The news from Vinalhaven
Canada Geese flying overhead and feeding nearby on Indian Creek has provided us with a cozy soundtrack of honking this week. It’s been wonderful to watch them flying low over the porch and the house and being able to hear the wind in their wings as their v’s cross over to Carver’s Pond, and back to the grassy back lawns of the creek along School Street. One late afternoon there were as many as 200 of them foraging in the fading light. Though we’ve had frosty mornings and some chilly winds, it’s been dazzlingly bright some days this week, and folks aren’t minding that shoveling season hasn’t begun yet.
Teachers and family members alike are proud of MaKenzie Young who is an eighth-grade alto saxophonist and the first musician from Vinalhaven to make the Maine District 3 Music Honors Festival for three consecutive years. This is no small thing as students have to memorize scales, prepare a piece of music and sight read a piece all in front of a judge who is marking the student’s presentation in a number of categories. In case a sports analogy helps, it’s like making a regional All-Star Team but only having one audition to prove your stuff instead of a whole season of games. Thanks go to Michelle Wiley-Arey for this information and her work with the music program, and congratulations to MaKenzie.
Business around town
Things around town are feeling festive and productive as the holiday decorations are now out in full, seasonal sales are posted all over, and the old fire house is in the throes of construction. I saw many folks stop their hustle and bustle this week to watch as cherry pickers surrounded the building, as more of the firehouse’s exterior came down, and as the roof was covered in a flapping blue tarp.
What folks are talking about
Rod and gun club member Oscar Falconer reported to me the record set by Mark McCarthy who achieved a 25 out of 25 during a skeet shoot in the cold and wind of Dec. 6. There are a handful of devoted skeet shooters who try to gather every week out on Round the Island Road to enjoy their sport.
The upcoming Community Night celebration on Dec. 22 is the talk of the town. That night and a couple others warrant a listing of the times and locations of the festivities. Dec. 20 brings us a holiday story time at the school library for students in grades Pre-kindergarten through fourth and their parents at 6:30 p.m. Then on Dec. 22 at 1 p.m. Santa will be at the fire station, the craft fair at the Harbor Gawker is from 4 to 8 p.m., and The Sand Bar Community Night gathering is at 5 p.m. and open to all. At 6 p.m. the Parade of Lights will be on Main Street, the 19th Annual Community Night party at the Haven from 6 to 8 p.m. will be open to all and the ARCafe will be open with a cookie decorating activity for kids. If this year is like one’s past, other storefronts downtown will be open and providing warmth and holiday cheer as well. On Dec. 26 from 2 to 6 p.m. is a Christmas Open House at the Cases’ where everyone is invited and at 5 p.m. the Christmas Eve Service will be held at the Union Church.
ou need not look hard to find ways to help out this season, as I’ve been mentioning different organizations each week lately. So here’s one more opportunity. You can help donate food items to the community food and pet pantries and cast votes for the best float in the parade at the same time. At the parade on the 22nd you can drop food items in the container representing your favorite float and the float with the most items will be the winner. And you’ll be a winner too for helping.
Happy holidays to you and yours this season!
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