The news from Vinalhaven

By Susan Raven | Jan 24, 2013
Photo by: Heather White Vinalhaven School's Boats and Buoys K-12 Art Show.

As the temperatures this week varied wildly producing melt water then slick roads, at moments it felt like March and at others we knew we stood firmly in mid-January. As I write, it is 9 degrees. The breeze and spray in my face on the Thoroughfare as I crossed this morning in a small skiff made it feel much colder than nine. Despite the chill, we’re keeping very busy, and good things abound around town.

School events

The Boats and Buoys K-12 Art Show’s Opening Reception was bustling with folks of all ages viewing works ranging from paper stuffed buoys, wood block prints, mosaic buoys, tiles of boat scenes, buoy symmetry cutouts, and more. The variety of sizes of works, media used, textures produced, and colors combined made it a delight for one and all. Thanks to Heather White, for her art direction, to the students for creating the art, and to Ms. White for photos of the event. It was nice to see more than 100 folks out on a chilly night for a high quality free event.

Business around town

The Maine Coast Heritage Trust has announced its 2013 Winter Series of snowshoe, tracking, and winter mushroom programs led by Kirk Gentalen. On Feb. 16 at 10:30 a.m. and March 9 at 10 a.m. are the trips meant to be snowshoe trips but will be walks if the snow doesn’t cooperate. Kirk warns that the walks will be strenuous and over uneven terrain so folks are to come prepared and should have water, snacks, and warm layers. Of course, don’t forget binoculars too, as Kirk can always find something worth scoping out. Contact him at to find out more.

What folks are talking about

I’ve heard a few folks chatting about the Movie Buff’s Matinees at the public library organized by Doug Hall who we fondly call Professor Hall as he was my husband’s German professor at the University of Maine at Orono a few years back. The matinees are free and everyone is welcome. Films are shown on Saturdays as advertised on the library’s window posters and start at 2 p.m. You can call the library at 863-4401 for more information.

Around town folks have also been chatting about the various lobstermen’s meetings that have been happening this week including one held at the school by the Department of Natural Resources. Though I haven’t heard the outcome of that meeting, it is likely better to ask your friendly lobsterman their take on the discussion. I do know that many of the school kids were thrilled to see various lobstermen walking through the halls and cafeteria on their way to the auditorium. It was like a celebrity parade with shouts and waves, bringing a little variety to the routine of the day.

Community organizations

A number of organizations around town have put out calls for assistance lately including the Vinalhaven Historical Society, which is looking for copies of old slides to add to their files. They can copy things at the museum and will work to make things convenient for folks. Do give them a call at 863-4410 if you can help. The ARCafe is looking for worker-member volunteers who would enjoy baking, cooking, or café-sitting, among other things. Contacting Rachel at 863-9973 can get you more information. The Vinalhaven Eldercare Services is looking for an eldercare administrator as Lynda Lynch prepares to retire from the position. This full-time position is based at the Ivan Calderwood Homestead and the application deadline is Feb. 15. To get the full job listing contact

It seems we have plenty going on right now here on Vinalhaven, and with a new presidential term under way, February on the horizon, and the various Asian New Year Celebrations coming up, I’m sure the rest of the world does too. If you can think of something that should be included in all these happenings and covered here, please drop me a line at or leave a message at 863-4134.

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