Vinalhaven news

By Claire Carter | Feb 08, 2014

The Patriots may not have made it to the big game, but many New England fans still found enjoyment watching the Seattle Seahawks dominate the Denver Broncos 43-8 on Super Bowl Sunday. Patrons at The Sand Bar happily cheered against Peyton Manning as if Tom Brady just threw the game-winning touchdown. After the first play of the game, when Manning missed the toss and the Seahawks scored a safety within the first 12 seconds, one Pats fan noted, “It’s a bad snap if the ball got past that forehead!”

The bar also hosted its 8th Annual Super Bowl Chili Cook-Off that night, and although there weren’t as many chili chefs as usual, the crowd enjoyed sampling the anonymous entries and voting for their favorite. There were recipes with secret ingredients like moose meat and clams, but a white chicken chili came in first place.

There was more to commemorate last week than Peyton’s choke: Two island couples celebrated a combined 124 years of marriage on Jan. 29. Herb and Marge Conway marked their 67th anniversary, while Herb’s brother Clarence Conway and his wife Muriel reached their 57th — an impressive feat in this day and age. Platinum and diamond are just around the corner!

A WABI TV5 news van was spotted in town Jan. 30, sparking many people’s curiosity. The crew first visited Vinalhaven in November for a segment called “Living Off Maine's Coast.” This time they were working on a story about island life during the winter and made stops at the school, along Main Street and other places around town to conduct interviews. The segment, entitled “Winter Living Off of Maine's Coast: Vinalhaven” aired on Channel 5 on Monday and reported on the island's emergency services, the electric co-op and the town's road crew. You can watch the segment online at>. Coincidentally, last week the Maine Public Broadcasting Network reran “Island Winter,” a 50-minute documentary from 1998 about Vinalhaven during the snowy season. If you are wondering what an island winter is like, a rough ride on the ferryboat will set you straight!

This week concluded the regular season for the Vinalhaven Vikings, who played their last two games in Greenville on Friday and Saturday. The boys dropped both matches while the girls split the weekend, winning 49 to 38 on Friday night and losing 43 to 42 in a nail-biter on Saturday. The court turned into a battlefield that morning, with senior Ashley Hamilton being sent to the emergency room after the game to receive seven stitches along her eyebrow. The boys end the season with a 3-15 record, while the girls stand at 11-7. Preliminarily games for the tournament start next week and the regional championship rounds in Augusta will be played during winter break from Feb. 14 to 22.

The end of basketball season means the beginning of adult volleyball at the school. With less middle and high school practices in the schedule, the gym will open up for co-ed play on Tuesdays and Thursdays around 6 p.m. Men’s and women’s alumni basketball is also held at the school gym on Sundays if you are looking for something else to do during an island winter.

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