Vinalhaven news

By Claire Carter | Dec 19, 2013
Kids on the island can mail their letters to St. Nick at the Santa House next to the bank.

Winter Storm Electra hit Vinalhaven hard this past weekend, blanketing the island with several inches of snow and foiling many people’s plans on Sunday. All of the ferryboats to Vinalhaven were canceled, causing some travelers to extend their trips by either staying the night on the mainland, or taking the North Haven ferry and another boat across the Thoroughfare to get home.

The Community Chorus Christmas concert at the Union Church was also canceled due to the wintery weather and is rescheduled for Sunday, Dec. 22, at 7 p.m. Don’t expect “Jingle Bells” or “Frosty,” says performer Bill Chilles. The concert will feature many non-traditional Christmas songs and carols, and even some original arrangements by Charlie Brown, who will play the piano and organ.

Community Night is still on for this Saturday, Dec. 21. Stores downtown will be open evening hours for last-minute shoppers, and both The Haven and The Sand Bar will offer complementary buffets and Christmas cheer. The 12th annual Parade of Lights starts at 6 p.m., where vehicles, four-wheelers and other floats will roll through Main Street adorned with Christmas lights and decorations. Bring a food or pet food item (or two or three) to use as ballots to place on your favorite float. All items donated will go to the town’s food pantry.

Did you miss Flying Santa earlier this month? There are a couple more chances to meet with him before Christmas. He will make an appearance at the annual Lions Club Christmas party for kids in pre-K, kindergarten and first-grade after school Friday, Dec. 20. Santa will also be at the fire station on Dec. 21, at 1 p.m. for everyone to see. In case you miss the chance to tell him what’s on your list this year, you can drop off a letter at the Santa House next to Camden National Bank. Include your name and address on the envelope and he will send a reply.

Looking ahead to the end of the year, Main Street will be a little livelier than it has been in the past on New Year’s Eve. The Haven will be open for dinner on the 31st, and The Sand Bar will have an appetizer buffet and happy hour. Bar patrons who are able to stay up for the ball drop at midnight can also enjoy drink specials and a champagne toast (those 21 and over of course!).

The new year will bring a change to the Islands Community Medical Services. ICMS recently announced that Jen Desmond, the medical center’s Family Nurse Practitioner, will assume the position of ICMS clinical director starting Jan. 1, 2014. Jen will be responsible for “overseeing the patient experience and ensuring quality,” according to a press release. Said Executive Director Dinah Moyer: “Jen will continue to see patients, and her focus on putting the patient first is one we want the entire staff to emulate.”

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