scott, Cody Coutinho, Christopher Fischer, and Evelyn Vanderhoop shared the day on Jan. 3. David Duarte and Stephen Silvia share the day on Jan. 4. Maeve Sheehan will be six on Jan. 5 and anxiously awaits the arrival of her grandparents Lenny and Mallory Butler. Alexander James Milavsky will party on Jan. 5. Francis Brown celebrates on Jan. 5. Kaitlyn Joy Vanderhoop will be seven on Jan. 6 and shares the day with Megan Ottens. Elise Lebovit will party on Jan. 7. Sonya Mayrand will celebrate on Jan. 8 and will be working at her massage studio in Tisbury. Ann Burt will celebrate her special day on Jan. 9. Gloria Fisk and Michael Sellitti share the day on Jan. 11.