The news from Vinalhaven
Vinalhaven — It seems the summer heat waves have broken and now it is “fall-ish” as one islander put it. We’ve had a tad of rain, some foggy days and the mornings and evenings are cool. I can still hear the terns fishing out over Indian Creek and Carver’s Pond, but soon they’ll take off for the season just like the summer folks. There have been numerous picturesque moments during which my camera was not handy this week. For instance, this morning a great blue heron flew over my head as I crossed over the Lane’s Island Bridge at 6 a.m. and then it skimmed low over the sunrise-pink water of the harbor.
When I didn’t have my camera at a superb Vinalhaven Land Trust program for children this week, thankfully friends had theirs along. There were 12 kids for the Tide Pooling walk with Amy Palmer and due to the rain that morning we explored the sand and muck and all ages enjoyed catching crabs, worms, dog winkles, and other beach treasures. At the end the kids all counted their crab catching haul and they had amassed 88 crabs! Surely the crabs were glad when the moment came and they were released back into the water. It was an entertaining outing for everyone and the kids continued to chat about it as they bumped into each other around town throughout the week.
Those of us with town water are being patient as various days we are without water periodically as the town crew continues to work on drainage issues and new pipes. The work is currently being done on School Street and the crew predicts October to be the end point of this current project.
With school under way in many towns and just beginning here, things are quieter downtown, but school is hopping with soccer and rowing practices, games and meets. School picture day is Wednesday, Sept. 18 and Open House is Sept., 19 from 6-7 p.m. As the academic year gets rolling, the list of events and presentations at the school will surely increase.
The public library’s program by Richard Rubin, author of "The Last Doughboys: Forgotten Generation” drew quite a crowd this last week and the last talk of the season is Wednesday, Sept. 4. Speaking of last, the last Bean Supper at the Union Church is Thursday, Sept. 5, at 6 p.m., and then the Community Calendar is pretty much a blank slate.
What folks are talking about
Despite a few drippy evenings, folks are still talking about the need for rain after such a dry spell. The roadside blackberries along some of the dirt stretches are practically gray with dust. It’s been a bountiful year for blackberries and while blueberries are tapering off for the season, the blackberries will be going for quite a while. One New England tradition I’ve noticed since childhood is folks’ reluctance to reveal their berry picking locations. If asked where they found their berries a person will reply, “Oh, you know, around town…” So if you have your own good spot, don’t reveal it; revel in the quiet fun of berry gathering that folks have enjoyed for centuries.
School starting always seems to signify the start of fall, even though the official date is a few weeks away. So enjoy pre-fall — the picturesque days, the cool mornings and warm afternoons and of course the bountiful blackberries.
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