Chilmark . . . a great place to be if you are a landscaper. The buzz of lawnmowers can be heard between every shower. The greenery is thriving and in some places gaining on us. Rains still come but we are promised drier weather by the time you read this paper. Let’s hope so. However, it is clear that we are loved for more than our weather because last weekend was a busy one in town with many visitors, some weddings and the usual homeowners arriving to open their summer homes.

Don and Nancy Mae Hurley have completed their two-week visit to their Quitsa home and returned to Long Island.

Robert and Emma Shalhope have come from Norman, Okla., for their annual extended vacation at their Chilmark home.

The Chilmark public library hosts a visit from a board of health nurse on the third Wednesday of each month from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for the purpose of taking folks’ blood pressures. It is a free service and all are welcome Please note new hours.

The Chilmark library also has posted new hours for the summer months. They remain closed on Sundays. All other days of the week they open at 10:30 a.m. On Monday and Friday they will close at 1:30 p.m. On Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday they will close at 5 p.m. A call to 508-645-3360 will always confirm dates and times.

Author Nancy Star will discuss her new book, Sisters One, Two, Three, at the Chilmark library on Wednesday, June 14 at 5 p.m. Nancy is an experienced writer and Chilmark summer resident. Her new novel is set on Martha’s Vineyard. The talk is free and all are welcome at the library meeting room. The Friends of the Chilmark Public Library sponsor these events.

The West Tisbury school’s eighth grade class was due to travel in England this week, but unfortunately the most recent violence in Manchester caused the school to cancel their plan and, to their credit, they pulled together a trip to St. Lucia. The students arrived on Monday, June 5 and will be home on Saturday, June 10. While there they will visit a local school, snorkel, and enjoy other such sports before completing their middle school years. Brooks Carroll, Bella Thorpe, Josh Dix and Flynn Monahan are the students from Chilmark on the trip.

Andrew Ruimerman has joined his family at their home on D.H.’s Hill after completing his sophomore year at Roanoke College.

And we are happy to report that word has come in from Bradley Carroll, who is studying at the University of Adelaide in Australia for a few summer weeks and is enjoying the strange and wonderful things that make up the land of Oz. We will enjoy hearing her tales.

Vineyard Smiles, a service of the Vineyard Health Care Access Program, is offering free dental cleanings for adults age 20 and over to take place on June 16 at the Howes House in West Tisbury. It is necessary to sign up for this program and you can do so by calling to make sure you qualify for the service at 508-696-0020 ext. 11. Then you must fill out a registration form by Monday, June 12 and leave it at Howes House. You will receive a call for an appointment. This is a great service and, if the preliminaries are difficult for you, just call Howes House and the folks there will help you. Debbie Simon, Vineyard Smiles dental assistant, is available also at 508-696-0020 ext. 14 to help with details.

Congratulations to Rhoda Diamond of South Road, who attended her 75th Radcliffe reunion this past week.

Cassidy Goff has come from North Carolina for a June visit with her grandparents Clark and Pam Goff at their home on Tea Lane.

We send condolences to the many friends and extended family of Julia Rosenwald, who died at her home in Philadelphia on June 1. Judy, as everyone knew her, was 101. Her full obituary will be elsewhere in this paper. She and her late husband Julius Rosenwald 2nd were part of the Chilmark summer community since the late 1930s when they first came to Chilmark and then returned annually through four generations of family. We are happy that she was able to visit Chilmark until recently.

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