The following are the most popular stories on the Vineyard Gazette's website from 2011, based on page views.

1. Blue Heron Farm, Chilmark estate rented by the Obama family for three summer vacations, is purhcased for $21.9 million by Lord Norman and Lady Elena Foster of Great Britain. (Renowned British Architect, Arts Publisher Acquire Blue Heron Farm for $21.9 Million, Dec. 2, 2011.)

2. The late Walter Cronkite's Edgartown down-harbor home was sold for $11.3 million to longtime summer residents. (Cronkite Heirs Sell Green Hollow Home, Feb. 4, 2011.)

3. President Obama and the First Family return to Martha's Vineyard for their third consecutive summer vacation on the Island. (President Obama to Return to Island, August 9, 2011.)

4. Erosion from Hurricane Irene brings several Chilmark homes closer to the ocean. (Storm Erodes South Shore, Imperiling Homes, August 30, 2011

5. A West Chop home owner was cited for dredging a pond and filling a wetland without permission. (Mink Meadows Property Owner Cited for Filling Wetland, Dredging Pond, March 4, 2011

6. Stanley Cup visits Island, makes the rounds before being viewed by 1,000 fans at Edgartown School. (Stanley Cup Runneth All Over Edgartown,  June 28, 2011.)

7. Vineyard prepares for Hurricane Irene, which is expected to bring high winds, heavy rain, and storm surge of eight feet. (Islanders Brace for Storm Surge, Winds as Hurricane Irene Churns up the Coast, August 26, 2011.)

8. Edgartown attorney Edward W. (Peter) Vincent Jr. settles civil cases alleging he misused client funds in real estate deals. (Attorney Vincent Settles Civil Claims of $700,000, April 15, 2011.)

9. A post-Christmas northeaster cuts a new opening on a barrier breach at Cape Pogue Pond. (Elbow Becomes an Island as Chappy Shape Shifts, Jan. 14, 2011.)

10. A drastic decline in striped bass stocks has state and federal officials scrambling to protect the fish. ('Scary' Decline in Striper Stocks, May 6, 2011.)