Well, somehow or other Katie sent last year’s town column to The Times and it was published. We hope our readers enjoyed a walk down memory lane. The column Katie intended to send appears below.

I love walking into the Texaco and having an envelope with my name on it handed to me. Why? Because it means Bill Edison is in town and he has written me a sweet note about Flanders Field softball. It’s a little like getting a grade school love note.

According to Bill, my summer sports commentator, Flanders Field has had its so called haircut and is ready for the opening game. The ceremonial first ball of the 2012 season will be tossed over home plate by Julie Flanders at 8:30am on Sunday June 24. Howard Wall will be there, bagpipes in hand, to accompany the first toss with a traditional rendition of “take me out to the ball game”. Caleb Caldwell, another Flanders Field faithful, came all the way from Oak Bluffs to repair the scoreboard which hadn’t wintered over particularly well. Hans Solmssen was there to lend a hand also. As Bill always says, box seats are still available.

Next Wednesday, June 27 at 5:30pm local herbalist, women’s holistic coach and mother of two Holly Bellebuono will be on hand at the Chilmark Library to discuss her new book The Essential Herbal for Natural Health.

Chef Teddy Diggs of the HomePort and the Beach Plum has some interesting additions to his kitchen staff this summer. Four CIA externs are cooking for credit under Chef/Professor Diggs a CIA graduate. Do I have you thoroughly confused? Kyle DeCotes, Patrick Firmender, Natalie Singer and James Alworth are from the Culinary Institute of America not the Central Intelligence Agency- it is the world’s premier culinary college. The four are here to complete their externships. To sum it up, bad grade – no credit.

Big, tender, juicy, overstuffed lobster rolls were served up for the first time this past Tuesday. Judy Mayhew and her dedicated group of friends including Kathie Carroll, Emily Broderick and more will be at the Church Tuesday evenings from 4:30- 7:00pm through September. Sold to go with chips, drink and optional cookie they will certainly make the palate happy. Stick around on the lawn and enjoy and maybe listen to the boys of Vineyard Sound who take stage at 8:00pm.

Judy and Ted Mayhew’s seven week old great nieces along with their parents whom they saw in England last month were all introduced to Queen Elizabeth last week on the occasion of the opening of the new maternity wing at the local hospital in Hitchin, England. Needless to say Auntie and Uncle were very proud to see them on TV and see all the articles in the national newspapers.

By now you have all likely had an opportunity to catch up with Billie Hancock who is in town for an extended visit. We have had a wonderful opportunity to chat since she really enjoys picking up grandson Christian from the Chilmark School. School is now over for the summer so I am now looking forward to bumping into her “down the shore.”

Emma and Bob Shalhope are back from their family adventure under the Tuscan sun. Three generations toured the beautiful countryside and captured the majestic vistas in their minds eye forever. I think Emma’s two favorite companions on the trip were grandchildren Jack and Clare who, coincidentally, will visit along with their parents in no time flat. Texaco touch tank and Lucy Vincent here they come.

This past weekend was the MV Horse Council’s Dressage Show. Bella Thorpe and her pony Tupper to first place in Introductory test A. Not only did Bella ride but she also took a written horsemanship test. Her mother, Julie Flanders on Praiseworthy, known to most as Ray, were third in training level 3. Jackson,fondly known as Jack, the big guy owned by Irene and Bob Hungerford won both of his introductory classes and took high score of the day. Clara Maynard also rode beautifully and won her class. Clara’s mom, Kristi manned the microphone at the Saturday event.

Big thanks to Sarah and Bob Nixon for, once again, hosting the annual MV/Dukes County Fisherman’s Association dinner at the HomePort. Warren Doty chairs the group whose goals, to mention some, are to represent Martha’s Vineyard on fisheries issues, discuss sustainability and advocate.