Rural Past Helps Fast Growing West Tisbury Envision Management of Island’s Future
Susan H. Wasserman
West Tisbury, the youngest town on the Island, was created on April 28, 1892. But it was almost 300 years earlier, when Takemmy, the Algonquian word meaning “where one goes to grind corn,” was founded. Here along the up-Island streams the early settlers built mills to harness water power.
 
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Post Office Burned
Vineyard Gazette
On Sunday night the Postoffice building at West Tisbury was burned to the ground. The fire was caused by an overheated chimney in an ell of the main building, Mr. James P. West and family occupying this tenement. Mrs. P. L. Cleveland occupied another part of the building, while the postoffice was on the lower floor. All the government property of the value was saved. Mrs. Cleveland wishes to thank all the kind neighbors and friends who so bravely assisted her at the time of the fire, and she assures them their efforts are greatly appreciated.
 
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Town Will Spare Music Street Tree From the Saw
Holly Pretsky

An old oak tree that arches over Music street in West Tisbury will be left alone despite its declining condition, selectmen decided this week.

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West Tisbury Poet Laureate Debuts With Quiet Grace
Holly Pretsky
The new poet laureate for West Tisbury, Spencer Thurlow, joined other Island poets on Sunday, including three former town laureates, at a reading held at the library.
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Voters Elect Incumbents, Edgartown Says No to Fluoride
Sara Brown

Edgartown voters said no to fluoride in town water and a new airplane hangar and re-elected Arthur Smadbeck as selectman Thursday. Greg Coogan and Jason Balboni were elected to two seats on the Oak Bluffs board of selectmen and West Tisbury passed a $400,00 budget override.

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In Year of Rare Override, West Tisbury Debates Night Away
Jane Seagrave

West Tisbury voters spent the four-plus hours at their annual meeting carefully weighing articles, from funding for the town picnic to potential sites for affordable housing.

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Mopeds and Spending Occupy Annual Town Meetings
Julia Wells

Voters took the first steps to ban rental mopeds and paid heartfelt tribute to a retiring moderator at annual town meetings Tuesday night.

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Super Tuesday: Four Island Towns Gather for Town Meetings Tonight
Sara Brown

A hotly-debated proposal to build a new Tisbury school, a first step toward banning mopeds, and lots of spending is on the agenda tonight as annual town meetings convene in Edgartown, Oak Bluffs, Tisbury and West Tisbury.

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West Tisbury Faces First Override in 14 Years
Holly Pretsky

With an override looming for the first time in 14 years, voters in West Tisbury will likely have one eye on the issues of the day and another on their wallets when the annual town meeting convenes next week.

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Historic Emporium Where Hitching Posts Lined the Road
Charles W. Tucker
“Anything from a toothpick to a road wagon.”
 
This slogan was appended to the sign of a general store in a crossroads town in the mid-west. In fact, it was owned by a relative of the writer.
 
There isn’t much argument about the toothpicks. You can buy them in almost any store. But when it comes to a road wagon - farm wagon, that is - there is quite a bit of room for discussion. However, in a shed back of the store was a brand new Studebaker farm wagon.
 
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