Hospital chairman named trustee of the year

Seasonal West Tisbury resident John P. Ferguson last month received New England Healthcare Assembly’s (NEHA) prestigious 2008 Trustee Leadership Award, which recognizes the “significant contributions of a hospital trustee whose personal courage and achievements have been of exceptional value to healthcare.” Mr. Ferguson is chairman of the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital board and chief executive officer […]

West Tisbury unearths unused scholarship

West Tisbury selectmen last week deeded a long-forgotten $3,600 scholarship trust fund to the Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Society Scholarship Fund. Residents established the fund as a gift to the town 25 years ago as a memorial to the late Everett D. Whiting, treasurer Kathy Logue told the selectmen. Ms. Logue discovered the unused funds recently […]

Tisbury annual report wins award

Tisbury’s 2007 annual town report won second place in a statewide contest held by the Massachusetts Municipal Association (MMA), in the category for towns with populations less than 5,000. Judges considered layout and design, quantity and depth of information, organization, originality, and overall usefulness of the report to residents, according to the MMA’s website. Assistant […]

Sail Martha’s Vineyard offers captain’s course

Sail Martha’s Vineyard is offering instruction geared toward getting a commercial captain’s license once again this winter. An informational meeting is scheduled for Thursday, January 15, at the Sail Martha’s Vineyard headquarters, 110 Main Street in Vineyard Haven. The meeting starts at 7 pm. The courses offer two tracks of instruction. One leads to a […]

Shedding light on electric co-op and Island concerns

Cape Light Compact (CLC) administrator Maggie Downey will provide a power-point presentation and answer questions about the recently formed Cape and Vineyard Electric Cooperative (CVEC) at the All-Island Selectmen’s meeting at 5 pm on January 21 at the Tisbury Senior Center. The meeting, open to the public, also will include discussions about Island concerns between […]

Despite the weather, thanks

To the Editor: While the weather hampered some well-laid plans for Martha’s Vineyard’s Last Night First Day celebration, we would like to recognize the role played by The Martha’s Vineyard Times calendar section in meticulously organizing and presenting the program in its special pull-out section. The graphics, as always, were lively and eye-catching. The posters […]

Question 2 will work

To the Editor: As Question 2 is being implemented across the state, opponents just can’t resist clamoring that the new law reducing penalties for adult possession of an ounce or less of marijuana will somehow cause the sky to fall. The law isn’t nearly as complicated as some suggest, nor does it tie the hands […]

Dour ditty

To the Editor: Here’s an interesting little song I found in my old vinyl albums last week. The song was sung by the Kingston Trio and written by Sheldon Harnick in 1958. Save for the fact that some of the countries are different, it really sounds like not much has changed. The Merry Minuet They’re […]

Guns and sneakers

To the Editor: The outgoing, twice-elected Bush/Cheney administration should be feted for its strong support of Israel, America’s most reliable ally in the Middle East. Also, for reversing the old Eisenhower/Republican Middle East policy of “Guns for the Arabs and sneakers for the Jews,” a policy now advocated by the American liberal left. Peter Colt […]

Fisheries mis-management

To the Editor: Are the seiners going to steal your bait in 2009? They will if new regulations being proposed by the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries are approved. Right now the DMF is proposing to allow vessels up to 72 feet long, which have never done so before, to harvest menhaden with purse seine […]