The news from Vinalhaven
This is always a conflicted time of year for me, and surely for others too, with the excitement of new routines and the reluctance to let go of summer activities. The last week of August isn’t truly summer nor is it really fall with our thoughts on both and our activities fluctuating between one and the other. The town dock with boats crowded around it in every direction surely reflects folks’ desire to enjoy the good weather of late August.
The town crew continues to work on drainage issues, water pipes and sidewalks. On a recent trip to Massachusetts I was entertained by seeing many a worse sidewalk in many a more prosperous town than ours. In other town news, the quarries have been water tested for swimming safety and the quarries are “well within safe limits,” according to the town. Just because the calendar is changing doesn’t mean it’s time to abandon the quarries. The swimming will be great for easily another month and often feels warmer than the ocean water right into October.
With the start of school just days away there are still jobs open (educational technicians, bus driver, adult education director, and librarian aide) and some new staff have been announced. The second-grade teacher this year will be Sarah Mason, and the new athletic director will be Kimi Radley. Carolyn Augusto will now be the elementary special education director. Varsity soccer schedules have been announced as has the Busline coed soccer schedule. Those schedules can be found on the school website, vinalhavenschool.org. We’re looking forward to a wonderful season with lots of home games, so come out and enjoy the fun.
Business around town
Main Street is still bustling but with less intensity than a few weeks ago and now the scales are tipping toward more locals than not. In talking to a number of shopkeepers this week, I’ve heard various takes on the change of seasons. “It’s tapering off now.” “It’s about time; I wouldn’t have wanted one more week of summer traffic.” “Another couple weeks of high business would have been nice.” “Now it’s time for the leaf peepers and fall day trippers.” And so the seasons go. With approximately eight eateries downtown of various types and at least that many other shops things are still hopping and will be for a while to come.
What folks are talking about
Folks are talking about the Community Calendar listing of upcoming events that had been in the local paper, the Wind, for ages, and was not printed this summer, but is now back by popular demand. Of course, now that summer has wound down, and most programs are done at the end of August, the Community Calendar listing gets incredibly short in comparison to the summer bounty. I think folks in the community should see that as a challenge to think up some interesting events to put on the calendar. Maybe we need some new and creative fall, winter and spring programs to keep things interesting and draw in the off-season crowds, or at least keep us year-rounders entertained. Give it some thought and see what you can come up with. Send information for events to email@example.com or call 863-9343. The listing is for Non-Profit/Not for Profit events and will be organized by Linda Lynch and Linda LaPointe.
Around town chestnut leaves are falling, apples are dropping and rolling down the streets, lawns have burned patches, rose hips are red and already sweet, and I saw orange pumpkins in one garden plot. School will start in a few days and the first home soccer game is Sept. 13 at 3:30 p.m. for the girls team and 5 p.m. for the boys team vs. Buckfield up on the school field. So even if part of you mourns the loss of summer like I do, it’s time to embrace the spirit of September.
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