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Aquinnah: Council on Aging, Polished Dental, candidate forum, beach grass, and Earth Day

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I’m down with some kind of stomach bug, which isn’t any fun at all. There’s something about not feeling well that fights against any...

Aquinnah: Early spring, town library, ‘Food, Inc. 2,’ CPR training, and beach grass

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The weather is giving us a bridge, a chance to lose our winter fur or feathers, days that aren’t warm yet, but that aren’t...

Aquinnah: CERT volunteers, positive media, food pantries, egg hunt, and First Light Café

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My friend Carla Cuch and I are part of the Aquinnah Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). Our volunteer assignment is to oversee a daytime...

Aquinnah: Joan LeLacheur, Council on Aging, volunteers for IGI, and Chilmark School

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I’m one of those people who don’t feel fully dressed unless my ears have earrings dangling from them. One of my most precious pairs...

Aquinnah: Town clerk, Council on Aging, new apartments, ACE MV, and Chilmark School

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You may recall that last week was the presidential primary election. I am a registrar here in Aquinnah, and had the joy of watching...

Aquinnah: Garden Club, Meat Ball, Soup Social, beach grass, and Nancy Aronie

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Last week was one of the quietest weeks of the year around the Island. School was out, skies were mostly gray, and, with winter...

Aquinnah: Grateful for SSA, Tech Pro for seniors, ACE MV, and special anniversary

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Charley and I had to go off-Island last week and I want to say thank you to the employees of the Steamship Authority. Getting...

Aquinnah: Winter walks, waddling ducks, war in Gaza, and community work

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Today the sun is shining and everything looks sparkly; sparkly, that is, unless you look at the driveway, filled with snowmelt mud. It is...

Aquinnah: Stop & Shop, school field trips, ‘Saving Moms,’ and Polished Dental

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Charley and I did our weekly down-Island get-the-errands-done journey today. We went to the bank, the library, the grocery store, the pharmacy, and Morning...

Aquinnah: Variety show is coming together

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Right this minute I’m looking at a cloud-free, sun-filled landscape. The bare trees are proudly showing off their bent limbs, there are robins in...

Aquinnah: Black History Month, Polished Dental, Island Health Care, and ACE MV

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February is Black History Month. It’s a time to educate yourself on history, and to inform yourself about what is happening right now. At...

Aquinnah: Wintertime quiet, creative flow, and Aquinnah Variety Show

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Even with the wind howling, this is actually the quiet time of year here in Aquinnah. Many of us see our work slowing down...

Aquinnah: Flooding, emergencies and CERT, baby seal, and Tri-Town Ambulance

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Last week I found myself in the terrifying position of driving my new-to-me vehicle through a rushing river, complete with waves. I wasn’t in...

Aquinnah: Outermost Inn, ice skating, Howes House, and library positions

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I write this column on Sunday mornings, and this Sunday morning feels special. It’s a rainy Sunday in January. Is there any more blissful...

Aquinnah: New year tidying, song of hope, Howes House, and town library

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We’re taking down our Christmas tree. Packing away beloved ornaments, many of them silly creatures like a cloth cow in fancy hat and high-heels,...

Aquinnah: Yossi Monahan, Philbin Beach cleanup, and gratefulness

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The place on Philbin Beach where the stream meets the sea is becoming one of those spirit-lightened places. For a long time, locals have...

Aquinnah: Holiday preparations, reusable gift wrap, and Wishing Tree

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Although this is a dampened holiday for sure, we are nonetheless preparing for the pending arrival of all our immediate family. Son Alex and...

Aquinnah: Mice and rats, home repair, holiday spirit, and Long Point cleanup and crafts

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Many years ago, Jeffrey Madison joked that you could describe one aspect of our Island as made up of “mice, lice, and mold.” True...

Aquinnah: Holiday Fair stories, town sprucing up, Howes House, and holiday crafts

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Sunday morning, Dec. 3, and I’m writing my column from behind a table at the Aquinnah Artisans Holiday Fair at the Aquinnah Town Hall....

Aquinnah: Bird feeding, Artisans Holiday Fair, children’s art show, and foster parent recruitment

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Outside, there is frost on the ground, and the cold world is clear and sunny. I’m inside at my workspace, watching a wonderful mystery...