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The Martha's Vineyard Regional High School boys basketball team plays a strong Wareham team (17-5) Saturday, February 28 at 1:30 pm.

Two Vineyard superfans wore purple bodysuits to the game.

Bus transportation has been arranged to carry fans to the playoff game between the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School boys basketball team and a strong Wareham team (17-5) to be played at Wareham Saturday, February 28 at 1:30.

The bus will pickup fans at the Woods Hole Steamship Authority terminal at approximately 12:45 pm on Saturday February 28. Those intending to ride the bus should plan to take the 12 pm ferry from Vineyard Haven to Woods Hole. The bus is scheduled to depart the game in Wareham in time for the 3:45 pm return ferry to Vineyard Haven.

People may sign up for the bus trip at today’s girls home game at 4:30 pm, or at the MV Hoops club Facebook page.

The Martha's Vineyard missed her 5 pm run Saturday night.

Updated at 8:22 am, Sunday.

Due to weather conditions, the Steamship Authority has canceled the following ferry runs:

The 8:15 am from Woods Hole to Vineyard Haven

The 8:15 am from Vineyard Haven to Woods Hole

The 9:30 am boat from Woods Hole to Vineyard Haven

The 9:30 am run from Vineyard Haven to Woods Hole

The 10:45 am from Vineyard Haven to Woods Hole

The Authority anticipates disruptions throughout the day and advises calling 508-548-3788 or 508-693-0367, or check for updated alerts at steamshipauthority.com.

Meverell L. Good, 91, of Vineyard Haven passed away at Martha’s Vineyard Hospital on Monday, Feb. 9, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Anne B. Good. A complete obituary with service information will appear at a later date. Arrangements are under the care of the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, Oak Bluffs.

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PeeWee Mariners lose to South Shore Seahawks in Eric MacClean contest.

Hunter Meader looks for a teammate up ice while skating towards South Shore’s goal. — Photo by Michael Cummo

Three Island youth hockey teams advanced to Sunday’s final round of the combined Ryan Mone (Squirts) and Eric MacLean (PeeWees) Invitational Tournaments at the MV Ice Arena, but only the MV Squirts White team emerged with a victory, 1-0 over the South Shore Conquistadors in the consolation game.

The White team got a second-period goal from Matt Pouliot and made it stand up behind 18 saves by goaltender Jacob Sylvia to win third place in their tournament.

Finn Lewis, of MV White, skates towards South Shore's goal during the consolation game of the Ryan Mone tournament. — Photo by Michael Cummo
Finn Lewis, of MV White, skates towards South Shore’s goal during the consolation game of the Ryan Mone tournament. — Photo by Michael Cummo

MV Squirts Purple team lost to a near technically-perfect Nantucket Nor’easters squad by a 5-0 tally in the Ryan Mone Memorial Tournament championship game. Nantucket scored three first period goals, added two goals in the second and one goal in the third to seal the deal. Charlie Lakis scored for the Purple in the second period to cut the deficit to 4-1 at the time.

The MV Mariners Team lost the PeeWee Alex MacLean Memorial Tournament championship game by a 5-0 count to the South Shore Seahawks, who exploded for four second-period goals to snap a scoreless tie.

The independent local business is keeping a close watch on Radio Shack’s bankruptcy.

Vineyard Electronics, on State Road in Tisbury. – Photo by Michael Cummo

Vineyard Electronics, a Radio Shack dealer in Tisbury, will remain in business as the Radio Shack chain proceeds through the bankruptcy process.

Radio Shack said in a news release issued February 5 it will close many of its company owned stores, and lease space in some stores to other businesses.

Vineyard Electronics owner Linda Sibley said Tuesday that her store is an independent business which buys its merchandise from the Radio Shack franchise division, but cannot be closed by the Texas-based corporation.

Ms. Sibley said she doesn’t know for sure what will happen to Radio Shack’s several divisions, but she is concerned.

“The bottom line is we don’t know whether or not the franchise division is going to exist as a supplier for us,” Ms. Sibley said to The Times in a phone interview.

Vineyard Electronics, at 426 State Road, has been in business since 1981.

Send The Martha’s Vineyard Times your Valentine’s Day message to a loved one, and we’ll publish it on a special page in the Thursday, Feb. 12, edition; deadline is Friday, Feb. 6.

One entry will be chosen at random to receive dinner for two at Water Street at the Harbor View Hotel. The cost is $25 per message (additional $10 for photo; 30 words or less, please).

Stop in at our office at 30 Beach Road, or mail your check or money order to:

The Martha’s Vineyard Times

Attention: Valentine

PO Box 518, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568

Or call 508-693-6100 (press 2), or email danielle@mvtimes.com.

Repairs needed; freight boat Sankaty to replace Island Home runs.

The MV Island Home has been experiencing mechanical issues but is returning to service on Thursday. – File photo by Michael Cummo.

Updated at 5:25 pm, Wednesday

The Steamship Authority (SSA) has announced that starting with the 3:45 pm trip on Wednesday, February 4, the ferry Island Home will be out of service for repairs until Saturday, Feb. 7.

The vessel was also taken out out of service for several trips on Tuesday.

“The ship’s service generator developed a leak of the cooling system,” said Bob Davis, SSA treasurer, in a phone interview with The Times Wednesday afternoon. “Yesterday we took it off line to make some repairs. The Coast Guard inspected it this morning and approved it to go out. We noticed in the morning the problem was reoccuring.”

The freight boat Sankaty will replace the Island Home on the schedule until repairs are complete. Mr. Davis said the SSA is trying to rearrange some reservations to accommodate as many people as possible. He expected some inconveniences Thursday and Friday, however, because the freight vessel has limited capacity for vehicles and passengers.

The Steamship Authority advises its customers to check the Authority’s website for further updates at steamshipauthority.com.

This story was updated to include information about the nature of the Island Home’s repairs.

How to landscape using native plants, and make the birds and the bees (but not the ticks) happy.

Lawns have historically been a big part of American landscape plans. But native grasses and wildflowers can provide just as much beauty, but a lot less mowing, and are ultimately better for the environment.– Photos courtesy of Environmental Landscape Consultants LLC

Recently, MVTimes correspondent Rich Saltzberg attended a Vineyard-Scaping lecture at Polly Hill Arboretum, then followed up with a Q & A with conservation consultant and landscape architect Michael Talbot.

MVT: So, what’s Vineyard-scaping? How does your business differ from a more traditional landscaping company?

"Vineyard scaping" means using more native, low-maintenance plantings.
“Vineyard scaping” means using more native, low-maintenance plantings.

MT: We mostly differ in our philosophy of landscape design, restoration and management. We strive to create not only beautiful landscapes, but landscapes that are more natural and low maintenance. We then seek to care for them in ways that protect people, pets and the environment.

MVT: What are some of the fundamental flaws with suburban-style landscaping?

MT: People tend to plant more lawn than needed. In addition, the use of mostly exotic, non-native species and the planting of monocultures of just a few species reduces the attraction to wildlife and increases the need for maintenance.

MVT: What native perennials or shrubs could Islanders safely plant at this time of year?

MT: Right now you can plant most any native plant. By October I would not recommend planting warm season grasses, such as switchgrass or little bluestem. Sometimes when bayberries and summersweet are planted too late, they do not survive the winter well. Otherwise, most plants can be planted well into November, as plants continue to put on root growth until soils get quite cold (about 35 degrees F.)

MVT: How can a homeowner utilize plants over say, a French drain, to mitigate water issues?

Many "Vineyard scape" plants can be planted right into November.
Many “Vineyard scape” plants can be planted right into November.

MT: A French drain is generally an open, lined trough with stone up to grade; so plants would not be planted on them. By installing a rain garden instead, plants are integral to the design.  Soils are amended to both drain well and to sustain strong root growth, so rain gardens are a good environment for appropriate plants. The fact that they are also designed to capture stormwater means that they can sustain plants that prefer more moisture.

MVT: During your presentation, you spoke of fostering insect habitats and reaping the benefits. Could you describe what you meant?

MT: That’s a huge question. In short, by planting a wide array of species, including many flowering plants, insects are attracted that naturally control pests and that provide food for many bird and wildlife species.

MVT: What are some good shrub choices to feed migratory birds?

MT: Native viburnums, especially arrowwood viburnum (Viburnum dentatum) and witherod or wild raisin (Viburnum cassinoides), are very good choices. Bayberry (Myrica pensylvanica) is another very important species. Sassafras and tupelo trees (Nyssa sylvatica) are also very good plants for migrating songbirds.

MVT: How would you counsel Islanders who consider Russian and autumn olives to be desirable bird magnets in addition good sources for jams and jellies?

By planting a wide array of species in a landscape, including many flowering plants, homeowners will attract insects that naturally control pests and that provide food for many bird and wildlife species.
By planting a wide array of species in a landscape, including many flowering plants, homeowners will attract insects that naturally control pests and that provide food for many bird and wildlife species.

MT: These are invasive species that are no longer permitted to be propagated, distributed or sold in Massachusetts because they crowd out native species. There are many native species that also provide fruit for birds and for jams and jellies — and some non-invasive, non-native species that are excellent fruiting plants, as well.

MVT: To what extent, if any, should Islanders be fertilizing their lawn?

MT: Most home lawns only need one to two pounds of nitrogen (N) per 1,000 square feet of turf, which is just one to two full applications of fertilizer. By using organic fertilizers you can apply an application now and, perhaps, again in late May; this will supply a steady supply of nutrients during the entire growing season. The typical four-step fertilizer program applies four pounds of N per 1,000 square feet. Many professional programs apply even more.

MVT: Could you describe the type of oil you’ve used to deter ticks?

MT: We use a cedarwood oil mixed with water to provide a good knock-down treatment of black-legged (deer) ticks around the perimeter of the landscape and the edges of shrub/tree clusters.

MVT: During your presentation, you mentioned a UMass tick program that you utilized. Could you share that experience?

MT: The Laboratory of Medical Zoology at UMass-Amherst now offers a program to easily and quickly test an attached tick that anyone removes and saves. They have created a program that offers this service for a low price, or even for free for residents of certain Massachusetts towns. To learn more go to tickreport.com.

MVT: Why do cities and towns seem so impotent in the regulation of pesticides and fertilizers?

MT: The regulation of pesticide use — and now fertilizer use — cannot be done by cities and towns, because that power is reserved by statute for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts alone. The only exceptions are Cape Cod towns until the end of this year, Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard — both of which already have regulation of fertilizer use.

MVT: Poison ivy, bittersweet, trumpet vine, bind weed, and wisteria are locked in a room. Who makes it out?

MT: Very likely they all do, although I think the poison ivy is likely to have trouble competing against the others over time. Not likely to die out completely, however, as it tolerates light shade well. These are all aggressive, fast growing species, with bittersweet the worst because its very fast growth rate and twining habit literally kills other plants over time.

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This radar image from the morning shows the approaching storm. Courtesy of the National Weather

5:30 pm, Monday

Martha’s Vineyard Superintendent of Schools James Weiss announced that all after school activities are canceled Monday and school is canceled Tuesday.

The announcement followed a meeting of Island public safety officials called to discuss an approaching blizzard.

There are reports of numerous accidents caused by slippery roads. Drivers are advised to be cautious.

Governor Charlie Baker announced a state-wide driving ban that goes into effect at midnight.

Tisbury and Edgartown banned on street parking.

The Steamship Authority is running of a boat by boat basis. There will be no service Tuesday.