Noah Asimow
The towns of Edgartown and Tisbury were born as part of New York Colony, fraternal twins that on Thursday this week celebrated their sesquarcentennial anniversaries.


Thursday’s town elections brought low turnout and few surprises, with voters in West Tisbury, Oak Bluffs and Edgartown easily approving spending requests.

Much has changed in Edgartown in the past 50 years, but one thing has not: at every town meeting and election, a Searle was on hand, wearing a constable’s badge.

Edgartown voters gave a green light to expanding the town historic district and spending for a wide range of town items — but stopped short of approving the town’s portion of $2.5 million to rebuild the refuse district transfer station.

A $33.5 million operating budget and renovation of Memorial Wharf are among the items coming before Edgartown voters.

After 30 years of serving the town of Edgartown, John Lovewell attended his last meeting as a water commissioner last week. He was presented with a clock and a model fire hydrant for his service.

In early February, library lovers will be invited to carry the first of nearly 50,000 books and other items to the new Edgartown library building.