Welcome back Matt
The Polly Hill Arboretum in West Tisbury welcomed back former apprentice Matt Lobdell in a new role, collections management intern.
A certified arborist, Mr. Lobdell began a yearlong internship in September. According to a press release he will have the opportunity to develop his horticultural skills while gaining an in-depth understanding of the maintenance and management of the living collection.
A 2007 graduate of Kenyon College, Mr. Lobdell most recently worked as a horticultural apprentice at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University.
Tower Foundation announcements
Schools and nonprofit organizations take note: The Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation announces available funds to school districts, private and charter schools, and nonprofits on Martha's Vineyard. The groups must use the money for books used by students ages 5-13, and applications are due by October 31.
The foundation is also accepting applications for its 2009 Early Childhood Education and school-based requests for funds. A community workshop to help with the application will be held on November 17.
For more information, visit thetowerfoundation.org.
Meet the candidates
The candidates vying for State Representative Eric Turkington's seat in the House are speaking at the Old Whaling Church in the Baylies Room tonight, October 16. Hear from Daniel Larkosh of West Tisbury, Melissa Freitag of West Falmouth, Jacob Ferreira of Vineyard Haven, and Timothy Madden of Nantucket. The event is sponsored by the Cape Cod Times and the Martha's Vineyard League of Women Voters. For more information, call Carole Early at 508-693-7914 or email email@example.com.
Tribe celebrates Cranberry Day
Photos by Lynn Christoffers
Pop goes the fun
With brilliant blue sky overhead, Native Earth Teaching Farm held its seventh annual Popcorn Festival this past Saturday. Kids fed and played with goats and dyed yarn with natural ingredients such as fruit and flowers.
The farm remains open on Wednesdays from 10 am to 12 noon, or by appointment by calling 508-645-3304.
Iraq veteran presents flag to Masons
In a special presentation during the Oriental-Martha's Vineyard Lodge's September 22 meeting, Sgt. Daniel "Cuzy" Dunlap of Oak Bluffs presented a flag that flew over his company headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq, along with a certificate signed by his commanding officers. He also included a framed photograph showing him saluting the flag flying in front of the headquarters' offices. The items will be displayed in the lodge. Sergeant Dunlap was deployed in June 2007 for a one-year tour in Iraq as a member of the 237th Military Police Company, attached to the New Hampshire National Guard, based in Concord. He received a special welcome home on June 14, 2008, with a public Masonic procession given by lodge officers.