Right Whales Seen in Waters Off Gay Head
Mark Alan Lovewell

One of the rarest creatures on the earth, the endangered right whale, was seen near the Vineyard Tuesday. The sighting off the Gay Head Cliffs is for the record books, a first for the Vineyard in a long time.

The Northeast Right Whale is one of the world’s most endangered marine mammals, with only slightly more than 300 known to be in existence. One was observed from an airplane while it was feeding.

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State Grant Goes to Aquinnah for Lighthouse Project
The town of Aquinnah will receive nearly $50,000 from the state to complete a walking path that connects the shops at the cliffs with the lighthouse overlook
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U.S. Court of Appeals Upholds Town in Casino Case
In a pivotal decision, the high court upheld a lower court ruling that requires the Wampanoag tribe to obtain building permits for a planned bingo hall in Aquinnah.
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Tribe-Town Case Over Casino Stays Stalled After Death of Judge
The death of a longtime U.S. First Circuit Court of Appeals judge has left a high-stakes case involving a proposed Aquinnah Wampanoag gaming facility on the Island in limbo.
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New Light House at Gay Head
Vineyard Gazette

We learn from Samuel Flanders, Esq., that a light house is to be erected at Gay Head the coming fall. It is to be located about five or six rods back of the present one. The light, at an altitude of 60 feet, will be seen by mariners over Noman’s Land, which will be of great service. A new dwelling house is also to be erected. An appropriation of $13,000 was made at the last session of Congress to cover the expense of constructing these buildings.

 

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Gay Head School Out for Summer and for Good
Edith Blake
High on a windy promontory at the end of the Island stands the Gay Head School. It is a one-room school with all the traditional trimmings, from flag to red paint, that one-room schools are supposed to have. Outside there is a playground and a pond, and inside there are actually two rooms, but one is used as a kitchen-storeroom-catch-all sort of place and the other is a classroom.
 
For the past eleven years, Mrs. James Manning has been the teacher at the school, teaching kindergarten through the fourth grade to a varying number of children.
 
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Aquinnah Looks to Outsource Assessor Position
Noah Asimow
Aquinnah moved one step closer to outsourcing its paid assistant assessor position with selectmen voting unanimously to issue a request for proposal (RFP) for its assessor services.
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To Revive the Gay Head Civic Association
Vineyard Gazette
On Sunday afternoon, a meeting was held in Gay Head of former directors and members of the old Gay Head Improvement Association. This organization was incorporated under the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, in February of 1914, and for a number of years was active in promoting community welfare in Gay Head.
 
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Aquinnah Sites Reveal 10,000 Years of Wampanoag History
Louisa Hufstader

A 2001 Aquinnah bylaw requiring archaeological reviews of proposed building sites has unearthed scores of significant discoveries.

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Aquinnah Speeds Through Special Town Meeting
Landry Harlan

Aquinnah voters Tuesday night approved $35,000 in school spending during a lightning-fast special town meeting.

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