On this day we give our thanks and set the table to fill our tanks.

When you sit down be sure to hush, not make a sound but ask everyone to share a thought even if they’re not profound.

Before you indulge be sure to listen to everyone’s thoughts and ambitions.

Take a moment to turn your thought to appreciate what is important, like friends, family and neighbors you may have forgot.

Reflect on the past, look forward to the future there a young ones we need to raise and nurture.

Thankfulness is a quality that no one should lack, we should all do kind things and always give back.

My goal is to some how brighten someone’s day, as they stroll and go along their way.

Thankfulness should be inherent, so there really is no reason, why we can’t all be thankful, during this Thanksgiving season.

The Chilmark Preschool is kicking off their maple syrup holiday fundraiser. Various quantities of ArtCliff Diner’s Grade A syrup from Sweet Brook Farm in Williamstown is available for purchase in 8-, 16-, and 32-ounce bottles single or by the case would certainly make perfect gifts for just about anyone — teachers, employee, hostess, holiday gifts, stocking stuffers, etc. The proceeds from all sales support the Chilmark Preschool. Are you interested in doing some easy and tasty shopping? Orders must be placed by December 9, so be sure to contact Lindsey Scott at or 508-648-1353 to do so.

A notice from town hall: Chilmark’s Squibnocket Beach and parking area and the causeway running from Squibnocket Road through the parking lot to the Squibnocket Farm residences have experienced significant impacts from coastal erosion due to rising mean high tide levels and more frequent and severe storms. The board of selectmen, the Squibnocket Farm Association and the Vineyard Open Land Foundation have been working together to seek a long-term concept and proposal that responds to this rapidly changing environment. The concept includes: expansion of the town’s leased portion of Squibnocket Beach, relocation of the beach parking area, an elevated roadway, and more. The Chilmark board of selectmen plan to present the current concept and receive public comment on Tuesday, December 3 at 7 pm at the Chilmark Library. Contact Chuck Hodgkinson at the town hall with your questions.

In need of another shop-local Saturday idea? In addition to Scott McDowell’s Copperworks on Basin Road, you can find the well-balanced team of Colin Ruel and Nettie Kent sharing their wares at Colin’s grandmother Roberta Morgan’s Harbor Craft Shop where there will be an amazing display of Colin’s painting and Nettie’s jewelry from 12 noon to 4:30 pm.

Yeehah — You go girls! Phoebe and Isabel, daughters of Rebecca (Harrison) and David Parker, frequent Menemsha visitors, ran in New York with their Carlisle teammates at the USA Track & Field-Regionals. Their team must have had their shoes laced tightly as they earned a spot at the USATF National Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships in San Antonio, Texas, on December 14.

Congratulations to proud grandfather Jonias Assis, the handiest of men at the Menemsha Inn, on the birth of his first granddaughter, Isabella.

Various birthdays abound so I wish a happy happy to: Jim Policastro, Jennifer Grace, Carol Merry, Perry Ambulos, Tori Shanok Dolan, Isaiah Scheffer, Philippa Rolins, Louis Larsen, a slightly belated 91st to Trudy Taylor, and any of you that I may have missed along the way.