Vineyard Bookshelf: Around the World in Thirty Years
Steve Donoghue
There are a few inherent perils in writing travel memoirs, of course.
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Summer Air Traffic Is Up on the Vineyard
Noah Asimow

Air traffic was up and detected levels of PFAS were down in and around the Martha’s Vineyard Airport in July.

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Win or Lose, Sports Travel Is Big Effort
Ivy Ashe

Sports travel for an Island school takes what is already a complicated endeavor — ensuring that hundreds of student athletes and their coaches get from Point A to Point B and back safely — and throws in a seven-mile wide obstacle in the form of the Vineyard Sound.

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Around the World and Back Again For Edward Hoagland's 23rd Book
Nicholas Bradley
In the winter of 1993, travel writer and essayist Edward Hoagland was travelling in Eastern Africa on assignment for Harper’s Magazine. He had visited the region twice before, in the years 1976 and 1977. This time, however, a civil war was raging in Sudan and a crippling famine gripped the region. Political, ethnic and religious conflict had created a web of alliances that divided the country, making travel outside the cities a dangerous and complicated ordeal. As he ventured into famine zones alongside NGO (non-governmental organizations) aid groups, Mr.
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School Air Travel Ban Remains in Place
Chris Burrell
Disappointed students and some angry parents could not convince the regional high school committee this week to lift its ban on air travel for school trips.
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New Airline Inaugurates Service to Island; PanAm Affiliate Expands Mainland Links
Joshua Sabatini

A third commercial airline has launched service to Martha's Vineyard Airport, joining Cape Air and the returning US Airways Express in serving Islanders while providing residents and visitors with additional airports to fly directly to and from.

Boston-Maine Airways, an affiliate of Pan American Airways based in Portsmouth, N.H., last Friday saw its inaugural flight from headquarters land at the Vineyard airport around noon. Airline officials proceeded to the terminal for a ceremony marking the start of the carrier's summer Island service.

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Hostel Provides Inexpensive Base for Exploring Island
Julia Rappaport

Up in West Tisbury, past the airport but before the Mill Pond, is a small building. A part of both Island and national history, it serves as a social and cultural melting pot and a way to track economic trends. It is the Lillian Manter Memorial Hostel and, on a recent Tuesday morning shortly after 10 a.m., every bed was booked, but not a guest was around. The hot July sun was out and the groups of bikers and summer campers, the travellers from Canada and Germany and the friends shacked up in the one private room were all off exploring the Island.

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Summer Bookings Signal Strong Upturn for Vineyard Economy
Remy Tumin

If the summer rental market is any indication of the Island economy, Vineyarders can expect a turn for the better this season.

The early summer rental market is already up significantly over last year, with real estate agencies reporting increases between 17 and 30 per cent.

“We’re very excited about the season to come and found we have good, strong rebooking coming off of last season, and a lot of early bookings coming into the summer,” Anne Mayhew at Sandpiper Rentals in Edgartown said earlier this week.

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