After talking to a few people, I find that I am not the only one who is amazed that it is already Memorial Day weekend. The weatherman is predicting 60 to 70-degree weather, so I’m sure with the weather and the long weekend, the Island will officially begin its summer and be quite busy.

Happy birthday to all who celebrated their day this past week. Big balloons go out to Eliot Ferland who celebrated his day on May 17, Courtney Grzesiuk on May 18, James Cleary, Amelia Craig, Lukas Fenske, and Erin Hegarty who all celebrated their day on May 20, and Hanna Kim and Heather Kirwin who celebrated on May 21.

One giant balloon goes to Beatrice Welch who celebrated her first birthday on May 15. Her sisters Willa and Jo were in with Grandma Cheryl to get balloons for the party and Jo was very insistent on holding them. She did make it to the car and put them in very carefully. Beatrice is the daughter of Sean and Erika Welch.

Special birthday wishes go out to Kristina Ivory who will be celebrating her 21st birthday on May 27. What a great birthday 21 is, as you are now starting your adult life. Here is to many more happy days, Kristina.

Congratulations to Elizabeth Edwards who just graduated from Skidmore College on May 17. Elizabeth was graduated magna cum laude and was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. She was graduated with a double major in Spanish and International Relationships. She also received departmental honors in International Relationships. Congratulations, Liz, we are all very proud of you.

Also graduating this month was Ryan Mundt, who received a degree from the University of Notre Dame. Ryan’s mom Patty Mundt and his dad Kurt traveled to South Bend, Ind., for the event. It was a great trip and the graduation was a grand event and they enjoyed the speech from guest speaker Martin Sheen. Patty said all the speeches were very nice and she especially enjoyed the one by the valedictorian. Congratulations, Ryan.

Pam Dolby and son in law David Weagle put together a great trip to Baltimore last week to attend two Red Sox games. Pam brought her husband along with their daughter Linley. Others who went were Richard and Jane Barbini, Lee and Cheryl Welch, Coo and Donna Cavallo and Norman and Margaret Rankow.

Although the Red Sox lost both games, Cheryl Welch reported that the group agreed it was a great visit to Camden Yards. It was a beautiful ball park and many Red Sox fans were in attendance.

Just blocks away, the harborfront offered a pleasant visit topped off with lunch at the famous Moe’s for unbelievable crab cakes. It was a great get-away for all.

Congratulations to the Edgartown Eagles girls’ softball team who won the girls championship on Wednesday afternoon against the Oak Bluffs girls. The Oak Bluffs girls team was undefeated and the Eagles went in fighting. It was a great game and everyone was proud of all the girls.

I hope you all have a safe and happy Memorial Day. In your busy schedule, please take some time to remember those both past and present who have served and are now serving our country to give us the freedom we enjoy today.

Have a great week and keep the home candles burning.