Dana Gaines paddles kayak to save the Gay Head Light

Dana Gaines, shown here in a race in 2012, will be kayaking around the Island in August to raise money for the Gay Head Light.

Dana Gaines, shown here in a race in 2012, will be kayaking around the Island in August to raise money for the Gay Head Light.

Local kayaker Dana Gaines will grab his paddle for a good cause this August. In a single-seat kayak, Mr. Gaines will circumnavigate the Island in order to raise funds for the restoration and relocation of the Gay Head Lighthouse.

Mr. Gaines is no stranger to the 52-mile long journey around the Island. In September of 2012 he and a couple friends set a record of 11 hours and 4 minutes; his ambitious goal for the benefit of the lighthouse is 10 to 11 hours, wind and weather dependent. Until his start date of August 9, he will share updates from his training regime of paddling, cycling, and running through blog posts and collect pledge donations via the fundraising website Indiegogo.com.

In 2013 the historic Gay Head Lighthouse was deemed one of America’s 11 Most Endangered Places at its current location, less than 50 feet from an eroding cliff, according to a press release. The Save the Gay Head Lighthouse Committee aims to save the lighthouse, which has stood proudly at the Aquinnah Cliffs since the 19th century, by moving it to a safer locale, an endeavor that will require $3 million in fundraising. The committee will host a party at the Aquinnah Shop during Mr. Gaines’s  trip from which attendees can cheer the kayaker on as he crosses the finish line.

More information will be available at Save the Gay Head Lighthouse as the date nears.

Vineyarders want to relocate historic lighthouse – Boston Globe

Endangered Gay Head Light

Endangered Gay Head Light

For more than 150 years, Gay Head Light has stood high atop the cliffs of Martha’s Vineyard, its guiding light sweeping out to sea. But time has steadily chipped away the clay bluffs, threatening to send the iconic landmark to a watery demise.

Now, residents are racing against the clock to save the historic lighthouse, seeking to move the 400-ton structure to safer ground.

On Tuesday, selectmen in

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Menemsha Pond hosts birthday party for Herreshoff 12-1/2

Diana Dozier (left) skippers 'Twas Brillig, with crew Dianne Durawa

Diana Dozier (left) skippers ‘Twas Brillig, with crew Dianne Durawa

Legendary boat designer Nathanael Herreshoff was never much of a “people person,” according to historical accounts. But even the gruff old Captain might have smiled if he happened upon sparkling Menemsha Pond over the weekend, where local sailors gathered for friendly competition and a celebration of the 100th birthday of the Herreshoff 12-1/2.

The fleet reaches toward

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52 Miles Around Martha’s Vineyard by Kayak, for the Gay Head Lighthouse

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Local kayaker Dana Gaines, 56, will be circumnavigating Martha’s Vineyard to benefit the restoration and relocation of the Gay Head Lighthouse. Gaines will be aiding the efforts to relocate the historic lighthouse through the popular fundraising website Indiegogo.com, where contributors can pledge donations to his 52-mile trip to benefit the lighthouse’s move.

Gaines became involved with the cause after participating in the Gay Head

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Concern About Emergency Access to Private Beaches in Aquinnah

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With the summer season approaching, the town of Aquinnah is looking to improve emergency access to Squibnocket Pond after a recent incident left responders with few options.

Emergency personnel from Aquinnah, West Tisbury and Chilmark responded to a distress call May 31 for two people in a canoe in the pond, Aquinnah fire chief Simon Bollin said at the selectmen’s meeting last week. The West Tisbury rescue boat was requested but had difficulty launching.

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Pizza, Baseball, Selectmen's Meeting: All in a Day for New Town Leader

Julianne Vanderhoop, new Aquinnah selectman.

Rain showers cleared last Tuesday afternoon and Juli Vanderhoop was alone at the Orange Peel Bakery, her home business in Aquinnah. Her son Emerson was down-Island waiting to be picked up from baseball practice, and later she would need to prep for pizza night the following day. In an hour she would attend her first selectmen’s meeting as a newly elected member of the board.

It was all in a day’s work for Ms. Vanderhoop, 47,

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