The news from Vinalhaven
The fickle weather of fall is upon us as we swing from chilly winds to hot stillness; making it anyone’s guess what types of weather we will have racked up by the end of the day. The morning peanut gallery at the post office always has a comment on the weather, making our post office one of the most interesting around since the jovial group sitting in the lobby will also comment on anything else happening in town.
I’m sure many folks noticed the street sweeper out this week, and I hope the operator enjoyed having an audience as my daughter and I studied every step of how street drains get emptied of their sand and debris. Ah, if only all of us were as enthralled with such activities as 2-year-olds are. This task which helps our drainage during rainstorms and upcoming snow melt is surely one of many completed by the town that are under-appreciated.
An exciting soccer game was played Monday with cheering heard as far away as the Flea Market Field. The boys lost and the girls won, but both teams working hard to play well and keep up on schoolwork despite games and long travel cutting into school time. In other sports, the high school rowing team will host its annual Carver’s Harbor Invitational, where the gigs race out in the mouth of the harbor from about 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. In great weather, it’s fun to watch the races from the rocks at Grimes Park, so if you get a chance, bring a picnic and cheer on the rowers.
Business around town
The Union Church has confirmed Rev. Bruce Meyer to be the new part-time settled pastor. Bruce and his wife Martha live in Thomaston. Rev. Meyer is an ordained Lutheran minister who has studied in Ohio and Scotland, and has served churches in New Hampshire and Maryland and in Maine as well. No matter what your religious beliefs, it would be nice to welcome him to the community when you see him around.
Information is now out about immunizations, which is only connected to the above topic in that for some folks, shots involve a bit of prayer. The flu clinic will be at the Medical Center Tuesday, Oct. 9 from 5 to 10 a.m. and Thursday, Oct. 11 from 1 to 7 p.m. What a wonderful establishment we have that works so hard to meet folks’ needs that they’re willing to give shots at five in the morning. You’re not likely to find that at a chain pharmacy.
What folks are talking about
Folks are starting to talk about Food Week here on Vinalhaven. This is a week-long celebration centered on National Food Day and culminating in the return of the Windfall Festival. On National Food Day, Oct. 24, there will be a free community dinner at the school cafeteria with locally-sourced food prepared by students, faculty and volunteers. Vinalhaven is also lucky to have been selected to be on the Maine film tour of Betting the Farm. This movie about the plight of a group of Maine dairy farmers will resonate with any small farmer, fisherman or others who depend on selling their fresh product to a larger buyer. Check out bettingthefarmfilm.com for the trailer and more information. Be on the lookout around town for information about other events that week, and in the weeks building up to Food Week.
And so, if you thought that island life would slow down once summer was over, and that things would be less interesting, it’s worth reassessing those thoughts. When it’s sunny and warm in the afternoon and there’s some organizational meeting to go to, committee work to be done, or program promotion work to sort out, I’m sure some of us here wouldn’t mind if things were a little slower! That said it’s a blessing to be in a community so invested in improving each others quality of life.
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