Island Notes is a weekly compilation of observations of nature, peppered with historical fact and musings on everything from annoyances with utilities that shall not be named to the mystery of church coffee pots. Penned by life long year-round resident Martha Ball, Island Notes garnered the Block Island Times a New England Newspaper and Press Association first place award in the category of serious columnist. Of her work, the NENPA judges wrote, “Difficult to judge moody writing against local hard news, but the writing is so textured and engrossing here that she gets the nod.”
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By Martha Ball - May 18The big pond behind my house is disappearing as the leaves of the pussy-willow and shad begin to unfurl. The spray of white when the geese land ...
By Martha Ball - May 04The shad is coming into bloom, almost in protest, refusing to be cosseted any longer by the spring that cannot take hold. It was the faintest ...