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Here’s what’s happening on Martha’s Vineyard today.
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No contest
It was the race everyone on the Vineyard was watching and it turned out to be not close at all. Dukes County Sheriff Robert Ogden, facing a challenge in the Democratic primary by Erik Blake, won convincingly. The results from all six Island towns, plus Gosnold, were in fairly early Tuesday night. Our team of reporters and some office volunteers were spread out across the Island to bring you the results. Here’s the story.
No day at the beach
Chilmark’s select board had an eventful meeting on Tuesday. The board scheduled an upcoming town meeting for the town’s share of funding for a project in Menemsha and then discussed a brewing controversy at Squibnocket Beach that allegedly involves a former member of the beach advisory committee. Reporter Rich Saltzberg has the update.
Be careful out there
We have two stories today about critters you need to be mindful of and stay away from. First, reporter Eunki Seonwoo updates us on a recent detection of West Nile Virus in West Tisbury. This is the second time West Nile has been detected in a mosquito on the Island. Here’s that story. Meanwhile, Rich Saltzberg updates on the lone star tick and an outbreak of Alpha-gal on the Vineyard. If you like meat, you’re going to want to stay away from these little critters that one newspaper columnist called the "spawn of Satan." Here’s that story.

The Martha’s Vineyard Airport Commission meets at 2 pm Thursday. Remote access. Here is the agenda.

The Martha’s Vineyard Commission meets at 7 pm Thursday. Remote access. Here is the agenda.

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Quote of the Day
"After two years of COVID, people have said ‘the hell with it … off with the masks.'" –Sandra Lippens, owner of Tilton Rentals, on the turnaround in people’s attitudes this summer

Hot Topic Comment
Mark Acker responded to the family of Henry Bowman Backer speaking out. "All of us with family know that at any time any of our loved ones can be taken from us without any warning. You did nothing wrong. You left your child in the care of a high end club that could afford proper supervision, you had every right to feel your son was secure."

Hot Topic Letter
John Hough praised the ownership and stewardship of Dawn Braasch as she turns over the reins of Bunch of Grapes to Molly Coogan. "Dawn presided, in several cozy Main Street venues over the years, with tact, charm, and impeccable taste — from Ward Just to Elin Hilderbrand, to Dickens, Styron and Kent Haruf. She stocked the work of Vineyard writers, promoted and gave us precious shelf space. She staged countless readings by local writers at the BOG."
Today: You can join Andrew Patch, president of the MV Camp Meeting Association, as he reveals his research on early African American and Wampanoag residents of the Campground. History surprises us sometimes. Chilmark library, in person or virtual. 5 pm. –Connie Berry

Pulitzer Prizewinner
Geraldine Brooks talks about her latest novel, "Horse," which is based on an amazing true story.  Her talk is a fundraiser for the Vineyard Haven library, but it takes place at Tashmoo Springs Water Works. This book is on my winter reading list. 5 pm. –C.B.
Tomorrow: Billy Collins gives us a Poetry Reading at Featherstone, where he’s visited before. If you think you don’t like poetry, what you should do is Google "The Afterlife" by Collins and read it. This will change your mind completely. 6:30 pm. –C.B.

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

Wing it
"Free bird cages up to 36 inches, small and medium sized birds. 774-349-1621. Days."

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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 until 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?
We went into the wayback machine to find this unique IGI Harvest of the Month recipe for Chive Pesto. Have you ever heard of such a thing? We didn’t either but we’re going to try it in our MVT kitchen now. What are you waiting for?

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Wild and free
Islanders don’t need to walk too far through the woods or along the beach to find all sorts of wild edibles. As long as folks are responsible and conservative with the amount of wild food they collect, foraging is a healthy and sustainable way to become more connected with the environment and make some really great snacks and meals. From salty sea pickles to refreshing wintergreen, wild edibles are everywhere, as long as you know where to look. Read Lucas Thors’ story on foraging on Martha’s Vineyard here.
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