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Here’s what’s happening on Martha’s Vineyard today.
J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" — also called "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" in America — was first published in London today in 1997. That’s 26 years ago. If your friend sent you this, sign up for yourself here.
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Hospital cancer center
Martha’s Vineyard Hospital recently celebrated the 10th anniversary of its MGH Cancer Center. However, it wasn’t just a showing of how services and staffing levels improved at the center over time. Speakers highlighted how a community was built among staff members and patients to provide on-Island care for people. Read more here.
Bus rentals
Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School is deciding to rent out buses for the summer season, partly because there are few alternatives and also because there’s a shortage of bus drivers. Giving the drivers work over the summer could keep them around for the school year. But some committee members are hesitant to be in the business of renting out school buses. Read more here.

New VCS director
Brendan O’Neill, executive director of the Vineyard Conservation Society (VCS), is retiring after almost 40 years. He will be succeeded by Samantha Look, who is currently the society’s director of advocacy and education. VCS primarily works on land and biodiversity protection, as well as education. Look plans to continue O’Neill’s legacy by trying to conserve land amid development pressures. Read more here.

The Oak Bluffs select board meets at Town Hall at 4:30 pm Tuesday. Remote access is available. Here is the

The Tisbury board of health meets at 4 pm Tuesday. Remote access is available. Here is the agenda.

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Quote of the Day
"When you live on an island there’s limited resources, and these are the kinds of asks we’re going to continue to get. We are part of a community and a community that supports us, and long term we start going down a path if we start saying no to everybody."
— Vineyard schools superintendent Richie Smith on
a prospective new bus leasing policy.

Hot Topic Comment
"I commend the IHT and Jordi’s leadership toward providing and finding ways to provide affordable housing on the Vineyard. Whether it is for working families in general, the Schools, whoever, it is imperative that the island community begins to realize we have a housing crisis for all island needs. Young, old, disabled, working or retired and to support our needs we need island housing that is affordable."
— James Klingensmith comments on Island school officials exploring year-round affordable housing for staff.

Hot Topic Letter
Jack Fruchtman writes an essay on how a recent Supreme Court ruling concerning Native American sovereign rights will impact the Island’s Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head: "The decision reflects the long-held principle that agencies and judges should always determine ‘the best interest of the child’ in placements outside a biological family… Passed by Congress in 1978, the ICWA was designed to block a historic practice that permitted state officials to remove native children from their families and place them with white parents."
Today: Bingo with your buddies at the American Legion Hall in Vineyard Haven. It may not seem like much, but I get a kick out of yelling Bingo! It takes all kinds. 6 pm. –Connie Berry

Try an evening Online Summer Meditation Series to unwind from the day and get yourself ready for dreamland. No experience needed to check it out. 7 pm. –C.B.
Tomorrow: The Oak Bluffs library gives us a series of free workshops that help us deal with health issues like pain, fatigue, chronic illness, arthritis, diabetes and more. Open to individuals, caregivers, and family members. Time well spent. 10:15 am. –C.B.

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

Aye aye, Captain!
"23 ft Mako Cabin Cruiser 225 HP FREE. Hull perfect Motor needs tuning. Need space in Driveway. First come first serve! 781-249-0954."

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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 at 5:30 pm Monday through Saturday, and brunch 11 am to 3 pm on Sundays. Live music on Thursdays.

The Dunes Open for the season! Dine with an ocean view. 31 Dunes Road, Edgartown.

Click here for more details and specials

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Staying in?
Pick up creative ideas for summer salads and dressings from local cookbook authors Catherine Walthers and Tina Miller, including Quinoa Salad, Potato Salad, Lemon Basil Marinade, and Peach and Kale Salad. These cool dishes are a refreshing change from the classic fare of mayonnaise over macaroni.

Do you have a recipe for a main meal, side dish, snack, dessert, or beverage? We would love to share it with the community. Email it to, and include a brief backstory and a photo of your final creation.

Click here to browse more recipes from the Island community.

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Molly Densmore and Abigail Solomon
Visiting Vet: Late-onset dirt eating
Doggone it! It may be normal for pups to munch on toys or shoes, but have you ever met a dog with a hankering for dirt? Meet Pal, a seasoned 12-year-old pooch who interpreted the adage "down-to earth" a bit too literally. Infused with plenty of nutrients and umami flavors, Pal has declared dirt as the new doggie delicacy. Learn more about Pal’s newfound fondness for geophagy here.

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