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.
Fire personnel responded to remote Chappaquiddick Friday to fight a brush fire started by a downed power line. Edgartown fire chief Peter Shemeth said the early afternoon fire was sparked in the North Neck area of Chappaquiddick when a tree fell on electrical wires.
The Division of Fisheries and Wildlife has approved an 11th-hour conservation plan for protecting the endangered broad tinker’s weed near the Gay Head Light, clearing the way for the final phases of the relocation project. Ground-breaking for the project is expected to take place Monday.