The news from Vinalhaven
Despite a few rocky ferry crossings over the weekend and some chilly mornings, we’ve had some gorgeous weather lately with warm sun, sparkling water and blue skies. Sailboats are being pulled out and stored making Hopkins Boat Yard a busy place. Pumpkins and cornstalks have been set out for decorations in various places and scarecrow sightings have been reported. Snakes and people alike have been out sunning themselves trying to soak up the last warmth of the season now that it’s officially fall and the warm weather is limited. The wild red poppies by the Fishermen’s Friend are trying to enjoy the season too, and their brightness is appreciated against the gray granite of the roadside.
It seems construction is going on all over town with huge holes in the road next to the Legion Hall, new tar at the end of the path by the Moses Webster House, and Water District work soon to begin along Indian Creek Road. The vacuum sweeper truck has been out this week too spiffing things up so we can have a small reprieve from road sand before winter storms start the cycle again.
School students, teachers and volunteers also helped spiff things up this week by participating in the annual Coastal Clean-up event. All grade levels were involved and students worked in mixed grade groups to collect and tally trash. Yvonne Thomas who organizes the event told me that during the day the groups cleaned up six different beaches or waterfront areas and also did some roadside clean up since much of the roadside trash ends up in the water eventually. She would like to extend thanks to all the students, staff, and volunteers of the school and community that participated.
The Campaign for Tip Toe Mountain by the Vinalhaven Land Trust has been an ongoing project aimed at preserving property at Tip Toe on behalf of the people of Vinalhaven. This way folks can continue to climb and enjoy the area and not have it be developed privately. Though the purchase is imminent it is only due to the VLT borrowing funds from another account, and there are still thousands of dollars that need to be raised to repay that in addition to the funds needed to care for the property after purchase. VLT has a generous donor that has offered to match dollar for dollar the next $10,000 in outright gifts towards the acquisition, so now is a great time to donate to this cause and make your donation really count. Donations can be made to VLT, PO Box 268, Vinalhaven, ME 04863 or in person at the office in Skoog Park on Sands Road. Donation envelopes are also available in the VLT kiosk in Skoog Park. If you haven’t been up to Tip Toe Mountain to enjoy the view before, or haven’t done it lately, do try to get around to it. While you’re there take a moment to appreciate the wonder of such an area being accessible to us all.
This week I’ve noticed crews and individuals cutting back flower gardens for the season, gathering apples and harvesting fall crops. Around town there have also been a lot of porch and roofing projects and some major tree cutting up by the school entrance. All along the North Haven Road this week the electric trucks have been busy as well. The early fall weather lends itself to all sorts of preparation tasks. I’ve noticed too that people stop by to chat at such times giving folks a welcome break from their labors and a few minutes to catch up on gossip and share project tips. Hopefully you too are able to enjoy the peacefulness, productivity, and camaraderie of early autumn.
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