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We’re proud to say,

you’re on your way.

Middle school is just ahead,

so make your work like play instead.

Here’s to Gabriel Ambulos, Gabriel Bellebuono, Greta Gannon, Olin Gannon, Rachaya Lane, Coltrane Leport, Hailey Lobo, Maggie Mayhew, and Ned Smiley the students who will graduate from the Chilmark School’s fifth grade tomorrow at 10 am. A school-wide celebration will follow with 15 scrumdiddlyumptious pizzas graciously donated by Jim Harrison and his team at Flatbreads.

The Guinness Book of World Records lobster roll found in Portland, Maine may have weighed in at 45 pounds and measured 61 feet, 9.5 inches, but the lobster rolls you will find on Tuesdays at the Chilmark Church between 4:30 and 7 pm are a lot more convenient and certainly more manageable. For $14 you can grab and go with a lobster roll, bag of chips, and a drink — a package deal ready to consume. I hope they will have chocolate chip cookies available for dessert once again. They were yummy. Lounge on the lawn, take in the sunset, or head home with your well-rounded meal.

If I decide to partake in cookies, then I certainly must consider attending Primo Lombardi’s 75-minute, mixed-level yoga classes being offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the church community room. Start time is 9:15 am and all are welcome. If weekdays don’t easily work for you then as of June 26, he will offer a 9 am Sunday class at The Yard.

Ten Cub Scouts from the Island participated in last weekend’s Chuckwagon Derby at Camp Greenough in South Yarmouthport. Chilmark Scouts who attended were Keith Healy and Barrett and Solon Oliver along with their dads, Jon and Kevin. The local Scouts didn’t place in the team competition this year, but the boys had fun on their camping adventure. Tasks included a crazy chicken dance, biking an obstacle course, a dunk tank and other team-building and laughter-inducing skills. Teams are judged on teamwork, mastery of the tasks, and good sportsmanship.

Liz and Kevin Oliver share that the Menemsha Market will be open for business on June 24. New windows have been installed and the septic system has been upgraded. It will be nice to have their company again ’round the shore. With the opening of the Market Menemsha, summer will be in full swing.

Wildlife biologist Luanne Johnson, along with Liz Baldwin, will present “Otters” at the library on Wednesday, June 22, at 5:30 pm. After a description of river otter activity and how they share our Island resources, a question and answer session will follow. Just an aside — Brooks and I spotted an otter crossing Lambert’s Cove Road in the neighborhood of the former church. He was quite fast.

Their great-grandfathers were brothers. One brother’s journeys took him to Australia where he ultimately took up residence. That is what brought the long-lost relative of Jane Slater from Melbourne, Australia to Chilmark, Massachusetts. Jane and Herb enjoyed a visit from Kerin Mosiere. Kerin, in turn, enjoyed her first visit to her ancestral home, the Mosiere House, now known as the Neumann House on State Road. It is, after all these years, still in the family and home to Jane’s brother Conrad. Jane and Herb took Kerin on a tour of the hot spots in their family history.

Take me out to the ball game on opening day at Flanders Field. Sunday, June 26, at 8:30 am the ceremonial first pitch of the season will be tossed out by Julie Flanders. Thank goodness that universal distress code known to us all as SOS was followed by good news. The “lost equipment,” or rather the graciously stored equipment, has been located. Poor Bill Edison, the phenomenal sports commentator, was beside himself in fear of the worst. Arlen Roth’s old van parked safely in the garage was the winter resting place for bats, balls, and other softball paraphernalia. According to Bill, Arlen has developed a whirlwind pitch while in Joplin, Missouri, that he will soon show off on the ball field with the likes of Ziggy, John Jacobs, Dan Pink, Caleb Caldwell and more. Howard Wall has been perfecting his rendition of “Take Me out to the Ballgame” on his bagpipes. If nothing else, that will certainly draw a crowd.

Things are beginning to bustle on Dutcher Dock with the opening of commercial fluke season. Totes of fish. Covered in ice. Off to market. Off to the local restaurants.

I had a nice conversation with Mike Holtham the other day. Simple and classic recipes for local fish was the topic. State Road is lucky to have him as a cook.

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