Valedictorian Finds Strength and Community in the Word Yes
Holly Pretsky

The student body president and senior class valedictorian both give a speech at the regional high school graduation. Rose Engler fills both those roles.

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Blazing Her Path with Scottish Style
Linsey Lee

A quiet powerhouse who has had a varied life and career, it is not surprising to learn that Duncan MacDonald ran a radio show for the New York Times.

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Fertile Ground for Prize-Winning Vegetables and Ghastly Ghouls
Mollie Doyle
For Rusty Gordon and Ghost Island Farm, October is a wonderful time of year. The fields are still rife with vegetables. But for Rusty, October is really about Halloween.
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A Star Turn from My Friend Flicka to Vineyard Finance
John Washbrook played the role of a kid who got tangled up in trouble and usually got out of it with the help of his trusty horse Flicka.
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For Rose Styron, Life Is Poetry in Motion
Mollie Doyle
A day with poet, journalist and human rights activist Rose Styron at her home overlooking Vineyard Haven harbor. It begins with bacon.
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For Valedictorian, Process Over Outcome Is Key Perspective
Chloe Reichel

Whitney Schroeder is curious, with an unassuming nature. She is also the valedictorian of the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School class of 2017.

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It’s Fifty Years for Sam Cronig, Not a Golden Wedding But Golden Memories of Life in U.S.A.
Vineyard Gazette

Samuel Cronig, best known as Sam, a grocer of Vineyard Haven, bought a box of “gold-coin” chocolates this week, chocolates which are so moulded and wrapped as to resemble twenty-dollar gold pieces. “I’ve got an anniversary coming up, or rather it has passed but the observance is due, and I want to give these away to commemorate the event,” he explained. “It’s a fifty-year anniversary, you see.”

But it wasn’t a wedding anniversary. Rather it is the anniversary of Sam’s arrival in America, fifty years ago, shortly before Halloween, a day which he will never forget.

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Interesting Vineyarders: Rev. Oscar E. Denniston
Vineyard Gazette
The student of Vineyard history, at least such history as has been published, will recognize the fact that it was largely through the clergy that things were accomplished during the first hundred and fifty years of the Island’s existence as a colony and province. Not only did they preach the word of God to whites and Indians, but they worked energetically to promote various industries and acted as advisors in settling all manner of disputes which arose, besides writing wills and other legal documents and keeping records, in many cases, being the only ones now existing.
 
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Interesting Vineyarders: Saphronia E. Hillman
Vineyard Gazette
Just a few issues back, this column carried the biographical sketch of Joseph West of Chilmark, who is a deaf mute. This present article contains a similar sketch of his sister, Mrs. Sophronia E. Hillman, whose faculties are normal. Reared in the same family, it is interesting to correspond the two stories relating to Chilmark of nearly three-quarters of a century ago, as seen by two different pairs of eyes, directed by natural inclinations that had little in common.
 
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Interesting Vineyarders: Joseph E. T. West
Vineyard Gazette
This is the story of one who has lived always in the eternal silence, nearly three-quarters of a century without ever hearing the sound of human voice or the song of a bird, and who has never been able to voice a greeting to a friend, for Joseph E. T. West of Chilmark is a deaf mute, the last man of that town to be so afflicted.
 
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