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Bill Potter has been fishing the Derby for a half a century and he knew he had a shot at the record books when he reeled in a false albacore this week. He was chasing a record set by Donald MacGillivray in the 1990s, a legend in the Derby community. Potter was there when MacGillivray weighed his nearly 20-pounder, which made this Derby moment even more special. Get the story here.
Housing the missing middle
State lawmakers are looking at a bill that will give special priority to seasonal communities, and one portion of that is giving towns a tool to house municipal workers. Right now, it’s not as easy as simply putting money towards housing. And we look to Nantucket, what some say is the future of the Vineyard, where 40 town positions are vacant, about a tenth of the staff. Read more here.
Nearly half a million Venezuelan nationals are now eligible for temporary protection status by the U.S. government, meaning refugees from the Latin American country can apply for work permits and begin to establish roots in the States. This includes the dozens of migrants that had been transported to Martha’s Vineyard last September. More on that here.
The Edgartown Select Board meets at 4 pm on Monday. In person at Edgartown Town Hall with remote access. Here is the agenda.

The Chilmark Planning Board meets at 4:30 pm on Monday. Remote access. Here is the agenda.

The West Tisbury Select Board meets with the West Tisbury Historic District Commission at 5:30 pm on Wednesday. In person at Howes House with remote access. Here is the agenda.

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Quote of the Day
"We always expect improvement, and we didn’t see that in some of our schools. . . . Nobody takes this harder than our staff."
— Martha’s Vineyard Regional School District superintendent Richie Smith on the results of the 2023 Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS)

Hot Topic Comment
J. Rowe comments on our story about Island fire departments looking to bolster wildfire response: "Coming from California and losing our home in the Oakland fire 1991, we learned many things about fire management. With wind and fuel (dry or rotted woodlands) a wildfire travels faster than you can imagine. I walk in the trails of Sepessia at least 5 times a week. The amount of dead wood in that area is staggering. You have reported on lodgepole pine infestations in the state forest. I believe Martha’s Vineyard needs to address forest control and removal of dead wood. This is what could cause a catastrophic event on the Vineyard."

Hot Topic Letter
Vicki Divoll shares her opinion about the MVRHS committee accepting anonymous cash donations: "Your school committee does not know or care who is funding our public school artificial turf legal bills — for a project that many, perhaps most, Islanders do not even want. Through our democratic processes, we cut off their taxpayer funding last spring, so they now plan to just take money from anyone and anywhere, no questions asked. They told us that clearly last week."
Today: A book club that meets up and reads fantasy, science fiction, dystopian, adventure, and more — all presenting the opportunity to let the real world go for a while. It’s called the Totally Unrealistic Book Club. Love it. Oak Bluffs library, enter by town hall parking lot. 5:30 pm. –Connie Berry

Kelsey Grammer stars in this drama screening at Faith Community Church in Edgartown,
"Jesus Revolution." It’s about the late 60s Jesus movement in Southern California and based on a true story. Free. 7 pm. –C.B.
Weekend: The sixth annual Darkness into Vineyard Light Suicide Prevention Awareness Walk begins at 5 am at Bend in the Road Beach. A worthy cause and a good reason to wake up early and gather. The West Tisbury Farmers Market is still going on at the Ag Hall. This is the time of year I love to go there. All the fall veggies and less crowds. 9 am to noon. Vineyard Baker teaches us how to make Homemade Soft Pretzels at the Farm Institute. Who doesn’t love them? 10 am. Check out the All Mobility Levels Guided Walk at Mytoi. This walk is for adults with all different levels of mobility. Right up my alley. Free. 10 am. Meet the Coast Guard from Station Menemsha and Touch-a-Boat. Kids love this event. Check out the U.S. Coast Guard boat at the Oak Bluffs library parking lot and climb aboard. 11 am. Join Patrick Coyne, a licensed mental health counselor, as he discusses trauma and its effect on mental health. Special attention will be paid to substance misuse, and effective treatments. Lunch afterwards. Red House. Noon. Chess Club meets at the Oak Bluffs library. 2 pm. Practice Yoga on the Autumnal Equinox at Menemsha Hills. Hike to Prospect Hill for yoga and watch that gorgeous sunset. 5 pm. "Little Shop of Horrors" from Island Theatre Workshop plays at the PAC Saturday and Sunday at 7:30 pm. –C.B.

On Sunday, support the Vineyard Haven library at their 26th annual 5k Run/Walk, either in-person or virtual "run on your own" options. Kids’ event 9:45 am. 5k starts at 10 am. Ursula Goodenough will narrate her path in crafting an alternative to the Lord’s Prayer at the Unitarian Universalist Society in Vineyard Haven. 10 am. Vineyard Artisans at the Grange Hall from 10 am to 2 pm, or head to the Open Market in Oak Bluffs, also 10 am to 2 pm. Sing simple songs from around the world with song leader Roberta Kirn at this all ages Community Sing at the Tisbury Amphitheater. Free. 5 pm. Sundays in the Park Concerts at the Ocean Park bandstand are still going on, weather permitting. Get out there and enjoy them. 5:30 pm. Musician John Cruz from Hawaii will be live in concert at the P.A. Club in Oak Bluffs. Doors open at 5 pm, and the show starts at 6 pm. Limited space. $25 at the door. A portion of all proceeds will help the people recovering from the recent wildfires in Maui. Yom Kippur services begin at 6:15 pm, led by Rabbi Broitman at the Hebrew Center. Registration is required for all the services. That, my friends, is a full weekend. My daughter is coming to visit, so I may actually get out of the house this weekend. Enjoy! –C.B.

Movies! Check out what's playing this weekend at Island theaters here.

Chill out
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Staying in?
With the 78th Derby well underway, check the tips by Chef Gavin Smith for Smoked Bluefish Pâte, or for the story version of the recipe: Blue fish and spicy horse relish capers to cheesy cottage to drink sour juice, but they break out in chives.

For more stories that celebrate local food, farming, and the community, visit Edible Vineyard, and look out for the Harvest Season issue next month.

Click here to browse more recipes from the Island community.

Do you know this winter sportsman? 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.

Thursday's contest answer:
Anthony Gude
Shown by the M.V. Film Center beginning today, "Scrapper," directed by Charlotte Regan, spotlights Georgie, a rebellious and resourceful girl who sells stolen bikes to support her guardian-less lifestyle after the passing of her mother and abandonment by her father. However, her similarly unstructured father, Jason, does make his return. The movie illustrates their newfound relationship. Tickets are available at, and more on this film can be read here.
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