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Net working
There was a great event Saturday sponsored by Great Pond Foundation and Friends of Sengekontacket that provided a bit of science with a bit of fun for families at Little Bridge. Using a seine, interns gathered up living creatures from the water, put them in buckets, and gave everyone a chance to see what is swimming out there in the waters of Martha’s Vineyard. Intern Natalie Aymond was out there and has this story.
COVID update
With a new variant spreading quicker than in the past, the Island boards of health have issued a new set of warnings about COVID-19. The Vineyard remains at high-risk for spread under the CDC guidelines. Anyone with symptoms is encouraged to test and report those findings. Editor George Brennan has this update.

The great reveal
We can almost taste the fried dough. Every year we look forward to the unveiling of the poster for the Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Fair. This year’s poster was created by artist Saundra LaBell, who says she was inspired by her many visits to the Ag Fair throughout the years. LaBell’s design was selected from among 31 entries this year. Reporter Abigail Rosen has this story.
The Steamship Authority board meets at 9:30 am Tuesday. Remote access. Here is the agenda.

The Chilmark select board meets at 5 pm Tuesday. Remote access. Here is the agenda.

The Aquinnah select board meets at 5 pm Tuesday at town hall. Here is the agenda.

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Quote of the Day
"But also wanted to email you because of the high concentrations of lead and copper in the water main sample and not sure if you were expecting levels that high."
–A lab director in an email to Vineyard Montessori head of school Debbie Jernigan about elevated levels of lead in a water sample taken from a water main leading to the school

Hot Topic Comment
Barbara Leonard commented on a woman who admitted sufficient facts for failing to report her gun was stolen. "I believe that when you register for a gun license you sign stating that you are capable of being responsible."

Hot Topic Letter
Eric Adams, Robert Reardon, and Dana Nunes wrote about the kindness of Vineyarders that allowed six teens from Philadelphia to spend some time on the Island. "In addition to the financial donors, whose generosity has already been personally acknowledged, we wish to thank Polly Brown, first and foremost, who graciously welcomed them to her home for the week. The trip would not have been possible without her kindness."
Today: Musical Mondays are back at Featherstone, this time with Grateful Dread. Remember the first days are the hardest days. 6:30 pm. –Connie Berry

Step right up and enter the first annual
M.V. Islandwide Garden Competition. There are lots of categories and you don’t have to be a pro to win this rodeo. Anytime. –C.B.
Tomorrow: Try out this (Im)Provisions Brain Food and Fun gathering at the Edgartown library. For ages 8 to 16 who want to work on storytelling and improv. Create on the fly. Sounds like fun. 3 pm. –C.B.

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

Either oar
"Wooden row boat oars 6-foot Feather Brand oars made by Caviness Woodworking. Never used, excellent condition. $50 for the pair. Call 508-645-3569."

Click here for more finds in our Classifieds section.
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 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 from May 19th – October 22nd, 2022. 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.
We are now serving breakfast daily from 8 am to 10:30 am, lunch daily from 11:30 am to 5 pm and dinner Tuesday through Sunday from 5 pm to 9pm. Call 508/693/3560 for reservations or visit

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Staying in?

How about a glazed dessert with vanilla, almond, and orange flavors to pair with fresh summer berries? Then try the southern cake-in-disguise recipe for Poppy Seed Bread, shared by Connie Berry. The ingredients for this sweet loaf can be quickly prepared in one bowl. That's our kind of recipe in the Times kitchen.

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Who was the Katama Wildcat?
Edgartonian Henry Packish Benefit went by many monikers during his time as a professional prizefighter following World War I. First he was "Al Mello," then he was "Henry P. Benefit, the Martha’s Vineyard Fisherman," and finally "the Katama Wildcat." Benefit went on to become a local legend after returning to a quieter life in Edgartown once his boxing career slowed, and eventually relocating his family to Ohio. Read Chris Baer’s ever-fascinating This Was Then column on Benefit and the impact he had on the Island.
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