It started with an entrepreneurial grocer and a diligent doctor. Today, Verizon and Comcast are battling for your dollars. A look at phone service on the Island says a lot about this place and the people who live here.

Shelley Christiansen

Just thirty years ago, the Vineyard and neighboring islands voted to secede from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Mike Seccombe

No longer a commercial thoroughfare, the Dr. Fisher Road still spans the Island’s midsection – despite being overgrown in places and downright difficult to find.

Tod Dimmick

1. Which of these Vineyard women was a poet who seemed to prefer the company of chickens to people?

    a. Rebecca West    b. Lucy Vincent    c. Lydia Norton    d. Nancy Luce

2. Who was Thomas Mayhew Jr.?    a. a Chilmark sheep farmer    b. a famous sea captain    c. a missionary    d. the founder of Mad Martha’s

3. Which two boats ran aground in Vineyard Sound?

Tom Dresser

After Hurricane Carol roared through Martha’s Vineyard on August 31, 1954, Shirley Mayhew and her camera went to Menemsha harbor – where few others were allowed entry.

Shirley Mayhew

The first thing you notice when you compare the pictures is the absence of telephone poles in the older one.

HJ Bernstein

A wide swath of the Vineyard mosaic – seniors on canes, young men in work boots, mid-lifers in classic cardigans – made the scene.

Shelley Christiansen

The Revolutionary War was not one of Martha’s Vineyard’s shining moments.

Max Hart

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