We are starting to get much-needed rain, but Mother Nature is doing it rather loudly. The lightning show was great (if you like that) and the thunder kept a lot of people up. Oh well, guess we can’t have it all.

Happy birthday to all who celebrated their day this past week. Big balloons go out to Deborah Silva who celebrated her day August 14; Joseph Davies, August 15, and Bethany Felix, who celebrates her day today, August 17.

Well, the weather has broken a lot of records this year, but I think the biggest is the postponement of Illumination Night. I can’t remember any other time that it was rained out.

Conor Smith has left for Valley Forge Military Academy. His dad, Tom Smith, reports that Conor will be cut off from electronics and all the technologies until October. Dad even posted the actual haircut, which means no hair at all on the top of his head. I think the lady that did the actual cut has done many, as it seemed like three swipes and it was over. Good luck, Conor. We will look forward to hearing from you in October.

The Martha’s Vineyard Youth Leadership Initiative held its third annual Youth Leadership Summit for Sustainable Development. At this week-long leadership intensive, Martha’s Vineyard youth envision their personal, professional, Island and planetary goals and create action plans for their lives and for sustainable projects

The summit begins with a journey to Lucy Vincent beach, where youth find their “magic stone” and create an ocean art design in support of 350.org’s Hands Across the Sand.

The Sustainable Vineyard Tour of agriculture, architecture, business, cultures and energy took place at the Aquinnah Cultural Center, Allen Farm, Island Grown Schools and the Island Co-Housing. MVYLI youth enjoyed kayaking with the Trustees of the Reservation at Cape Pogue and then eating pizza at Leslie and Winn Self’s energy-self-sufficient home.

Vineyard Youth delegates were Avery Hazell, Charlie Pikor, Emma HallBilsBack, Isabel Smith, Isabella El-Deiry, Isabelle Wadleigh, James Roddy, Julia Cooper, Lilly Neville, Lucy Norris, Marcanthony Piland and Maggie Riseborough.

With summer winding down, many of our Island children — or should I say, young adults — are leaving home for college for the first time. Good luck to you all; make us prouder than we already are.

Have a great week and keep the home candles burning.