“If you change an island, and you make a big difference, it’s easy to see the difference,” says Sharon Strimling Florio, proprietress of Vineyard Alternative Heating in Vineyard Haven. The Island, she says, is “a finite area to work with. It’s something manageable. It’s a visible area for making big changes in our energy use and it’s a measurable area.”

Joyce Wagner


These days there’s a lot of talk, and some action, about prices at the pump, especially on the Vineyard where the cost of gasoline is consistently above the national average. Auto manufacturers are scaling back production of larger, inefficient sports utility vehicles, and hybrid cars have become more commonplace. But there’s a lot less talk about furnaces.

Charlie Cameron


Late one afternoon on Vineyard Haven’s harbor, eager eyes zoom in on the distant tip of West Chop.

Shelley Christiansen


How can you tell if your deck is safe?

Paul Daniele has run a home inspection business on the Vineyard since 1995.

Usually when decks collapse, it’s from overloading of people.

Tom Dresser


Was Julien Vose – a piano manufacturer and summer visitor who married an Edgartown girl by the name of Anna Pease – prescient when he bought the Tower Hill property that included this boathouse back in the early 1990s? Did he know that today, over 100 years later, his descendants would consider this boathouse a “sacred space”? One Vose family member describes it as “the center of our universe,” and goes on to say that “we continually ask ourselves, ‘How did we get so lucky? Why us?’ ”

Ali Berlow