Flags were flying as bagpipes played at the last Flanders Field softball game of the 2011 season. Bill Shanok’s donated stars and stripes got a proper introduction as Howard Wall played “You’re a Grand Old Flag” on the bagpipes.

After the players in attendance strutted their stuff on the field, the annual awards ceremony and traditional barbecue took place. It was a father/son team that went home with the top honors. Tony Horwitz landed himself the Howie Hustle and son, Bizu, took off with the Rookie of the Year. Bill Edison was presented with a trophy for incessant phone calls to the press. Save that date: June 24, 2012, at 8 am will be the next opportunity for Flanders Field summer softball.

Bill, I will miss our weekly phone conversations, and I thank you for keeping me and the world up to date on ball throwing and home run hitting action. Perhaps, you will have something fun to report from the west coast during the off-season and will think to share it with me and all of your fans.

Have you heard? There is an Island K-9 mystery to solve. According to the folks at the Animal Shelter of Martha’s Vineyard, two well-cared-for wire-haired dachshunds were picked up on Quansoo beach a couple of weeks ago. The last I heard, the owner had not been found nor does anyone seem to have a lead on them. If you have any information or think you may know who the lovely little couple belongs to, please call 508-627-8662.

The Home Port has shortened up its hours for the next month of business. They will be closed Mondays and Tuesdays but will serve dinner from the back door and in the dining room Wednesday through Sunday. Lunch will continue to be available Wednesday through Sunday at the back door. Just a little aside: Chef Teddy’s daughter, Keira, celebrated the big three a short while ago. She is always a super cute sight to see strolling her baby doll alongside her mom, Holly, and baby sister, Lena. I still have the shells you gave to me, Keira — thank you.

The Chilmark Library staff would like to extend a gracious thank you to the businesses that once again participated in the summer reading program. Coupons for treats went out to super readers from Menemsha Market, Menemsha Texaco, Chilmark Chocolates, The Bite, Chilmark Store, and The Galley.

Michael Broderick and Mary McConneloug participated in the Mountain Bike world championships in the Swiss alpine village of Champery. Mary accomplished her goal by grabbing a spot in the top 15 elite women. Mike placed 68th in a field of many on a treacherous trail.

Welles Crowther, now known as the man in the red bandanna, lost his life on 9/11 when the World Trade Center came crashing to the ground. Welles worked in the South Tower and meticulously orchestrated a life-saving effort for numerous others. “Rebirth,” a documentary produced by Jim Whitaker, has recently been released. Although Welles’s story is not specifically mentioned, the story of Ling Young, one of the women he saved, is featured in the film. This story strikes close to home as Welles’s father, Jeff, grew up in what is now the Sussman house on State Road. He was a childhood friend of Ted Mayhew, Emmett Carroll, and more.

Thomas Dresser is scheduled to talk at the Chilmark Library on Wednesday, Sept. 14, at 5:30 pm. The topic is the Wampanoag Tribe of Martha’s Vineyard. Plenty of time will be allotted for questions and answers. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the history of the Wampanoag Tribe.

Time is whittling away at the summer. The first day of school is today with a second K/1 class at the Chilmark School. The start of school is quickly followed by the fall tradition of the Derby. With the Derby comes the third annual American Heroes Saltwater Challenge. The intense three-day fishing contest will, once again, be based out of the Beach Plum Inn with local charter captains, fishermen, derby committee members, chefs and friends lending a hand to provide a truly unique way of saying thank you to those who have given so much for our country. Organizers of the Saltwater Challenge continue to look for sponsors and volunteers. Please call the Beach Plum if you are willing to step up to the plate.

Farewell to Krausches, Nixons, Franks, O’Connors, Dunks and Parkers. Hit the books, Sarah Flanders, Cody Coutinho, Hailey Rossi, and Lauren Gray. Fair tides, Relemar, Drew’s Cruiser, Phalarope, Jest, Lady Di, Grumpy, and Echo. Gone are the days of late night squid fishing. Bring on the cool fall evenings, sweaters, and friends by the fire.