By Jacqueline Sexton - June 15, 2006

The big news all over the Island on Sunday was the dazzling arrival of an unfamiliar visitor - the sun.

After what seemed like months of dark days punctuated by flooding rain, followed by more of the same, culminating in the closing of Vineyard waters to shellfishing and turning marshy wetlands into swampy pools, it was a joy to wake up Sunday to brilliant sun pouring from a cloudless blue sky. It turned the leaves of all the trees silver and glittery, like the blinking lights on a Christmas tree.

We have been spared, so far, an invasion of the "creepy crawlies," which so beautifully decorated the front page of last week's Times. (One on-line reader reported that she "jumped back in fright" at the sight and had to stop reading until she recovered.)

The big news today in Chilmark is the graduation of the eight fifth graders. They are Ian Bardwell, Zoltan Clarke, Sage Goodwin, Ella Mahoney, Katherine Smith, Lindsay Tocik, Madeline Webster, and Zoe Zeeman.

Congratulations to you all and good luck in the years to come.

Congratulations to Genevieve Flanders, daughter of Joy and Steve Flanders, who made the dean's list at Hamilton College.

Recent paintings by Roberta Gross will go on display this Saturday, June 17 at the library with an opening reception from 5 to 6 pm. Ms. Gross, who lives in Washington, D. C., has exhibited her striking abstract oils at the library for the last few years.

Former Chilmark resident and a former editor of the Calendar section of The Times, Perry Garfinkel, will have a book signing at the Bunch of Grapes tomorrow June 16 at 7:30 pm. His book, "Buddha or Bust," reflects his longtime fascination with the subject.

David and Fran Flanders celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary this week.