The news from Vinalhaven

By Susan Raven | Dec 06, 2012
Photo by: Susan Raven Children sing carols at Vinalhaven's annual tree lighting.

December is here and so is the annual flurry of activity — decorating, celebrating, holiday programming, performances, and trying to find some quiet unscheduled time to enjoy the spirit of the holidays. So keep a lookout for posters on windows in town and on websites of the organizations that regularly bring programming to the community to help you pick what you want to attend. And read below for information on some upcoming activities, and a review of some that have happened recently.

Municipal news

There’s a special town meeting scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 6:30 p.m. to decide on a new harbor ordinance, discuss an opportunity to improve insulation in the Washington School basement, and the need for additional funding for the town’s insurance account. Also in town, assessors will be around during the next couple weeks reviewing and confirming building records. They will be concentrating on properties in the southern part of town during these visits.

In other town-related news, the data that was shared at the Oct. 25 meeting on the comprehensive plan survey is now available on the town website along with a PowerPoint presentation highlighting key results. It’s also not too late to join one of the focus groups that will be moving the comprehensive plan forward. Contact to join in.

School events

The school announced this week the long-term substitute job openings in the areas of high school science and K-12 French while those teachers are on maternity leave. Applications are due before Dec. 14 to the school at 22 Arcola Lane. In sports news, there are home basketball games coming up at the end of December and early January, so be sure to get a copy of the schedule at so you can come out and support our teams. Congratulations go out to another team — the Vinalhaven Rowing Team won first place in the Northeast Regional Youth Open Water Rowing Championships.

Business around town

Around town there are fewer folks stopping for sidewalk chats these days in the low temperatures, but there was a great turnout last weekend at the tree lighting celebration. High school and returning college students sang a few songs in the gazebo to start things off. They then helped younger students sing a few songs and the whole crowd counted down to the tree lighting with the light switch flipped by Tess Reidy. Cocoa was available and folks enjoyed chatting with friends in the festive glow of the multi-colored lights. As the holiday celebrations continue, mark your calendar for an opportunity to meet a local Santa at the fire station Saturday, Dec. 22 at 1 p.m.

What folks are talking about

One thing folks are talking about is holiday crafting ideas, and now there are a couple good opportunities to get out and craft with others in the community thanks to PIE’s upcoming Christmas Craft Collective. This is an opportunity to join local artists and craftspeople on the evenings of Tuesday, Dec. 11 and Thursday, Dec. 13 for crafts and refreshments at Five Elements Gallery and Island Home.

If you’re feeling more competitive about your creativity this year, you can enter into the competition for best Christmas light display in town. The judging will occur on Dec. 17 starting at 5 p.m. and you can sign up at The Paper Store, Trickerville, or The Island’s Closet by Dec. 16. The categories this year for light displays are traditional/nostalgic, just for kids, the true meaning of Christmas, short and sweet, and people’s choice. To nominate a display for people’s choice you can stop by the businesses mentioned above and cast your vote. You can also make donations towards the town’s lights displays. Good luck to all, and be sure to get out and enjoy viewing those lights and sharing the holiday spirit.

If you know of some holiday or other news that needs to be added to this column, or other news, please drop me a line at or leave a message at 863-4134.

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