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Squidding at Menemsha Texaco. — Photo by Katie Carroll

For the first time in Flanders Field Summer Softball history there was a game cancellation due to inclement weather. Bill Edison has rescheduled for mid-December so mark your calendars. The father and son dynamic duo of Tony and Bizu Horwitz will have to wait to show their stuff another fine Sunday. Tony is, apparently, well versed in the art of coaching base running. Bizu is frequently installed as a pinch runner for old tired legs at the field. In fact, he may have scored the winning run at last week’s game. The senior members of the team certainly would welcome more youthful legs like his.

Rolling, rolling, rolling! Keep those lobster rolls rolling in to your stomachs on Tuesdays from 4:30 to 7 pm at the Chilmark Church. Judy Mayhew continues to be a remarkable facilitator of this weekly dinner event. Grab and go, or lounge on the lawn.

Artists Cindy Kane and Pam Flam will present a collaborative installation at the Chilmark Library from August 13 to September 1, with a reception for the artists on Saturday, August 13, from 3 to 5 pm. The 27-foot-long wall in the conference room will be draped with fabrics chosen and sewn together by Pam Flam to provide a colorful and textural backdrop to the New York Review of Books covers which Cindy Kane has painted over.

Much to the delight of grandmother Judie Jardin, Ruthie and Isobel arrived from Maryland with their parents Jackie and Bo Hornbuckle. The overnight drive allowed the girls to sleep but demanded that dad keep his eyes open and on the road. They made a pit stop in Menemsha after arriving on the Island and walked their typical summer path with Bite food for lunch at the Texaco picnic table and then a quick trip to the Galley for soft-serve dessert. Life is good when you can cross two vacation requirements off your list in one fell swoop. Not to mention I got to catch up with my dear friend Jackie, who I miss having around for extended periods of time. The Hornbuckles will visit grandma Judie for a week and then transport her to Delaware where she will meet up with daughter Roxie and her three littles, Samantha, Celina, and Brianna. The five lovely ladies will drive north together for a Vineyard visit while poor dad, Mark Sordi, holds down the fort at home.

With Squid Row as the backdrop, Freed grandchildren Shoshana, Calvin, Miriam, Orion, and Jonah have been captured in stained glass, a piece created for Diana’s 80th birthday. What a unique gift from her children, Deborah and Andy.

Shoshana, Miriam, and Jonah Freed Boardman, grandchildren to Norman and Diana, along with their mom Deborah, have spent some time along Dutcher Dock investigating the amazing sea life Menemsha Harbor has to offer.

Residents of Chilmark, there is news from Town Hall Todd: Applications for the Middle Line Road rental housing are available at Town Hall and the Dukes County Regional Housing Authority.

Next Wednesday, August 17, at 5:30 pm at the Chilmark Library, author Bill Sargent will speak about his new book “The Well from Hell: The BP Oil Spill and the Endurance of Big Oil.”

Sad news. We have lost two men who donated time to our community. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 13, at 1 pm at Grace Episcopal Church in Vineyard Haven to honor and remember Russell Hoxsie who died July 30. Dr. Hoxsie cared for many and was loved by all.

Bruce Bartels passed away at his home in the Berkshires. There will be a September 24 gathering to honor him at the Congregational Church in West Tisbury.

Picking up hitchhikers is something I rarely do, but when pass someone I know (especially the teenage boy that lives across the street) I am likely to stop. Zoli Clarke kept Bradley and me company on the ride from the West Tisbury business district to where our roads fork to lead us to our respective homes. He was very good company. I was pleased to hear he was working at Gannon & Benjamin and lucky enough to be Nat’s first mate aboard Charlotte.

Squidding has been the thing to do in Menemsha. Last weekend’s competition landed Tim Walsh in the winner’s spot with 16 bailed in and Marshall Carroll was runner-up with 11. The dock has been lined with familiar faces including members of the Fischer, Flanders, Oliver, Scheuer, Haynes, Lee, Karlinsky, Singer and Green clans — just to mention a few. Again, nature’s squirt guns continue to amaze the children who inevitably need a trip through the shower upon arriving home after a great night of squid tag.

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