Tourist, traveler

Love, Oysterly
Erin Ryerson
February can be bleak and so when pink and red hearts start appearing in storefronts, I appreciate the splash of color. I like Valentine’s Day and its over-the-top gaudiness: stuffed animals clutching red satin hearts with “I love you” written in script; cheap chocolates, red wine, those gross, powdery heart candies. I think it’s a little easy to dismiss it as a Hallmark holiday- even if it largely is one.
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Staying Fit with Ray Whitaker
Paula Lyons
Ray Whitaker, director of elder fitness at the YMCA, sees the link between physical fitness and mental well-being as inextricable.
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A Place For Us: Growing Older, Better
Anne Ryall Sylvester

Beth Kehoe, a lively 86 year old, lives in the Oak Bluffs house built by her late husband. She relies on a variety of local services to assist her each day, from Meals on Wheels lunches to the Vineyard Village volunteers who bring her grocery shopping and to the YMCA, where she swims laps in the pool. Her backstroke is the envy of far younger swimmers.

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Transit Authority Unveils Plan to Go Electric
Steve Myrick
The Vineyard Transit Authority (VTA) is moving full-speed ahead to transform its bus fleet to electric battery-powered buses, administrator Angela Grant told the Edgartown selectmen Monday.
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Prowling for Snowy Owls Can Be a Chilly Business
Steve Myrick
It was a hardy and eager bunch who showed up Saturday morning armed with scarves, mittens, boots and binoculars ready to prowl for snowy owls at Norton Point.
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Shellfish Farmers Look to Kelp as Possible New Business
Sara Brown
Island-sourced kelp salads could soon join farm-raised meat or Chilmark mussels on Vineyard plates, with the state’s first two commercial seaweed permits issued this winter to Island shellfishermen.
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State Seaport Grant Will Allow Overhaul of Tashmoo Landing
Julia Wells

The Seaport Economic Council this week awarded $680,000 to the town of Tisbury for a long-planned overhaul of the Lake Tashmoo landing ramp. It was the second largest grant in a $5 million package.

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Gazette Launches Survey About Mopeds on Martha's Vineyard

The Vineyard Gazette’s Community Surveys project is launching an online survey about public attitudes toward mopeds and moped rentals.

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MVYouth Awards $1.35 Million to Ice Arena, Felix Neck
Heather Hamacek

The Martha’s Vineyard Arena and Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary will complete major capital campaigns this year thanks to $1.35 million in expansion grants announced Tuesday by MVYouth.

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Amended Town Line in Menemsha Becomes Law
Alex Elvin

Gov. Charlie Baker this month signed off on a rare piece of state legislation that promises to end the confusion over the way the town line between Aquinnah and Chilmark runs along Boathouse Road in Menemsha.

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