Nantucket approves wind turbine; Vineyard wants a whole Wind Farm

East Chop LightNews from The Islands, May 4, 2007

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Edgartown Selectmen Lead Initiative to Join Ocean Wind Turbine Proposal
With Edgartown in the lead, the Vineyard is poised to join with Nantucket and Cong. William Delahunt in pushing for the establishment of an offshore energy zone to harness wind, wave and possibly tidal energy from waters between the two Islands. 

The move is a first step toward the goal of making the Islands energy independent.  The plan seeks to find an economically feasible way to generate 2,000 megawatts of power, and would work through legislation cosponsored by Mr. Delahunt which would provide extra research money for renewable energy projects.

The Marine and Hydrokinetic Renewable Energy Promotion Act would provide loans to develop new technologies and extend renewable energy tax credits to utilities. It would also pump $50 million a year into marine energy research for 10 years, according to a press release from Mr. Delahunt's office this week.  And the Edgartown selectmen are first on the Island to embrace the idea.

Katama Breach Causes Treacherous Tides, Disrupting Edgartown Harbor
Edgartown officials have begun a major effort to warn boaters of treacherous tides in the town harbor and Katama Bay resulting from the breach which has opened at Norton Point Beach.

County Manager Defends Decisions
Under Fire on All Sides, E. Winn Davis Explains to the County Commission His Quest for Disaster Relief Funds
Dukes County manager E. Winn Davis appeared before the county commissioners Wednesday during a sometimes tense emergency meeting to explain his recent decision to apply for federal disaster relief money to repair the breach at Norton Point Beach.

Aquinnah Tackles $2.9 Million Budget
Aquinnah voters will take up a $2.9 million budget and a series of relatively small spending requests at their annual town meeting next week.

Ferry Islander to Be Sold; Pricetag Set at $750,000
To the extent that you can do a cost benefit analysis on sentiment, the Steamship Authority did one this week on the Vineyard's favorite ferry, the Islander, and settled on a figure of $750,000.

Yacht Club Expansion Project Reveals Town Access to Harbor
A proposal by the Vineyard Haven Yacht Club to replace its building on Vineyard Haven harbor has opened the door to a unanticipated discussion about public access to water.

Mr. Donaroma Builds Business 30 Years Strong
From his earliest years, Michael Donaroma could not help but be aware of the bipolar, us and them, have and have not division of Martha's Vineyard society.

Rare Sandhill Crane Pays Visit to Katama Plains
A sandhill crane appeared on Saturday, April 28 at the FARM Institute at Katama. Island bird experts say this is probably the fourth sandhill crane to grace the Island. 

County Seeks Disaster Funds Following Breach at Katama, County Manager Joins Rush For State, Federal Money, And Takes Heat for It
Dukes County is in line to receive more than half a million dollars in federal disaster relief for erosion at Norton Point beach caused by last week's storm, but may spend little or none of it on repairing storm damage, county manager Winn Davis said yesterday.

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May 3, 2007

unichurch2_114HDC approves wind turbine
The Historic District Commission approved a wind turbine for private use on Nantucket at its weekly meeting last night. Bartlett's Ocean View Farm will put up a wind turbine 169 feet tall from the ground to the top of its rotors that can generate 250 kilowatts to help pay Bartlett's electricity bills for its farm stand and the rest of the farm's power needs. The Unitarian Church on Orange Street is 106 feet tall from the ground.

The state of our roads
Nantucket's town roads received a B+ in a recent assessment of their condition by town consultant Mactec of Wakefield, Mass., which performed the town's pavement management study of all its roads and bike paths.

Dreams Do Come True
Back in 1976, my friend Jack Gallagher drove the Zamboni at the Ice Age in Austin, Texas. I thought it was a cool job. Never did I dream that I'd actually be allowed to drive one. I got my chance Monday morning when Nantucket Ice general manager Bob Hickman gave me a ticket to ride.

House fire claims 80-year-old man
A house fire that originated on the first floor of 107 Hummock Pond Road killed the sole occupant of the building at the time, 80-year-old Peter Miller. The fire burned about 40 percent of the structure early Sunday morning. Nantucket Fire Chief Mark McDougall said that the Nantucket Fire Department responded to a 911 call about the fire from the Nantucket Police Department at 4:50 a.m.

Nantucket Land Council sells 31 acres to the Land Bank
The Nantucket Islands Land Bank has purchased 31.7 acres on Quidnet Road from the Nantucket Land Council for $3 million. The Land Council, however, got so much more.

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SSA offers ticket books for Itanough
The Steamship Authority has expanded ticket options for travel on their new high-speed passenger ferry. The high-speed ferry 10-ride passenger ticket book provides a $55.00 savings over purchasing tickets individually. In addition the books have no expiration date. The books are also transferable and save time at the ticket window.

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inquirermirror_01News, May 3, 2007

Four hurt in single-car accident

Four people were injured in an early afternoon one-vehicle accident on Polpis Road.

Fire victim identified
Police on Monday identified the victim of an early morning house fire on Hummock Pond Road

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