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Here’s what’s happening on Martha’s Vineyard today.
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Howes it going?
Select board members from West Tisbury, Chilmark, and Aquinnah town administrator Jeffrey Madison met jointly on Wednesday to get an inside look at Howes House and to talk about how to make improvements to the shared building. Chilmark select board Chilmark select board member Warren Doty was skeptical that their residents actually use the building's services. Reporter Eunki Seonwoo went on the tour and has photos and a story on the meeting.
Put to the test
It may be the least surprising news. During the COVID-19 pandemic when schools were sometimes remote or hybrid, student learning slipped. That’s the message after MCAS scores were recently released. But there is some good news in the numbers. The Martha’s Vineyard Public Charter School continued to perform above state averages. Meanwhile, Tisbury School and Oak Bluffs School had "high typical growth." Reporter Eunki Seonwoo has the details.

Building ups and downs
We have two building related stories today. In Chilmark they are celebrating the construction of a new fire station and shared ambulance facility with a ceremonial tree and flag. The construction is ongoing, but thus far it’s going well. Reporter Rich Saltzberg has this update. Meanwhile, in Vineyard Haven, the former Golden Dragon restaurant is being eaten up by an excavator. Earlier this year, the Tisbury building department declared the building unsafe and ordered it to be either repaired or razed. Rich also has this update, as well as a video of the chomping excavator.
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Quote of the Day
"I think it’s awesome that all her hard work over the years has gotten her promoted to a position that is so important to have — just wish that was here on the Island. Back to square one. We were just getting to the level of maintenance that was going to allow for some controlled burning in the next couple of years. I’m sure that will be delayed. We as an Island need to let the legislators know how important getting a DCR employee for the maintenance of the State Forest really is. We cannot let it be neglected any longer."–West Tisbury Fire Chief Greg Pachico on the departure of the State Forest’s only firefighter

Hot Topic Comment
Don Keller commented on controlled burns. "I think controlled burns are a good thing, but I hate seeing all that ‘fuel’ going to waste. How about firing up (pun intended) work release programs from the jail, community service sentences for nonviolent crimes, volunteers etc. and have able bodied people collect the debris sitting on the floor of the state forest and land bank properties and throw it into one of these, that could provide heat and hot water for the high school. It has enough surrounding land to have the staging area to do it."

Hot Topic Letter
John Klein, chair of the board of trustees for the Vineyard Preservation Trust, wrote to announce a forum about the West Tisbury Grange Hall. "We see the requirement for a ‘special permit’ as inconsistent with our deeded rights, and potentially negatively affecting our ability to generate the revenue required to operate the building, and hampering our mission to preserve the building and provide its use for the community."
Today: Members of the Masonic Lodge in Oak Bluffs host a discussion on the Western esoteric traditions of today. These informal talks on philosophy and practical psychology are informed by the Qabalah, Tarot, and spiritual disciplines. From 7 to 9 pm. –Lucas Thors

The Martha’s Vineyard Film Center is bringing folks a special presentation of "Gratitude Revealed," at 7:30 pm. It’s directed by the same person who directed "Fantastic Fungi," and it’s supposed to be powerful. –L.T.
Tomorrow: Join the Island community for the final First Friday celebration of the year in Vineyard Haven. The fun kicks off at 4 pm, with art, music, shopping, and more. Mark and Molly will play some tunes alongside Robert Hanjian, then get down with a silent disco beginning at 8 pm. –L.T.

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

That shrinking feeling
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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 Dunes Welcome to The Dunes, Martha’s Vineyard’s Only Restaurant at South Beach! Enjoy casual, relaxed dining, refreshing sea breezes, and a fabulous ocean view. Visit us via our spectacular water taxi cruise from Edgartown. Serving breakfast and dinner through October 22. Lunch served at the Poolside Grill. / 508-627-3663

Farm Neck Come check out Farm Neck's newly renovated Cafe, patio and bar!
Enjoy indoor or outdoor seating with open air views of our championship golf course and ample TVs in the bar area.
The Café will be open for lunch from 11 am to 5 pm daily and open for dinner Wednesday through Friday from 5 pm to 8 pm. Call 508/693/3560 for reservations or visit

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Staying in?
For a quick and easy way to enjoy baked squash this season, try the mini-size butternut variety in the versatile recipe for Roasted Honeynut Squash, shared by Catherine Walthers. It includes creative ideas from local chefs and farmers for toppings. We heard that you can even toast the seeds that are scooped out, so maybe we'll try that in our Times kitchen after we have a round of squash bowling.

For more local stories and seasonal recipes, check the beautiful autumn issue of
Edible Vineyard magazine, on newsstands now.

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Bike ride euphoria
There’s nothing like taking a long bike ride through Island trails, especially when we get a little bit of nice weather to break up the doldrums. On My Way columnist Jonathan Burke brings us a story of exploring the woods of West Tisbury with his friend on mountain bikes, and all the twists and turns along the way. Check out that piece here.

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