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Habitat for Humanity hard at it on Martha’s Vineyard

Volunteers, individual or in groups, are always needed to keep Habitat's low-income housing projects moving forward.

The 150th Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Fair was a blast

Tons of people, great weather, and added attractions made for a fabulous Fair over the weekend. How many days left till next year's Fair?

Poem: To a Boy with a Belgian Giant

Hoping thousands of spectators would be there,he readied this draft horse for the Fair.

For nine 1983 MVRHS grads, reunions become annual

Why wait every five years to enjoy the company of old classmates? A group of 1983 high school grads decided not to.

Guinea pigs can suffer as much as most other pets

A guinea pig seems like an innocent, low-maintenance pet, but potential trouble lurks with even the most basic pet.

On Martha’s Vineyard, dogs rule

Owners trotted out hundreds of pooches at the Ag Fair's always popular dog show last Sunday morning.

Gardening on Martha’s Vineyard starts to slow down

All the signs point to it: pesky yellow jackets, heavy dewfall, the katydid and cricket chorus, roadside banks of goldenrod. Summer is cresting and Labor Day looms.

From dad to daughter, as she leaves Martha’s Vineyard for college

Not so long ago, Tom Pallas watched his daughter, Naomi, start kindergarten. Now she's heading off to college, and he's got some...advice?

Vineyard Complementary Medicine adds new chiropractor

Vineyard Complementary Medicine and Dr.


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Mass unemployment numbers hold steady at 7.6 percent

The unemployment rate in Massachusetts held steady in July for a third consecutive month, hanging at 7.

Consumer confidence down in Massachusetts

Consumer confidence in Massachusetts fell sharply for the second straight quarter, according to Mass Insight, which reported August 18 that its index measuring consumer optimism and pessimism had fallen below 60 for the first time in two and a half years.

Thanks to state cash, West Tisbury Library trims fundraising goal

The West Tisbury Library Foundation Inc.

Draft horse team at Fair bolts first, pulls later

The draft horse-pulling contest at the Martha's Vineyard Agricultural Society Fair scaled new heights of excitement Friday when a two-horse team decided it was time to leave.

Steamship Authority negotiates for new Island reservation office

The Steamship Authority members held their regular monthly meeting on August 16, at the boatline's Hyannis terminal.

Oak Bluffs waiting on town administrator, budget decisions

Oak Bluffs taxpayers and town employees will have to wait a while longer to find out how the selectmen will trim the current year budget by approximately $300,000.

Tisbury selectmen approve paid parking plan at Park and Ride lot

The Tisbury selectmen have approved a plan for a new paid parking system at the Park and Ride lot at High Point Lane, to be implemented later this year.

“Code Red” fireworks announcement sparks new friction

The Oak Bluffs Police Department used Dukes County's