I asked Milo how many sisters he has now and he held up two fingers in front of the biggest grin that I have every seen on a guy his size! His sister Ramona was also grinning ear to ear as she told me that her brand new sister’s name is Matilda. Dana Guyer and Carlos Tilghman-Osborne are tired but delighted by the birth of their daughter Matilda Belle Guyer-Osborne on Saturday July 2.

The Chappy Community Center annual community fair is on Saturday, July 16. From 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. you can feast on barbecue and baked goods, look through the summer reads at the book sale, play games and participate in or witness the world-renowned Chappy dog show. The fair is open to the entire Chappy community, but if you aren’t a member of the CCC yet you can join up while you’re there. There are lots of fun volunteer opportunities at the fair. Call Lynn at 508-627-8222.

The CCC will be a busy place on Saturday. This is your chance to get rid of your old household chemicals, stains, oil paints, small amounts of bad gas and used motor oil. Motor oil disposal fee is $1 per gallon. You can drop these hazardous materials off at the CCC on Saturday, July 16, between 7 and 8:30 a.m. sharp. Don’t show up late! I’m driving the truck over to the Edgartown Transfer Station this year and I’m on a tight schedule. This collection is sponsored by the CIA Water Committee and coincides with the household hazardous waste collection at the Edgartown Transfer Station held from 9 a.m. to noon. So save yourself the trip into town, get up a little earlier and bring your bad stuff to the CCC, where it will be loaded into my pickup truck and taken over for you. Water-based paints and tires will not be accepted. You’ve waited all year for this!

The Slip Away Farm Stand will be open Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Chappy Store is open for business daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Community center summer programs and activities are in full swing. Visit chappycommunitycenter.org for a complete listing of activities plus all of the sign-up forms.

The lobster roll dinners will begin Wednesday, July 13 and then every two weeks. Take out or eat in at the CCC between 5 and 6:30 p.m. Back by popular demand is Marion Harding’s original recipe. $17 includes roll, chips and a drink. Remember to pre-order the day before by 1 p.m.

The Chappy ice cream socials begin on Wednesday, July 6. From 7 to 8:30 p.m. join your old friends and make some new ones while indulging guilt-free in delicious ice cream with all of the fixin’s.

The weekly farmers’ market/crafts fair on the CCC porch has begun. Stop by on Wednesdays between 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. to see what your neighbors have been able to grow in our sandy soil. See also the handiwork of the artists among us.

The annual book sale begins Monday, July 11 and runs through the following Monday, July 19. Great selection of summertime reading material.

I will end with the sad news that the broken wing gull who had taken up residence at the Chappy ferry point died shortly after noon Tuesday. BW, as the black-backed gull was affectionately called by many, was killed instantly when struck by the tire of an unidentified motor vehicle. He didn’t seem his usual upbeat self lately and my personal feeling is that he had hung on long enough and is in a better place now.

Send Chappy news to peter@chappyferry.net.