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West Tisbury: Town planning, Humphrey’s, oyster permits, family activities, and Gaston Vadasz

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Town meeting and elections have come and gone. Congratulations to everyone elected to serve on boards and committees in town. Thanks to Dan Waters for being our genial and thoughtful town meeting moderator over...

West Tisbury: Income taxes, elder services, planting trees, library programs, and plant nurseries

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Our dining room table has finally been returned to its tranquil self after a week of serving as income tax preparation central. Mike and I signed and sealed and stamped our envelopes, then used...

West Tisbury: Signs of spring, egg hunts, Richard Tripp, Music Street, and beach cleanup

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Ginny Jones called to tell me about a pair of ospreys that have returned to their nest on the Great Pond on March 17, right at their usual time. Ginny said that Danny Bryant...

West Tisbury: Earth Day, Washington Ledesma, book clubs, and Jenelle Gadowski

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“It used to snow in March,” I said to Mike one morning last week. I had gone out to his workshop to tell him about the lovely morning I was having. I had taken...

West Tisbury: Museum exhibits, Polly Hill Arboretum, jazz documentary, and piano concert

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It’s been an on-and-off rainy week. Sometimes the rain and wind lashes our windows with vigor; at other times it has the softness and warmth of spring. Everything is muddy, as is Abigail when...

West Tisbury: Great Pond, daffodil sale, M.V. Democrats, and Johnson & Ryan concert

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Last Tuesday was the sort of day that makes one glad to be alive, especially in midwinter, when it is such an unexpected treasure. The temperature was in the 50s. The sky was a...

West Tisbury: Spring break, soup and bread lunches, and town voting system

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It’s the last day of this Leap Year in February. Funny to have such a simple solution every four years to straighten out our calendar. It’s also school vacation week, so it may feel quieter...

West Tisbury: Early voting, soup and bread lunches, Howe’s House, and Jennie Greene

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Watching the snow falling Tuesday morning, I kept hearing in my head the lyrics to “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’” from “Oklahoma” by Rodgers and Hammerstein. Of course, I was looking at my snowy...

West Tisbury: Rez Williams, jazz concert, voting by mail, and Ghost Island Farm

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I have been watching forsythia getting ready to bloom, branches I brought inside a week or so ago. Their buds are no longer tightly brown. I can see yellow now, and maybe they will...

West Tisbury: Leading up to presidential primary

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The past week has been one gray day after another. A shaft of sunlight may come through by mid-afternoon, but I can’t remember waking up to a blue sky with sunshine pouring through the...

West Tisbury: Snowdrops, baby lambs, community suppers, and library programs

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It’s been another week of storms, rain, and wind. Our one snowstorm covered the ground, leaving a snow-washed landscape before it disappeared. It’s turned cold, too, and the ground feels hard underfoot. Probably not...

West Tisbury: Covid, Parks and Recreation, Howes House trip, and library programs

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It’s been a week of storms, of heavy rain and winds that scoured the beaches, and flooded roadways and basements across the Island. Big waves. Branches down. Squishy, muddy walkways. There were a few...

West Tisbury: Winter wellness, jazz concert, kindness rocks, and Aging Gracefully

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After complaining about the lack of snow so far this winter, I was happy to look out my windows Sunday afternoon to see snowflakes blowing through the treetops. Our house, having an upstairs, gives...

West Tisbury: Snowless winters, Tony Rezendes, planners, and Covid

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Walking around the yard, I have seen a few forsythia and cherry blossoms. I suppose I could bring some branches inside to force, but the beginning of January feels too soon for that. Boxwood,...

West Tisbury: Winter solstice, Carl Widdiss tree, and Athearn family

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What a week we have had. After the rain last Monday, it’s been warm and sunny through the rest of the week. No need for a coat during the day, although it does feel...

West Tisbury: Haynes Point tree, dollhouses, holiday party, and David Stanwood concert

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We had some frosty cold days this past week. Seeing our rhododendron leaves shriveled up into themselves makes it all so visible. I had the pleasure, when driving home one afternoon last week, of seeing...

West Tisbury: Trips off-Island, holiday decorations, town party, jazz concert, and Circuit Arts

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The weather has stayed mild most of the past week, our lovely long temperate autumn that makes up for our endlessly cool springs. Oddly, though, I saw a few snow flurries. Just a few,...

West Tisbury: Ukulele Jam, author talks, town potluck, Christmas Faire, and the night sky

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Thanksgiving is over. November almost is, too. Tomorrow will be Dec. 1. Station 1 put up their lights after a radio check this morning. Middletown Nursery looks like a fantasyland aglow, trees, buildings, arbors all...

West Tisbury: Pop-up book sale, Up-Island Council on Aging trips, and Planning Board

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We have had a beautiful few days, cold enough for morning frosts, then sunny and clear during the days, cold again once the sun goes down. A little fire warms the house up nicely...

West Tisbury: Corn pudding time

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A rimy haze coated our roofs and lawn this morning. There had been a few chilly mornings, but this was a real frost, and the house felt cold. I made a fire to warm...