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Stem-ming the tide
They came, they saw, they planted beach grass. Lots and lots of beach grass. On Saturday, more than 100 volunteers joined the Natural Resources Department of the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) to plant beach grass in order to protect the dunes at Lobsterville Beach. It’s become an annual tradition and each year, it seems, there are more volunteers. Reporter Abigail Rosen has this story.
Loss for Tisbury
Two civic leaders in Tisbury died over the weekend — George Balco and Harold Chapdelaine. Balco most recently served on the Port Council, while Chapdelaine was instrumental in shepherding the Tisbury School project to town meeting approval. Editor George Brennan spoke to several town leaders and has this story.

Reel delight
It was a wonderful Saturday morning at Duarte’s Pond in West Tisbury. A little early, perhaps for photographer Jeremy Driesen, but he persevered. After nearly two years of cancellations because of COVID, the MV Rod and Gun Club’s annual trout tournament for children was held at the pond. We have Jeremy’s photos and the list of prize winners here.

Bonus Photo
Craig Dripps planted 15,000 daffodils several years ago at his home in West Tisbury. The community and his dog, Mulligan, enjoy them.
The Aquinnah select board meets at 5 pm Tuesday at the Aquinnah town hall. Here is the agenda.

The West Tisbury town meeting meets at 6 pm at the West Tisbury School. Here is our preview.

The Tisbury select board meets at 6:30 pm Tuesday at Tisbury School. Here is the agenda. That is followed by Tisbury town meeting at 7 pm at the school. Here is our preview.

The Edgartown town meeting meets at 7 pm at the Old Whaling Church. Here is our preview.

The Oak Bluffs town meeting meets at 7 pm at the MVRHS Performing Arts Center. Here is our preview.

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Quote of the Day
"That afternoon they were up at her bed saying, Welcome back. Where does that happen? Where does that happen? Martha’s Vineyard. It was incredible."–Martha Mezger talking about her daughter Gayle’s return to the Island after being seriously injured in a pedestrian accident in January

Hot Topic Comment
Dean Rosenthal commented on the joint meeting between Nantucket and Dukes counties over the Steamship Authority legislation. "Normally, I would be with the MVC and Nantucket on this — but here’s the crux of the entire thing: These people could NOT get the SSA under control and they were not listening to their constituents."

Hot Topic Letter
Gerald Horan has an idea about how to house seasonal workers on the Island. "What about a retired cruise ship? Not today’s oversize monsters. Something more classic, yet functional. Just a thought!"
Today: A virtual hearing on the proposed Steamship Authority legislation is scheduled for 5 pm today. The Nantucket and Dukes County commissioners will meet jointly to take in public comment on the legislation. Visit for more information, or to get the Zoom link.
–Lucas Thors

There are still some nippy nights left before it’s time to throw open the windows, and what better way to brave those remaining cold evenings than with some hot, delicious soup or stew? The Vineyard Haven library offers one-pot Indian cooking classes via Zoom, from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. Cook alongside nutritionist Karen Mort using a Dutch oven, crock pot, or electric pressure cooker. –L.T.

Tomorrow: Getting ready for the West Tisbury town meeting? The West Tisbury library and West Tisbury school are working together to provide free onsite childcare for kids of all ages, starting at 5:45 pm. Games, crafts, and nut-free snacks will be provided. Registration is required by calling 508-693-3366. –L.T.

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

Quick on the drawer
"Solid wooden bureau 50-inches high 38-inches wide 17-inches deep 6 drawer. $25 John @ 508-696-5213 between 10-3. Very heavy from Barbos."

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Dining out?

The Barn Open for lunch & dinner Tuesday through Saturday 11:30 am to 9:30 pm. Bowling available Tuesday through Saturday at 5 pm. 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. Featuring a pre-fixe 3 course dinner for $50 on Wednesdays!
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Staying in?
If you'd like something a little fancy yet simple to make, try Catherine Walthers' recipe for Roasted Salmon Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette. It features a sweet, tender vegetable that is a fun addition to just about anything.

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History blooms
"Things are popping up at the Cooke House and Legacy Gardens in Edgartown, as the warm days of spring and summer finally greet us," writes Abby Remer. "Starting in April and running through the end of October, weather permitting, the Martha’s Vineyard Museum properties will be starting outdoor activities from 12 to 4 pm every Saturday. While the inside of the Cooke House is still closed as it undergoes stabilization and then preservation work, the great outdoor Legacy Gardens will be where the action is." You can read more about this program here.
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