Following the early closure of the scalloping season in Aquinnah, town officials and shellfish biologists are trying to understand the unexpected decline in the number of adult scallops this year. The season closed Nov. 15 in response to a lack of adult scallops; a black algae was also observed growing on many of the scallop shells.
Most Fridays, Kate Warner can be found in her West Tisbury kitchen. Even in early December, the room is hot; sun streams in through tall windows and inside two knee-level ovens, bread is baking. On a recent Friday Ms. Warner wore a rainbow-striped apron when she baked three organic breads from scratch: ciabatta, multigrain and sweet potato.
Winter track has debuted this year as a brand new sport at the regional high school. The head coach for the winter track team is longtime track and cross-country coach Joe Schroeder, and the squad is fielding about 25 student-athletes for its first go-around.
The founding goal of 350 Martha’s Vineyard Island is to facilitate collaboration to address climate change. We recognize that the Martha’s Vineyard Commission holds a unique position of opportunity and responsibility for how the challenges posed by climate change are handled.
At a recent event at the Katharine Cornell Theatre I was crowned Martha’s Vineyard poet laureate, succeeding Lee McCormack. I was given a two-year term, a plastic laurel wreath and a toga.
Living on the Vineyard provides a front-row seat to a panorama of the constantly changing environs. There are parts of the country where these differences are a bit less apparent.
The wind, when it decides to blow, may be free, but turning it into electricity is very expensive.
We are elderly folks in Vineyard Haven and attended the selectmen’s meeting Dec. 9 and just wanted to make a couple of comments.
The time of year has arrived when each town government begins preparing its fiscal 2016 budget for its annual town meetings.

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