Well, I owe an apology to the emergency phone information system; after I sent my column in last week I was called Thursday night to warn me about the hurricane that never was. However, I was only called that one time; many of my friends had been called Tuesday and Thursday. I also wonder how useful it is to give a Web site for more information and tracking when not everyone uses a computer. Indeed, in a great storm the computers may be down. Back to the drawing board.

Paffendorf’s back and Vineyard Haven has her! Chris Paffendorf, formerly of Lennie’s Loop, now of Los Lunas, N.M. — near Albuquerque — has returned to Martha’s Vineyard for a long visit. Chris is currently guesting at Paul and Marge Howes’ so our whole group got together like old times, just next door to the house Chris successfully sold last January. Chris will take a foray to visit friends in Rhode Island and attend a class reunion in New York during her sojourn on the East Coast. Chris says not only does she miss us, but seeing an ocean. Her recent activities in Los Lunas have been taking ukulele and line dancing lessons. Her beloved cat, Maybelline, is vacationing at the local vet’s in Chris’ new town; it wouldn’t do to mix her up with Paul and Marge’s Charlie although they did alright as next-door neighbors.

Meanwhile, the Howes entertained George and Liz Hirai over the Labor Day weekend. George and Liz are dear friends of theirs from Upper Montclair, N.J. The couples spent the weekend playing social bridge, seeing the Artisans Festival, touring the Martha’s Vineyard Glassworks, and stopping at the Tabernacle. George and Liz and I had a past at NYU in common although this was the first time I have met them. We enjoyed talking about our old Village haunts and marveling at the big changes in the hood.

My cousins, Lou Jannace and his wife, Lisa Quartiroli, are here from Oakland, California. Dear friend Marianne Herzog came down from Brookline for a few days. The trio stopped at the new restaurant, Flatbread, toured some magnificent Edgartown houses, and have hit the beach every chance they got. Lou and Lisa were feted at a Jannace family reunion last Saturday in Farmington, Connecticut. I couldn’t make the party so I am so glad to have them here.

I finally had a chance on August 31 to stop by the American Legion Post 257 for what was their last lobster night of the season. Yes, thanks to Bill and Deb Little who forced two succulent lobsters on me in early August, it seems that my lobster allergy is over! The Legion’s lobster rolls were terrific, the desserts presented by the Legion Auxiliary were out of this world. We intend to keep this new tradition up next high season. I’ll see you there.

The Mansion House offers another free workout to members and nonmembers at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 12. No doubt the inn will be hopping with participants in the annual Martha’s Vineyard International Film Festival. Tomorrow, actor Matthew Modine will be presented with the festival’s first Global Citizen award. The award was created by our famous sculptor, Barney Zeitz. You know Matt by his work in Married to the Mob, Full Metal Jacket, and a recurring role on Weeds. But did you know that Matt, a dedicated environmentalist for over thirty years, is the founder and force behind Bicycle For A Day – bicycleforaday.org? The film festival runs through Sept. 12, check out the schedule at mvfilmsociety.com or mvfilmfest.com.

Our library’s annual 5K Run/Walk will open registration at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 12, followed first by the kids’ fun run. Online registration closed yesterday but you still may pick up a form at the library desk tomorrow or show up on Sunday. This annual trek around West Chop funds programs sponsored by the Friends of the Vineyard Haven Library.

Speaking of the library, a free program presented by minister and author, the Rev. Judy Campbell, will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. Judy is working on a new mystery, An Unspeakable Mission, and will treat us to a reading from her work in progress.

Continued get well wishes go out to our Legion Commander, Ed Colligan.

Anniversary bouquets go to Bruce (Ace) and Robin Bailey today.

I have no Sept. 10 birthdays, will you please send me some? Otherwise, the birthday bandwagon pulls along Mary Alice Jannace, Julian Hickman, Amanda Klein, and Nicholas Bourgoin on Sept. 11. Sunday is a party for Roberto Salavarria, Lauri McNamara, and Becky Masi. Sept. 13 honors John McCarthy, Tootie Kieffer, Toby Wilson, Danielle Truscott, and Naromar De-Paula Sr. Sept. 14 is shared by Lynn White and Rebecca Isabel Sherr. Sept. 15 is claimed by Will Felder, Heather McElhinney, and Alycelee Pigman-Rayfield. And on Sept. 16 Carolyn Snow Redington, Mary Kennedy, Dashiell Pinto Kaufman, and Joalser Nascimento take the cake. Many happy returns.