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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2016 VINEYARD GAZETTE, MARTHAS VINEYARD, MASS. THREE 42-0 drubbing was a tough day for the Vineyarders. Mark LoveweU Island Cups Heads to Nantucket As Whalers Snap Losing Streak By LOUISA HUFSTADER and SARA BROWN After 12 consecutive Island Cup victories, the Vineyard team was forced to give up its cherished trophy to a more powerful and experienced Nantucket Whalers last Saturday afternoon. With a final score of 42-0, this was the most one-sided game in the 69-year history of the inter-Island football rivalry, known since 1978 as the Island Cup. And it ended the longest winning streak either team has had against the other. Close to 1,000 people, including about 400 Nantucket fans who traveled to the Vineyard via a special Island Cup ferry, turned out for the game under gray, occasionally showery skies. Vineyard fans rang purple cowbells as their team took the field, with emergency vehicles blaring lights and sirens. A small group of Minnesingers sang the national anthem in close harmony and Nantucket won the toss. But with the coveted silver cup glistening in the misty rain on the sidelines at Martha's Vineyard Regional High School's Daniel G. McCarthy Memorial Field in Oak Bluffs, Nantucket dominated early, scoring four touchdowns in the first two quarters and consistently stopping every Vineyard effort to advance. "This is like a championship boxing match," said Bill Abramson, a veteran sportscaster who was there to help call the game for Nantucket's radio station and But before long, it began to feel more like a merciless drubbing as the Whalers kept the Vineyard scoreless while racking up a total of six touchdowns by the end of the game. Halfway through the second quarter, Vineyard junior Zach Morels went down hard and spent several minutes on his back before leaving the field without as- sistance. He was back on the field after halftime. As the clock ran out, Nantucket fans cheered and the cup was turned over to the Whalers for the first time since 2002. The V'meyard leads overall in Island Cup victories, 19-18. For the Vineyard, it was Stephen McCarthy's first Island Cup as head coach (he had seen action as a player in the 1970s) taking over from Don Herman, who retired after 28 years at the helm. Mr. McCarthy has had a tough first year with a young team plagued by injuries, winning just one game since the season began. Nantucket coach Brian Ryder is in his third year as head coach. His strong, seasoned squad was 8-3 overall for the season, and included his son Cory, a 6'4", 290-pound senior who has committed to play football on scholarship at Holy Cross. Mr. Herman was in the stands Saturday and he knew what the Vineyard would be dealing with, having faced Nantucket last year in an almost-scoreless game. "Nantucket was a good team last year and they only had two or three seniors on the team, so you knew going in that they were going to have all guns loaded and that it would be a tough challenge." Still, Mr. Herman sees promise in the young Vineyard squad. "They've got some good young talent," he said. But even the spate of injuries that has forced Mr. McCarthy to empty the junior varsity ranks may have a bright side, Mr. Herman added. "They were then able to get a lot of young kids a lot of valuable playing time, and that's going to bode well for them next year and into the future." Walk to Historic Edgartown Village. New construction with pool in a prime Edgartown location. Exclusively offered at $2,695,000 through Vineyard Village Realty. Call Michele Casavant at 508-627-1055 RESTAURANT. BAR. TAKEOUT OLD FASHIONED MONDAY, DEC. 5th o DOORS OPEN @ 5PM Fried Chicken, Buttermilk Biscuits, Macaroni & morel Vegetarian Option too. Menu is "A La Carte" and sure to leave you RESERVATIONS CALL 774-549-9446 19 CHURCH ST., EDGARTOWN For Edward Hoagland, the Writer's Life Is the Only Life By BILL EVILLE As a young man Edward Hoagland his journal), while classical music plays once crawled into a cage with a moun- in the background. He doesn't mind in- tain lion. But he wasn't scared, terruptions, he says, in fact he embraces "She was in heat," he said in a recent them. conversation with a group of students. "Because I write all the time, I can "So I figured she wouldn't attack a po- easily return to my work," he says. tential suitor." While walking about the neighbor- It's that kind of immersive journal- hood near his Edgartown home, he ism that has made Mr. Hoagland one of wears a green felt fedora, much like he the premier nature writers of the past did when traipsing all over the world. several decades. He is the author of 25 But these days he also carries a cane, books, most of them nonfiction. They a white one signifying that he is blind. range from roaming backyard streams Mr. Hoagland first went blind about 25 to wandering the world, from Africa years ago, due to cataracts, but an op- to Alaska and nearly everywhere in eration restored his sight. A few years between, ago, however, his sight began fading For Mr. Hoagland's newest book, out again, and now he can barely make last month from Arcade Publishing, out shapes directly in front of him. His he has turned his attention to fiction, blindness gives him unique insight into something he has done periodically the main character of his novel, Press, throughout his career. In the Country a 46-year-old former stockbroker from of the Blind is his fifth book in six years, Connecticut who has moved to a cabin he is pleased to point out. in Vermont, nearly off the grid. The "Maybe not much for one in their time period is the Viet Nam era, with prime," he says with a smile. "But for a hippie commune just down the road an octogenarian it is unheard of." from Press's cabin. When referring to his age, Mr. Hoa- Press is newly divorced and now liv- gland asks the phrase be "turning 84." ing alone, estranged from his wife and "It's much more active and interest- two young children. Many, including ing than writing he is 83, or he is 84," his wife, see his blindness as a handicap he says. "You learn that from a lifetime akin to old age, and want him to live out of working with words. Active words the rest of his life in an institution. But help." on the mountain, surrounded by small Throughout his long career, Mr. Hoa- town folks, Press finds compatriots will- gland has written with joy and exasper- ing to lend a hand, and not fleece him ation about the world he loves, a place at the grocery store when he pays with he notes that man seems determined too large a bill. to destroy. His essays run toward the Blindness definitely doesn't hold him rueful, so many wild creatures and their back with the ladies, either. He meets a habitats facing extinction, to downright young mother, trying to make a go of it upset over the lack of face-to-face com- at the commune, and the two begin an munication brought on by the digital affair. Another nameless woman also age. But no matter the subject, his seeks him out because she wants a child vocabulary always sings, sounding high but not a father. It seems Press's lack of notes even when detailing our lowest vision makes him a more acceptable selves. How else to explain feeling a representation of the patriarchy, one sense of joy while reading about the without the power to dominate or to end of the world as we know it?even lay claim to a child. In addition to traveling all over the Press's blindness also gives Mr. Hoa- wofld for his essays, Mr. Hoagland has gland ample opportunity to set a scene lived for long periods in New York through the other senses. city and Vermont. These days he lives "Feeling the windchill, he gazed into in Edgartown with his partner Trudy the sky for a forecast, triangulating by Carter, a therapist with Hospice of the wind. He could hear rain and smell Martha's Vineyard. He writes all day, humidity. The big barn's shape, the every day, pecking away at two Olympia house, and shade trees were visible, typewriters (one for his books, one for along with the overgrown log truck Introducing Cape Cod Express "PLUS', a premium in-home and in-office delivery service. Sch eiive ents Unpacking & debris removal Appliance & furniture removal Inside product placement Setup & assembly Trained unifo nod personnel We can pick up your product-on or off-island-deliver it, unpack it and assemble it ready for use! Visit our website at, or call Rick Orlon at 800-642-7539, ext. 106 for more information. Friends of Family Planning Martha's Vineyard Angry, concerned and frustrated by the election? Channel those feelings for good. Support organizations whose work is threatened. Consider a donation to Friends of Family Planning in lieu of holiday gifts. We provide critical support to ensure our island Family Planning Clinic in Vineyard Haven is viable for the long term. www.friendsoffamilyDlanning.or9 Friends of Family Planning of Martha's Vineyard, Inc. P.O. Box 909, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568 is a 501 (c) (2;) non-profit organization. Your donations are tax-deductible Thanks "SOME OF THE BEST WRITING ABOUT THE VINEYARD... EVER."- Tom Dunlop, Editor A terrific new collection of essays by Pulitzer Prize-winner William A. Caldwell. Compiled by Tom Dunlop, for all who love the wonders of Martha's Vineyard. Reflections on Martha's Vineyard $3.9.95, plus tax. Available at The Vineyard Gazette, Bunch of Grapes Bookstore, Edgartown Books and other island stores. //, Edward Hoagland is the author of 25 books. His latest is called In the Country of the Blind. Pictures by ]eanna Shepard track leading down into a cedar and tamarack forest bordering the swamp. For exercise he liked to descend and wend back up, careful not to stray onto a game trail or side path, where he'd get lost. The wood thrush calls around his house were a beacon." In the Country of the Blind takes its time, most firmly anchored in the terra firma of the Vermont woods. There is an undercurrent of quiet desperation in Press's predicament, but the surface feeling is, inexplicably, joy. His blind- ness could make him a target of others, and while that is true in some respect regarding his family, out in the world it feels as if his loss of sight has been offset by connection -- with nature, of course, but even more so with people. To yisit with Mr. Hoagland in Edgar- town -- at his home, in the streets, in a pair of rocking chairs at the St. Andrew's Church rectory (he likes to sit there in the sun, like a turtle on a rock) or while he teaches a class -- is to understand why this is so. In the same class where Six books in five years, not bad for an octogenarian. Mr. Hoagland described to the students gets his ideas and what to write about. his near affair with a mountain lion, he "You write about what you love," he responded to a question about where he responded. "It's as simple as that." A WARM WELCOME FROM MARTHA'S VINEYARD HOSPITAL Dr. Steven E. Feder has joined the pediatric office ofDrs. Melartie Miller and Sonya Stevens. From 1998 until moving to the Vineyard, Dr. Feder was associated with Lincoln Medical Partners in Damariscotta, Maine and chaired the Miles Memorial Hospital department of pediatrics. He completed his residency in pediatrics at Boston City Hospital/Boston Medical Center. A Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians, Dr. Feder was also honored this year by the AAP for his efforts to reduce children's exposure to toxic chemicals. "Public health and advocacy for children and adolescents is a very important thing for me," said Dr. Feder. "Children don't have a voice in the voting booth." Welcome also to Dr. Barbara M. Krause, who specializes in Internal Medicine. Prior to her arrival she shared a group practice for 28 years in Brookline, was Senior Physician of Internal Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston and taught primary care medicine to Harvard medical students for 30 years. Dr. Krause is a graduate of Boston University School of Medicine and completed her internship and residency at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. Her first impressions of Martha's Vineyard Hospital have been positive, Dr. Krause says. "The hardest part of my decision to come here was telling my patients I was leaving. Establishing relationships and taking care of people is what I like most about what I do." Both Dr. Feder (508-693-3732) and Dr. Krause (508-696-5700) are accepting new patients. 28 BOLDwATER ROAD This wonderful 7.1-acre pondfront property offers direct Atlantic beach views. The main house features an open floor plan offering a living room with fireplace, dining room leading to a screened porch and a gourmet kitchen. The first floor offers two bedrooms and two baths while a graceful staircase leads to a private second floor master suite with fireplace, large private bath and deck. A rear door from the kitchen area leads across an open deck to the one bedroom guesthouse with living area and private bath. The; property has a expansive lawn and views across the pond to the barrier beach. 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