Many Chilmarkers turned out on Monday night to have their say about whether or not the town should have bought the Home Port. By now, the result is history. It was a lively debate and our moderator, Everett Poole, ably guided us through it all.

Please be advised that The Bite restaurant will close this Sunday. The Galley will continue to be open until Columbus Day weekend.

Best wishes from us all to Valerie Murphy who is recuperating from hip replacement surgery at the Spaulding Rehabilitation facility in Falmouth. We hope she will be home soon.

Barbara Seward is at a nursing home in Falmouth following a fall in her home. Best wishes from us all.

Norman and Diana Freed are back in Chilmark after a visit to Nova Scotia this month. They enjoyed a two-week driving trip of sightseeing.

Donald and Nancy Hurley of Lloyd Harbor, N.Y., were in town for a 10-day visit to their Chilmark home, Quitsa Mooring.

Diana Lewis is here from White Bear Lake, Minn., enjoying her Menemsha home for a few days.

Bob Schmidt and Kim Holsworth came to their Quitsa home for a vacation from their Caribbean home. They were on their way to parents’ weekend at Vassar where their daughter is a freshman.

The planning board has mailed the Chilmark master plan survey this week to all Chilmark residents and if you have not received yours be sure and call town hall. The survey is intended to give the planning board an idea of what Chilmarkers think is important and worthy of their attention in the coming years. Speak your mind as you will remain anonymous.

If it goes on, the national presidential debate tonight will be shown on the big screen at the Chilmark library beginning at 9 p.m. Refreshments will be served, and the evening is free and open to all.

There will be a free forum on Friday night before the debate at the Chilmark Community Center at 7 p.m. to discuss Claiming Our Island’s Future and why it matters. It is part of the Living Local Harvest Fest, which will have family activities on Saturday, Sept. 27, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Agricultural Hall in West Tisbury. On Saturday morning at 9 a.m. there will be a forum at the Agricultural Hall about Island waste, recycling and composting. Nan Doty will moderate this forum. Again, it is open to all.

The next Women’s Symposium will be on Saturday, Oct. 18, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Chilmark Community Center. This will be the 22nd meeting of the popular symposium. This meeting’s subject is entitled What If? There will be speakers, small group discussions and refreshments. The event is free and donations are welcome to cover expenses.

This a good time of year for Trina Kingsbury’s offer of two phone numbers worth calling. One will get you off the many unwanted catalog mailings we all get, and the second number is a way to get those pesky telemarketers to stop calling us. I haven’t checked out these numbers but Trina says they work. For catalogs: 1-212-768-7277, extension 1888 and for telemarketers: 1-888-382-1222.

Congratulations to the Chilmark library for the commendation recently received from the Martha’s Vineyard Garden Club for the lovely plantings surrounding the library. Jane Naylor designed the butterfly garden in the front and Carlos Montoya designed the roadside garden and the garden next to the parking lot. The Friends of the Library pay for the maintenance of these gardens. The trustees and staff thank everyone for their hard work and the beautiful results.

The Wednesday. Oct. 1, program at the Chilmark library will be a reading by Alaskan poet and commercial fisherman, Dave Densmore. He is a founder of the West Coast Fisher Poet movement. The program will be from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the library. Densmore has been a commercial fisherman in Alaska since the age of 12 and has an interesting and exciting story to tell. The Friends of the Library and the Menemsha Fisheries Development Fund are sponsoring the program.