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Here’s what’s happening on Martha’s Vineyard today.
On this day in 2021, the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School mandated a civics course for seniors that focused on civil rights, climate change, politics, and more. The course culminated in a school giveback day, where students involved in the course created an action plan to give back to the Island community. If your friend sent you this, sign up for yourself here.
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Today's Minute is sponsored by: North Water Gallery

New Art arriving daily. Open 7 days a week. A warm welcome awaits you.
The latest on Hurricane Lee
Dukes County is officially under a Tropical Storm Warning for the next 36 hours, according to the National Weather Service. The Island can expect to feel the effects of Hurricane Lee passing through the area Friday evening into Saturday. High winds and dangerous seas are to be expected. Islanders should prepare for ferry cancellations and possible power outages. Read the latest storm coverage here.
The William Street Historic District Commission is experiencing a staff shortage. More help is needed to accomplish their goals. They're currently looking for a full-time secretary. Read more here.

Holy Ghost shellfish trouble
The Oak Bluffs Board of Health reprimanded the Holy Ghost Association over the improper tagging of shellfish used during an event hosted by the organization. A case of vibrio was linked to the improperly tagged shellfish. Event organizers vowed to be more careful in the future. Read more here.
There are no meetings Friday.
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Quote of the Day
"Since there is nothing left to do in Land Court, we should dispose of the case. The easiest way to dispose of the case is to propose a very simple agreement for judgment and present it to the judge, which would state that the planning board’s denial is vacated … and because we already have a site plan approval, this is the end of the case."
— Brian Winner, attorney for the MVRHS committee on resolving litigation with the town of Oak Bluffs and its planning board

Hot Topic Comment
Donna Blackburn comments on our story about last week’s reunion for the dozens of migrants sent to the Island last year, and the Vineyard community members who volunteered their time and resources to assist: "As individuals we can only do just so much to alleviate the immigration issue, but these individual efforts have a great effect on the folks who take notice of our kindnesses. It promotes action that will improve the migrant situation. Now don’t get me wrong, there is no overnight cure, but we have to remember we are descended from immigrants and we should be understanding of the hardships that have forced these folks to flee oppression. Kindness towards others make us a stronger society!"

Hot Topic Letter
Doreen Kinsman writes to us about the Dover Amendment in the modern day climate: "In 1950, we were yet unaware of the grievous impact human endeavor and population growth would inflict on our planet, causing today grave concerns re pollution, water shortages, and the impact sewage and septic overuse would have on our fragile environment. We have already borne witness to the degradation of our Island ponds, by the dramatic increase in residential septic systems primarily."
Today: The Milokan Cultural Center at Native Earth Teaching Farm invites you to join them with drumming, dance, meditation, singing, and wool spinning by a fire at sunset. Sounds pretty awesome. 7 pm. –Connie Berry

Another chance to see "Oppenheimer" comes tonight at the M.V. Film Center. I might be the only person in my family who hasn’t seen this one. What else is new? 7:30 pm. –C.B.
Tomorrow: Check out the Living Landmarks Scrimshaw Exhibit at the Vineyard Preservation Trust’s Carnegie in Edgartown. Island artist Darrel Morris is the talented fellow at the helm of this one. 10 am to 4 pm. –C.B.

Movies! Check out what’s playing at Island theaters here.

Cool cat
"Free: Hobie Cat 16 with beach wheels. Needs trailer to take away. Sails, rigging, and trampoline are all in good shape! 413-626-7311"

Click here for more finds in our Classifieds section.
Dining out?

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.

The Sweet Life Open year-round! Serving dinner Tuesday through Sunday at 5:30 pm. @sweet_life_mv 508/696/0200

The Dunes Open for the season! Dine with an ocean view. 31 Dunes Road, Edgartown.

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Staying in?
If you're curious about low-impact foraging on the Island, or you'd like some ideas for using late-summer fruit, pick up Margaret Knight's Tips for Wild Edibles, including a recipe for Autumn Olive Fruit Leather. And, yes, there are actual grapevines on Martha's Vineyard. The secret is where to find them...

Calling all cooks and bakers: we would love to share your recipe with the community. Email it to, and include a photo of your final creation and a brief backstory if you have one.

Click here to browse more recipes from the Island community.

Do you know this person? We'll throw all winning answers into a pot at the end of the month and someone will win their choice of a $100 gift certificate to an Island business or charity.
Email your answer to, and let us know which day you are guessing about. For previous Do You Knows? see our archive.

Wednesday's contest answer:
Paul Brewer
The middle way
Nancy Slonim Aronie recounts how a visit to a meditation retreat and her conversation with a lama provoked an abandonment of a "black-and-white" way of thinking and embracement of a "middle way." Aronie takes this philosophy and implements it into her own writing workshops, helping herself and others navigate traumas, specifically those surrounding death and grief. By emphasizing the existence of a "middle way," a passage between the extremes of discarding past trauma and holding close to it, Aronie encourages us to both acknowledge the dreary "used to be’s," but also to strive for positive progression away from them. Read more here.

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