Labor Day and the start of the month of September bring with it a sense of calm. Kids go back to school, vacationers go home after their last weekend visit and locals get back into the routine of life that’s so easy on the North Fork.

One of the routines we have in September is seventh-grade orientation, when students and their parents visit the school and hear what awaits them as they begin the first of six years at Mattituck High School. That orientation is tonight, Sept. 2, at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium. All incoming seventh-graders are invited to attend with their parents.

School begins a little differently this year. Teachers return to school today and tomorrow and students return Tuesday, Sept. 7, the day after Labor Day. Students attend school Tuesday and Wednesday and then school is closed Thursday and Friday for Rosh Hashanah.

Matthew Wilsberg is almost ready to leave Mattituck on Sept. 7 to begin his fire career in the United States Air Force. Matthew will be stationed at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, before attending tech school in San Angelo. Matthew is a member of the Mattituck Fire Department and son of Paul and Donna Wilsberg. You make us proud, Matt! Good luck!

Birthday wishes this week go to Kayla Gableman and Abby Gannon on Sept. 5; Lauren Hygom on the 6th; and Renee Kelly and Barbara MacLeod on the 7th.

Drop in at Mattituck-Laurel Library to take a look at the display cases, where the work of the teens who participated in this summer’s “Fairy Houses and Gnome Homes” program is on exhibit.

In other library news, Bev Wowak has been asked by many participants to continue the 4 p.m. mystery book discussions. If you’re interested in joining them, drop by and let Bev know so she can begin planning the next title and discussion date.

You may have noticed cars loaded up in driveways or parents shopping for college supplies during the past couple of weeks. Best wishes for a great first semester in college to all those graduates who are beginning their next chapter. And good luck to those who are returning to school!

I have an early deadline tomorrow morning for next week’s edition. If you have some news you want printed, send it by this evening so I can get it in on time. Enjoy your last unofficial weekend of summer.