A pat on the back goes to officer Steve Pupek of the Chilmark Police who sprang into action the other day when the bucket truck where he was doing a roadside detail began to roll. Stew Kelly, an employee with RJ Bryant, the company running some extra lines for the presidents upcoming stay, was situated by Abel’s Hill high in his bucket when his truck began to roll. Officer Steve ran after the truck and managed to jump in and apply the brakes. Phew. The sweat was wiped from both of their brows after the situation was brought back under control. Thankfully, both men were unharmed, but the truck was taken out of service to, you guessed it, have the brakes repaired.

From north to south and west to east may the Kuh-mania begin. Jerome, Josh, Riley Kuh and Christina Sphar from Seattle, Washington, Peter and Diana Kuh, Nick and Finn Kuh and Nicole Carman all from England, Anne Kuh and Peter Supko from Maryland with Cathryn Supko from Montreal via Maryland, as well as Audrey and Michael Straight from Maryland, Liz Kuh from Pennsylvania, Tom and Willa Kuh round out the inundating mix. This gang travelled to town to round out the 17-plus local Kuh relations which include Mary, Perry, and Gabe Ambulos, Cathy Thompson and Sarah Kug, Sophie and Chas DeGeofroy. If I got any of the names or locations wrong or if I perhaps left someone out, let’s just blame it on Mary. I got my information from her.

This year’s Martha’s Vineyard Book Festival is a two day-two location event. On Saturday, August 3, from 11 am to 5 pm, the festival will be at the Harbor View Hotel. Distinguished authors from across the country will speak both individually and in panels discussing topical issues including the future of journalism. On Sunday, August 4, from 10:30 am to 5 pm, the festival moves to the Chilmark Community Center where the authors will speak in three different tents. Sunday’s program includes such authors as Jeanne Theoharis, Tony Horwitz, Richard Russo, Tom Reiss, Rose Styron, Laura Wainwright, Eric Asimov, Mark Slouka, Kevin Cullen, and Shelley Murphy. A detailed schedule can be found at All events are free.

The selectmen will hold an open meeting for summer residents on August 6 at 7 pm at the Community Center.

Also on Tuesday, from 11 am to 12 noon, bring your kiddos or simply yourself to meet story book character Amelia Bedelia with Kristin at the Chilmark Community Center. Kristin keeps up her tradition of incorporating music and song.

On Wednesday, August 7 at 5 pm, artist Carol Brown Goldberg will show and discuss her new short film, “The Color of Time.” The film, which is a collaboration between Carol and film-maker Anthony Szulc, premiered at the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center in Washington, D.C., back in November, and it won the Award for Excellence at the Best Shorts Competition in La Jolla, California.

Did you know Taylor Swift belted out some sweet tunes at Gillette Stadium this past week? Well, Katy, Kathy, and Bill Smith along with Bradley Carroll certainly did. They got to experience Taylor performing on her RED tour. According to the teens the show was amazing. I will admit to being just a tad jealous.

Well wishes go out to Wayne Iacono who has spent some time at the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital. IV antibiotics, rest and medical care is what he has needed to muscle through some nasty tick-borne stuff. Your presence has been missed at morning men’s group at the Texaco.

It’s hard to believe it’s just about time for the Chilmark Volunteer Firefighter’s Association’s Backyard Bash. Wednesday, August 7, on the grounds of the CCC from late afternoon into the evening you will find live music and raffles, tee-shirts and sweatshirts, burgers and hot dogs and more. This family-friendly community party is the biggest annual fundraising event our volunteer fire department holds. Stop by and show your support for those who jump at the sounding of a whistle to come to your aid.