On Monday morning, the sounds of brush cutters, chain saws and jackhammers came down from the small hill where the lighthouse stood beneath a darkening sky. The Gay Head Light relocation project is under way.
The Big Brothers Big Sisters program started on the Island in 1974 and has ranged in size over the years, pairing as many as 60 children with adult mentors. But the national organization was hit hard by the recession and seemed to fade from Vineyard consciousness.
More than two years after Massachusetts voters overwhelmingly approved a medical marijuana law, no dispensaries or cultivation farms are open for business, and Dukes County is one of seven counties sent back to the beginning of the licensing process.