Editors, Vineyard Gazette:

Before I leave the Island for the long winter, I would like to thank the Chilmarkers for all their services that make our summers so pleasant — the Chilmark selectmen who provide a ball field for our Sunday games; the entrepreneurs, Joel at the Chilmark Store, Jenna at the Tavern and the Larsen sisters, who let me get fresh fish early in the morning. Then there’s that great server, Danna, at the Beach Plum. Thanks again to Katie Carroll for her electrifying softball write-ups and for receiving my frantic weekly phone calls at her busy Texaco station. Finally, my wife couldn’t exist without that awesome Chilmark Library.

Bill Edison