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County taps new treasurer
After months of searching for former county treasurer Ann Metcalf’s replacement, Dukes County Commissioners finally found someone to take over the role. Commissioners voted to appoint Judy Soules to the Dukes County treasurer position Wednesday, after agreeing that her vast experience would be an asset to the county. Here’s that update.
Open seats up-Island
With the spring town elections coming up, Aquinnah and West Tisbury announced that they are looking for folks to fill some open positions. Some other seats are up for reelection. Nomination papers are available at each town clerk’s office. Here are the details.

Howe to preserve the essence of West Tisbury?
The Howes House in West Tisbury needs a big upgrade (or a total rebuild) in order to meet the growing needs of the Up-Island senior living community. But there are some problems with the existing plan that largely relate to the size and character of the proposed building. Members of the West Tisbury Historic District Commission in particular are worried that building a new facility that’s too large and obtrusive would harm the quaint small town feel of West Tisbury. Lucas Thors has this update on how the project plans are developing.
No meetings Friday. Bundle up and relax — the temperature will be in the single digits tomorrow night.
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Quote of the Day
"The core of the problem here is economic. Forty years ago, a nickel was worth something."
Brion McGroarty, owner of MV Wine and Spirits, on bottle redemption

Hot Topic Comment
Dana Nunes congratulates Sean Slavin in his new position as Chilmark’s police chief: "He knows the town, and he knows the people, as well as being an exemplary officer and individual; they couldn’t have chosen better."

Hot Topic Letter
Emily Peabody asks: "How long is too long for patrons to tolerate broken WiFi on one of their Steamship boats?"
Tonight: Join the P2 Fiber Group at the Ag Hall. Bring your project as well as a little snack to share. You can help each other if you get stuck. I really should make some more hats for the kids. Maybe they’ll wear them this time. 6 to 8 pm. –Connie Berry

If I had any sense (or cents) at all, I’d go to this Free Financial Literacy Class on Zoom. Banking, budgets, saving, credit, and entrepreneurship are on the menu. 6 pm. –C.B.

Tomorrow: Island Theatre Workshop Auditions at the Federated Church in Edgartown for roles in Trey Parker’s "Cannibal: The Musical." Interesting title. True story. 5 to 8 pm.

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

Game on
"Jigsaw Puzzles, Scrabble, Parcheesi, etc. Good/Excellent condition. $3-$12. 508-693-7472. Call anytime, 7:30am-12:30pm is best."

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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 Sweet Life Open year round! Serving dinner Wednesday through Saturday, and brunch on Sunday. Live music with Jeremy Berlin on Thursdays.
@sweet_life_mv 508/696/0200

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Staying in?
It's a good season for cooking with dry beans to make chili, hummus, rice dishes, and much more. For something different using chickpeas, try the recipe for Cinnamon Maple Crackers from Island Grown Schools. If we make this fun snack in the Times kitchen, the dough may not be the only thing cracking up.

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Sam Sangworn
The Scarecrow and the Confectioner: Part Two
In his most recent This Was Then column, Chris Baer brings us the tale of Tisbury whaling captain Elisha Dexter, a veteran sailor who gets caught in a devastating storm in 1841 that precipitates his fall from grace after he learns that his ship and cargo was uninsured. Upon returning home after his failed escapade, Dexter turns to secretive West Tisbury author and deaf general store merchant James Athearn Jones for help in his next enterprise — a slim book called the "Narrative of the Loss of the William and Joseph, Whaling Brig, of Martha’s Vineyard, and the Sufferings of Her Crew for Seven Days on a Raft in the Atlantic Ocean." Get your dose of fascinating Vineyard history here.
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