Chilmark is finally in summer mode with hot weather, bare feet and parking jams at the beaches. We all have been waiting to complain about the heat and crowds and now we are finally into summer! Actually, there are lots of smiles and friendly waves going around and most of us are pushing our patient button. It is fun to greet old friends and watch the latest batch of young folk enjoy themselves.

We all enjoyed the sight of the boat Columbia that anchored off the beach for several days last week. It is a replica of a Gloucester fishing schooner also named Columbia that was built in Maine in the 1920s. This replica was built in Panama City, Fla. and launched last year. She is a pretty sight.

The Relamar is back at her usual spot for another summer. We send best wishes to Kitty, who should be aboard, but is still suffering from a serious injury incurred here last summer and is unable to travel.

More Menemsha harbor news . . . Tim Walsh is back from his first tuna fishing trip of the season. His boat, Helen L., is freshly painted and now has started the season with a catch of 1,700 pounds of yellowfin tuna. Closer to shore, the squid kept the dock fishermen busy jigging last week. The sight of a youngster with a squid pole in one hand and an ice cream cone in the other made the rounds on Facebook this week!

Richard and Lisa DeMoranville and their son Adam are in Menemsha this week on their boat, Tuna Lisa.

Helen Diskin, M.D. and Gregory Ramsey of Boston were married at Union Park, Boston on June 26 followed by a Chilmark party and honeymoon on Larsen Lane. The groom is the son of Bill and Betsy Ramsey of Wayland and his grandparents were Bill and Ruth

Hancock Gilmour of Wayland and Menemsha. The bride is the daughter of Dan and Sally Diskin of Amherst, N.H. The weekend of festivities that concluded with the Menemsha party was attended by many of the extended family including, among others, Marjorie Phillips and her family, Hariph and Ginger Smith and their family, and more. Cheers to the bride and groom from us all!

If you have any questions about beach stickers and related matters it is best to address them to town hall for immediate response.

The Chilmark Community Center is off and running with lots of activities happening for young and old. Be sure and check their booklet or give them a call for what’s happening. Cooper Chapman, son of Joe and Susan Chapman of Chilmark, is a busy camp employee this year and enjoying the experience.

Remember to check with the library for their events coming up. This week on Wednesday, July 15, at 5 p.m. a program about Tracking Dogs in Wildlife Conservation will be presented by Karen Ogden. Please call the library at 508-645-3360 for future program information.

Kathy Hayes is here for her annual Chilmark vacation from Brooklyn. She regrets missing last year due to health restrictions but is enjoying reunions with summer friends this week.

Emma Dolan is back at Menemsha Texaco for another summer of employment. She is the granddaughter of Middle Road seasonal folk, Bill and Susan Shanok.

Davis Lohman of Seattle is visiting college friend Bradley Carroll this week.

Bill Vincent, his daughter Katie and her husband, Nick Person, and their twins, Natalie and Vivian, enjoyed a July visit to their home, the Lucy Vincent house, on South Road last week.

We send best wishes to the biker who came to grief on State Road on the weekend. He is happy he was wearing his helmet and is suffering only minor injuries . . . please be cautious when you see a bike or two in front of you!!

And, in case you missed it, the Martha’s Vineyard Savings Bank’s Chilmark branch, currently in the Chilmark Tavern building, will soon move to the building that has been vacated by the Santander bank. This is good news to those who use the branch, as parking has always been a problem. They hope to be moved in by April.

Somewhere I saw recently that Katie Smith made the dean’s list at Simmons College in Boston. Chilmark sends her congratulations! Not an easy school to achieve at.

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