Ruby Leilani McDowell was welcomed into the world by her proud and loving parents Ali (Weisman) and Malcolm McDowell on August 25 at 1:28 am. She weighed in at a petite 6 pounds, 7 ounces and is also welcomed by her proud grandparents, Hugh and Suzanne Weisman, and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

Congratulations must be extended to Dilly Douglas on her official appointment as assistant to the executive secretary of the town. She is that friendly face that greets you at the front desk Monday through Friday. We are happy and pleased to have yet another friend in the town hall family.

Judy Banker Mehrling and Perry Mehrling are delighted to welcome their son, Adam, and his wife, Joanne, along with two of their children, Eva and Max, to their Boulder View home for the Labor Day weekend. Eva is only two years old but shows real signs of someday taking her place alongside her brother surfing the waves at Lucy Vincent.

Enlighten your mind, body, and soul at the Beach Plum Inn from September 13 to 16 with their first annual Martha’s Vineyard Yoga Festival. Join us for three days of yoga in every flavor. Whether you are seeking a restorative experience or a more vigorous practice, the Vineyard’s renowned instructors will offer classes across the spectrum — from Hatha to Bikram! Join them for all three days or a portion thereof. Partake in a class or a series of classes from Bikram to Hatha taught by the Island’s renowned instructors. Between sessions there will be a series of personal enrichment workshops, massages and simple down time. Please contact the Beach Plum with questions, 508-645-9454.

We lost a friend and dedicated townsperson when Rusty Walton succumbed to cancer on August 3. A memorial celebration of Rusty’s life will be held at the Chilmark Community Center on Saturday, Oct. 9, at 2 pm. It will be a potluck affair, and all will be invited to share their thoughts, memories, stories, and yarns of how Rusty affected your lives.

Tom Dunlop will speak about his new book, “Schooner: Building a wooden boat on Martha’s Vineyard,” at the Chilmark Public Library on Wednesday, Sept. 8, at 5:30 pm. Cruising World, June 2010 issue, says: “On the island of Martha’s Vineyard, three miles off the coast of Massachusetts, it was the most festive launch in more than a generation: the christening of Rebecca of Vineyard Haven, a 60-foot, 76,000-pound schooner designed and built, plank on frame, at the Gannon & Benjamin Marine Railway, one of the leading traditional boatbuilding yards on the U.S. continent.”

El, Wren, Dash, Jenny, and Todd Christy travelled to Vermont for a family adventure before the ball and chain of school wraps itself around all three children this year. Dash will be in third grade and El and Wren will be big time kindergarteners in Robin and Eleanor’s classroom.

The Karlinsky clan set out on the high seas for an evening ride into the sunset with yummy smelling Bite food to fill their stomachs. Seth, Sarah, Andrew, Matthew, and sweet baby Nate were all smiles on their family outing. Mom and Dad were very trusting to leave all that food in the arms of Andrew as he paraded down the dock. He and Matthew are eating machines. I questioned whether or not it would arrive at its final destination intact.

I would like to extend my condolences to the Linden, Finnegan, Hope, and Chris MacLeod on the untimely death of their faithful black lab, July. He was a dedicated and kind companion who really enjoyed his rides in Chris’ truck, the endless torture and attention of his two small child companions and, even more so, enjoyed chewing and popping as many balls as he could get his mouth on. He will be missed.

Hollis Oliver, the youngest of the brood belonging to Elizabeth and Kevin, celebrated his very first birthday surrounded by siblings Solon, Barrett, and Delilah on August 27. The adorable little blondie has started taking a few steps here and there and will soon get into that next layer of stuff that kids can reach with the extra advantage of walking.

School begins on Tuesday, Sept. 7, so please be reminded to keep an eye open for all of those tired little bodies standing along the roadsides waiting for the bus. They are tired because they have stayed up too late all summer — tubing, body surfing, cooking out, and visiting with summer friends. The school bell will chime once again. A sure sign that fall is around the corner.

Happy birthdays go out to Billie Hancock, Susan Chapman, and my very own Bradley Carroll, who turns 14 on September 5. High school, here she comes.

Hurricane Earl, what do you have in store?