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Almanac Archive 12/20/2010

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Makes a great stocking stuffer!
New Trails!

An updated and expanded fourth edition of VCS’ popular Walking Trails of Martha’s Vineyard will be in stores
on Wednesday!

An indispensable resource for hikers, bikers and birders, the guide makes a wonderful gift for anyone who loves to explore and discover the Island of Martha’s Vineyard.

Get yours at: The Bunch of Grapes Book Store, Edgartown Books, Alley's General Store,  Cronigs, Brahmhall and Dunn, Riley's Reads and, after the holidays, on our website:

Save The Date
VCS WINTER WALK at Windy Gates!

Sunday, January 9, 1:00 pm
Space is lilmiitted for the January walk at Windy Gates, please RSVP by email  to Signe Benjamin at;

Click HERE for a complete VCS Winter Walk schedule

Fact of the Week
Globally, the number of people who are overweight has surpassed the number of people who are undernourished. More than one billion people are overweight, 800 million are undernourished.

Moonrise Meander
Dec 21st
Edgartown, 4:15 pm.

$4/Member $8/Nonmember per person.
Take a guided walk within the Sanctuary as the moon rises over Sengekontacket Pond. Dress for the weather and bring a flashlight.
Click HERE
for more information.

In Season Recipes
Buttery Sugar Cookies

1 1/2 cups butter, softened
2 cups white sugar
4 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
5 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt


  1. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Cover, and chill dough for at least one hour (or overnight).
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Roll out dough on floured surface 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Cut into shapes with any cookie cutter. Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
Bake 6 to 8 minutes in preheated oven. Cool completely.

Happy Holidays!

Parsonage Pond, West Tisbury, where VCS holds conservation restrictions (CRs) Photo by Charlie Kernick

Whether you are driving past beautiful vistas of open space and farm fields, swimming in clean waters, recycling at the Steamship Authority, or walking on a trail that has been forever protected, chances are you are not far from something that has been made better thanks to the work of the Vineyard Conservation Society.

Despite our modest budget, VCS accomplishes great things thanks to membership support, and this year we need your support more than ever. The recent MV Donors Collaborative survey cited charitable giving to Island non-profits down 36% this year!
Please help us continue to serve you by protecting this special place we are all proud to call home.

Happy Holidays with many thanks from all of us at VCS!

Click HERE to donate on-line

Support the Local Ecconomy and Reduce your Carbon Footprint this Holiday Season!

We would like to thank our Partners in Conservation and encourage you to support local business this Holiday Season!

    Aquamarine Dock Builders
    Big Sky Tent And Party Rentals
    Bramhall And Dunn
    Bunch Of Grapes
    Chilmark Chocolates
    Cronig’s Market
    Cycle Works
    Eco Mv
    Edgartown Bicycles
    Edgartown National Bank
    Gannon And Benjamin
    H.N. Hinkley & Sons, Inc.
    Island Window Design
    Kendall And Kendall
    Leroux At Home
    Martha’s Vineyard Savings Bank
    Morning Glory Farm
    Our Market/Your Market
    Phillips Hardware
    Riley’s Reads
    S.B.S The Grain Store
    Soikkeli & Co. Inc.
    South Mountain Company
    The Net Result
    The Tisbury Printer
    Tisbury Farm Market

Click HERE to learn how your business can become a
Partner In Conservation.

Other News

Some progress on Global Climate Change

The Cancun Conference on Global Climate Change yielded better results than the recent gathering in Copenhagen, but the outcome was only satisfactory.

The agreement emerging from Cancun is significant in two respects. It was unanimous – all 192 participating countries signed on, as opposed to the Copenhagen accord. Secondly, the Cancun agreement includes emissions reductions targets for countries that generate 80% of the world's greenhouse gas emissions. Unfortunately, these targets still fall far short of the reductions recommended by scientific consensus.

For more information on the results of the Global Climate Change Conference in Cancun please Click HERE

What is Food Security?

Food security is a complex sustainability issue, linked to issues of health, sustainable economic development, environment, and trade. The World Health Organization defines food security as existing “when all people at all times have access to sufficient, safe, nutritious food to maintain a healthy and active life”. The concept includes both physical and economic access to food.

In our region, food security focuses on ways to improve the region’s farms and healthy food supply. A recent report offers ways to increase production and consumption of New England-grown farm and food products, and protect the region’s agricultural lands.
Click HERE for report


An energy (and money) savings idea that makes a great gift is the new generation of “smart” power strips that automatically switch off “idling” devices when not in use. Televisions and computer accessories in standby mode are major energy-hog culprits. When plugged into smart strips, devices are turned off automatically when not in use or after a user-defined time delay elapses.
Click HERE for an example.