21 April 2008

Nantucket and Google

Wendy Schmidth, wife of CEO of Google founded ReMain Nantucket

In the past year, the Googles (Eric, the CEO of Google which Forbes estimated his net worth at 6.2 billion dollars and Wendy, his wife and philanthropist) have become part of Nantucket's preservation.

The main driver of all the philanthropic efforts on Nantucket is Wendy. They both fell in love with the island when they came for a friend's wedding. "I was completely hooked" she said. All her philanthropic efforts on the island are under the umbrella "ReMain Nantucket." According to Alan Worden in Nantucket Today "People say Google is coming to Nantucket. All of this stuff has nothing to do with Google, and nothing to do with Eric. It has everything to do with Wendy, who can stand on her own two feet. She is one of the smartest people I've ever met."

Wendy is also one of the investors who bought the Dreamland Theatre, "aiming to restore its movie screen and create a performing arts space." Her foundation also bought the Island Spirits site downtown to use it as a transportation hub. Recently she also purchased the building that houses Mitchell's Book Corner. "There is value in a bookstore that you don't have on the Internet" she was quoted to say. Her plans are to keep the bookstore.



"I see Main Street in need of community places. Where do we hang out? People don't go to bars anymore. They go to bookstores and coffee shops." Wendy Schmidt in Nantucket Today

"I'm a reader. If you come to Century House you can see the vast collection of books available to any of our guests. Most of these books come from this bookstore. Here everyone knows you and they know your preferences. That's Nantucket for you. We were happy to know that Wendy and Eric of Google decided to preserve the history of this town." Gerry Connick, Innkeeper, Century House

Here are their other givings.

All we can say is welcome and thank you for preserving Nantucket!



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Source Nantucket Today by Dan Fost, April 2008

11 April 2008

Nantucket Island Water

Water in its pure form is a tasteless, odorless, colorless liquid essential to all known forms of life. In large quantities it appears to be blue. Facts we remember from school: chemical formula - H2O; two-thirds of the Earth is water; the human body is 75% water.

Little Known Treasures: The Nantucket Water. The Island's supply of drinking water.

One often asks, where does the Island's supply of drinking water comes from? And, the answer is: it comes from two different levels of aquifer within the Earth recharged naturally by the rainfall making it the best tasting water from a sprout according the Innkeeperette, JeanE.

Losses to the aquifer occur by the discharge of fresh water at the coast and groundwater pumping. To lessen the impact on groundwater levels, the Island relies upon the cooperation of its customers and visitors to use its supply conservatively especially during peak Season use periods.

"I MUST down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by,
And the wheel's kick and the wind's song and the white sail's shaking,
And a grey mist on the sea's face and a grey dawn breaking.
I must down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;
And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.
I must down to the seas again to the vagrant gypsy life.
To the gull's way and the whale's way


John Masefield, 1878

Nantucket is full of surprises. We let you know the best things about Nantucket. Come experience the oldest continuously operating inn on Nantucket Island. Walk to downtown, beach, restaurants and shopping. Luxury inn bed and breakfast. Breezy, wrap-around veranda, top cliff elite historic location. Discover the freedoms of Nantucket with Century House perfection. http://www.centuryhouse.com