Heat on, heat off, window open, windows closed. Now I’m trying to figure out if the winter clothes need to come out and if the flip flops have to be put away. I can say that the flip flops will stay out as long as possible.

Happy birthday to all who celebrated their day this past week. Big balloons go out to Zachary Benoit and Kylie Estrella, who celebrated their day Oct. 17, Caitlin McHugh on Oct. 19, and Michael Johnson and Hawanny Ribeiro who celebrated their day on Oct. 21.

Alan Brigish and his wife just returned from a wonderful trip and wanted to share his adventure, Alan wrote: “Joyce and I recently returned from the best overseas journey of our lives. We spent two weeks in four locations in Kenya and were enthralled by how close we could get to animals in the wild. Kenya was extraordinary, magical even. We had all kinds of adventures, saw more animals than we could imagine, came across several kills, baby leopards, cheetah and antelope, great birds, dozens of lions and interesting people, both local and from around the world. The spectacle of the river crossings of the great migration of the wildebeest and other animals was extraordinary.”

Alan took more than 3,500 pictures and if you would like to see them and share their adventure you can just go to brigish.com. If you scroll down the right part of the screen, you will see the daily photographic posts in reverse order.

The Seafood Shanty is hosting a fundraising event for Olivia Hart (Olivia Grace, on Facebook) on Oct. 24, with all proceeds going towards Olivia’s living expenses. She was recently hospitalized from a heart infection and now needs a heart transplant. It’s from 6 to 10 p.m., and there will be tons of free food and giveaways.

I don’t know how well any of you know her, but the whole thing is terrible considering how young she is. This is a small Island and a tight community, and the hope is that you take this message and spread the news of the fundraiser like wildfire, Island-wide. If you’re able to donate anything, you’re welcome to drop a check off at the Seafood Shanty or the YMCA. There will also be a place to donate online soon, where you can make donations to the family.

With my job I get to talk to a lot of people, but if I don’t write things down I often forget things. Today I was talking to Alex Bettencourt, who works for his dad Troy, and he was fixing the window in my shed. He is very pleasant to talk to and he has a love for fishing. I asked if he did much in the derby and he smiled and said he had saved up a lot of time and took the time off to fish the derby. He said in the time he spent fishing he caught more than 100 false albacore, and some bluefish and a couple of bass. No bonito and he said he has never caught one and would love to try the fight.

I could have talked to him all day as he repaired a window and he was smiling through his beard and loving the recollection of the derby. What a nice young man he is, and I would love to have more conversations with him, perhaps after he catches that bonito that has his name on it.

Have a great week and keep the home candles burning.

Send Edgartown news to kathleencase@comcast.net.