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Big shoes to fill
Chilmark voters will have some big shoes to fill this spring in the town election. Select board member Warren Doty, after 24 years on the board and many more in other capacities for the town, has decided not to seek reelection. Doty made his announcement at the board’s meeting on Tuesday and received well wishes from his colleagues. Reporter Rich Saltzberg has this story.
Climate’s a hot topic
Two key Martha’s Vineyard Commission officials recently went before the Oak Bluffs select board to talk about a climate change risk assessment that will be done with the assistance of experts from Woods Hole. Meanwhile, the board also heard about a grant proposal to talk about beefing up the town’s composting abilities to reduce the amount of solid waste leaving the Island. Reporter Abigail Rosen has this update.
Trust eroded?
The Edgartown select board isn’t happy with The Trustees of Reservations. Although the town has been clear that it wants to take over stewardship of Norton Point Beach and has the blessing of Dukes County, officials had hoped The Trustees would follow through on a dune restoration project. However, the nonprofit has signaled that it won’t be completing phase two. Reporter Abigail Rosen has this story.

The Martha’s Vineyard Commission meets at 7 pm Thursday. Remote access. Here is the agenda.
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Quote of the Day
"We’ve been revisiting those assumptions and with supply chain issues and the like, we feel that those initial pricing [points] are going to be a little light in terms of what the price is. So we want to get a clearer understanding here of what it’s going to cost."
–Robert Davis, general manager of the Steamship Authority, telling the Port Council that the cost of retrofitting new vessels as ferries will likely be more than expected

Hot Topic Comment
Commenters are approving of the idea of Laura Silber joining the Martha’s Vineyard Commission as the Island housing planner. Here is what Chip Coblyn had to say: "In Laura Silber, the MVC is gaining a truly talented and indefatigable consensus builder with excellent organizational skills and knowledge in the field of housing. As a volunteer for CCMVHB, I was impressed by how Laura’s leadership on the housing bank led to a unified front on part of the entire island that legislators in Boston cannot ignore as they consider the MV Housing Bank bill for eventual ratification."

Hot Topic Letter
John Woodwell wrote that the Steamship Authority monopoly should end. "On Christmas Eve when the storm had mostly abated and the winds were down around 25 miles an hour or so, instead of carrying regularly scheduled passengers the Steamship Authority shut down operations and SSA personnel headed for the warmth of home. In doing so, the SSA left dozens of people cold and stranded on both sides of Vineyard Sound."
Today: Don’t get me wrong I love John Stanwood and Rose Guerin, but did you know Mo’s Lunch is open again after a holiday break? That makes Happy Hour Sessions at the P.A. Club tonight a win-win. 5 pm. –Connie Berry

The Oak Bluffs library helps speakers of all languages, ages, and levels, including Native English speakers, practice their skills over conversation and refreshments with an English Language Conversation Circle. 6 pm. –C.B.

Tomorrow: Join Shanta Gabriel for an Online Winter Wellness Class where you’ll strengthen intuition and your connection with your inner self. And practice stress-relief tools and calming the nervous system. Ask my co-workers and they’ll tell you this would be good for someone they know. 11:30 am. –C.B.

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Staying in?
Let’s try these Fresh Rolls with Peanut Sauce, courtesy of Island Grown’s Harvest of the Month. We’ve always wanted to try making spring rolls and they make it sound easy.

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High energy
It’s fairly routine for Islander Gabe Bellebuono at this point — climbing hundreds of feet up a ladder to start his workday. But his job as a GE wind technician is rather unique (there are only a couple hundred active techs), and he was the first trainee to go through the initial certification process. You could say he got in at the ground level, but his office is about 300 feet above the ground. Now, Bellebuono is helping maintain essential wind energy infrastructure, and will eventually ship off to the Vineyard Wind project upon its completion. Read assistant features editor Lucas Thors’ profile story on the newly minted wind tech and what he’s up to.
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