Calling All Alumni Athletes

Dust off your sneakers, sharpen your skates and get ready to burn off that eggnog. Or just round up the family and cheer on the hometown boys, girls, men and women of present and years past.

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All He Wants for Christmas Is a 25-Foot Finished Boat
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Winter Solstice Brings Longer Days

Though the temperature might imply otherwise, Dec. 21 marks the first day of winter, as well as the shortest day of the year. Going forward, daylight will start to increase by mere seconds each day.

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Winter Solstice Poetry Gathering

Want to see Edgartown’s first poet laureate in action? Steve Ewing, recently appointed to the post, will join a host of other Island poets for the Martha’s Vineyard Poetry Society’s Winter Solstice gathering on Wednesday, Dec. 21 at the Vineyard Haven Library. The reading will take place from 7 to 9 p.m.

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Bourne Bridge Fully Re-Opened

All four traffic lanes on the Bourne Bridge have been reopened following a weeks-long steel repair project, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District has announced.

Steel repair work will continue below the road deck on the Bourne Bridge until the fall of 2012, resulting in occasional one-day lane restrictions during the next couple of weeks and through the fall of 2012.

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Stuff a Bus for Food Pantry

The boys’ hockey teams are sponsoring a Stuff-A-Bus drive throughout the weekend, with proceeds going to benefit the Island Food Pantry. Bring canned goods to the Martha’s Vineyard Arena today from 4 to 10 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to midnight (with a break for the teams’ games against Bourne), and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The boys’ varsity team will take on Bourne on Saturday at 6 p.m.; the JV squad will play at 5 p.m. The girls’ squad takes on North Quincy in a 1 p.m. home game.

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Bring the Friends and Family!

Bring your friends, family, camera and shopping lists. You might want to bring your appetite, too, to take advantage of the free food, cider and eggnog being offered up at participating stores.

This afternoon and evening Main Street, Vineyard Haven will transform into a winter wonderland for the Tisbury Business Association’s third annual Friends & Family event. Festivities begin at 3 p.m. and include sleigh rides, story times, gingerbread decorating, a performance by the Minnesingers, several appearances by Santa and, of course, shopping sales.

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Lights Will Shine Bright at Hospital

Martha’s Vineyard Hospital will celebrate its annual Trees of Lights ceremony at 4 p.m. Wednesday afternoon in the hospital lobby.

An Island tradition since 1995, this year’s ceremony will differ slightly from the past. Multiple trees, each donated by an individual in honor or in memory of a loved one, will be lit around the hospital campus. World War II veteran Fred B. (Ted) Morgan Jr. will light the trees. Mr. Morgan is a World War II veteran, former Edgartown selectman and former Martha’s Vineyard Hospital administrator.

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Parents-Only Party

Bring your gifts that need to be wrapped and enjoy some cider and snacks.

Martha’s Vineyard Community Services is hosting a parent gathering on Wednesday, Dec. 14 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on the community services campus. Parents are invited to take a minute out of their busy schedule, while still accomplishing work that must be done. The get-together will be held in MVCS Board Room Building B (the middle building). Large tables, wrapping paper and table will be provided.

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Time Running Low, Red Stocking Fund Eyes Increased Need

Each year the nonprofit Red Stocking Fund collects gifts of food, clothing and toys for underprivileged Island children. This year, they are expected to serve more than 400 children. But time is running out, and the volunteers say more items are needed.

Organizers say they are looking for donations of hats, gloves and mittens for older kids ages 12-15 and toys for kids under 10, including action figures, Legos, balls, arts and crafts supplies.

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