Beginning on Sunday, Oct. 20 the use of the Chappy Ferry vehicle “cut line” on Dock street will be temporarily suspended. This was approved at a public hearing held by the Edgartown selectmen last Monday.

The temporary suspension will continue until approximately Thanksgiving. This is an effort to accommodate vehicle traffic while only one ferry boat is in service. The larger of the two ferries will be taken out of service for annual maintenance and U.S. Coast Guard inspection. As soon as that ferry returns to service the “cut line” will be reinstated.

During the period of the temporary suspension all vehicle traffic will approach the Chappy Ferry by way of Simpson’s Lane. Only the school buses, as well as fire, ambulance and police vehicles responding to emergencies, will be able to make use of the “cut line.” Watch for signs at the intersection of Main street and Pease’s Point Way. If you have any questions, call me at 508-627-1577.

Chappaquiddicker Elizabeth Whelan’s brother Paul is still being detained in Russia. You can keep track of developments on the blog, Elizabeth asks that people of all states call their U.S. representatives and urge them to support House Resolution 552, and call their U.S. senators to urge them to support Senate Resolution 308, both of which are on behalf of Paul Whelan. You can get information online about on how to contact your senator at and how to contact your representative at

The first of three Friday workshops at Mytoi Garden is scheduled for Oct. 4 from 1 to 2 p.m. The subject is pruning, led by Mytoi horticulturist Marc Fournier. On Oct. 11 the subject will be Japanese Garden Design, and on Oct. 18 it will be sustainable gardening.

If you have house guests who need some outdoor time, the Trustees of Reservations will continue to give Cape Pogue Lighthouse tours through Columbus Day. Call 508-627-3599 for information and reservations.

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