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People & Our Past

Discover an island steeped in history and home to a host of fascinating people from all walks of life.

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The Birth of Island Traffic

By the time Henry Ford rolled his first Model T off the assembly line, in Detroit, Mich., in 1908, Nantucket was already trying to stay auto-free. There was a fear that the automobile would be dangerous on...

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A Man, His Dog, and the Open Road

For five weeks last winter, Mark Ranney ditched the comfort of life at home for a decked-out former Wee Whalers mini-bus he had spent the pandemic converting into a cross-country, pirate-ship-themed...

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Island Food, Island Culture

The scent memory hit M.J. Mojer out of the blue one afternoon, like one of those fading snapshots taken decades ago that you might find in a drawer.

It was a simmering pot of jag, the iconic Portuguese...

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The Hermit of Quidnet

Like all good hermit stories, some of the details are hazy. This story begins during the whaling days prior to the outbreak of the Civil War. A young man of modest means named Fred Parker somehow managed...

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Women Rule the Waterfront

Sheila Lucey joined the U.S. Coast Guard fresh out of high school, looking for a short-term gig before she could begin a permanent career. A couple months later, she realized the Coast Guard could be that...

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Rob Benchley

Rob Benchley met his wife Carol at a Fourth of July party thrown in a Codfish Park house that has since washed out to sea. The house is gone; the Benchleys have been married for close to 30 years. The...

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Surfin’ ACK

Surfing is more than just a hobby for Ieva Aldins. It is a therapeutic part of her life that sharpens her focus and gives her a natural sense of euphoria. Aldins teaches meditation, but none of the...

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History Insider

Most Tuesday mornings, just before dawn breaks and when the birds start singing, I sit down with my laptop and begin to write “Here and There,” a weekly column that has been in The Inquirer and Mirror...

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Another Chapter in the Battle of the Bluff

What started as a question of how to protect the houses on Baxter Road from toppling over the eroding 80-foot bluff has become a no-holds-barred match playing out in Conservation Commission meetings and...

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The Man at the Center of the COVID Storm

To celebrate the pandemic drawing to an end, health director Roberto Santamaria bought tickets to see a band called Rammstein at Gillette Stadium in September. Rammstein is a German heavy-metal band, known...

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