January Blooms

Good morning! Tom Hodgson of West Tisbury reported the first snowdrops this week. The Gazette office will be closed on Monday in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. national holiday. The office reopens on Tuesday morning.

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High Wind Advisory in Effect

The National Weather Service has issued a high wind advisory for Martha’s Vineyard, in effect through 2 p.m.

According to the warning, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket and Cape Cod can expect to see strong easterly winds of 25 to 35 miles per hour, with gusts that may reach 60 miles per hour.

Strong winds may down large limbs or small trees, as well as blow around loose outdoor objects. According to the warning, power outages are likely and street flooding is possible.

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Aquinnah Seeks Candidates for Fire Chief

The Aquinnah board of selectmen invites members of the community to participate in an interview for the position of fire chief. The interview for the position will occur on Jan. 17. Those interested should email town administrator Adam Wilson at aqbos@comcast.net.

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Women's Network Event Rescheduled

Tonight’s event entitled Reenergizing in the New Year with Margot Datz has been rescheduled due to illness for next Tuesday, Jan. 17, at 6 p.m. The event is hosted by the Martha’s Vineyard Women’s Network. For more information or to register for next week’s presentation, visit mvwomensnetwork.org.

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Calling All Vineyarders to Broadway

Tickets are still available for Martha’s Vineyard Night, this Friday, Jan. 13, to see the play Stick Fly on Broadway. The play was written by Lydia Diamond and centers around an African American family confronting race and class dynamics while vacationing on Martha’s Vineyard.

A blurb for the play reads, “It started as a relaxing weekend on Martha’s Vineyard ... then the baggage got unpacked.”

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No Need for Alarm: Chilmark Will Conduct Fire Drill

The Chilmark and Aquinnah Fire Departments will conduct a fire drill at 6 p.m. today, Jan. 9 at Tea Lane Farm. Selectman Frank Fenner cautioned residents at a selectmen’s meeting last Tuesday the drill is just that and there is no reason to be alarmed. “There’s going to be a lot of flashing lights,” Mr. Fenner said. “It’s an opportunity to use an empty building to search the building for victims.”

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Aquinnah Wampanoag Leader Attends Maine Swearing-In

Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) chairman Cheryl Andrews-Maltais joined several tribal dignitaries and Maine legislators on Jan. 4 as David Slagger, a citizen of the Houlton Band of Maliseets, was sworn to the Main House of Representatives. Mr. Slagger, the first Maliseet tribal representative to the House, was sworn in by Maine governor Paul LePaige. Maine is the only state in the country that includes tribal representatives in its legislatures.

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Winter Walk Goes in Search of Otters

The Vineyard Conservation Society is hosting a winter walk on Sunday, Jan. 8, from 1 to 3 p.m. and they are looking for otters. The walk will be led by wildlife biologists Luanne Johnson and Liz Baldwin along the protected lands around the Wakeman Conservation Center, starting at the Cranberry Acres bogs and continuing to the Hoft Farm. The plan is to explore the trails, fields, and bogs of this area while searching for otter tracks and learning about how they perceive the landscape.

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Artist's Reception for Al Hurwitz

The West Tisbury Library will hold a reception for world-renowned art educator Al Hurwitz and his newest exhibit of work done as a WWII artist on Saturday, Jan. 7, at 4 p.m.

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