When the school children walk through the doors of the Chilmark School in September, they will be greeted by a new but familiar face. We are all sad to see long-time school secretary Orlaith Estes move on, but we are thrilled to see who will be taking her place. Friend, neighbor, and mother of Gabe A., Mary Kuh Ambulos will be the woman behind the front desk ready to say good morning and see you tomorrow. Congratulations Mary, you are the perfect fit.

With tremendous poise and accuracy, Julie Flanders threw out the first pitch at last Sunday’s 2010 season opener at Flanders Field. Bill Edison, Hans Solmssen, Arlan Roth, Ted Statler, Joel Bleier, Bert & Wanda (Murphy) Irion, Bob and Irene Hungerford, Beth, Jessica and Mariah Campbell, Jennifer Iacopino, Nicole, Dexter, Lil Dex, Ava & Ronan Siglin, Alan Wilder, Ziggy, and more were in attendance to belt out a roaring round of “Take me out to the ballgame” as Howard Wall captivated the crowd with his bagpipe. It was a tough nine-inning battle with Arlan’s Alligators defeating Hans’ Hamsters 7-5. This Sunday, July 4, there will be a double-header starting at 8:30 am. Anyone 13 and older is encouraged to swing by and play. Pasture Road off Tabor House is the place to be wearing your ball cap and some good running shoes.

Ed Levy, along with his bride, Julie Tishler, and their two kids, Jonah and Ezra, will arrive today to have a long weekend play date with Grandfather Bernie Levy and Suzanne Greenberg. Jonah is looking forward to sharing the reading skills he has developed in kindergarten.

Bella Thorpe was a rock star at this past weekend’s Martha’s Vineyard Horse Council’s Hunter Show. She won her equitation class, was second in pleasure, and went home champion of the walk/trot division. Bella rode beautifully and fell asleep Sunday night a very happy girl.

Sarah Doyle and daughter Ava Stearns have been on the horse show circuit with Ava winning the Washington International Horse Show Medal and ending up Reserve Champion in the Small Pony Hunter division on her new pony, Bells N’ Whistles. They were also at the Ox Ridge Horse Show in Darien, Conn., this past week where Ava showed along with friend and Menemsha summer resident Grace Conroy. Ava also went to Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and to the Northeast Benefit Horse Show in Northampton.

High Mark summer residents Rob and Margaret Hannemann are looking forward to an influx of family members circulating in and out of their home over the Fourth of July holiday. Swooping in from San Francisco are daughters Laura and Alethea with her family, consisting of husband Mark and sons Theodore Lincoln and George. Venturing north from New York are sons Kevin and Mark with wife Meg and children, Huckleberry and Emma.

Scott and Stella Frank are back East at their Sheep Hill home. Stella just celebrated her 13th birthday. The rest of the family will arrive over the course of the summer with dear, sweet Jennifer ready to put on her walking shoes and hit the trails with me on the seventh.

Lifelong Chilmark summer resident Gabriela Herman, a photographer based in Brooklyn, will be showing her work at the Chilmark Public Library from July 3 to 23 with an opening reception from 3 to 5 pm on the third. The exhibit, “From the Brickyard to Old Farm Road,” showcases primarily up-Island Vineyard imagery that highlights the vibrant unique nature of a place that has always been close to her heart.

Martha’s Vineyard Magazine has announced its 2010 Best of the Vineyard results. Chilmark received four wins this year, including Menemsha Hills for the best nature walk, Megan Grennan for the best yoga class, the Home Port Restaurant for the best seafood restaurant, and Martha’s Vineyard Savings Bank for the best bank. Runner-ups included Larsen’s Fish Market for best fish market and The Bite for the best fried clams.

The Summer Reading Program Kick Off is Saturday, July 3, at 11 at the Ag Hall. For an admission fee of $3 prepare to be thrilled by magician Scott Jameson. For an extra $1, which will go to the library association, head off with a whimsical theme painted brightly across your face.

On Wednesday, July 7, at 5:30, the film “Fishing Voices: Insight into the Future” will be shown at the Chilmark Library followed by a discussion facilitated by local fishermen. The free event is sponsored by the Menemsha Fisheries Development Fund and Friends of the Chilmark Public Library.

The Nixon family has returned from Las Vegas where they walked the red carpet with Bob’s mother Aggie. Agnes Nixon was honored with a Lifetime Achievement award at the Daytime Emmys for her 45 years in the daytime drama industry.

Happy birthday to Lev Wlodyka, Jess Bradlee, Eric Glasgow, and the father and son team of John and Lathrop Keene.