The Vineyard Gazette – Martha’s Vineyard News

The summer heat and humidity have arrived. Stop complaining about the cold in the air. The beaches are the place to be. Honeysuckle is in full bloom and fragrant as always.

Aquinnah’s annual July 4th Parade takes place on Sunday with floats lined up on the Moshup Trail at 9 a.m. There will be a grand prize for the best float at 9.45 am The parade will begin at 10 am with the McDonald Canon firing. WMVY radio will be playing patriotic music again so people can turn on 88.7 and stream the same music from their tanks. After Covid, it is expected that a municipal barbecue will be held either at Aquinnah Circle or at the farm.

Kudos to Tom Murphy for winning the selection position on the Aquinnah Board of Directors.

Neva Goldstein gives vinyasa-style yoga classes at Aquinnah Town Hall on Monday and Wednesday mornings at 9 a.m. Vaccinations are compulsory. Please bring your own rugs and accessories as we all emerge from the pandemic.

The Haughton family are delighted that Sandy LoFaro got married on the homestead near Lobsterville Road on June 25. Sandy is the daughter of Patty Haughton LoFaro and Brian Miles and the granddaughter of Anne and Ron Haughton. Patty had been working for a few months to make the property look better than it ever was. Mom and dad would be delighted. Sandy’s ceremony took place on the Bernstein property just below the Haughton family home, as it offers a spectacular view of Menemsha Pond. The reception was at the Haughton property. It was a very small wedding for the immediate family and everything was planned with the COVID restrictions in mind. Leslie Haughton Zemsky, who married almost 37 years ago, was the wedding planner and floral arranger as well as the photographer. Their immediate families enjoyed the week exploring the vineyard together. The groom’s family enjoyed their stay at the Wallen House on Clay Pit Road.

Jan Haughton Tracy and her husband Tom will be arriving this weekend for a three week stay.

Sincere condolences to the family and friends of Lon Allan Jackson, eldest son of Blanche Mary Jackson and the late Billy Jackson, who passed away peacefully at his home in Illinois on June 25. Lon and his family had been longtime summer residents since the 1960s at their home overlooking Vineyard Sound where his mother Blanche and sister Sylvia now reside year round. Lon especially enjoyed swimming and fishing during his summers in his youth.

Across the Channel, at the US Coast Guard station in Menemsha, Senior Chief Justin Longval will be upgraded to Senior Chief on July 2, a momentous occasion to celebrate his birthday.

Happy birthday to Robbie Manning on July 3rd as he shares the day with Deborah Ratcliff, Lew Kurtzman and Marissa Lopenza. Mae Alice Baird and Michael Norkus share the day of July 4th. Adrian Higgins celebrates July 5. Jeremy Berke celebrates July 6, as does Wiet Bacheller. Marianne Spiller and Steve Yaffee share the day of July 7. Sgt. Jeffrey Scott Manter will observe his special day on July 9th.

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