Katrina's Wake: Devastation of Hurricane Touches Life on Vineyard
James Kinsella

Katrina's Wake: Devastation of Hurricane Touches Life on Vineyard

By James Kinsella
Gazette Senior Writer

Devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina may delay the delivery of the new Steamship Authority ferry Island Home for six months or more.

But the likely postponement of the new $30.5 million ferry for the Vineyard is just one of the ripples reaching the Vineyard in the aftermath of the hurricane, which authorities now say may have left thousands dead in New Orleans and beyond.

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Vineyarders Join Nation in Aiding Hurricane Relief
Ian Fein

Vineyarders Join Nation in Aiding Hurricane Relief

By IAN FEIN

Vineyard Haven neighbors Laura Kimball and Ashley Brede planned to spend a good part of their Labor Day weekend selling lemonade outside their Skiff avenue homes. But when news spread of the devastation left by Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans and across the Gulf Coast region, the pair found a new focus for their end-of-summer stand.

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Katrina's Wake: Scholars Gather to Raise Funds and Awareness
Jim Hickey

They are two of the most accomplished and respected scholars both in the nation's elite collegiate circles and in the African-American community, but on Wednesday morning Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Dr. Charles J. Ogletree Jr. were preoccupied with one thing - going fishing.

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Listening to Hard Lessons of Hurricane Katrina
James Kinsella

Listening to Hard Lessons of Hurricane Katrina

By JAMES KINSELLA

The anguished crying went on and on, echoing within the walls of the Old Whaling Church in Edgartown, where hundreds sat in silence.

On the screen at the front of the hall, a mother was walking away from the grave of her five-year-old daughter, who drowned when the levees outside New Orleans broke last August 30, sending the swollen waters of Hurricane Katrina pouring into the streets of the mostly black, mostly poor Ninth Ward.

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Hurricane Katrina Anniversary Stirs Memories
Tom Dresser

Hurricane Katrina Anniversary Stirs Memories

Vineyard Residents Who Helped Vividly Recall Battered Region

By TOM DRESSER

During the eight years that former West Tisbury teaching assistant Jill Dresser (who is my daughter) lived in New Orleans, the common refrain she heard was that it was a doomed city, a bowl that had sunk below water. Potholes were frequently seen gushing up water. Rain storms quickly became momentary afternoon floods. And there always was talk of The Big One.

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Katrina Volunteers

Katrina Volunteers

More than two years after Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast, volunteers still are cleaning up and rebuilding areas ravaged by the hurricane.

Skip and Mary Ann Danforth of Chatham, through the United Methodist Committee of Relief, have been leading such groups of volunteers, returning to Louisiana four times. They will be leading another group from Jan. 27 to Feb. 2.

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Charter School Students Plan Katrina Relief Work

Charter School Students

Plan Katrina Relief Work

A group of high school students from the Martha’s Vineyard Public Charter School will return to Biloxi, Miss., to continue their Hurricane Katrina relief work. The students will be traveling Jan. 6 through 12 to work with the Restoration Point non-profit organization.

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Youth Group at Federated Church Returns from Mission to Aid New Orleans Cleanup
Mark Alan Lovewell

Youth Group at Federated Church Returns from Mission to Aid New Orleans Cleanup

By MARK ALAN LOVEWELL

A large area in and around New Orleans remains devastated after Hurricane Katrina brought high winds and a storm surge to the Gulf Coast in August 2005.

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Federated Church Group Aids Katrina Homeowner

The Federated Church of Edgartown is sending volunteers on a 10-day mission to New Orleans in November to continue the rebuilding work the church youth group began last December.

With the passing of the second anniversary of Katrina, and with so much left incomplete, inadequate, or non-existent in this still-ravaged area, the volunteers feel called to lend additional physical, emotional and spiritual support.

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Two Hurricanes, One New Orleans: Rebuilding City School Systems
By DOLORES ALLEYNE GOODE

V igilantly we awaited news on what would happen when the full force of Hurricane Gustav hit New Orleans, almost three years to the day that Hurricane Katrina struck with brute force. This time there was better preparation. Most residents evacuated the city. Many were assisted with transportation that the local government provided in advance. New Orleans was forced to watch and see if the tenuous levees would be strong enough to hold back water.

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