Daily Archives: February 19, 2009

Nantucket Community News

Will talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres be living here someday? In the latest issue of Ladies Home Journal, she says that she and Portia de Rossi are “looking for the right place to have a farm – Someplace like Massachusetts or Nantucket, with seasons. We could get an 1800s farmhouse with land and rescue animals.” Ellen’s current contract expires in 2010.

The Nantucket Culinary Arts students, under the direction of Bob Buccino, have won the Massachusetts Prostart cooking competition, enabling them to go to the national competition in San Diego. The trip will cost a total of $8000. The Nantucket Culinary Arts Foundation has donated $2000, and the students are trying to raise money, but more is needed. Consider making a tax deductible donation to the Nantucket Culinary Arts Foundation. Contact Jenny Garneau at ackess@nantucket.net.

The Food Pantry is looking for volunteer Spanish speaking translators from 4-6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Call 508-228-7438 or go by 20 Fair St. (down outside basement stairs).

And while we’re on the Food Pantry, Mary Beth Splaine sent this idea along: She and Jack Weinhold had a potluck dinner recently, and asked each guest to bring, in addition to the usual dish to share, a donation of food for the food pantry. Mary Beth and Jack then delivered the donated food to the Food Pantry the following Tuesday. This is something we can all do this winter, and the food is needed more this winter than usual.

The U.S. Mint, in a nationwide program, has asked Governor Patrick to select one preferred and three alternate Massachusetts national sites to be featured on the reverse of a quarter. Beginning in 2010, the Mint will release five new quarter designs annually based on the order in which the selected sites gained federal designation. Governor Patrick is calling on the people of Massachusetts to help with this decision. Nantucket has two sites that qualify: Jethro Coffin House, and Sankaty Head Light. Vote here.