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Valerie Sonnenthal

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Chilmark: Future of the Bite

I loved hearing that Jo-Ann Eccher “saw first sea robin on the floor of Menemsha Pond as was paddleboarding this week.” I...

Chilmark Town Column

It's nice to see surfers and standup paddleboarders return to Squibby in the early morning hours, and makes filling a couple of bags with...

Chilmark: Chilmark softball season

My summers have always felt like they really began when I heard from summer softball commissioner Bill Edison, who died last fall. He was...

Chilmark: Congratulations Chilmark graduates

Congratulations to Chilmarkers graduating from the West Tisbury School, including Silas Abrams, Tegan Fenner, Matthew Karlinsky, Adam Miller, Ingrid Moore, Barrett Oliver, Tyler Shipway,...

Chilmark: Congratulations graduates

Wow, graduations already. The Charter School had no Chilmark graduates; however, congratulations to the 2018 Chilmark graduates from MVRHS, including Lowen Goodwin, Marguerite Mayhew,...

Chilmark: Time for beach stickers

So-so weekend weather seems to be improving, but it was nice to see folks enjoying dinner behind both fish stores on Monday evening. Be...

Menemsha’s Creekville Antiques carries treasures and art from long ago

It's Creekville Antiques’ second season on Basin Road in Jane Slater's Old South Antiques space. You might say it was a welcome home for...

Chilmark: The Galley has new owners

Fog, rain, and double rainbows on Sunday at sunset, such a sweet spectacular gift. Even sunshine to begin the week, porch sitters at the...

Gardens of Love: Laurisa Rich

It's always a pleasure to drive up to Laurisa and Tim Rich's home above Squibnocket Pond. Although I've known Laurisa for many years, I've...

Chilmark: The countdown is on until Memorial Day

More fog, some rain, and leaves of green bursting forth along our roadways. More cars, bikes, runners, and snowbirds returning to their local roosts....

Chilmark: Sprouting Grass Moon

It's hard to beat the proliferation of blooming daffodils and vibrant forsythia along our roads, all that yellow. We started the week with the...

Chilmark: Settling into spring

Pinkletinks have never sounded so sweet heralding morning, noon, and night as spring slowly begins to settle. The ever changing aprés-storm coast bares newly...

Gardens of Love: Cynthia Bloomquist and Thaw Malin III

Most local gardeners would never let anyone visit in late March, but Cynthia Bloomquist and Thaw Malin III could not have been more welcoming...

Chilmark: Staycation

Spring break continues through the weekend, and if we keep our fingers crossed, perhaps warmer days are here to stay. At least the daffodils...

Chilmark: Turkey love

One morning turning the bend at 6:40 am, turkeys crossing the road, while the mister stood upon a mistress, no distress, just life by...

The lady and the railroad

Kristina (Tina) Hook was born in 1945 and raised on Lobsterville Road above her parents’ antique shop in Aquinnah, and has lived back on-Island...

Chilmark: Seastone Papers

It's spring. Easter and a blue moon have come and gone, while Passover ends on Saturday, April 7. Snow has come, with more in...

Gardens of Love: Margaret Knight

I visited dancer, clothing upcycler, gardener, and Renaissance woman Margaret Knight at her Chappaquiddick home to see what she grows in the winter in...

Chilmark: Chilmark Potluck Jam

The 44th Chilmark Potluck Jam filled the CCC with delicious dinner offerings and a wonderful lineup of local musicians. When they start up again...

Chilmark: Vernal equinox

Happy Spring! That's right, folks, we've passed the vernal equinox on March 20. The cool thing I learned this year from accuweather.com is that...