The news from Vinalhaven

By Susan Raven | Nov 15, 2012
Photo by: Susan Raven Pajama story time for kindergarteners at Vinalhaven school library.

This week we’ve seen lots of traps coming out of the water and driven through town. It is fun to watch those improbably high stacks and think of the fun that could be had with them in the off-season. They could make great mazes and towers, and maybe instead of snow sculpting competitions, folks could see what they could sculpt with unused traps. That said, most people seem too busy right now for such frivolous things.

Municipal news

The town office was hopping on voting day last week when I stopped in about noon and in all 723 voters turned out and 519 cast votes for the incumbents Obama and Biden. There were even 25 new voters including a few who just turned 18, which is encouraging to see in such a small place.

What folks are talking about

Things were also bustling this week at the town garage as the sand trucks were loaded earlier in the season than many folks could remember, causing a lot of talk and speculation about the coming storm. The forecast of sleet and snow motivated many folks to do last minute garden work and locate snow shovels. With the wind and sleet, ferry boats were canceled for much of the day stranding people on both sides of the water. Though it seems adults don’t enjoy the wonders of snow, it was great to watch the delight on kids’ faces as they stomped in the slush while waiting for the bus. No doubt kids will be talking about it for days.

School events

Speaking of things to talk about, students were completely taken with Chris Van Dusen’s visit, are in love with their personal copies of his new book, and have been heard reciting various lines from the story all over town. Kids I asked described his presentation as “inspiring”, “really cool”, and “something we should do every day.” Thanks to Island Readers and Writers for making this possible. If you’re inspired too, you can check out the IRW website to find out more and support their literacy projects.

In other reading news, the Pajama Story Time for kindergarteners was a success with seven students, various parents and siblings, two guest readers, and Sue Dempster hosting the event in the school library and providing a bedtime snack and coloring activity. On the other end of the age spectrum, now that it’s second quarter, basketball is getting started for high school students and surely that sports schedule will be out soon.

As promised in a past column, I found out more information about our newly hired Special Education Director Dorothy Marecaux. With more than 30 years of experience, most recently working as director in Biddeford, Vinalhaven teachers are glad to have her on board. Marecaux lives in Ashland with her husband and will be working at the school here Thursdays and Fridays every other week.

Business around town

The Union Church basement has been a busy place as well this week with a Fuel Fund Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser early in the week that drew a good crowd and had an amazing array of desserts. The Meals on Wheels program on Nov. 7 was busy with cooks and drivers, and Sue Martin facilitating. There are five drivers that deliver meals on different routes around town — this week to 37 people, but the number has reached up to 50 at times. A four-week rotation of cooks (community members volunteering their time) keep busy in the kitchen, and Sue keeps busy on Wednesdays and at other times as well since the whole nonprofit is financed through donations. Contributions can be sent to Vinalhaven Eldercare Services, c/o Meals on Wheels, PO Box 624, Vinalhaven, ME 04863. If you have questions about Meals on Wheels you can contact Sue Martin at 863-4817.

This is just one of the organizations working hard to improve the quality of life here, so thanks to all of those involved. In the hustle and bustle of town, the preparations for Thanksgiving, and sales for Christmas you’re sure to keep busy and help out too. If you have news to share or have a helping organization that you’d like highlighted during the next few weeks, please drop me a line at or leave a message at 863-4134.

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