Following three straight months of little rain, Martha’s Vineyard remains under moderate to severe drought conditions along with most of the rest of the commonwealth. The fire tower in West Tisbury is being manned due to high fire risk across the Island.
As West Tisbury animal control officer for 27 years, Joan Jenkinson has been at the beck and call of residents and their animals. But come Oct. 1, when she retires, she'll be able to sleep through a full night.
A recent survey on the Cape has revealed Powassan, a potentially fatal disease carried by deer ticks. Despite a growing list of tick-borne diseases in the region, there are no plans for tick surveillance on the Vineyard.