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No suspects
Oak Bluffs Police say after an investigation of who might have put shell casings in the tote bag owned by health agent Meegan Lancaster, they have no leads and have closed their investigation. Lancaster resigned from her job with the town saying she feared for her life. She has been at the center of the town’s ongoing discussions about the harmful effects of PFAS and was integral in regulations concerning the COVID-19 pandemic, both of which have resulted in social media criticisms. Reporter Rich Saltzberg has this story. (And, no, it did not snow on Martha's Vineyard today. That's a photo of the temporary town hall where Lancaster's tote bag was stored.) Meanwhile, Oak Bluffs has picked a firm to lead its search for the next police chief. Here is that update.
High expectations
The Martha’s Vineyard Commission met on St. Patrick’s Day night, but it was cannabis and not a pint on the minds of commissioners. Along with approving the written decision for Island Grown Initiative, commissioners also discussed a second marijuana dispensary proposed for Tisbury. Reporter Abigail Rosen has this story.

Big boost
We talk about the need for affordable housing on the Island all the time, and the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) is getting a big infusion of funds for that purpose. In a federal spending bill approved this week, the tribe received $2.6 million for housing and to tie into a wastewater treatment plant. Editor George Brennan has this story.
The Edgartown select board meets Monday at 4 pm. Remote access. Here is the agenda.

The Up-Island Regional School District Committee meets Monday at 6:30 pm. Remote access. Here is the agenda.

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Quote of the Day
"That’s a huge win in my mind. Julian and I deserve credit for getting that done. So we’re going to take that out of the bill. It was my intention all along that it be something we pushed them to do and I’m glad we did."State Rep. Dylan Fernandes, D-Falmouth, answering a question about a bill related to the Steamship Authority he sponsored along with state Sen. Julian Cyr, D-Truro

Hot Topic Comment
David Nallett commented on the tower that’s been erected in Menemsha for the town’s security cameras. "Menemsha basin is one of the most scenic, beautiful places on earth. Hard to believe anyone would want to deface it with an ugly tower."

Hot Topic Letter
Doreen Kinsman wrote to say Tisbury should rethink its snow shoveling bylaw.  "At almost 91 years of age, with cardiac issues, and aware that one-third of our town taxpayers are elderly, obviously such a request may not be possible to fulfill. If one’s frontage is a mere 50 feet, who could one hire for such a small task? Most teenagers of today would refuse to avail themselves to do so, or even consider payment worth their while."
Today: The Film Center plays Oscar-nominated Shorts tonight. You get to predict the winners before awards night, so you better get there tonight. You can read about them here. 7:30 pm. –Connie Berry

The Gnomes are still at Polly Hill waiting for you to find them. It’s staying light later and later, so check it out tonight while they’re still on the Island. Sunrise to sunset. –C.B.
This weekend: My friend Valerie Sonnenthal invites you to Peaked Hill Studio for Yoga Class Saturday morning at 9 am. Live or online, that’s the beauty of it. The folks at Sheriff’s Meadow are sending us a bit of a challenge: Join them for a Strenuous Hike over Cedar Tree Neck Sanctuary. 10 am. I may not be able to make that, but you go on ahead I’ll catch up. This is more my speed: Adopt Me: Come Meet Your New Best Buddy at Black Dog General Store on Beach Street extension. Adoptable dogs all day long. Noon to 4 pm. Great Italian Cinema: "The Leopard" is playing at the Edgartown library. 1 pm. And it’s Movie Night at the Red House for the recovery community. They’re screening "Licorice Pizza" and having some dandy snacks. 6 pm. We Dance is at PathwaysARTS at the Chilmark Tavern. Go get your groove on. And it’s free. 7 to 10 pm. –C.B.

On Sunday, the UU church is gearing up for in-person worship and will reflect on "the transformative power of human presence." Click the website link for information about Zoom access. 11 am. Join the West Tisbury library for a film to celebrate Women’s History Month. Local film producer Marjory Potts will present a screening of her documentary, "You May Call Her Madam Secretary: Frances Perkins, Secretary of Labor, 1933-1945" 2 pm. We’ve got a chance that Sunday will be decent outdoors and I need some vitamin D, so I’m getting out there. Have a great weekend. Peace out, peace in. –C.B.

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Staying in?
We aren’t tired of soup yet, even though the temps are rising. Catherine Walthers brings us this Kale, Bean, and Vegetable Soup with a fabulous photo by Alison Shaw. Soup is our comfort food, especially if someone else makes it for us.

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Gray hair don’t care
Judith Hannan writes in the new community column The Write Prescription about her internal struggle between deciding to dye her hair or keep her natural gray. After growing up watching her mother battle with boxes of hair dye, Hannan came to the realization that embracing her natural hair color meant embracing her age and loving her appearance, despite her gray streaks. Now, Hannan’s hair is "the color of sassy," — gray — and she wouldn’t have it any other way. Read Hannan’s first iteration of her Write Prescription column here.

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