Some attempt to be polite and proper by referring to the release of excess bodily warmth as “glistening” but I prefer to simply say it like it is. Last week’s high temperatures and humidity levels had most of us sweating – yes, that’s the word I prefer – but a day of showers made way for warm days and cool nights, the most ideal of summer situations.

The July Fourth week provided many the opportunity to extend their Vineyard visits by a day or two or three. Menemsha Harbor wasn’t overflowing with floating vacationers but it certainly was lapping up over the edges. Barbara and George McLaughlin visited on Grumpy, Tom and Susie Tokarz on Panic Control, the Davids and Allcocks on Echo, Lynn and Scott Smith on Drew’s Cruiser, the Penneys on Sea Cure and the McCaffrey were in the mix, too.

Matt Scheuer will be in town for the next few days running some tests on his Pilotfish underwater drone. Matt is the founder of Electrona Robotics. His drone is in the testing phase of what should be remote-operated submersibles for research, education, maintenance and ocean exploration. He likes to test after dark so you may see him some night poking around Menemsha Harbor.

The Scott/Stanley family is back on South Road for the summer. Children Eva, Theo and Quinn make the most of their Vineyard summer by spending as many moments enjoying cousins, including Tristan and Charlotte Scott and Maeve Cook-Martin, as they can. Malia, who was part of the Chilmark School posse back in the day alongside many 40 and 50-somethings, including my husband Marshall, is always warmly embraced by family and friends when she is back in town. We refer to her as my son Brooks’ other mother. Eva is tending shop at Menemsha Market, Theo is manning the pumps at the Texaco and Quinn is just being a kid. Be sure to ask dad, Chris, about the man flu the next time you see him.

Most of the Dolan crew is back in town also. Tory, daughter of Susan and Bill Shanok, whom we also refer to as Brooks’ other mother, manages to mix in a little work with a lot of pleasure especially when husband Will is in town. Eldest daughter Emma recently completed her freshman year at Fairfield University and is back at both the Texaco and the Homeport. Middle daughter Katie remained in Hingham for the summer but promises to visit plenty before she heads off to the University of Colorado-Boulder this fall. Youngest child, Will, recently completed his freshman year of high school at Laurence Academy and has returned to the Texaco for another summer.

You can find 14-year-old Tegan Fenner enjoying his first summer job at Larsen’s Fish Market. Atlas Zack has joined the workforce as well and can be found serving up soft-serve at the Galley. Tyler Shipway is tending to nine new puppies at Sunstruck Goldens and Grooming. These recent West Tisbury grads are new to the 2018 workforce. What are your first time job memories? Do share.

Speaking of sharing memories, I am thankful for a phone call from Seth Wakeman, now residing in Stonington, Conn., who shared one of his. Do you remember my recent request for information regarding the first paving of Middle Road? Seth was kind enough to pass along his recollection. It was 1948 that he was one of the workers when they paved from Bassett’s Hill to Jean Damon’s. He recalls that Bill Smith was the contractor, Goodale’s worked the scraper and, along with himself, Tinker Rogers, David Flanders and Hank Scott were the laborers.

Information on Skylark, the Broderick family’s head boat adventure, can be found on their newly launched They’ve made a few morning trips and have returned to the dock each time with happy passengers.

A recent press release from the Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game shared that the Baker-Polito administration has recently awarded funding for river and restoration projects and one is here in town. A $15,000 award to the Sheriff’s Meadow Foundation will replace two undersized culverts that block fish, primarily wild brook trout and a threatened species of American brook lamprey, passage and impair water quality on Mill Brook with a larger structure.

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