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The good, the bad, the sad: Newspapering for 40 years

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Now, 40 years since its founding, The Martha’s Vineyard Times once again doubles down to its news-gathering overwatch on Islanders' behalf. And once again,...

A tribute to devoted Chilmarker Riggs Parker

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The thing about Riggs Parker is that he was relentless.  In a good way.  Indeed, in his service to Chilmark as selectman and to the broader...

Herb Custer, a Vineyard natural

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An off-Islander by birth, Herb Custer Jr. might as well have been a native. Charter fishing brought him to the Vineyard on a fishing...

Susan Safford, R.I.P.

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Susie Safford was the engine of The Martha’s Vineyard Times when I joined the newspaper in 1985. She was an indispensable leader in the...

Donald H. Lyons: An appreciation

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Curiously, the ministry of a small town newspaper to its readers is not so very unlike the ministry of a small, like-minded congregation united...

She’s heard it all

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Every one of us has said it: “Now I’ve heard everything.” Some of us have used the same phrase several times, casually emptying it...

Dog-eared pages

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There are lots of books about dogs. How to choose the one for you. How to feed, house, and train him. How to carry...

Not reflected in the algorithm

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The following hardly qualifies as a healthcare data point. I’m sure the wizards who carpenter the algorithms that model healthcare access and costs have...

Callens celebrate their final Vineyard Cup at the helm

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Thursday, on the eve of the 13th annual Vineyard Cup weekend of competition among a variety of sailing craft, large and small, Brock and...

‘Plumbelly’: Gary Maynard sets sail with a coming-of-age novel

As a child, the ocean sailor, boatbuilder, and homebuilder Gary S. Maynard of West Tisbury sailed around the world with his parents, aboard a...

Domestic Disturbances: Haulout

I don’t think there is a commonly observed annual moment when one takes a whole week to make a personal assessment. There ought to...

Domestic Disturbances: What to do about those to-do lists?

One of those extra-long yellow Post-it notes sits on the desk next to my keyboard. It’s been there for years. It’s curling up. The...

A nifty bit of salvage work, and some history

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Except for the hard north-northeasterly wind, the gray skies, the spitting rain, the submerged dock, and the four yachts driven ashore along the beach,...

Good sports

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By Nelson Sigelman. 2017. $19.95. Available at Bunch of Grapes, Coop’s Bait and Tackle in Edgartown, and on amazon.com. Visit marthasvineyardoutdoors.com for more information. Of...

Researcher Clyde MacKenzie’s new book spotlights living local

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“Martha’s Vineyard: Nine Local Histories of Island Life” by Clyde L. MacKenzie Jr. Paper, $18.25. For us wash-ashores whose grasp of Vineyard history extends perhaps...

Dogs make themselves at home — at the office

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We’ve called every dog we’ve had by several names. You’ve probably done the same. Dogs that came with birth names got new names. Dogs...

Domestic Disturbances: Success at last, sort of

Davy Crockett and I hunted together many Saturday afternoons when I was a kid. The King of the Wild Frontier and I went after...

Tales – Peter Colt Josephs recounts the colloquial history of his beloved Island.

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“Tales of the Massachusetts South Seas: Stories from the Cape Cod Archipelago, Martha’s Vineyard,” By Peter Colt Josephs. Illustrated by Jo Anne Briggs. $40...

Nelson Sigelman, newspaperman.

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Nelson Sigelman is an outdoorsman, a sportsman, a hunter, a fisherman. True enough, all of it, but at his core he’s a journalist. Not...

“Mill Pond Joe” captures early days of an Island writer, outdoorsman

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Nelson Bryant’s memoir rewinds from life as a New York Times journalist to a West Tisbury boyhood.