The news from Vinalhaven

By Susan Raven | Jan 31, 2013
Photo by: Susan Raven This bike's not riding this winter, but some are.

High winds and low temperatures in the single digits have combined to make some bone chilling days, but it hasn’t kept us hearty Maine folks inside. I’ve seen a surprising amount of folks out walking and taking advantage of the ice on the Ball Field to skate and play hockey. I’ve even seen a few hearty souls out biking which makes one really appreciate a warm wood stove with a full teakettle atop it. The oil company trucks are keeping busy crisscrossing town and a couple of our helpful town crew workers were up at the thoroughfare chipping ice off the float with crowbars at 8 degrees in a strong wind. The sun though, has been shining brightly and reminds us that in February things will begin to thaw and tapping season is on its way.

Municipal news

The town of Vinalhaven is advertising both the positions of animal control officer and harbormaster. If either of these positions piques your interest, more information can be found by visiting the town office or contacting Marjorie Stratton at 863-2042 or

School events

Everyone is invited on Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 5:30 p.m. for a dinner provided by the Middle School Health Class and a conversation at the Vinalhaven School. Those working at the school have had recent conversations about the direction of the school in coming years, and now it’s time for the community to contribute. “Join the conversation focused on helping us to better understand your thoughts about what kind of school you want the Vinalhaven School to become.” says the invitation. At times folks gripe about not liking how things are done, but then admit they didn’t attend the meetings where opinions were called for, so this would be an opportune time for people to come and be part of the decision making process. Not to mention, it’s bound to be a great dinner, it’s free, and you don’t have to wash the dishes.

Happenings around town

Partners in Island Education or PIE is offering some winter art workshops including a Clay Studio for adults held at the end of January and into early February and a Fimo Bead class for students in fourth-to-eighth grades, held the end of February and into early March. Both classes are led by Heather White and charge a small amount to cover materials. To find out more or to register, contact As far as other happenings around town, there seem to be a lot of irons in the fire for February, but dates of events seem unsolidified as of yet. It should be a month full of options to get us all through to March.

What folks are talking about

Here, as well as in many towns, folks are talking about the flu. According to Dr. Sears of the Maine Centers for Disease Control, this is the “worst flu season we have seen in a decade.” There are posters up around town alerting people about the importance of everyone getting flu shots and that it’s not too late to do so. ICMS asks people to call 863-4341 to arrange a time to get a flu shot. Take a moment to read the posters in town and see if you can gather any new information, and if you’re feeling sick, stay home, have a friend read the poster for you! In addition to the flu information, Dinah Moyer also wrote to let me know that some island folks may have gotten letters about MaineCare coverage and as the governor is working on limiting coverage, some folks may be affected. ICMS can help with sliding fee applications and assisting with the costs of some medications.

This week my daughters and I enjoyed sledding in the single-digit temperatures. We were highly bundled and only stayed out for a few minutes of course. The fresh air is nice, and the scenery has been even better. We noticed the beauty of the crystalline snow blowing in sparkling waves over the icy ball field as we ran. We saw the sheets of snow broken over the tops of the rocks in the inlets and my daughter Addy dubbed the oval ice patches in North Haven harbor, lily pad ice. So if you have the layers and the willingness get out there and enjoy the beauty.

If you have news to share that you’d like to see in this column, please drop me a line at or leave a message at 863-4134.

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