Women on the rink

Ice hockey is known as a rough and tumble sport, probably best suited to those among us with younger, more resilient bodies. But hockey for adults is thriving on the Island, and some players...

West Tisbury

Three mildish days last week and everyone I know is up to their eyeballs in seed catalogues and garden plans. Green tips of daffodils are pushing just above the ground in a sunny spot...

The heart of Vineyard Healthcare

While the Island may take on a serene and all's well appearance especially at this time of year, there are many people here who struggle with addiction and alcoholism. Dr. Laura Reid and registered...

Tisbury

If you didn't vote, I don't want to hear about it. Certainly no one could claim ignorance. We were bombarded with phone calls and commercials. One woman said she received recorded phone calls from...

Oak Bluffs

Sunday morning at dawn, I was treated to a beautiful winter sunrise. The horizon to the east looked as if it had been kissed with hues of pinks. The colors stretched across in ribbons...

Classic undertaking

I'm not going to talk about New Year's resolutions again. That ship has sailed. I'm sure that by this time, three weeks into 2010, you've made and broken yours. I decided that as I...

Island to island: Help for Haiti

Fadnor Pierre's family is alive. Worry gnawed at the former Vineyard resident for five days last week while he waited for news of the fate of his family in Port-au-Prince. On Sunday, the Haitian native...

Chilmark

"There are things that we don't want to happen but have to accept, things we don't want to know but have to learn, and people we can't live without but have to let go."...

Frozen water

Thawing and freezing repeatedly is what the winter months are all about at this latitude. For waterfowl, frozen water, or ice, creates all sorts of problems. Freshwater freezes at 32 degrees Fahrenheit. Freshwater also...

Aquinnah

It is hard for me to talk about life on our Island this week without thinking about life on another island, Haiti, which, as we all know, suffered a horrific earthquake last week. Even...

MVCS’s new leader: Wiet Bacheller

When John and Wiet Bacheller first moved to the Island in 1968, seven years after Martha's Vineyard Community Services (MVCS) was established, the couple visited the Thrift Shop in Vineyard Haven and bought an...

West Tisbury

Tucked into crevices of tree bark, stonewalls, shingles, and wood piles, snow has remained un-melted as temperatures stayed below freezing all week. There is still ice underfoot in some places. Frozen drifts provide a...

Stuffed up

When Snuffy, the 18-year-old cat, arrived with a complaint of chronic nasal discharge, I have to admit I wasn't thrilled. My own geriatric kitty had this same problem for years and I had never...

Tisbury

Don't forget to vote! The polls open at 7 am on Tuesday. Your vote may choose the deciding vote on national health care. I expect to see you at the Legion Hall. Want to work...

Oak Bluffs

All the people who decided to go to the warmth of Florida after the holidays must be shivering in the cold by now, just as we are here. At least the latest snow storms...

NAACP celebrates Dr. M.L.K. Jr. day

This year is the 101st anniversary of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and the members of the Martha's Vineyard chapter will be honoring the youth of the Island at...

Edgartown School student Jesse Herman knows his geography

Jesse Herman knew the answer. "Japan," the eighth-grader called out clearly on Tuesday morning in the gymnasium of the Edgartown School and became the 2010 winner of the school's 22nd annual National Geographic Society...

Finding gold in Newton

Fourteen Vineyarders met at the American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) tournament in Newton last weekend, bringing home a total of 59.74 ACBL master points, nearly half of them the hard-to-win gold points (25.93). Every...

Arboretum’s winter attractions

Homegrown meets Sunday, Jan. 17, from 3 to 5 pm at Agricultural Hall. Under discussion: seed ordering, seed sowing, catalogue exchange. Arboretum's winter attractions If there is wintry weather, one of the nicest things is being...