Andy Herr

Andy Herr performs with the Pickpocket Bluegrass Band, Jellybone Rivers and the Maniacs of the Heart, The Space Invaders and the Pinkletinks. He’s also a sound engineer, a guitar teacher, and for the past three years has been hosting open mic nights at Island Music in Vineyard Haven.

“A month ago, we were planning a three-year celebration party,” he said.

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Dawn Blackwood

Dawn Blackwood is a cashier at Our Market in Oak Bluffs.

One of the biggest adjustments for essential businesses like Our Market has been limiting the number of customers they allow in the store at once.

Ms. Blackwood said some customers still try to enter the store in groups.

“We’re open from eight to six and we can only let four people in at a time,” she said. “Some of the customers would normally come in three or four times over the day and we can’t do that either. We can only let them in once per day.”

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Lisa Dawley

Lisa Dawley is the manager of the Animal Shelter of Martha’s Vineyard.

She and Gordon Healy usually work together at the shelter, taking caring of the animals and trying to find them permanent homes. But now they alter their schedules so only one person is in the office at a time.

“It’s really quiet here,” Ms. Dawley said. “Usually we have children’s groups come in and special needs groups visiting. Now the animals only get to look at my face and Gordon’s all day long.”

“They are extra cuddly,” she added. “I think they know something is going on.”

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Branimira (Bianca) Milkova

Branimira (Bianca) Milkova is a cashier at Cronig’s.

Ms. Milkova is from Bulgaria and has worked at Cronig’s for about 10 years. Usually, she is a fixture at the up-Island store in West Tisbury but when that store shut down last month to consolidate the business during the pandemic she started working at the Vineyard Haven store.

“It’s different there,” she said. “At up-Island it feels like a family with my regular customers.”

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Finding Her Lane at an Early Age
Aaron Wilson
When Gabby Carr was eight years old and the YMCA first opened on the Island she joined the Makos, the Vineyard’s youth swim team.
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Math, Music, Art, Writing; Valedictorian Astoria Hall Excels in All
Holly Pretsky
Juggling, six AP classes, two editorships and volunteer work at the animal shelter, Astoria Hall also creates whimsical pen and ink drawings.
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A Lone Sea Scalloper from Martha's Vineyard Endures

There are about 700 permits of various classifications issued by the federal government to fish for sea scallops on the East Coast. Sam Hopkins of West Tisbury has one of them.

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Waging Peace, Fighting for Justice, Together
Katherine Gianni
Sitting together in the living room of their Aquinnah home, Cora and Peter Weiss work in tandem to tell the stories of their lives.
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Embracing the Theatre of Life
Mollie Doyle
Martha's Vineyard Playhouse executive and artistic director MJ Bruder Munafo moved the Vineyard when she was 19. She discovered her love for the theatre here and never looked back.
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Matthew Dix Is All in on the Farm; At Home, Work and Everywhere Else
Mollie Doyle

In 1994, Matthew Dix and Rebecca Miller bought six acres in Chilmark and founded North Tabor Farm. Both have enough experience to know to pace themselves

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