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No spin, Rotary is in
The Rotary Club of Martha’s Vineyard may be part of an international organization, but it’s still a small, congenial community group where you can make new friends and make a difference. Colleen Garrett speaks about her experience volunteering for Rotary and the many rewards it brings. Editor George Brennan has this story.
Conventional wisdom
The Martha’s Vineyard Neighborhood Convention is an interfaith organization that has a rich Island history. It began in 1894 to foster fellowship and service among Vineyarders. The organization is still going strong, in part, due to volunteers like Sofia Anthony who serves as the group’s secretary. Reporter Eunki Seonwoo interviewed Anthony about her service to the community through the Neighborhood Convention. Here’s his story.

Not too Ritz-y
You likely know Larkin Stallings as the owner of The Ritz, but that’s only a small part of the role Stallings plays on the Island. He also heads up the Oak Bluffs Association, a business group that plans a lot of community events involving the business community, and he’s on the board of Martha’s Vineyard Community Services. His parents instilled in him the importance of giving back to your community, so it comes as no surprise that he jumped in to help when migrants were brought to the Island without warning. Editor Connie Berry has this story.
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Quote of the Day
"This is a long-sought victory for reproductive rights and abortion access on Martha’s Vineyard, Cape Cod, and Nantucket. These funds will bring medical abortion to Martha’s Vineyard, Hyannis, and Nantucket by mid-2023 … These services have been unavailable on Cape Cod since 2008, and medical abortion has never been available on Martha’s Vineyard, forcing many to travel to off-Cape clinics over 90 miles away. I’m particularly grateful to Health Imperatives for their partnership to bring reproductive health services to Islanders and Cape Codders."
–State Sen. Julian Cyr, D-Truro, on a grant given to Health Imperatives of Vineyard Haven

Hot Topic Comment
Don Keller had a comment on the abortion funding. "It’s about time."

Hot Topic Letter
Janet Hefler wrote about the quick work of utility workers during the recent storm. "They are all heroes to us. We are so grateful for their professionalism and dedication. We can’t thank them enough for working in such horrendous, dangerous conditions, in the first hours of Christmas Eve day, to help us and other families on Martha’s Vineyard. Our holiday celebration could have had a very different outcome."
Tonight: You don’t have many more chances to catch the Gatchell Holiday Lights. We’re talking 20,000 lights in the display. Bring a nonperishable food item or a donation for the Island Food Pantry. After dark. –Connie Berry

The Film Center offers Exhibition on Screen: Hopper — An American Love Story featuring works by artist Edward Hopper. Think of him as the diner painter, then you’ll know immediately who he is. 7:30 pm. –C.B.
Tomorrow: Have a New Year’s Rockin’ Eve Eve with a Children’s Pinkletinks Concert at the West Tisbury library. It also gives you the opportunity to catch some library staff doing a little dancing while they work. 3 pm. –C.B.

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Staying in?
Sometimes our readers share some really great recipes with us (hint, hint) and Pat Alley did just that with this recipe for Sausage-Tortellini Soup. Her family loves it and yours will too. If you have a well-loved recipe, send it to us at

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This Was Then
Although plenty of sailors went missing during the 1800s in and around Vineyard waters, the most common thing to go missing back then was cargo. This Was Then columnist Chris Baer writes in his most recent piece that a large shipment of coal was a bit short on the scales when it was delivered in Holmes Hole in 1871 by Capt. Mariner Cook. Was it the crew or the captain pocketing the goods?

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