The news from Vinalhaven
Folks are now being seen about town with fleeces and long sleeve shirts, something unheard of a few weeks ago. The temperatures in the early morning have been in the 50s some days, and gardens are looking much less colorful. Students going to Region 8 in Rockland have been sighted on their daily early morning commute, and college-bound freshmen these recent weeks have been leaving with cars piled high with essentials. These days the ferry lot tends to be relatively empty and there have been standbys every morning trying to get a space in the long lines going off-island.
There are a lot of meetings on the schedule for the town of Vinalhaven, including the Water District Trustees and Sewer Commissioners on Sept. 11 and the Planning Board on Sept. 12. Other than that, things are quiet on the town meetings front. The Town Crew is hard at work on their culvert project and the accompanying sidewalks. The sidewalks are beautiful and those of us who meet up on our walks in their vicinity always comment on how nice it looks and how they should be all over Vinalhaven. The projects are quite involved though, and we do very much appreciate any nice sidewalks the town can provide for us.
As promised we have more news about staffing changes at the Vinalhaven School for this fall. Cherrie Doughty who was teaching kindergarten in past years will be the literacy specialist this year filling in for Jean Thompson while she’s on a year leave of absence. Kayla (Conway) Hunsinger is enthusiastic about teaching kindergarten this year and putting all of her recent schooling to use with the incoming class of 12 students. Kayla attended the University of Maine at Farmington and has a B.S. in Early Childhood Education, and completed her student teaching in a multi-age classroom in Rockland. She had been working at the school here as an Ed. Tech and SCAMP director, prior to starting this new position. Kayla has extensive family roots here and we’re all glad to have her on board.
Also in a new position at the school, Jenn Genrich is now the theater manager working for the school and assisting with PIE events and community bookings in the auditorium. Jenn was an Ed. Tech last year and so knows the school and many of the students well. As a musician and past cast member in “Annie Get Your Gun,” her love of theater will surely serve her well in this new job.
And speaking of new jobs, if you need one, the bus driver position is still up for grabs, and the school is also looking for a full-time custodian. If sports are more of your interest the middle school is searching for a soccer coach for the upcoming season. In the current economy and job climate, surely someone will contact the school about these opportunities.
Business around town
In The Wind this week there are 26 properties (houses and/or land) up for sale. So if you’re a late summer visitor wanting to help the local economy and have a great memento from your visit, one that will keep you coming back, do look into the wonderful real estate Vinalhaven has to offer. When you’re downtown viewing the properties for sale on the various realtors’ buildings, you could check out the gallery. New Era Gallery is launching into September with its new show titled “Prints, Drawings and Photographs.” Speaking of being downtown, a little sign of small-town quaintness was to be had on the step outside Go Fish recently. As in past years, there was a basket with produce and a sign above it saying it was organic produce from the Boyden Farm. “Donations welcome” the sign announced, so we helped ourselves to some cucumbers, put some money in the cup provided, and happily crunched and walked our way back home.
What folks are talking about
A source of entertainment to some, the community calendar listing, which at one point in early summer took most of three columns in The Wind, is now much shorter than the key that describes it. In fact, as you’re reading this column today, there is absolutely nothing on the community calendar. Things will appear as organizations schedule fall and winter events, but the rapid fall-off of programming always garners a few comments around town. The Land Trust is still holding its bird walks on Wednesday mornings though, so you now have no excuse to miss the 8 a.m. meet-up at Skoog Park, unless you’re a late sleeper.
I’ve also chatted with a few folks about the new memorial bench for Amby and Marge Peterson that has been placed below their house and lawn. Directly across from the Ferry Terminal, and with a nice granite bench made by Wes Reed, it would be a worthwhile place to sit and enjoy the view and the comings and goings at the terminal. The part most worth talking about at the memorial is the interesting granite sculpture, which appears to be the legs of a girl sitting against a pedestal. The area it was found in was a Bodwell Granite area and Amby had the sculpture in his garden for years. Likely cut for some grand building edifice or church, we really have no idea what the completed sculpture looked like or where it was bound for. This piece, like many others found around the island, was likely discarded due to some small flaw. How interesting that someday, somewhere, one of us may be traveling and look up at some famous building and see those granite legs and finally solve the mystery. Please do contact the VH Historical Society in that event.
In closing, I thought it might be fun to follow in the footsteps of other publications and offer a photograph for people to ponder the location of. If you recognize this Where in Vinalhaven? photo of a grill with a view, you can be proud of how well you know random landmarks in town. If not, I’ll let you know next week just where it is, so you can go by and see it yourself. Feel free to send me a photo you’d like featured in Where in Vinalhaven?, so folks can enjoy learning more, or feeling smug, about their corner of the world. So until next week, enjoy the cool, the calm, the views, and the start of September.
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