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I ,EIGHT VINEYARD GAZE'ITE, MARTHA'S VINEYARD, MASS. FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2016 '1 Martha ' s Vineyard's Newspaper for 170 Years Established in 1846 A ]ournal of Island Life Jane Seagrave, Publisher Julia Wells, Editor Stephen Durkee, Director of Graphics and Design Bill Eville, Managing Editor Phyllis Meras, Contributing Editor Sarah Gifford, Business Manager Skip Finley, Director of Sales and Marketing Richard Reston and Mary Jo Reston Publishers 1988-2010 Sally Fulton Reston and James Reston Publishers 1968-1988 Elizabeth Bowie Hough and Henry Beetle Hough Publishers 1920q965 Fight Worth Taking Sometimes it takes a trip off-Island to appreciate the cost and persistence it has taken to preserve the unspoiled stretches of open space on the Vineyard that we admire and too often take for granted. This week, after nearly a generation of grinding court cases, Island leaders won a final legal showdown in effort to save much of Moshup Trail in Aquinnah from development, when the United States Supreme Court declined to step in. For the past twenty years, the town of Aquinnah, the Vineyard Conservation Society and a group of private landowners have been defending lawsuits brought by Belmont developer ]ames Decoulos, who wanted to establish legal access to a set of landlocked parcels he owns off the trail. The issues of law in the case were twisty and arcane but the implications were writ large: if Mr. Decoulos had pre- vailed it could have had far-reaching effects on land titles throughout Aquinnah. The cases were argued as far as the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, which ruled last year that the Decoulos land had no legal access. The last legal recourse for plaintiffs was petition to the nation's highest court. Mr. Decoulos has said he intends to continue his fight for what he believes are his constitutional property rights, although there appear no obvious further legal avenues for him to pursue. Leaders at the Vineyard Conservation Society, which for the past two decades has led the broad-based effort to protect the Moshup Trail heathlands, are hopeful they can now turn their efforts to long- term preservation. To be sure, everywhere thereis attractive land and lovely vistas there will be pressure to build homes and resorts so people can enjoy them. The mainland is filled with examples of once-pristine settings where the impulse to build went unchallenged. On the Vineyard, there is a long tradition of pushing back suc- cessfully against those who have tried to develop large swaths of property, the resistance played out in courtrooms from Edgartown to Boston. In 1976, Island Properties was the first case to test the pow- ers of the Martha's Vineyard Commission. In 1993, the developers of Herring Creek Farm challenged three-acre zoning in the rural coastal perimeters of Edgartown, a case that lasted four years and went all the way to the state Supreme Judicial Court. In 2002, the developer of the Southern Woodlands golf course in Oak Bluffs sued the Martha's Vineyard Commission in an attempt to strip the commission of its power to review affordable housing projects under Chapter 40B of state law. In all these cases, the cause of conservation prevailed. Not every acre of land on the Vineyard must be kept from devel- opment, of course, but Island leaders are right to keep challenging those who would domesticate the wildness we cherish. The Moshup Trail heathlands remain a rare place where endan- gered orchids bloom in the spring. The trail itself is named for a fig- ure in Wampanoag mythology. Children on Martha's Vineyard know the story: according to one version of the legend, the giant Moshup emptied sand from his moccasins, forming the two Islands. And when the fog rolls in, well, that's just Moshup, smoking his pipe. Ray. Ewing LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Helping the Hungry Editors, Vineyard Gazette: The Gazette's series on hunger on the Vineyard is timely and welcome. As the first story points out, food insecurity is a daily reality for many of our friends and neighbors. At the food equity sum- mit in October, many of us came to- gether to look for ways to improve our understanding of the problem and to coordinate our response to it. We will continue this effort. The Vineyard Committee on Hunger, founded in the 1970s, is an umbrella organization that raises funds, conducts outreach and education and does direct food distribution. The four main benefi- ciaries of our fundraising are the Island Food Pantry, Meals on Wheels, Serving Hands Food Distribution and the Family to Family holiday meals program. Three times each year (November, December and March or April), in- gredients for holiday meals are given to families in need. Typical packages include a turkey, bags of potatoes, on- ions, carrots, apples, oranges, spinach, and stuffing mix, winter squash, eggs and cranberry sauce. The Thanksgiving distribution on Nov. 18 was again a success. More than 50 volunteers distributed meal packages to 250 families, feeding more than 700 hundred of our fellow Islanders includ- ing 175 children and 160 seniors. This year, like every year, we heard heartbreaking stories about the cir- cumstances that led clients to our door. Many of our recipients are elders get- ting by on tiny fixed incomes. We saw people who have lost their jobs, young families struggling with various kinds of challenges, often on the cusp of home- lessness, some people who have been victims of domestic abuse, people on the margins. Family to Family not only gives them a holiday meal, but it also a little bit of hope that hard times will some day end, perhaps a chance to iust feel normal for a little while. This takes money. Our budget is now about $35 per basket, so a quick estimate of the cost per distribution is $8,750. Since we also do distributions at Christmas and Easter, each year we must raise on the order of $25,000 just to stay afloat. We suggest that families that can afford to donate $25, which takes care of most of the cost for another family. All contributions are welcome. One of the best things about this program is that Island families are helping other Islanders. We will again make sure every fam- ily in need has the ingredients for a Christmas dinner on Friday, Dec. 16. Join us in volunteering or help to make this possible by your donations. For information, call 508-693-5339. Tax-deductible donations can be made payable to Family to Family, and sent to VCOH/Family to Family, P.O. Box 4685, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568. Betty Burton Vineyard Haven Food Pantry Thanks Editors, Vineyard Gazette: Many thanks to all the Islanders -- both individuals and organizations -- who made needed contributions to the Island Food Pantry in the days before the Thanksgiving holiday, Turkeys, pies and much more were distributed to the many families who depend on the food pantry from time to time to meet their food needs. The food pantry exists through dona- tions of both food and funds from the generosity of our Island family, Please continue to think of us throughout the holiday season, but also during the quiet months of January and February when our donations can sometimes be quiet as well. We have food donation boxes in all of the grocery stores and libraries. Financial donations, which are used to supplement the food we collect, can be sent to The Island Food Pantry, P.O. Box 1874, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568. Call 693-4764 for more information. And thank you all once again for thinking of us this Thanksgiving. Armen Hanjian and Margaret Hannemann Vineyard Haven and Chilmark Beautiful New Drawbridge Editors, Vineyard Gazette: Last week my friend Doug and I decided to use our morning bike ride to head over and check out the new Lagoon Pond drawbridge. I know we have all been experiencing the building of this mega project for more than 10 years. From the start of construction of the temporary bridge back in 2003 to the final completion and dedication of the new permanent bridge this fall, we have all been subjected to many delays, some long, on our travels between Oak Bluffs and Vineyard Haven. Now that construction is finally over we are able to enjoy a quick and scenic crossing, barring an opening for a vessel. What I am sure most of us have not done, myself included until last week, is to take the time to stop and experience travel over and or under this bridge on for yourselves this successful public foot or bicycle. This is not just another works project. In these turbulent po- structure to connect our road system. !i~al,0mes when eve:ryone has seri- Thanks to &long and thoughtful plan- ous doubts about the effectiveness of ning process involving many of our government, it is reassuring to see that friends and neighbors, a dialogue with thoughtful and engaged people can Mass Highway developed and culmi- help produce positive results. Many nated in a project offering multiple people were involved to make this benefits, happen and deserve our thanks, but Paths have been built down to a two that I know of deserve mention beautiful park on the Vineyard Haven here. Mark London, former execu- side, and similar paths connect down to tive director of the Martha's Vineyard Eastville Beach on the Oak Bluffs side Commission, and Melinda Loberg, with access under the bridge. The stone representing the Lagoon Pond Asso- work under the bridge is almost as im- ciation and now a Tisbury selectman, pressive as that on the operator's tower worked tirelessly to keep the dialogue that we all enjoy every day, I could go going so the end result came out in our on about how pleasantly surprised I am favor. with the quality and thoughtful work Congratulations and thank you. that is so apparent on closer inspection. Richard Toole My hope is that you all will be able Oak Bluffs In Praise of the Wise Man Who Always Sees the Shell Half Full By RICHARD C. KARNEY IN JANUARY AFFER OVER 40 YEARS WITH THE MARTH~S VINEYARD Shellfish Group, I will be stepping down as its director and transitioning to a part-time position with the organization. "Unretirement is the new retirement.' We baby boomers are all about changing the rules! I've had a great rtm. I still love my job but not seven days a week. To paraphrase President Kennedy, it's time to pass the torch, or is that the hose, to a new generation. The shellfish group, from nearly day one, has been my baby. Over the many years, with a supportive board of directors, numerous dedicated, hardworking assistants, and an Island community which believed in our vision, we have created an organization we all can be proud of. The nurturing proces~ was not without its stress and trauma, but that which did not kill us made us stronger. Our hatchery is a well-oiled machine reliably producing tens of millions of shellfish seed annually, Our expertise in shellfish culture is internationally recognized. We continue to incorporate cutting edge ideas and technologies in pursuit of our mission to preserve and enhance the Island's shellfish resources and the clean water quality they require. On the eve of my retirement, I would not be honest to say I do not approach my transition with some trepidation. All change is fraught with some degree of anxiety. Is there life after shellfish?! I often seek solace and understanding in nature, especially in the ways of charismatic microfauna. All bivalve shellfish pass through a mobile larval stage and eventually undergo a drastic change or metamorphosis to the adult form. The transition is difficult but once accomplished, they settle down and get on with their lives often happy as clams at high tide. Oysters tend to settle next to their peers forming a lasting reef, so too my association with the shellfish group. My time at the top of the reef is ending and like an old oyster or recycled shell, my role is now in the foundation and stability of the larger structure. My challenge is to find my new position on the reef and not interfere too much with the growth and development of the more active younger members.. I am confident that Amandine, Emma and Chris possess the expertise, pas- sion and dedication to successfully carry the shellfish group and its mission forward for years to come. Most importantly, I caution them to keep it fun and entertaining. The bonds and team spirit you build with your coworkers are key to keeping the shellfish group a special place to work and more than just a job. An oyster reef is only viable if the individual oysters develop strong attachments to each other. While I'm on the subject of viability, let me continue the metaphor and say that an oyster reef cannot thrive without inputs from its surrounding biological community. However crucial an oyster reef is to a healthy marine environment, it does not exist on its own. You, my friends, are part of that larger biological community. Your tax-deductible contributions keep the shellfish group viable and strong. Presently, we are weathering the storm of a $50,000 cut in state funding. With your support we can continue to play our important role in the community. Thank you! Richard C. Karney next month will become director emeritus of the Martha's Vineyard Shellfish Group. 7 his is his annual appeal letter that went out to donors this week Timothy ]ohnson Deer Solution: Try a Jaguar Editors, Vineyard Gazette: As anyone who has driven the byways of Martha's Vineyard knows, the popula- tion of skunks is a continuing noxious menace. Also, that of white-tailed deer is out of hand. The latter are known, when the population becomes super abundant, to overgraze on the under- story and reduce the biodiversity of the forest by as much as 90 per cent, destroying many species of native flora and fostering the growth of invasive species. The deer season for hunters has proven only a small solution to end the overpopulation, since both deer and skunks have no natural predators on the Island. The October Smithsonian magazine describes the jaguar as an apex predator that has been hunted to near extinction on the U.S. side of the border with Mex- ico (although they are plentiful on the Mexican side). Plans to develop a major copper mine in Arizona are entangled in a dispute over the requirements of the Endangered Species Act and mining interests. The Rosemont mine would be the third largest copper mine in the U.S., with a dollar value estimated in the tens of billions and would promise employ- ment of 400 workers and a $701 million annual boost to the local economy over 20 years in this economically depressed area. According to the article, white- tailed deer are abundant in the area and the sole jaguar on the U.S. side of the garden eats everything, including skunks. The jaguar "eats all but the rear end which contains the noisome scent glands and the fluffy tail," the article reports. It would seem that a solution may be at hand for a number of problems both in Arizona and the Vineyard. Import a male jaguar from Mexico to the Island. It could not reproduce by finding a mate, would address the deer and skunk problem and avoid humans. "Jaguar attacks on humans are incredibly rare," the article says. The animal, which is said to "roar like a lion" could also be radio collared to help keep track of it. Economic development in Arizona benefiting many people could proceed apace while keeping the cats south of the border. Their absence would continue to protect livestock and none of these beautiful animals would have to be culled. It would appear that animal control officials on Martha's Vineyard could solve many problems by contacting the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services and look into the importing of a single male Jaguar. B. Carroll Oak Bluffs The Vineyard Gazette welcomes letters to the editor on aW subject concerning Martha's Vineyard. The newspaper strives to publish all letters as space allows, although the editor reserves the right to reject letters that in her judgment are inappropriate. Let- ters must be signed, and should include a place of residence and contact tele- phone number. The Gazette does not publish anonymous letters. THE GAZETTE CHRONICLE Hokey Pokey From the December 3,1965 edition of the V'meyard Gazette: The Hokey Pokey has arrived! The Hokey Pokey is everywhere! The Hokey Pokey sounds like a dance, but it isn't. The Hokey Pokey sounds like a res- taurant, but it isn't. The Hokey Pokey sounds like a new type of summer dress, but it isn't. The Hokey Pokey is an inch-long piece of tube with a diameter of half an inch. Its entire reason for existence is to put out cigarettes. Trying to find out more about this strange little item, where it had come from and where it got its name, led this reporter straight to the Chappaquansett door of Miss Nancy Hamilton who, it turns out, is the original Hokey Pokey pusher. Miss Hamilton has not always been a Hokey Pokey pusher, but was a com- poser of the lyrics of many of the top Broadway musicals. One of her best remembered tunes is How High the Moon. During the war she toured the battlefronts with Miss Katharine Cor- nell in The Barretts of Wimpole Street, and has always in one capacity or an- other, been entangled with the theatre. The fact that she has of late become a Hokey Pokey pusher only attests to her vast versatility, vitality and virtuosity. Miss Hamilton explained that about four years ago she and Miss Cornell had gone to Switzerland to spend a long New Year's holiday with Noel Coward. In each of Mr. Coward's ashtrays Miss Hamilton noticed one of these strange little tubes, which she was careful to remove before snubbing out her cigarettes. Finally Mr. Coward asked why she avoided the tubes and explained, "Those are to assist you." No sooner said than assisted, and in no time Miss Hamilton was "hooked." All one does is drop a cigarette, lighted end first, into the tube and shortly it's out. Presently Miss Hamilton was offto the local tobacconist where she purchased ten of the tubes, some for herself and some to take home as presents. These unfortunately lasted no time since Miss Hamilton in her enthusiasm told every- one, and everyone had to have one. She ordered another dozen from the tobacconist, and another, and finally there were no more -- anywhere in all of Europe, there were no more. By now Miss Hamilton had decided to call them Hok'ey Pokeys, notffor an9 logical reason: She explained thatas a child, growing up in Sewickley, Pa., in the days of good, rich, homemade ice cream, a little cart came by at night sell- ing dreadful, cheap, machine-made ice cream. This was what the children loved. It was called Hokey Pokey, and a nostalgic remembrance must have occasion the naming of the present Hokey Pokey. Because of loss and swipage, her supply was rapidly dwindling when she reached this country. Frantic, she searched high and low but no one had the slightest idea what she was talking about. Things became so desperate that Miss Hamilton was on the verge of making her own Hokey Pokeys from the bathroom plumbing and curtain rods, when a patent search revealed that since there were no moving parts involved, no patent was needed. Offin a whirl of excitement she went, trying to find someone to manufacture her by-now virtually necessary little tubes. Everyone she showed them to was fascinated. The late Samuel Fuller of West Chop wrote a copper company, Mary Martin and her husband Richard Halliday wrote a glass works. Someone tried a Danish copper company, and someone else contacted a manufac- turer of medical glass. Everyone was intrigued and "dying to throw money into the project." In the ensuing excitement she or- dered 750,000 Hokey Pokeys from Hong Kong (boxed). A year ago October, the Hokey Pok- eys began to arrive. Disposal of 750,000 Hokey Pokeys (boxed) was not going easy, and Miss Hamilton, who has had no business experience and who had had no intention of going into business, found herself anxiously asking advice on the doorstoop of an advertising agency. She was told that her best bet was to get them into department stores. A bit of "pull" landed her an ap- pointment at a Philadelphia store, with an interviewer who had just given up smoking. Naturally this turned out to be a flop. Next she went on to the R. H. Macy Co. in New York. Here they showed great interest and wanted to create Hokey Pokeys in silver for the Christmas trade, but October was too late for Christmas. Department stores plan for Christmas during the previous February. Miss Hamilton gained a foothold in the door, or rather a Hokey Pokey in Marshall Field's, when an excited friend called to say she was having the president of the store for dinner, which entailed a mad rush to deliver four Hokey Pokeys to the scene of the party at the last possible moment. In order to trademark the name Hokey Pokey and her slogan, "When It's In It's Out," Miss Hamilton needed interstate sales, so she descended on the Flea Market in Vineyard Haven. The Fleas were delighted, and since then the Hokey Pokey has been on its way to fame, if not fortune. Compiled by Hilary Wall