Chilmark is gliding seamlessly through this unseasonable fall weather. No wind, lots of sun and still very few fall colors in the greenery. The sides of the road are full of yellow and purple wild flowers, lush green growth and the usual flocks of turkeys, always on their way to the other side of the road. I hope the unusually warm weather doesn’t affect the way fish bite. There are many fishermen about and this is the week of the Saltwater Heroes Challenge. The wounded veterans are here and fishing with enthusiasm. Their stories will be elsewhere in this paper. Chilmark welcomes them and wishes them the best of fishing.
Exaggerated fish stories are allowed at this time of year so I hope you will allow me to correct my fishing story of last week. It seems that 9-year-old Johannah Rennert did indeed catch a striper on her first cast ever at Black Point Beach on Sept. 5 and it was released. However, to be accurate for the sake of history, correctly, it was 16 to 18 inches long.
I can almost hear the doors slamming and the locks turning as my seasonal friends and neighbors all over Chilmark head for the mainland and leave their homes to the caretakers. We will miss you all and look forward to your return.
Ed Greenebaum and Joan Caulton are in from Bloomington for a month at their Menemsha home. Kayaking is on the to-do list in this lovely weather.
The house moving and relocating continues on Crick Hill as the Whiting camp is transformed. Wonderful what can be done. The camp has been reduced to one story and moved from its original location to a temporary spot in front of its neighbor, soon to be returned and rebuilt.
Mark your calendars for a pot luck and music night scheduled for the Community Center the evening of Oct. 20. Warren Doty, Alex Karalekas and friends are planning the event. Everyone is invited.
Another date to remember is Oct. 26 when Chilmark Chocolates will re-open.
Oct. 1 was the deadline in Chilmark for paying real estate and personal property taxes. This is a new deadline not required before. The tax collector reports that on that date, $410,714 came into the town coffers. This new deadline, among other things, gives the town money enough to pay bills by the end of the year. The town hall personnel seem pleased with this response.
The fall meeting of the Women’s Symposium is set for Oct. 26 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Community Center.