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Second Acts: Whitney Hanschka

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In the mid-1980s, Whitney Hanschka graduated from Stanford University in mechanical engineering — the stuff of aerospace, biotech, and robotics — no doubt on a path to change the future. Today, Whit Hanschka is...

A budding invention

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What does it take to be an inventor? Do you need to be a creative genius? Maybe you simply need to have a keen eye for design and the willingness to take a chance....

Second Acts

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This installment of Second Acts started out as a profile on Steve Ewing, dockbuilder-poet. If ever there was a Vineyarder finding his “other self,” it’s Steve, a man who drives 20-foot pilings into sand...

Second Acts: Sometimes they come early

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Often it takes years to find your second act. A lifetime of living or working in one direction, and finally discovering your inner calling or goal. But sometimes … sometimes … it happens early,...

Second Acts: Gerry Yukevich

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Is there something that is inherently Martha’s Vineyard that fosters the freedom to pursue our other selves — our talents, drives, and passions? The fisherman who becomes an oil painter. The investment advisor/birdwatcher. The...

Second Acts: Bob Avakian and Barbara Reynolds

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Is it something in the air we breathe? Or the light that shines here? Is it literally being an island, floating freely away from the constraints of the mainland? Is there something that is...

Meet the Brokers

Nya Clarke, Broker/Owner Martha’s Vineyard Island-Wide Realty What got you started in the brokerage business on the Vineyard? I moved back to the Vineyard from a career in design in New York City. In some ways I...

‘From the land’

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For more than 12,000 years, members of the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) have called Martha’s Vineyard home. Long before white settlers arrived on the Vineyard, Nantucket, and the Elizabeth Islands, the Wampanoag people...

The Entrepreneurs

India Rose The Sideline Brand 49 Main St., Vineyard Haven 508-685-0484 sidelinebrand.com Tell us about your new business — you opened in November? We opened on Black Friday in this year of COVID. “The Sideline Brand, Luxury sports apparel and...

Meet the Deckers

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In some respects, we’re all family on the Vineyard. We’re a diverse group, often fiercely independent, but united and drawn together by the fact that we’ve chosen to live in a place that’s surrounded...

The Gleaners

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Collecting excess produce from local farms and distributing it to people in need is not a new concept: It's been going on for centuries. Four Island gleaners give us an inside view to harvesting...

The Handymen

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Renato Lacerda My Handyman, Vineyard Haven 508-684-0242; myhandymaninmv@gmail.com How long have you been working as a handyman on the Vineyard? About twenty years. I started as a painter, and through the years I learned carpentry, tile work, house...

The Florists

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Emily Coulter, owner Morrice Florist 149 State Rd., Vineyard Haven 508-693-0392 morriceflorist.com How did you come to own Morrice Florist? Five years ago, I took over the business. It completely changed my life. I had never worked with flowers —...

The Bakers

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Updated July 24 Masters of all things buttery, flaky, sweet, and savory — the bakers of Martha’s Vineyard pride themselves on an exceptional product. The Local spoke with a number of them to see what...

The Architects

Four architects share their processes and passions for building structures on Martha’s Vineyard. Joseph W. Dick, AIA Joseph W. Dick Architecture, Inc. 508-693-1717; josephwdick.com Tell us about your work on this West Chop house on the water. I have...

The Electricians

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Picture this: It’s a sweltering summer day — the kind where going outside is a task in itself. The humidity soaks your shirt, and the sun crisps any exposed skin. You’re watching mindless television...

The Housecleaners

Four Island housecleaners give The Local a look at their busy industry, from the trials and challenges to the rewards, and to why they choose to clean houses. Maik De Souza and Kristina Kerr A1...

Brewed awakenings: Meet the baristas

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These on-the-verge-of-winter mornings don’t start without a fight. Around 8 am, the horrendous chime of my default ringtone wakes me up. I press snooze and re-enter what feels like another REM cycle. Eight minutes...

The Wedding Planners

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Four wedding planning firms share their challenges in creating the most beautiful special day for couples on this popular destination — Martha’s Vineyard. Jackie Kane My Vineyard Elopement 508-693-1706; 310-804-1103 myvineyardelopement.com Tell us about your special officiating services for weddings. Jackie:...

Why would anyone kiss a fish?

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When it comes to gaining an edge to win the Martha’s VIneyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby, you have have to make sure your tackle is in order, study the tide charts, understand what...