Uncle! I hope by the time you are reading this we have found relief from the heat wave. The air conditioners have been running and the beaches are full. There were a lot of people looking for relief and there are some people who like it.

I was waiting on a lady at the nursery and I mentioned the heat, and she responded that she “lived for these days.” We all have our favorite weather; personally, I like it a lot cooler.

Happy Birthday to all who celebrated their day this past week. Big balloons go out to Georgia DeRoche, who celebrated on July 24; Diego Valentim on July 27; and to Bianca Barbosa and Liah Webb, who celebrated their day on July 28.

Special birthday wishes to Barbara Magnuson Phillips, who will celebrate a milestone birthday on August 1. Barbara was feted with a surprise party at the Portuguese American Club. Her children Leah, Geoff and Andrew, brother John, and many of her longtime high school friends were there Leah, Happy Birthday Barbara, and here is to many more.

Charlie Morano hosted a party in honor of his mother Millie’s 100th birthday. In the summer when Millie (or, Gheema) was on the Island, she was a big part of the beach gang. She loved being with her son and grandchildren Mary and young Charlie, and catching up with everyone. She and Ralph bonded over his smoked salmon and he always had a fillet waiting for her visit. It was his special thing and she loved it.

Her milestone birthday was celebrated in grand style with a pig roast, great sides, and Charlie’s daughter Mary shucking oysters to keep up with everyone’s needs. Dinner ended with a cake with 100 candles — with Mary and Charlie doing the honors of blowing them out. The night was completed with the Dock Dance Band playing some great music. I know Millie was looking down at us and smiling.

The Edgartown High School class of 1947 gathered for a reunion at the boathouse on the harbor. Floyd Norton, Eileen Sibley Robinson and Catherine Prada Enos Griffin were in attendance. They are the only surviving classmates out of 11. There were five girls and six boys. I wish I could have been a fly on the wall, listening to the stories they shared. I wish I could share the picture I saw of all three of them; I only hope to look as good at 93 as they do.

Have a great week and keep the home candles burning.