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Saturday, Oct. 4
Fun for all ages! Local food, animals, live music, educational demos, and harvest fest games and activities. For more info, see poster.
Quote of the Week
"I am glad I shall never be young without wild country to be young in."
--Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac
Creature Feature: Butterflies
Tuesday, Aug. 26, 10:00 to 11:00 am, Edgartown
Program offering young naturalists a close-up look at native animals,
combining a story, craft and a look at the "creature" of the day. For
children ages 3 - 5 with a parent/guardian. At Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary
, $9 ($6 for members).
Archaeology ID Day
Saturday, Aug. 30, 9:00 am to noon, Edgartown
Bring your archaeological finds from the Vineyard and around the world
to the MV Museum where a panel of distinguished archaeologists will help
you identify, examine, and discuss them. $7 (free for members of the
Museum), at the Museum's Library, 59 School St., Edgartown (map here
FARM Institute Fall Programs
Saturday, Sept. 6, Katama
Weekly Saturday programs at the FARM Institute begin in September. Wee
Farmers (age 2-5) from 9:30 to 11:00, $15 per session, must be
accompanied by adult. For older kids, it's "Farmer for a Day" from 1:00
to 3:00, $35, may be accompanied or not. For more info, call
West Tisbury Farmers' Market
Every Saturday, and this Wednesday the 27th, 9:00 to noon
, West Tisbury.
Fresh picked produce from local farms, flowers, delicious baked goods
and prepared foods from Island kitchens and more. Outside of the Grange
Hall in West Tisbury. For more info, see website
|Monday, August 25, 2014
VCS at the Ag Fair
The Art of Conservation (photo by Signe Benjamin, click for full-size)
Thanks to all who came out last week to support the MV Ag Society and
check out the educational display from VCS. This year, we used our
display to highlight the environmental consciousness of our Island's
high school students. The 75 artworks entered in our first art contest
-- The Art of Conservation -- were featured in a scrolling video display, surrounded by prints of some of our favorites.
For the third year running we were proud to receive a Special Award for
our display, this time presented by Tisbury Waterways, Inc. However,
this year all the credit goes to the MVRHS and Charter School students
themselves -- many thanks, and best of luck in the new school year!
Check Your Pressure this Labor Day Weekend
Tire pressure, that it (though a blood pressure monitor wouldn’t be
completely wasted on some holiday weekend drives . . . ) Under-inflated
tires lower a car’s gas mileage by .3 to .4%
for every 1 psi below the proper inflation level. That means that a car
running on tires that are 5 psi low gets about 2% lower fuel
This is actually a very common condition because many drivers will never
notice moderately low tire pressure, as the tire wear and handling is
still fairly normal. In a survey of 11,530 vehicles,
the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that 39% of
passenger cars had at least one tire 6 psi below the recommended
pressure, and 20% had one that was at least 10 psi low*. At today’s gas
prices, if all four tires were 10 psi under their rating, the
corresponding loss of 3.5% efficiency costs about 20 cents per gallon.
So before driving to the far side of town to save 10 cents on gas, make
sure to check your pressure!
*Apart from the abysmal fuel economy, that’s 20% of cars on the road
with compromised handling and increased blowout risk, a real safety
concern. Not a conservation issue, of course, but it can’t be ignored.
Another interesting connection between safety and fuel economy is that over-inflating tires beyond their recommended rating does actually increase MPG. Of course, this is not recommended, even from the environmental perspective, as tow trucks and ambulances are not exactly designed for maximum fuel efficiency.