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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Pride of Chappy, Valedictorian Loved Learning from Day One
Heather Hamacek
As a child, Jared Livingston was told by his father, “Don’t be afraid to ask questions.” It is a maxim he took to heart. On Sunday, Jared will graduate as the valedictorian of the high school class of 2016.
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Ninety Four Year Old Water Commissioner Retires Position, But Not His Opinions
Heather Hamacek
After 30 years of serving the town of Edgartown, John Lovewell attended his last meeting as a water commissioner last week. He was presented with a clock and a model fire hydrant for his service.
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War Unites Then Separates, But Couple's Love Endures
Jack O'Callaghan and Choey Ray were together for eight months in 1968, into 1969, in Thailand during the Viet Nam war. But when deployment orders came down they lost touch for nearly half a century.
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Beyond Bespoke, Francois the Tailor Is a Cut Above
Heather Hamacek

Going to a double feature at the local movie theatre in Gonaives, Haiti had two purposes for Francois Delphin as a young man.

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Coffee With Jazz, a Sunday Morning Ritual
Heather Hamacek
At 6 a.m. on Sunday mornings David Kish's voice, along with his extensive jazz collection, heads out over the airwaves for all the early risers and no-sleepers tuned into mvyradio.
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Goodbye Hairnet, Hello Local Food, Rocking Chef
Mollie Doyle

It is Wednesday, which means pizza day at The West Tisbury School. Head cook Jenny DeVivo put on her hat and Mötley Crüe style headband. This is not your typical hairnet or apron lunch lady.

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From Norway to Tisbury Town Hall, Aase Jones Has Made a World of Difference
Heather Hamacek
After 32 years as the assistant town administrator in Tisbury, Aase Jones will retire at the end of January. Through the years she has witnessed growth and change in the Island’s main port town.
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From Whaling Church to Flying Horses, He Has the Magic Touch

The multi-talented Myles Thurlow appears utterly content with his Martha’s Vineyard life as a boat rigger, spar maker, flag pole maintenance man, teacher, amateur musician, Flying Horse fixer, guitar maker, house builder, father and husband.

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