Ailing Edgartown Courthouse Set for Upgrade
Steve Myrick

Prodded by a superior court judge, the Dukes County commission this week approved funds to restore wheelchair access to the courthouse.

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Edgartown Courthouse Access for People with Disabilities Found Severely Lacking
Steve Myrick

At the Edgartown courthouse, access for people with handicaps is severely lacking. The only wheelchair ramp is in disrepair. The wheelchair lift on the stairs leading to the courtroom has been broken for months.

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County Warned of Fire Safety Issues at Courthouse in 2001
Steve Myrick

Fire protection problems at the Edgartown courthouse have been known since at least 2001, when a state report recommended upgrades to increase safety in the 1856 brick building.

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Fire Drill at Courthouse Turns Up Long List of Deficiencies
Steve Myrick
An inspection at the Edgartown courthouse has turned up serious deficiencies in fire safety, including an emergency exit door that was locked and impassable.
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Walking the Path of History, One Deed at a Time
Alex Elvin
After 21 years, Dianne Powers will retire this fall from the Edgartown registry of deeds. Lately she has been sharing her office with Honey Bee, the youngest of her four Great Danes.
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Chief Justice Pays Farewell Visit to Edgartown Courthouse
Ivy Ashe

After nearly 30 years on the bench, the Hon. Barbara J. Rouse, chief justice of the Massachusetts superior court, retires in December. Her farewell tour included a stop last week on the Vineyard, where she spoke with high school history students.

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County Courthouse, Built in 1858, Will Get Needed Repairs
Ivy Ashe

After a wide-ranging discussion about the poor condition of the Edgartown courthouse due to deferred maintenance, the Dukes County advisory board voted this week to put $150,000 toward repairs on the 1858 brick building that stands in the center of town.

The advisory board voted unanimously Wednesday to move $150,000 from the county budget reserve fund into a newly created capital expenditures fund. The vote took place during a joint session of the county advisory board and the county commissioners.

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Upholding the Law on Land and Sea
Mark Alan Lovewell

A 128-year-old painting of a Vineyard sheriff has been rehung in the Edgartown courthouse after extensive restoration. The painting of Sheriff Frances Cottle Smith was accidentally slashed from behind while in storage when the courtroom was repainted four years ago.

And behind an oil painting with an accidental slash lies an intricate family story.

The restoration work was spearheaded by Ann A. Perkins — a Los Angeles resident who is the great-great-granddaughter of the subject in the portrait — and her husband, John.

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