2013: As Year Ends, Future Beckons

It was a year punctuated by visits from a president and right whales, the arrival of a roundabout and a reality television crew. Pieces of the past were restored and given new life while other parts of the Island changed irrevocably.

2012: Looking Back to Look Ahead

After the years following the recession that began in 2008, when the Vineyard as well as the nation remained mired in day-to-day survival, 2012 felt like a shift in a new direction. There was a slight uptick in economic optimism and a move toward planning for the future. Questions of character and big house debates revealed that the main topic was no longer unemployment and how to make ends meet, although these issues still remain, but how Vineyarders define themselves and their community.

Year 2001 Leaves Vineyard with an Uneven Record of Loss and Deep Division

When campers from the Vineyard's own Camp Jabberwocky went on an unusual tour in Canada this year, their slogan was a single question that was at once jocular and earnest. "How's your news?" they inquired in on-the-street interviews with everyday people.

As the year 2001 comes to a close, it is perhaps an apt question for the Vineyard: How's our news?

This is how it was:

Blizzards and Tax Trials, Victorious Vineyarders; Looking Back on 2005

The blizzard, the worst snowstorm in decades, came roaring across the water, burying Martha's Vineyard under more than two feet of snow.

Starting Saturday, Jan. 22, the storm raged throughout the following day. Winds hit 70 miles per hour, creating white-out conditions, rendering roads impassable, and essentially cutting off the Vineyard from the mainland. Schools remained closed for the following week.

Year 2006 Comes to End with Sanguine Outlook for Island of the Future

Fed up with petty internal politics, Dukes County voters this fall decided to take another look at the structure of their regional government. Hoping to prevent another divisive land use dispute, town and tribal leaders in Aquinnah spent months negotiating a potential peace accord. And with a solid financial footing, Martha's Vineyard Hospital trustees closed the year by securing approval for a new state of the art facility.

The Year 2010 Told a Story of Two Vineyards

In her summation of the Martha’s Vineyard economy, presented to an audience of Island businesswomen in November, Martha’s Vineyard Chamber of Commerce executive director Nancy Gardella labeled herself an optimist. For certain sectors, she said, things were going well. Very well.

White House to Bleak House, Year of Challenges on Island

For most people on the Vineyard, the good news about the year 2009 is that it is over. No matter which way you look at it, last year was a tough one.

Even the weather was bad, beginning with a big dump of snow on New Year’s Eve. That was briefly very pretty, but over the succeeding weeks and months of repeated thaws and freezes, the ground cover mostly alternated between mush and dirty, treacherous ice.

2011: A Year That Was Marked by Tumult, Change and Revival

With the end of December comes the annual temptation to sum up the calendar year. But if the past 12 months offer any instruction, endings are just a prelude to new beginnings. In 2011, projects that lay dormant for years were revived (and sometimes reviled). Noble works sunk by a leaky economy were given new life. Coastlines eroded and beaches formed anew. Heroes returned. Protests resumed. Events seemed to transpire in a kind of cosmic roundabout.