The summer with its balmy breezes, sun-kissed cheeks, and sand between its toes seems to bounce along the shore effortlessly with the rising and setting of the sun. Fall somehow creeps up on us all too quickly and with its wild winds picks up and sends home the Derby.

One truly needed to dedicate time to catching the big ones this fall. The fish solved where to hide out and avoid the setting of a hook. But the timing was perfect for a few of our neighbors who made it to the stage at the awards ceremony this past weekend. Among those names you may recognize you will find a brother/sister team. Maggie and Chris Mayhew placed first and second respectively in the overall junior shore striped bass category. Anne and Jonathan Mayhew are the proud parents of the dynamic duo. Quinn Keefe, a Chilmark summer resident who spends the rest of his time in Steamboat Springs, Colo., was third overall in the junior boat bass category. Wyatt Jenkinson was third overall in the junior boat bonito category. John Bunker was third overall with his boat bonito. And Paul DiMaura took a first overall with his fly rod division boat bluefish.

The end of the Derby marks this year’s departure of the Keefe family. Craig, Lori, Quinn, Allie, and Grady set off for home Monday morning. The kids have already transitioned back into Colorado school mode and prepare to strap on the skis sometime soon. Shantytown has officially closed until next spring.

Also setting out for greener pastures behind the steering wheel of his golden Land Rover is Johnny Graham. Fare thee well, friend.

Looking for something to do tomorrow night? Why not help continue the success of the Martha’s Vineyard Youth Soccer at the first annual auction fundraiser with Johnny Hoy and the Bluefish at the Community Center with doors opening at 7 pm. The event will be catered by our friend and neighbor Perry Ambulos of Truly Scrumptious. Auction items include Bruins tickets, an Allison Shaw print, a print by David Wallis, tickets to Nashoba Valley, and so much more. Tickets are available online at or at the door.

It happened a while ago, but Mary Lombardi has finally shared the details with me. She and Primo are proud grandparents once again, this time of Greyson Ryan Willey who was born on July 27 to Ariane (Lombardi) and Ryan Willey of North Andover. He and his big sister, Brooke, made their first visit to town in August. Another exciting thing has happened to the Lombardi family. Nina and long-time beau Dana Kiendzior have announced their engagement. A summer 2011 wedding is in the works for the happy couple. Also, please extend a happy big 3-0 to Miss Nina.

Long-time Board of Health appointed representative to the Martha’s Vineyard Refuse District, Alex Preston, has been thanked for his years of diligent service as he steps down from his post. Rich Osnos is the newly appointed member of the team. Thanks to both of you for volunteering your time.

Lois Mayhew has tickets available to the 39th annual Harvest Supper hosted by the United Methodist Church, to be held at the stone church in Vineyard Haven this Saturday evening. Lois can be reached at 508-645-9251 for tickets to either the 5:00 or 6:45 seatings at the Thanksgiving-like meal.

Galen Mayhew will be participating in this Sunday’s CROP Walk. Twenty-five percent of the proceeds go to the Island Food Pantry. Please give him a call at the above number if you would be willing to sponsor him. No amount is too small.

Welcome home to our newest little neighbor, Corrick Slavin. He gave Mom and Dad a bit of a scare when he developed an infection that earned him his first flight in a helicopter. They took great care of him at Children’s Hospital in Boston, and he is back home safe and sound and looking quite wonderful. I was lucky enough to catch a glimpse of him at Morning Glory’s fun and fabulous festival last weekend.

Birthdays abound this week. You may need to take notes so you can remember who to share best wishes with. Ray Kellman, Josh Aronie, Dick Smith, Buddy Mayhew, Susie Bunker, Roberta Morgan, John Verret, Everett Poole (who celebrates a milestone), Jess Kanozak, Vinny Iacono, El and Wren Christy, Michelle Leonardi, Jan Buhrman, Genevieve Flanders, Patty Rossi, Paul Mayhew (who also celebrates a milestone), and Bernie Levy. A long-distance birthday wish goes to Julie Hursey who makes Alaska her home.

Save that date. The Chilmark Firefighter’s Association will host its traditional Halloween Party for Chilmark kids at the Center on Sunday, Oct. 31. The event is always the perfect kick-off point for trick or treating. Pizza will be served up to counter-balance the enormous quantities of sugar that will be consumed throughout the duration of the evening. I am the “go-to gal,” so call or email me with questions.

By the way, Happy Birthday to hers truly, Katie Carroll, on Wednesday, Oct. 27. — Ed.