The news from Vinalhaven
The stiff fall winds here on the island have kept some lobsterman in on particularly gusty days lately, but that seems to set fine with some who can use the time for hunting activities. And speaking of forest critters, some folks have reported an increase of raccoons and squirrels and such trying to take up residence indoors instead of facing the chill of fall. As is the case this time of year, one day you’re wearing a hat and lots of layers, and the next it’s time for T-shirts and some loitering in the sun.
Mark your calendars for Voting Day on Nov. 6. Sure it’s a while off, but it’s still worth writing down in bold bright print. And also on that week you can save the date for the Island Institute’s Community Meeting that will be held at the town office on Friday, Nov. 9. The Institute tried for a similar meeting this summer, but with so many conflicts, hopefully Nov. 9 will work for more folks. The Institute would like to hear feedback from folks about island concerns and how the Institute can work with the island on future projects and support the community. More information will be available about this event as it gets closer.
This week the Vinalhaven High School hosted a group of 19 or so students and three professors from Bowdoin University who are in a teaching program and came to learn more about our school and community. The group was treated to a potluck dinner at the Gathering Place and an overnight at the Payne Homestead. The next morning they enjoyed a breakfast meeting to discuss standards-based curriculum with school administrators and teachers catered by the ARCafe. After tours of the school, hands-on work with high school students in their classes, and tours in town of the ARCafe and Linda Bean’s lobster buying station, the Bowdoin group boarded the ferry. Next week it’s their turn to host as Vinalhaven juniors visit the Bowdoin campus to observe classes, get a feel for college life, and stay overnight in the dormitories. This Island Schools Project will help students better understand college offerings and help potential teachers in Bowdoin’s program better understand their chosen profession.
Business around town
This last weekend some hard core volunteers were re-roofing at the galamander. The crew even worked in the pouring rain, completing the entire job in just one weekend. It’s no small job to keep the historic areas of the town looking good for all to enjoy.
Speaking of things to enjoy, make sure to plan for the Poor Farm Haunted House sponsored by PIE on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 27 and 28 and check the Wind for more details as the haunting season approaches.
What folks are talking about
At Davidson Realty the 3-D model of the Engine House as it is planned to look post-renovation is gathering comments and some traffic on the Engine House Facebook page. Marty Stein created the model and though it looks like it would have taken ages to complete, I hear his talent made it possible to complete in a day. Do go take a look next time you’re downtown.
The impressive Food Week posters are up and around town and people are taking notice. I’ve overheard more than a few conversations about the activities being offered. New additions to the Windfall Festival fun include tractor wagon rides, and a poultry competition which must be seen to be understood.
One of the Bowdoin group’s questions, which many of us have heard before from visitors, was “What do you do out here?” Obviously we have jobs, clubs, interests, families, homes and any number of things which dictate what we do, with the Food Week posters driving home the point that we have plenty going on. So do what we do when we answer that question for visitors. If you want the person to be impressed or return for a visit, tell them all that the island and its community have to offer. And if you want the person to go back home and not make Vinalhaven a regular destination, don’t. Either way, you can be glad that you know the truth. There’s plenty to do here.
If you have news to share that you’d like to see in this column, please drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message at 863-4134.