I have always noticed a coolness in the air right after the fair. Always so welcome. I kid you not, last week the mosquitoes were the size of horses! I should have entered them in the fair! Now the breeze and the cooling rain are putting the exclamation point on the fastest summer of my life. Same time next year.

I finally met my former student John Franzago’s two beautiful kids. Jack is age five and Khloe is three. Grandma Ria Cimeno brought them over for a quick visit last week.

They were here from their home in Mattapoisett. John was one of my first third graders and a pleasure to have as a student. The kids’ mom is the lovely Val. I hope I meet her on the next visit. The kids visited, asked many questions, admired my turkey flock, and enjoyed my dogs. They departed with bottles of bubbles and some fine turkey feathers. Please visit Old Missy G whenever you can. Bring me some candy from that shop in Mattapoisett.

If Jack and Khloe could be here this weekend I would take them to the 12th annual Tisbury Firefighters Auto Show at the high school this Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. Cars, trucks and motorcycles will be ready to show off. There will be music, a bouncy house, prizes and plenty of food vendors. Come to support the people who put out our fires. Bring your weekend guests – I’ll see you there.

Another former student, Justin Smith, held his first son, Jacob, who was born last week. Jacob weighed in at eight pounds, one ounce and was 20 and one-half inches long. His mom is Brenda Caramanica Smith. The whole happy little family now live in Sherman, Tex., and are doing fine. Perhaps we can get them to the Ag Fair next summer? Welcome to the world, darling Jacob.

Next Tuesday, August 28, will be the last Legion lobster rolls at our American Legion post on Martin Road. This has been a cool and popular alternative to fighting the dinner crowds on the town streets. Times are 4:30 to 7 p.m.

In the new cool breezes, I heard the announcement, our high school freshman meet at the high school on Friday, August 31. All other students report for study on Tuesday, September 4, the day after Labor Day. It doesn’t seem like it’s time yet, does it?

Our sincere condolences go out to Lee McCormack on the passing of dear old Mr. Beans. The comfort is that they had each other. There is no greater bond than that of man and dog.

Another great loss to us all is the passing of Aretha Franklin. She touched everyone in such a joyous way.

May I be condemned to a stalled car in the middle of Five Corners on Labor Day weekend for neglecting to remind you of my dear friend Sal Alfano’s August 9 birthday. The birthday bandwagon pulled along Angelo Troiani and Melissa Dolby on August 17. And on August 20, Chris Stokes took the cake. Many happy returns.

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