“Your town, our Island” opens Saturday

A year-long exhibit celebrating the six towns on Martha’s Vineyard will open this Saturday at the Martha’s Vineyard Museum in Edgartown. Shaped by the land and people, history and geography, our towns have developed distinct personalities over the years. Using objects, photographs, and oral histories, the exhibit highlights the unique story of each town and how those stories relate to the greater Island story.

The Museum will also be celebrating each Vineyard town on three Saturdays in October. On their specified day, residents of that town are invited to the Museum, with no admission fee, from 10 am to 5 pm to see the new exhibit and the rest of the Museum. Saturday, Oct. 2, Tisbury and West Tisbury residents; October 9, Edgartown and Oak Bluffs; October 16, Chilmark and Aquinnah.

“Your Town, Our Island,” Opening reception, Saturday, Sept. 25, 3–5 pm, Pease House Galleries, M.V. Museum, Edgartown. Free for museum members, $7 for non-members.

Tisbury, M.V. Schools recognized for conservation

Across New England, 180 communities (62 of them in Massachusetts) have joined the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Community Energy Challenge. The 180 communities represent approximately 35 percent of the region’s population. The communities have agreed to reduce energy use in municipal buildings by at least 10 percent.

“Through the Community Energy Challenge, cities and towns can take advantage of free EPA ENERGY STAR tools and resources to assess, or benchmark, building energy use in schools, municipal buildings, wastewater and drinking water facilities,” according to a press release. “Participants also have access to a network of organizations, professionals, and funding opportunities that can help them improve energy efficiency and take advantage of renewable energy resources in their community.”

For more information on the Community Energy Challenge, go to: