Although there haven’t been many good days to haul lately, there is a lot of talk on the island regarding the lobster industry.
The Vinalhaven Fishermen’s Co-Op held its annual meeting Jan. 22 and bonus checks were distributed last week, providing a boost for many co-op members in the middle of a long winter. Some local fishermen attended the Massachusetts Lobstermen’s Association’s Annual Trade Show the weekend of Jan. 24 in Falmouth, Mass., which featured seminars, supply vendors, entertainment and more — a preview of the Maine Fishermen’s Forum in February.
There is currently a casting call for a proposed reality TV show about Maine lobstermen. Al Roker Entertainment, a New York-based production company, has been searching for “tough, active lobstermen with big personalities, a strong look and attitude, and a passion for the industry” since December, but a recent Bangor Daily News article has some local lobstermen and their families wondering if they could become bigger reality stars than Honey Boo Boo. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you think so!
Basketball is also a hot topic of conversation on the island. The 7th and 8th grade girls basketball team are champions after winning their Busline League tournament Jan. 25. Finishing the regular season in first place, the Vikings defeated No. 3 Woolwich 51 to 28 in the league’s small schools division championship game, held at Lincolnville Central School. The Vikings fell to Woolwich during last year’s title game, losing 48-28. This time around, solid foul shooting was key, with the Vikings sinking 23 of 32 free throws (72 percent).
The girls won their quarterfinal game against Jefferson at home Thursday, as well as their semifinal versus Lincolnville Friday. The middle-schoolers went undefeated this season, finishing 13-0. The 7th and 8th grade boys team also finished their regular season as the top seed but were upset by No. 4 Nobleboro during their semifinal Friday, ending their season one game short of the championship.
The high school basketball teams wracked up some more wins on the road last weekend, with both squads sweeping Highview Christian Academy. The Lady Vikings won 78 to 17 on Friday and 81 to 32 on Saturday. The boys secured their second and third wins of the season, beating the Knights 74 to 21 Friday night and 72 to 28 Saturday morning. Vinalhaven will finish their regular seasons when they travel to Greenville this weekend.
In town news, a public hearing regarding the town’s proposed comprehensive plan was held Jan. 21. About 20 people attended, including some of the town’s selectmen. The planning commission presented a draft of the plan, which takes all aspects of the island into consideration and makes recommendations to prevent uncontrolled growth and protect natural resources.
After a general overview of the plan and its purpose, questions and comments were welcomed from the public. There was no opposition to the plan itself. Some facts and dates will be updated and general edits will be made before a public vote, which will be held during a special town meeting Tuesday, Feb. 4, at 6:30 p.m. The regularly scheduled Board of Selectmen’s meeting will follow, and all are invited and encouraged to attend.
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