Tag Archives: Ben Ramsey

Loss

I took this photo almost a year ago. The winged sumac was getting redder and bolder and I was looking forward to getting another shot. Monday morning I met a young guy with a brush cutter at just this spot. … Continue reading

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Invasive Species

If the ecological police fined businesses for wasting paper, they’d surely cite the Vineyard Gazette every week in summer when its Tuesday edition comes out. This past Tuesday’s paper, however, was worth a look. Being ecologically aware (not to mention … Continue reading

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SMF’s Land Grab Continues

The Sheriff’s Meadow Foundation (SMF) — a Vineyard conservation nonprofit that has long since lost sight of its founder’s mission — is still trying to steamroller Ben Ramsey and Nisa Counter into giving up their land on Blue Barque Road … Continue reading

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Slantwise

As far as slants go, the Leaning Tower of Pisa has nothing on Nelson Sigelman’s coverage of the Sheriff’s Meadow Foundation’s suit against Ben Ramsey and Nisa Counter. The latest installment was posted yesterday on the Martha’s Vineyard Times website. … Continue reading

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They’d Rather Sue

For those following Ben Ramsey and Nisa Counter’s adventures in Massachusetts Land Court . . . In our last episode, Judge Sands encouraged the parties to consider mediating their dispute. Mediation encourages opponents in a dispute to work together to … Continue reading

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It Ain’t Over Yet

My September 10 post about Nisa Counter and Ben Ramsey’s struggle to defend their small piece of Chilmark against a land grab by a Vineyard conservation organization was titled How the Story Ended . . . That ellipsis at the … Continue reading

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How the Story Ended . . .

Earlier this summer I copyedited a book about the Sacco-Vanzetti case. I’d known the basics for many years. In 1921 Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were convicted of killing two men during a 1920 payroll robbery in South Braintree, Massachusetts. … Continue reading

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Turning Point

This morning, Nisa Counter and Ben Ramsey released this letter to their friends and supporters. That includes the many people who’ve been following their story on this blog. You know I’ve got a few things to say about it all, … Continue reading

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Defense Fund Established for Ben & Nisa

From the Seasonally Occupied Territories has been covering Ben Ramsey and Nisa Counter’s fight to defend their land against the claim of the Sheriff’s Meadow Foundation (SMF), a local conservation group. Apart from Facebook, it’s the only public source of … Continue reading

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Has SMF Lost the Plot?

Tom Counter submitted the following letter to both island newspapers. The Martha’s Vineyard Times declined to print it. The Vineyard Gazette has said it was going to print it, but as of last Friday’s paper, it hadn’t appeared. I’m honored … Continue reading

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