There is something so reassuring about the return of the school buses in September. There is something so reassuring about our department of public works coming out to clear street drains before an expected hurricane. There is something so reassuring about the return of the annual fishing derby when we become not football widows but derby widows.

I have not seen my neighbor Wes Stokes since the derby started. But just before it did I had the pleasure of seeing his sister, Carrie Stokes Lau and her husband Ed. They were visiting from their home in Connecticut. I had not seen them for six years! Come back sooner, Carrie and Ed.

Speaking of the derby, the Kids Fishing Derby for ages four to 14 will be held on Sunday, Sept. 24 from 6 to 8 a.m. at the Steamship Wharf in Oak Bluffs. This was postponed from last weekend because of Hurricane Lee.

The hurricane turned out to be much ado about nothing.

This weekend is also the date for the Darkness into Light Suicide Prevention and Awareness Walk on Saturday, Sept. 23. Contact for specifics on time and place or check the Gazette’s Calendar.

Gail Becker is having a yard sale extravaganza this Saturday and Sunday at her home at 614 Franklin street in West Chop. Gail has a significant collection of more than 20 years of fine antique laces and crochet pieces, tablecloths and bedspreads that she displayed and sold annually at the Chilmark Flea Market. Her taste is exquisite. There will also be some clothing and household items. Sale begins at 10 a.m. on both days. I’ll see you there.

Great news! Our library goes to winter hours as of Sunday, Sept. 24. We shall be open from 1 to 5 p.m. throughout the off-season. We have new books and new programs. Join us!

Congratulations to Juli Vanderhoop who does so much for our community. Juli is being honored with the Creative Living Award, bestowed by the Martha’s Vineyard Community Foundation, this year. Nobody does it better.

Man of all seasons Dr. Gerald Yukevich has published another book, Blood Pudding. His pen name is Ivan Cox. He had a book signing last weekend. Look for it in our bookstores.

You have one more week to visit photographer Paul F. Doherty’s show up at the West Tisbury library. Another of our great artists.

Ronnie Faust, a legend here for years, has passed. His children will let us know about services. He was always so kind.

Sad news has reached me that Marganna Roberts passed in California. She was the stepsister of Christopher and Dan Larkosh. Marganna spent her early years growing up here. Then I had the good fortune to meet her and she spent part of three summers visiting me here. She was kind, funny, a retired teacher and an excellent knitter and crochet expert. I shall miss her greatly.

Happy Anniversary bouquets go out to Rachel Baumrin and Chris Lyons for their anniversary on Sept. 19.

I am wishing a great week for everyone as we ease into autumn. Stay well.