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Best Vineyard reads of 2010

Seems to me that Island writers had a good literary year.

“A Kingdom of Madness” by Linda Levy

"A Kingdom of Madness," a first novel self-published by Linda Levy.

Joel and Nancy Aronie reprise unusual tissue dispenser

Joel and Nancy Aronie made 350,000 of these goofy, playful tissue holders 25 years ago. Now they're back.

Hutker Architects’ “Heirlooms to Live in”

Books that celebrate 25 years of a company's history tend to be paeans of self-praise. This one isn't. It's about what Hutker believes in.

Lisa Lucier “” surviving, thriving on Martha’s Vineyard

At Work is about our neighbors and what they do to earn their livings.

Leslie Wheeler reads “Dead Man’s Shoes” in West Tisbury

"Thin Ice: Crime Stories by New England Writers," paperback fiction anthology.

Scallop season is solid, not great

Commercial scalloping has been a dicey proposition since the East Coast scallop population inexplicably crashed between 1984 and 1987.

Edible gifts from Martha’s Vineyard

We've all done it.

Welcome to the man cave

Man caves have been around for a long time. Andrew Carnegie had one, so did Mark Twain. You could even argue that Thoreau's cabin in Concord was a man cave.

Ken Lay: The frame is the game

Ken Lay has been poking and prodding the physics of the human body to promote wellness for 35 years.

How they do the things they do. A professional assessor explains

The amounts that Island property owners pay in annual real estate taxes result from the workings of a tax assessment process that results in a sum of all town real estate value.

By the numbers – the real estate market

Positive trends in Island home sales continued in the third quarter, as home sales increased dramatically in the quarter ending September 30, 2010, while median home prices declined in four of five Island communities.

Edgartown Police work in the school to forge early bonds

Telling kids that the police officer is their friend is an American tradition. Showing kids that policemen are their friends is less common in many communities.

Karen Kukolich, healer and angler

If life is a series of choices that define us, then Karen Kukolich has been and is known as a caregiver, an active participant in her community, and a sportswoman.

Native Earth Teaching Farm talks duck

"Book of Duck Cookery" by Rebecca Randall Gilbert, drawings by Anne Ganz, self-published, 68 pp.

Is Paris cheaper than Martha’s Vineyard?

Last summer, when Holly and I were planning our budget wedding, she asked whether I'd like to spend a summer in Paris.

Linda Jean’s cookbook benefits Island Food Pantry

Linda Jean's wait staff and customers have whipped up a melange of delectable down home recipes, delivered only seven months after the idea began to simmer.

Fish: Catching the look and spirit

Water and its resident animals have had a primal connection to humans for more than two million years, sustaining our bodies and nourishing our souls.

Model airplanes land on Martha’s Vineyard

The Martha's Vineyard Model Flying Club (MVMFC) has been flying comfortably below the public radar for the past five years, but now it wants to soar — with new members.

“Hitchhiking with Larry David” author at Oak Bluffs Library

"Hitchhiking with Larry David: A true story from Martha's Vineyard" by Paul Samuel Dolman, South Beach Publishing, Nashville TN, July 2010, 194 pp.