The humidity has at last dissipated in Aquinnah, with the temperature in the 60s and a cool ocean breeze. We missed the effects of the tropical storm over the weekend as it was more inland. The coolness has brought out a few craftspeople in this quiet neighborhood with saws buzzing, roofers shingling and the roar of lawnmowers in the distance.  

Welcome to Billie-Diamond Vanderhoop-Shephard of Key West, Fla. who has arrived for a visit with her mother, Faith Vanderhoop, and her extensive extended family.   

Congratulations to Aileen Mahoney who achieved her black belt after 10 years taking karate, and to her brother, Seamus Mahoney, who achieved his brown belt. They are the children of James and Melissa Mahoney and grandchildren of Kevan and Marcy Nichols.

Congratulations to Tyler Moreis of the Aquinnah police department and Noah Stobie of the Chilmark police department who both graduated over the weekend from the second graduating class of the Cape Cod Municipal Police Academy. They were two of the 58 officers to graduate at the ceremony held at Joint Base Cape Cod.  

It was a treasure to sit and reminisce with Douglas Seward on Saturday afternoon at his Creekville Antique Shop. We covered the past century of some of our favorite people and places. Jane Slater joined us for the finale. So much history to retain that needs to be in a journal somewhere.  

Sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Betty Eddy who passed away at the age of 100, having recently celebrated that milestone. She always had a jovial greeting when calling her dear friend, the late Ollie Edwards, on a daily basis during the summer. Betty was the presenter at the Women’s Symposium held in Chilmark twice a year. She will be greatly missed for her enchanting sense of wit and wisdom.  

Condolences to the family and friends of Phronsie Conlin who passed away this past week at the age of 100. We shared many stories while in cardiac rehab together. Most of the time, we happened to be at the same gathering in Harthaven over the years.

Condolences to the family of Dr. John Patrick Sauer who passed away in Billings, Mont. Dr. Sauer was a longtime practicing pediatrician in Billings. He is survived by his son, Daniel Sauer, and his wife, Wenonah Madison, and their children, Waylon, Amos, Jae and Zuzu, as well as his daughter, Beth Seabourne, and her husband, William, and their children, West and Abe. Services were held in Billings this past week.

Across the channel at USCG Station Menemsha, the crew participated in Operation Dry Water over the holiday weekend, led by MK2 Jacob Waters-Maciel. They boarded many vessels and found there were no violations. Welcome to two cadets from the United States Coast Guard Academy who are presently at Station Menemsha for training: Brock Laggini of Somerville, N.J. and Dylan Looney of St. Louis, Mo. They have been enjoying the Vineyard in their off time.    

Welcome to two new crew members: MK2 Clint Collier of El Cajon, Calif. and BM2 Shane Mullen of Buffalo, N.Y   

Happy birthday wishes this week to Wendy Weldon and Loretta Wolozin on July 19; a very special birthday wish to Ted Mayhew as he celebrates a milestone on July 20; July 22 is a day of celebration for Kendra Buresch and her daughter, Oona Carroll, as well as Steve Mathias and Charlene Alley; Sheila Jason will celebrate on July 23; Captain Hugh Taylor and Lisa Pachico party on July 24.