For three decades, Alzheimer’s research has been stymied by a debate about how the disease behaves in the brain. New research coordinated by Dr. Rudolph E. Tanzi and presented on the Vineyard this summer settles the debate.


The Rotary Club of Martha’s Vineyard is completing its 24th year of service to Vineyard communities and residents. This has been an extremely busy and positive year for the Rotary Club. Beginning in June, new officers were selected at the annual induction ceremony held at Martha’s Vineyard Sailing Camp. The officers are Rolfe Wenner, president; Dan Larkosh, president elect; Paul Watts, vice president; Adam Wilson, treasurer; Christine Baker, secretary; Mark Luce, sergeant at arms.

The Martha’s Vineyard Rotary Club has announced the creation of a new $2,000 Rotary Grant/Diana Bardwell Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship will be awarded to a junior or senior in good academic standing who has served the community or has an interest in pursuing an advanced degree in history, political science or law. For more information, contact the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School guidance department or Dr. Rolfe Wenner at rwennermv@aol.com.


Alzheimer’s disease is a rapidly growing concern for the U.S. health care system. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, the world’s leading voluntary support base for Alzheimer’s research and coping, the estimated cost of the disease in America will be $200 billion this year. Out of that figure, $140 billion will come from Medicare and Medicaid. By 2050, the cost could increase by nearly 500 per cent.

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Next weekend Tim Conway returns to the Vineyard to host an evening of comedy to benefit the Rotary Club of Martha’s Vineyard.

For those not familiar with the comic stylings of Mr. Conway, get thee to a YouTube video now. He was part of the original Gang of Four, if you will, on the Carol Burnett Show, which aired from 1967 to 1978. Harvey Korman and Vicky Lawrence rounded out the cast. Mr. Conway won five Emmy awards for his work on the show.



Bankers are supposed to be flinty eyed. Evidently, Paul J. Watts didn’t get the memo.

The Island Rotarian looked a tad teary eyed last Friday as he described some of the 280 Peruvian villagers who were given the gift of mobility, some for the first times in their lives, as the result of the Martha’s Vineyard Rotary Club’s wheelchair mercy mission.

Mr. Watts, senior vice president of Bank of Martha’s Vineyard, was back in Vineyard Haven with seven other Island residents who spent a restful two weeks vacationing in Peru.