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I can’t believe there is only one more week left in September. I wasn’t ready for summer to be over yet. You should know that tomorrow is the last day that you can get a lobster roll from Grace Church this season. See you in line.

Congratulations to our own Katie Mayhew. She has been invited as a special guest performer to London’s Cadogan Hall, home of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, where she will sing at a big fundraiser and awards event, which last year honored Michelle Obama, among others.

This is a result of Katie being discovered on YouTube by a musical theater director in London’s West End. The 2010 Inspirational Awards for Women event is October 6. Her family is also being flown to England, all expenses paid, for this glamorous evening. The Brits are in for a treat.

Good luck to all you fishermen in the Derby. I have to wonder: Are the big waves from the hurricanes a good thing or not? Let’s just think positive. A stop at the Weigh Station should be on every tourist’s list. It is an amazing sight.

Lynne Benson has finally decided to retire. She did take a long time to come to a decision, but now it’s done: She wants to play grandma. Stop by to check out her ongoing retirement sale at the Heath Hen Quilt & Yarn Shop. Stock up on that fancy yarn you’ve been eyeing. And wish Lynne a happy retirement.

The Martha’s Vineyard Film Society has more special films for you. The Manhattan Short Film Festival screens tomorrow and Saturday at the Cornell Theatre at 7:30 pm. Richard Paradise says “You be the judge.” These special films are only offered in certain locations at this time.

The annual meeting of the Friends of the Vineyard Haven Library is Monday at 1 pm. You are welcome to attend and you can join the Friends at the same time.

Tuesday night at 7 pm you can hear Tom Dresser at the library talk about his new book: “African Americans on Martha’s Vineyard: From Enslavement to Presidential Visit.” Both Island and American history come to life in Tom’s book.

What do you know about the Tisbury tax abatements, exemptions, and the circuit breaker? Seniors, find out now if you qualify for these breaks in your town taxes. Ann Marie Cywinski is the assistant assessor in Tisbury. She will give an overview on tax abatements and exemptions on Tuesday at 2 pm at the Tisbury Senior Center. She will also explain the circuit breaker program.

You probably know about Sally Dagnall’s new book “Circle of Faith.” This is a history of the Camp-Meeting Association. Sally will speak at the Martha’s Vineyard Museum in Edgartown a week from Friday, October 1, at 10 am. She will tell about how to write a history and to get the feel of the period you are covering.

By Halloween it will be too late to decide that you want to apply for Massachusetts Cultural Council grants. Do you know how to write a grant application? If not, learn how at a grant-writing workshop at the Howes House next Wednesday at 6 pm. The Martha’s Vineyard Cultural Council will have about $30,000 available in funding. Grant applications must be postmarked by October 15, so pick up those materials now at the town hall or library. Then show up at the Howes House on Wednesday at 6 pm for help.

ACE-MV is holding a Course Sampling Fair and registration at the high school on Tuesday, from 5:30 to 7 pm, followed by in-person registration the next night, Wednesday, also from 5:30 to 7 pm at the high school. Meet the teachers. Some courses give credits or certification. Some are just fun: try out hula hoop, creative writing or jiujitsu. Find out more or register at acemv.org. You are also invited to the benefit Cultural Festival at the Performing Arts on Center in October.

Congratulations to Laurel and Kevin Olson on Sunday. They are celebrating their anniversary with a bike ride across the state of North Carolina with her brother Craig Mayhew.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Arthur Railton. Good thing we are not sending balloons; it would be a sky-full. He is marking 95 years of being a terrific guy in our world.

Good wishes also go out tomorrow to Muriel Laverty, Judy Federowicz, Kathy Rogers, and Kenny Davey. Monday is a special day for Ashleen Dorsey and Eric B. Davison.

Heard on Main Street: September means I get to watch football instead of Heidi.