Chilmark

Samantha Bunker, Jessica Campbell, Mariah Campbell, Bradley Carroll, Bo Hurwitz, Thorpe Karabees, Galen Mayhew, and Lexi Willett — eighth-graders at the West Tisbury School — left for Warrington, England, on Sunday, as part of the school’s annual U.K. exchange program. They will stay with their host families until their return next Monday just in time for graduation on June 17. The British students came to visit back in October. What a remarkable opportunity to create long-lasting friendships and memories.

Dan Broderick has joined the Menemsha fleet with a new (to him) lobster boat. Currently under way with no name, Dan’s boat was previously known as F/V John Harrison owned by John Armstrong, and before that she was F/V Linda D owned by Dennis Norton. He has a few names in mind and will soon settle on something that suits him.

Steve, Stacia, and Hunter Broderick were spotted on Dutcher Dock. As always, proud grandpa Steve is always thrilled when “Hunter Man” is around.

Today is the day commercial fluke season opens. Al Gale and Tim Broderick will be busy buying fish brought in from familiar boats whose captains are our neighbors. Fluke is a quota-monitored species so captains are allowed 300 pounds per day by net and the season closing date depends on when either the state or coast-wide quotas are fufilled.

The Home Port restaurant has two Sunday brunches under their belt. The scrumptious fresh-out-of-the-cooker homemade donuts with strawberry/rhubarb dipping sauce are, to quote Kristi Maynard, to die for. Chef Johnny Graham was away last weekend visiting family and friends in Missouri, but now he is back putting his personal touch on things again.

Bob at Menemsha Blues, Kara at Pandora’s Box, Jane at Over South, Roberta at Harbor Craft, Scott at Copperworks, Karen, Jackie and Michael at the Bite, Josh and Angela at the Cafe, Stanley and Lanette and Menemsha Fish Market, Betsy and Christine at Larsen’s, the staff at Beetlebung, and the Carroll family at the Texaco have all had their doors wide open receiving shoppers and browsers alike. The family, which is what Menemsha is, has returned for the summer. The Oliver family has started to get some supplies in to Menemsha Market and will open their doors for business on June 18 — a little later than usual but it’s what made sense for them this year. We look forward to having them return to our Menemsha family.

The Under-11 boys soccer team travelled to Bourne this past weekend where they defeated the Bourne boys 2-0. Two Chilmarkers, Gabriel Ambulos and Gabriel Bellebuono, helped the team to their second place standing in the league. Gabe B. scored on a penalty kick. The group has been playing since December and even though they are one of the youngest teams in the division playing against kids who are, at times, more than three years their senior, they have managed to qualify for the upcoming playoffs in Fairhaven.

This past Tuesday was the last Pizza Night at the Chilmark Church. Lobster Rolls To Go will be ready and waiting for consumption starting Tuesday, June 15, and will continue through the summer. Stop by between 4:30 and 7 pm. I forgot to ask if they will have the capability to do phone orders as they did last year. I am assuming they will, but I will confirm that with you all next week.

A presentation titled “Otters” will be ready for your listening ears next Wednesday at the Chilmark Library. Wildlife biologist Luanne Johnson will be there at 5:30 pm ready to share her thoughts. Call the library at 508-645-3360 with questions.

Did you read Dan Cabot’s op-ed published here in the Times last week? Sadly, our Chilmark representative to the Up Island Regional School District, Susan Parker, has decided not to run for another term. She has been a remarkable asset to the Committee and dedicated to the well-being and education of our children. We thank her for her enthusiasm and look to you, our community members, to consider running. Please contact the superintendent’s office for further information.

Wanted: new or gently used tennis rackets and tennis balls for the Chilmark School. The kids are enjoying this fantastic weather, playing kickball, baseball, tennis, soccer, and more. The few rackets the school has are in high demand. Look in the back of your closet, in your attic, or your basement. You may be surprised to find a dusty old racket that will clean up and look just like new.

This weekend marks the end of a high school career for a group of Chilmark kids. To the best of my knowledge, Cody Coutinho, Augusta Dillon, Lauren Gray, Shaelah Huntington, Abigail Larsen, Haley Rossi, Benny Syslo, and Julian Willett-Beck will graduate this Sunday. The festivities will begin with Class Night at the Tabernacle tomorrow evening. Congratulations to all of you.