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Another shot for the Grange
The Vineyard Preservation Trust agreed to take one week to formulate a use policy for the Grange. They are pursuing a special permit to increase the number of events that can be held at the property. Members of the public were also present during the public hearing, and all of them voiced their support for the Grange and the Trust to the West Tisbury zoning board of appeals. Thursday, Feb. 23, is when the proposed policy will be presented. Here is the update.
"Unprecedented demand"
Local food pantries are seeing a growing demand following the pandemic and due to inflation. Now a federal program that boosted benefits to help Massachusetts residents pay for groceries is coming to an end, adding new fears. Read the story here.

Vineyard Wind laying cable
Vineyard residents have noticed a large boat off Chappaquiddick. It’s the 400-foot Ulisse and it’s part of Vineyard Wind’s goal of connecting to the electric grid by the year’s end. The Ulisse buries cable by blowing water into the surface floor. Find out more here.

The Tisbury select board meets at 4 pm Wednesday. Remote access. Here is the

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Quote of the Day
"We can’t control the population growth … What we can control is figuring out together what makes sense for the neighbors, what makes sense for the community."
—Vineyard Preservation Trust executive director Nevette Previd, on the
Grange Hall special permit discussions.

Hot Topic Letter
Nis Kildegaard of Edgartown writes about the town considering pulling out of the MVC: "In fact Edgartown’s share of the MVC bill is 40 percent not because of some monstrous inequity, but simply because Edgartown has 40 percent of the Island’s taxable real estate."
Today: The Second Annual Martha’s Gras is happening tonight at the P.A. Club with live music by the Jelly Roll Horns, Mike Benjamin, Kevin Medeiros, Brad Tucker, and Darby Patterson. 7 to 9:30 pm. –Connie Berry

Join our MVT neighbor Nat Benjamin and others at this week’s Writing & Poetry Series at Pathways. This time around it’s dedicated to "Adventures at Sea, Readings from their Memoirs." 7 pm. –C.B.

Have some material you want to try out on an audience? Edgartown library hosts Open Mic Night for the Performing Arts. Tell a story, do a dance, sing a song, or practice your (clean) stand-up act. 5 pm. –C.B.

Check out what's playing at Island theaters here.

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The Barn Open Monday through Saturday 11:30 am to 11 pm for lunch, dinner & bowling. Text Barnmv to 508/696/9800 to receive deals & specials.

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Open year round! Serving dinner Wednesday through Saturday, and brunch on Sunday. Live music with Jeremy Berlin on Thursdays.
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Staying in?
For a warm and hearty meal, check the recipe for French Lentil and Sausage Soup by Catherine Walthers. The meat could be substituted or left out, but you may want to stick with the small, quick-to-cook variety of lentils du Puy, which are grown on ancient volcanic soil in France. Then you could say that you ate a bowl of stone age stew.

Click here to browse more recipes from the Island community.

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Friday’s contest answer:
Pam Thors
Announcing Islanders Write
The Martha’s Vineyard Times once again invites the community to take part in the Islanders Write festival at Featherstone Center for the Arts. The writers’ festival, which explores the art, craft, and business of writing, will begin on the evening of Sunday, August 20, and will continue throughout the day on Monday, August 21. Read the story announcing the free community event here.

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