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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

jul23 Wellfleet

Why do shrinks flock to Cape Cod's Wellfleet?

IT'S HARD TO SAY which was the biggest clue about the character of our group grabbing lunch at Stewart's Seafood Restaurant on the main drag in Eastham. The young waitress may have been onto us the moment gray-haired Linda informed her that our party of nine would require eight separate checks. Or maybe she overheard Carolyn with the funky eyeglasses talking about the production of Freud's Last Session being staged at the Cape Playhouse. Or perhaps it was when Nancy, a bubbly retiree with braces on her teeth, ordered the roasted beet salad and a glass of water, and then, like some power-of-suggestion experiment, three other people in the group ordered the exact same thing. In retrospect, I think the big tell may have happened just as we arrived at the restaurant. As I walked in with our group's co-leader, Patricia Gerbarg, we found Nancy already there. She relayed word from the hostess that we could choose to sit either indoors or out on the patio. Dr. Gerbarg, a petite psychiatrist, turned to Nancy and, in a tone that would command an analysand's attention, asked, "How do you feel about that?" It's summer on the Outer Cape, and that means the shrinks have once again returned. Each year, between Memorial Day and Labor Day, thousands of psychiatrists, psychologists, and other species of mental health professional bypass the bustle of the Mid-Cape to get to the comparative quiet of Wellfleet and its surrounding towns. It's a natural phenomenon as reliable as the swells rising off Coast Guard Beach. The therapists come here for various reasons, but a big one is that so many people in their line of work have come here before?-?going back three generations. The group I've joined on this day in late June evokes the summer excursions that Sigmund Freud himself took to Bavaria and the Swiss Alps a century ago, vacationing with his eager psychoanalyst students, who in turn were trailed by some of their patients. But instead of Freud and his followers, at this sticky picnic table we have Gerbarg and her husband, Dick Brown, leading students in a lunchtime discussion. Although both are practicing psychiatrists and Gerbarg trained as a psychoanalyst, their approach these days is a world apart from the traditional five-times-a-week, tell-me-again-about-your-childhood therapy sessions from Woody Allen movies. In that way, the couple reflect the profound changes in the wider mental health world brought about by everything from insurance reimbursements to advances in brain science, crosscurrents that can be acutely detected during summer on the Outer Cape. While some locals shrug off talk of this curious migration of mental health professionals, others are fascinated by how the flock affects their stretch of rugged coastline, and how the region in turn affects the flock. Sky Freyss-Cole, a 28-year-old Wellfleet native born to hippie parents and raised in a yurt?-?her full first name is November Sky - tells me she never fully appreciated her eclectic town's reach until she moved to Copenhagen several years back. There, the consultant met bright lights in the field who knew all about her tiny hometown (year-round population: 2,750). "I had to move to Denmark," she says, "to learn how big a place Wellfleet was on the international therapist map." GIL LEVIN WALKS THE OPEN CAMPUS of Nauset Regional High School, a series of '70s-style buildings with weathered siding in Eastham, just up the road from Nauset Light Beach. He has a white beard, round glasses, and a round stomach on which he tends to rest his folded hands whenever he is sitting. He is 79 and calls to mind the Richard Attenborough character from Jurassic Park. Like him, Levin strolls slowly and with evident satisfaction with his remarkable creation. In Levin's case, that creation is the Cape Cod Institute, a series of professional workshops he has run for 34 years.

Gil Levin, founder of the Cape Cod Institute, has perhaps done more to cement the bond between therapists and the Outer Cape than anyone. Pictured, Levin (left) mingles at his institute.


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CapeCast: Time-lapse video from Wellfleet's Whitecrest Beach

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Cape Cod National Seashore bans unmanned aircraft systems in the Park

Superintendent George Price signed the latest version of the Superintendent's Compendium, which includes a ban of launching, landing, or operating an unmanned aircraft from or on lands and waters administered by the National Park Service within the boundaries of Cape Cod National Seashore, except as approved in writing by the superintendent. This new restriction is consistent with a recent National Park Service interim policy that was issued in June, which recognized that the use of unmanned aircraft constitutes a new park use that affects park resources, staff and visitors. Until evaluations of this use are analyzed, the seashore will prohibit unmanned aircraft except as authorized, including research and administrative use, by the superintendent. The Superintendent's Compendium does include an exception to allow for the continued use of electric powered model aircraft when operated for purely recreational or hobby purposes and within the visual line of sight of the operator. The electric powered model aircraft is, however, prohibited from containing a camera or any other recording device, and it cannot be operated within 200 meters of any area designated by signs as a "Closed - Bird Use Area", or on swimming beaches when lifeguards are on duty. Model aircraft may not disturb or harass wildlife or be operated in a reckless manner, and must avoid flying directly over people, vessels, vehicles, or structures, and must avoid endangering the life and property of others. The prohibition of unmanned aircraft systems is one of the new entries to the 2014 Superintendent's Compendium. The other new items this year include the ban on smoking on protected swimming beaches when lifeguards are on duty and the prohibition of kiteboarding on ocean and bay waters between March 15 and October 15.

jul23 Wellfleet

Ira Wood on WOMR: Peter McMahon of The Modern House Trust

Ira Wood is an author, a teacher, a former publisher, a former selectman, and the host of a weekly radio program called The Lowdown on WOMR-FM, Cape Cod's Community Radio Station. For over 30 years Ira has made his home in Wellfleet. The Lowdown enables Ira to indulge his lifelong compulsion to pester people with questions.

jul23 Wellfleet

Wellfleet Receptions, Auctions & Other Events

At this time of the year, the calendar is full of fun events. Here are just a few to whet your appetite:

  • Don't miss the annual house tour this Sunday, organized by the Historical Society. Houses are meticulously packaged and prepared. A real treat to gain entry and admire what the owners have managed to achieve in decoration.

  • Meet artist J. Kent Planck at a reception on Saturday, from 6 to 8, Burdick Gallery. Many may already know him from the Wellfleet Historical Society or have previously seen his work in the former Sandpiper Gallery. Go see his latest lushly colored Wellfleet oil paintings.

  • Eat out at Karoo, in Eastham, recently featured on CBS News or, here in Wellfleet, at Ceraldi, which our current guests highly praised.

  • Book sale organized by the Friends of the Wellfleet Libraries. Mark your calendars. Town Hall parking lot, August 3, 9 to 1.

  • The Friends of the Wellfleet Libraries also invited a distinguished speaker to give a talk every summer at the Congregational Church. This year's guest will be author Lisa Genova, whose recent novels relate to early onset Alzheimer's and autism.

  • Don't forget the auction to benefit the Alzheimer's Foundation. It is held every year at Sweet Seasons, Inn at Duck Creek. This year's date is August 17. To make a donation, contact Mary Houk (508 737 3328).

  • All week the painting-related demonstrations and lectures continue at the Wellfleet Public Library, thanks to Addison Gallery in Orleans.


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Wellfleet Harbor Stage BBQ and Bocce by the Bay

Harbor Stage's BBQ and Bocce by the Bay on Sunday, August 3rd, 2014 - 4:30 to dusk includes BBQ, Drinks, Slightly Competitive Bocce, Silent Auction, and Live Entertainment, all with the Harbor Bay as the backdrop. Payment is $55 per guest - a nod to our very affordable season subscription package - and can be made via check (made out to "Harbor Stage Company") or through our box office (508.349.6800) or by clicking the button to the right. Please feel free to forward this invitation as all are welcome, but reservations are required - space is limited to 100 guests, so don't delay (RSVP by July 31st)! Proceeds support the Harbor's mission to bring authentic, intrepid performance to the widest audience possible. Great plays at fair prices for the right reasons.


jul23 Wellfleet

Cape Cod Notebook by Robert Finch: Booms, Cracks, and Claps: Listening to the Language of Thunder

Robert Finch is a nature writer living in Wellfleet. He has lived on and written about Cape Cod for forty years. His essays can be heard on WCAI every Tuesday morning at 8:35am and Tuesday afternoon at 5:45pm. 'A Cape Cod Notebook' won the 2006 New England Edward R. Murrow Award for Best Radio Writing.

One night last week a dramatic summer thunderstorm passed over the Outer Cape. It wasn't a violent storm - not like the giant one that spawned tornados and ravaged the western part of the state several summers ago, but even an "ordinary thunderstorm" - if I can use that phrase - is fascinating. We were sleeping on our sunroom porch when the storm arrived. At first there were only distant, rumblings of thunder and vague flashes of so-called "heat lightning" far to the west. Then the storm gradually grew closer, louder, and brighter. Through the skylight I saw one large bolt flash horizontally across the sky. The thunder began to take on a more textured and articulated shape, tracing in "surround sound" the path of the lightning bolt before it. There is no sound on earth that compares in majesty and power to that of rolling thunder. It is the wrath of God, always beautiful. Each manifestation of thunder has its own identity. Some have the shape and sounds of waves crashing on a beach - a falling sound followed by a deep, grounded explosion. Others are more like skyrockets, expanding, flinging themselves out into space. Thunder's hold on the human imagination is expressed in its vocabulary and mythology. Lightning may be more dramatic, and dangerous, but it has a relatively poor vocabulary to describe it. Lightning is almost always a "bolt" or a "stroke" that "flashes" or "streaks." And that's about it. Thunder, on the other hand, seems to have inspired a vast lexicon to describe it. It can boom, crack, clap, bang, slam, crash, clash, burst, bust, bounce, report, rap, snap, flap, tap, smack, whack and thwack, peal, rumble and grumble, roll, roar and bell - and that hardly exhausts thunder's percussive repertoire. In mythology, too, thunder seems to have inspired far more incarnations than lightning. Over fifty different thunder gods have been identified in various cultures - from Thor (the inspiration for a recent spate of weak super-hero movies) to the Australian Aboriginal Thunder God Mammaragan. Some gods are identified with both thunder and lightning, but curiously, there are few, if any gods identified solely with lightning. We lay on the bed, looking out the windows of the sunroom as the storm advanced. Eventually the bolts of lightning were breaking directly overhead. Our dog Sam showed no alarm, but quietly came up on the bed with us. This was probably the best place to experience such a storm: exposed on three sides to the sound and light, but more protected than in a gazebo or a shed. I wondered if this were going to be a "dry storm," for there was no rain accompanying the lightning and thunder, but then, slowly, it began: the wet pelting of raindrops on the window panes; then the harder tapping of small hail just as the storm, at its height, began to move off to the east. It was perfect timing, a benediction beginning just as the storm was receding. Aside from the sheer excitement of it, I was, as always, impressed by how orchestrated it all was. It was, as Kathy put it, deeply "musical." It seemed, in fact, to embody all the elements of primal drama, and was, perhaps, a template for it. Could it be that certain cultural forms - such as drama - are in fact, shaped in part by regional weather. It would make an interesting study. In any case, the whole storm lasted no more than 45 minutes from beginning to end, and it departed with the same measured, muffled dignity with which it had arrived.

jul23 Wellfleet-Truro-Provincetown

Think twice about nonresident powers by Brent Harold

The nonresident taxpayers are getting restless. According to stories in local papers, organizations of nonresident taxpayers (NRT) are starting up in both Truro and Provincetown. (Wellfleet's have been active for almost 15 years.) "Part-time residents want more say in town," reads one headline. "Second-homeowners in Provincetown are calling for a bigger seat at the table when it comes to local government." According to the president of the Truro NRT group, "this is not a town of only 2,000 people (the year-round population); it's a town of all of us." The nonresident taxpayer movement is a relatively recent phenomenon. Until the late 1990s, you didn't hear of it even occurring to people who spend a few weeks here each year and have the bulk of their lives (kids, careers, etc.) elsewhere that they ought to have a say in running this town, too. Back then, they apparently thought of these small rural towns where they vacationed as having a local life quite separate from them and doing fine managing their own affairs. But that has changed dramatically. The growing demographic of second-homeowners is no longer content for these towns to run themselves. (In Wellfleet, second homes comprise roughly two-thirds of the housing stock, meaning that two-thirds of the houses in town sit empty for two-thirds of the year.) The pitch in favor of a larger nonresident role is the appealing-sounding one of just wanting to help out a bit in the town that they, too, love. What could be wrong with people helping out a town they love? But scratch the surface of that pitch and you quickly get to the "taxation without representation" argument. Hey, we pay more than half of the taxes. Doesn't that earn us a little control over things? At one level, all nonresidents want is a chance to be informed about local affairs. At another level, however, what they want is to be able to play a role in running things. According to the Cape Codder, the Provincetown group wants "changes to the charter that would allow nonresident homeowners to serve on local boards and participate in town meetings." The leader of the Provincetown group says, "These are very modest proposals, we believe. There's no way we're taking over the town with this... . We're just trying to participate in town government." Modest proposals, indeed. Note the defensive "just." The existing and long-standing law about town meeting residency is based on a powerful and humane logic: You only get to vote in one town, the one where you've committed your life, have your career, raise your children. Know the weather year-round and the community full-time. In practical terms, you don't want a town to be run by people not qualified by full-time life there. When it comes to a vote, it's not money or a house, but your body that counts. Even a young renter by that logic gets to have more of a say about things than the owner of the most impressive second home. The second-home market itself has had a devastating effect on the ability of local young people to stay in their hometown; young renters may be allowed by law to vote in town meeting, but they are a diminishing breed. If in addition to fundamental changes in quality of life wrought by their money, second-homeowners get to play a significant role in local government, that would amount to more than a minor tweaking. It would be a huge, historic change in our towns. Yes, as the nonresidents are fond of saying, "We all love this town." But full-time and part-time lovers can have very different ways of expressing our affection. An obvious example: In Wellfleet, a logical Robin Hood idea pushed by selectmen recently of taxing full-time and part-time residents differently, as some towns have done to benefit locals, was defeated just by pressure brought to bear by part-timers packing an open meeting. Same lovable town, but conflicting economic interests.


jul23 Eastham-Wellfleet

SPAT comes to Eastham

Wellfleet Shellfish Promotion and Tasting, Inc. (SPAT), the non-profit group that sponsors Wellfleet OysterFest, will host SummerFair, an arts and crafts event Wednesday and Thursday, July 23 and 24, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine. on Eastham's Windmill Green.

jul23 Eastham-Orleans

Barring issues, dredging to begin at Rock Harbor

Dredging of Rock Harbor, the cost to be split between the towns of Orleans and Eastham, will begin Oct. 1, Eastham Board of Selectmen said last week. Eastham Town Meeting in May approved $750,000 as its share to dredge Rock Harbor. Neil Andres, director of public works, told the board that the contract was awarded to Coastline Development, and permits for the project have been received from both the Eastham and the Orleans conservation commissions. Still to be obtained, however, is a permit from the Army Corps of Engineers, a Chapter 91 permit and a water quality certificate from the state Department of Environmental Protection. The permitting process is not the only thing that could hold up the start of the project. "Believe it or not, we are the first with turtle time of year restriction," he said. "We have Diamondback terrapins in the area and they like to bury in the mud in the winter. We have to get the upper reaches done before the turtles bury themselves into the mud. If we start Oct. 1, we'll be able to do that." The project has to be completed by Dec. 1 because the right whales will be in the bay, he said, "and we don't want to hit the whales with the barge, which will take the spoils out to the dump zone." "Everyone's been notified, all the boaters, that Sept. 25 is the day they have to be out of the water," Andres added. "That will give us a couple of days before Oct. 1, and the contractor hopes hope to get in and pull the piles and docks . We really need to make this job go very quickly if we are going to get it done."

jul23 Eastham

Eastham Non-Resident Taxpayers Association gets summary on water library

Twice a year, in July and August, Town Administrator Sheila Vanderhoef spends her Saturday mornings at the Elks Lodge, updating the members of the Eastham Non-Resident Taxpayers Association about what is going on and what has transpired during the months that they were not in town. Last Saturday she updated them on results of the May 5 town meeting and the ongoing spat between Eastham and Orleans over Nauset Spit, and assured them that wastewater is an important issue. But, she said, the town has to tackle the public health issue of municipal water first. She warned them they'll have to get their boats out of Rock Harbor come October when the harbor dredging is set to begin and told them that the library will be relocated to three trailers in the town hall parking lot in early August. The new library will not be up and running for 15 to 18 months, during construction. "Don't think because the library is relocated behind town hall it is not available. They will be able to get you anything you want. The computers will be on in the trailers, the children's programs will be going on, and staff will be there to help you," she said. As for the spat about the Spit, she said Eastham selectmen will meet with Orleans Sselectmen to discuss whether some accommodation can be made to allow Eastham taxpayers to access that section of the beach at the same price that Orleans taxpayers pay for an ORV sticker. "We are looking forward to having that discussion with Orleans," she said. Nesting piping plovers, a protected species, shuts down that area to vehicles in early summer. She cautioned the group that what is said in the newspaper about the issue "makes it look a bit more scary and frightening than it really is but no lives have been lost and there are reasonable discussions and those discussions will continue." While a survey of association members showed that they were concerned not only about drinking water, but also about wastewater, Vanderhoef said the focus is now on municipal water since that is a public health issue. "We have not ignored wastewater," she said, and explained that the tri-town septage treatment plant needs a significant upgrade and a decision has not yet been made on whether to demolish the existing plant or enlarge it. "These are big discussions the Eastham selectmen will be having with the selectmen of Orleans and Brewster," she said. As for water, she said the selectmen decided to put an article on the town meeting warrant for a partial water system, which did pass.


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Eastham Senior Center Events

All events take place at the Eastham Senior Center, located at 1405 Nauset Road. For questions or to RSVP call 508.255.6164.

  • Free Flick Fridays at 12:30 PM on August 1, 22 & 29. Beat the heat and enjoy a movie! Stop by the Eastham Senior Center for a FREE movie, snacks and beverages plus cool off in the air conditioning! Call the Senior Center for movie titles, 508.255.6164.

  • Chair Yoga every Thursday at 10:45 AM on August 14, 21 & 28. Join fitness instructor Janet Reinhart as she shows you new ways to manage stress with chair yoga providing a more gentle fitness program than traditional yoga. $5 per class. Call now to sign up, 508.255.6164.

  • Free preventative health screenings on July 25, 2014 at 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM. Join Barnstable County Public Health Nurses for FREE health screenings. The screenings will include cholesterol, skin analysis, HDL, glucose testing, bone density, and blood pressure. Screenings will be available from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM on Friday, July 25, 2014 at the Eastham Senior Center.

  • E-books workshop on Friday, August 1, 2014 at 10:30 AM. Join Library Director Debra DeJonker-Berry for this one hour workshop to learn how to set up your electronic devices to use Overdrive to borrow e-books and digital audio books using your library card for free. It's as easy as 1, 2, 3! 1) Come to the workshop; 2) Learn how to set up your device; and 3) Go to the CLAMS Overdrive website to find a book to download for free. The program will be on Friday, August 1, 2014 at 10:30 AM at the Eastham Senior Center. While this is not a hands-on program, individual follow-up appointments will be available at the library. RSVP required, please call 508.255.6164.

  • Energy saving ideas on August 8, 2014 at 11:00 AM. Learn how to save money on your electric bill! Mark Dudley from Cape Light Compact as he presents ways to save on electricity use and how to receive a Free Energy Audit. The program will take place on Friday, August 8, 2014 at 11:00 AM at the Eastham Senior Center. For information or if you'd like to attend the program please RSVP, 508.255.6164.

  • How to remember not to forget on August 22, 2014 at 11:00 AM. Join professional Joan Houlihan from Atria as she presents "How to Remember Not to Forget". She will use interactive techniques and tricks to show you how to train your brain to remember things. The program will be on Friday, August 22, 2014 at 11:00 AM at the Eastham Senior Center. For information or if you'd like to attend the program please RSVP, 508.255.6164.
jul23 Eastham

Eastham Public Library Youth Services' "Terrific Tuesdays"

Free family fun continues with the Eastham Public Library Youth Services' "Terrific Tuesdays" programs at the Eastham Senior Center, 1405 Nauset Road. "Sciencetellers is next week's program, Tuesday, July 22, at 6:30 p.m. Learn about the science of fire and ice by watching a tale of dragons and dreams using experiments of flash paper, exploding bottles, "cool" dry ice, and more. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Eastham Library.


Seamen's Bank pledged $10,000 for new Eastham Public Library

Seamen's Bank Long Point Charitable Foundation has pledged $10,000 dollars towards the construction of the new Eastham Public Library. The Eastham Library Building Fund has a goal of raising $1 million for the new library, and has already raised more than $500,000. Pictured are from left, Debra DeJonker-Berry, library director; Mary Shaw, co-chairman of the Library Building Fund; Al Alfano, president of the Eastham Library Board of Trustees; Lori Meads, vice president of Seamen's Bank; and Colleen O'Duffy-Johnston, business development officer of Seamen's Bank.

jul23 Provincetown

An Afternoon at Captain Jack's Wharf in P'town

Town Landings are found all along PTown's Commercial Street, providing public access to the beach on the edge of Provincetown Harbor. This spot is among the most popular of them all, at Captain Jack's Wharf in the West End of town. Folks are often found here sunbathing or swimming on a summer's day, or picnicking at the edge of the water, or launching a kayak or raft and paddling out to Long Point. The kayaks of all the nearby neighbors are piled against the hedge, and on this day I found a couple of men dragging their little craft out of the heap and loading their gear into the hull, getting ready for an afternoon getaway into the harbor. Meanwhile, a woman is painting one of PTown's most famous waterfront scenes. For years artists and photographers have been capturing a bit of the history of our early fishing fleet as well as that of one of our most illustrious summer visitors, who turned out to be one of the nations most well-known writers. This little string of old fishing shacks and trap sheds has been a popular accommodation for visitors for years, operating these days as small condominiums rented out over the summer. One of these shacks was also rented long ago to Tennesse Williams, who spent many of the summers of the 1940s in Provincetown. Although many disagree on exactly which of Williams' plays might have been written at various spots he occupied over those summers, we know that several parts of The Glass Menagerie, one of his best-known plays, were written, rewritten, and re-rewritten over a few of those summers, and many say that the play was finally finished during the summer he spent at Captain Jack's Wharf.

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On this day in 1856: Disastrous Gale on the Coast of Labrador

On this day over a century and a half ago, word was finally received by Cape Cod Marine telegraph about the ships lost in an enormous gale that struck the coast of Labrador earlier in the month. Of the thirty sailing vessels along the shore that day, twenty-nine were driven ashore and destroyed including one from Provincetown, the brig Samuel Cook. The one vessel which rode out the storm was the General Warren, also out of Provincetown. 

jul23 Orleans

Orleans looking at three overrides this fall

Voters will be asked to sign off on three override questions at special town meeting in October, one of which will begin the design of a new department of works facility. The ballot questions, which will be before voters Oct. 27, also have to be approved at the special election in November, and include the first phase of the DPW construction project, funding for new windows for Orleans Elementary School and monies for intersection improvements on Main Street not included in the state's $3.3 million redesign project. Numbers for the windows - around $650,000 before state reimbursement - and improvements - which could be around $150,000 and may include more village-friendly street lights - are still being hammered out. But this week selectmen did discuss the cost of designing the first phase of the department of public works project. DPW director Tom Daley said engineering and design costs would be about $510,000 for the new 10,000-square-foot building planned for Giddiah Hill Road. "I know we need this facility, we have needed it for 20 years or more," said Selectman Alan McClennen, adding that he would support moving forward, but wasn't convinced phasing was the best approach. There is dire need for the vehicle maintenance building included in the first phase, Daley said, and as part of the initial phase there would also be an attached space for shops and offices. That wouldn't be completed until the second phase, said Daley, and in the interim a portion of it would be used as a wash bay - which is required. The $5 million project also includes site development costs of about $2 million which will set the stage for later phases include storage facilities for salt, and finishing the administrative offices started in the initial phase. Officials are holding the cost of the project to $5 million, which is what is specified in the capital plan that voters already approved. Initial estimates of the entire project, which includes homes for several different departments - from parks to harbormaster - and getting the storage of salt away from the marsh off Bay Ridge Road is $17.5 million.

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This Nauset grad is going global

Christopher Wingard is an Eagle Scout and an honor student, but he isn't afraid to step out of the box when necessary. This fall, the 18-year-old organized an alternative homecoming dance because he didn't agree with the dance rules set out by the school staff. He rented the ballroom at the Eastham Four Points by Sheraton for the event, sold about 200 tickets to pay for it, and then donated the $1,000 in extra proceeds to a scholarship fund named for his friend Miles Tibbetts, who died in a bicycle accident in August. And now, the recent Nauset Regional High School graduate is stepping out again. In August, he'll leave the country for Senegal to serve in the Global Citizen Year program. This "gap year" or "bridge year" program will send him to live with a local family and work in a school, hospital or on a small business development project. The Global Citizen Year program, founded by Harvard Business School graduate Abby Falik five years ago, aims to provide high school graduates with a global focus before their college years. "Global Citizen Year recruits and selects young people with extraordinary leadership potential," said Erin Lewellen, vice president of recruitment and growth strategy. The nonprofit organization is trying to transform "the pipeline - and perspectives - of America's next generation of leaders," Falik wrote in an email. Many other gap year programs cater to wealthy high school graduates who either need to catch up academically or can afford to pay hefty travel expenses, Wingard said. But this one is different, he said. The Global Citizen Year program has been featured in The New York Times, The Huffington Post and Forbes. It's praised along with other gap year programs for giving teenagers passion and focus, enabling them to use their college years more effectively. "I knew I wanted to do something between high school and college because I love to travel," Wingard said. "I Googled around and found this program." The Global Citizen Year provides high-quality training and a certain amount of independence, without financial barriers, he said. "It was the perfect combination of freedom and training," he said. The nonprofit group is paying for $26,000 of the $30,000 tuition. "They don't want finances to be a barrier at all," said Wingard, whose mother owns an art gallery and whose father is a science teacher at Barnstable High School. Wingard will leave his Brewster home Aug. 20 for Stanford University in California, where he'll spend five weeks learning French and one of the African languages spoken in Senegal. Then he'll head to a small town in the African country, which is stable politically but also poor, he said. He'll return April 1 to Stanford, where the Global Citizen Year program then provides re-emergence training. Wingard, who graduated in the top 10 percent of his class, will start college in 2015 at Tufts University, where he already has been accepted, he said. Wingard said he is most afraid "of leaving everyone and everything I know." But, he said, extensive Skyping with a former Global Citizen fellow convinced him this was the way to go. "I want to help people," he said. "To me, that's a life worth living."


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Brewster Garden Club awards scholarship

The Brewster Garden Club has awarded a $3,000 scholarship to Meghan Carr (center) who is a sophomore at the University of New Hampshire studying Marine Estuary and Freshwater Biology. Suzanne Sullivan, Scholarship chairperson is on the left and Club President Mary Ann Vetano is on the right.

jul23 Chatham

Minor crash briefly closes Chatham airport

Rescuers responded at 11:32 a.m. Tuesday to a plane that had skidded off the runway at the Chatham Municipal Airport, according to fire and police officials. The pilot, James Ford, 51, of Orleans, was not injured, and there were no passengers in the plane, the police said. The airport at 240 George Ryder Road was closed for about 30 minutes as a result of the incident, and the Federal Aviation Administration will conduct an investigation, police Lt. Michael Anderson stated in a press release. The 1974 Cessna 172M fixed-wing, single-engine plane was performing a touch-and-go landing when during take-off it skidded about 300 feet and hit trees off the east side of the airport, Anderson said. The undercarriage and wings of the plane were damaged but there was no fuel spilled. The airport reopened at 12:07 p.m. , the police said.

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Last Marconi house lease approved in Chatham

They say the third time is the charm, but when it comes to leasing the last home on the historic Marconi site, officials are hoping it's the fourth. "This particular house has been out to bid four times," the town's consultant, Alan McClennen, told selectmen on Tuesday. The board had two proposals before them - one from the Chatham Housing Authority the other from a private individual, Mary Annaliese Schneider. In looking at the documentation provided, and following McClennen's advice, the selectmen agreed to lease the home at 585 Old Comer's Road to Schneider for 20 years. The deal is subject to a few caveats, including Schneider obtaining the necessary permits from the town to do the interior work on the home that is part of the National Historic Register site. The home is part of a complex of buildings that made up Guglielmo Marconi's wireless station; it was later sold to the town by MCI in the late 1990s. If everything works, it will end a long search. "Assigning a tenant to this brick residence building will complete the almost decade long effort to realize the board's vision of a campus focused on promoting maritime, educational, historical, and housing uses," said Terry Whalen, the town's principal planner, in a memo. After the sale, which also included swaths of open space, the town began grappling with what to do with the buildings on the hill that overlooks Ryder's Cove and over the years tenants were found. Two of the larger buildings, the old hotel and old operations building, have been restored by Chatham Marconi Maritime Center and are used for education and four other homes on the site are used for affordable housing. A private individual home leases another home and McClennen thought that was the best bet for this property as well. He said both applicants were qualified, but Schneider, a merchant sea captain, had enough money on hand to do the required repairs, whereas the housing authority would have to apply for close to $100,000 in Community Preservation Funds, or other monies, to complete the project. He also said that Schneider would pay $6,000 a year, which would go into a revolving fund to do upkeep on the property while the housing authority had only offered $1. Selectman Seth Taylor said that, running the numbers, Schneider would pay about $1,000 a month which was an extremely good deal. The other board members didn't disagree, but said this was the best proposal they had received. "We have tested the market several times, unsuccessfully," Selectman Sean Summers said. For more information, visit

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Chatham Marconi-RCA Wireless Museum holds lectures

The Marconi-RCA Wireless Museum is sponsoring a series of presentations about the history of communications on Cape Cod, each week on Thursday evenings through Sept. 25, at Chatham Marconi Maritime Center's Education Center, 831 Orleans Road in North Chatham, beginning at 7 p.m. On July 24, French Cable Station Museum Director Joe Manas and Marconi-RCA Museum Executive Director Dick Kraycir explore the competing turn-of-the-century communications technologies and their impact on Cape Cod. Reservations are not required, and there is no charge for admission. A donation of $5 per individual or $10 per family is suggested.


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'Sacrifice art sale' by Harwich guild

The Guild of Harwich Artists is holding its third Sacrifice Art Sale on Saturday, July 26, at the Harwich Community Center, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Everything is priced at $99 or less. There will be original works of art along with reproduction prints, photographs, tiles, note cards and more. Guild artists will also be selling surplus frames, art supplies and art books. Door prizes will be awarded throughout the sale. The Harwich Community Center is located at 100 Oak St., Harwich. There is ample free parking. Proceeds of the sale will benefit guild programs.

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Wire stolen from Harwich school construction site lands two in cuffs

Two off-Cape men are accused of breaking into the site of the future Monomoy Regional High School and stealing electrical wire Saturday. According to a Harwich police release, Officer Keith Kannally pulled over the driver of a truck with a loud exhaust on Main Street near Sisson Road just before midnight. The driver was identified as Anthony Dearth, 45, of Tyngsborough. During the stop, Dearth was arrested for operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license. Dearth's passenger, 34-year-old Matthew Reardon of Billerica, was placed under arrest on an outstanding warrant for felony breaking and entering and larceny from a building issued by Lowell District Court. During the stop, Officer Kannally and Officer Brendan Brickley, who arrived as backup, noticed several spools of unopened electrical wire in the bed of Dearth's truck, police said. When asked where the wire was from, or why they had it, neither Dearth or Reardon could provide the officers with a believable explanation. Both men were transported to the Harwich Police Station for processing and the wire was confiscated. Sergeant Bob Brackett joined the investigation and the officers discovered the electrical wire was stolen from a storage facility at the Monomoy Regional High School construction site on Oak Street. Both Dearth and Reardon were additionally charged with felony breaking and entering and larceny from a building. Both were released on $1,500 cash bail and arraigned in Orleans District Court on Monday, police said.

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Jazz favorites at this week's Harwich Farmers Market

Jazz musician Don Gauland will entertain shoppers at this week's Harwich Farmers Market, Thursday, July 24, 3 to 6 p.m. The market is held on the grounds of Brooks Academy Museum, 80 Parallel St., Harwich Center. Vendors include Eldredge Farm, Miss Scarlett's Blue Ribbon Farm, Tuck-a-Way Farm, Not Enough Acres Farm, Hemeon's Farm, Seawind Meadows, Know Whey Artisan Cheese, Monipati Farms, Summer House Natural Soaps, Thyme After Thyme, Commodore Inn, Cape Cod Cookie, Great Cape Baking, Wildtree Organic Foods, Wellfleet Sea Salt Company, and C Shore Designs. Brooks Academy Museum is open for extended hours during the market and features new exhibits "Harwich and the War to End All Wars" and "Harwich Then and Now" with the popular railroad and cranberry displays. Shoppers will also be able to check out the Elmer Crowell barn, currently under reconstruction next to the museum.

jul23 Wellfleet

Local Food Report by Elspeth Hay: Unusual Local Herbs Add Flavor to Summer Dishes

Elspeth Hay is an avid locavore who lives in Wellfleet and writes a blog about food. Elspeth is constantly exploring the Cape, Islands, and South Coast and all our farmer's markets to find out what's good, what's growing and what to do with it. Her Local Food Report airs Thursdays at 8:30am on Morning Edition and Thursdays at 5:45pm on All Things Considered, as well as Saturday mornings at 9:30am.

You've probably heard of chervil, lemon basil, and lemon verbena. But have you ever cooked with them? This week on the Local Food Report, Elspeth Hay talks with several local growers about these unusual summer herbs-what the plants are like, and what to do with them in the kitchen. Below are links to several recipes mentioned in the show:

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

jul22 Wellfleet

Just what does a horseshoe crab do in it's idle hours?

They've been around since the Paleozoic epoch but we still don't know how they while away the hours in Wellfleet Bay. But we may soon have an answer. Last Thursday the Massachusetts Department of Energy and Environmental Affairs awarded $50,000 (from the Environmental Trust's license plate program) to Mass Audubon to develop a sustainable plan for harvesting horseshoe crabs. In order to do that researchers will have to determine how many horseshoe crabs are actually in Wellfleet Bay and whether they stay put or wander out to witness the wilds of Cape Cod Bay. "We are pretty excited," noted Mark Faherty, of the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, a Mass Audubon facility. The horseshoe crab is not a crustacean like other crabs, but a member of its own class, the merstomata, and is more closely related to the long extinct trilobites seen in fossils. While they aren't harvested for food they are collected from Wellfleet Bay for bait in the conch fishery. "We've been involved with horseshoe crab research for a long time, pre-dating me," Faherty said. "Bob (Prescott, the sanctuary director) has always kept his finger on it. It goes back to 1994 when we did a project with M.J. Pirri of U.R.I." Pirri was doing egg counts to monitor reproduction and she later published a paper in 2002 on spawning densities and demographics of horseshoe crabs in Monomoy, Cape Cod Bay and the Cape Cod National Seashore. The sanctuary picked up horseshoe crab work again in 2007 when it partnered on another spawning survey of females on the beaches at high tide. The state Division of Marine Fisheries prohibited the harvest of the crabs around full and near-full moons in May and June, believing that the crabs would be over-harvested while clustered on the beaches to breed during the extra-high tides on those dates. "The survey we did based the count around the full moons in June two days before and two days after, at high tide," Faherty recounted. "We would do tagging/mark recapture with button tags to give us an idea of how many were around. We'd get a recapture rate of around none to 13 percent which is pretty good." Based on the ratio of captured horse crabs that are tagged and the total number tagged it is possible to estimate the size of the overall population. "We were just doing the same thing every year and the harvest continued," Faherty noted. But it turns out New England horseshoe crabs, unlike those in Chesapeake Bay, are more inspired to breed by weather, water temperature and other conditions besides the highest high tide.


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Brewster woman cited in 3-car Wellfleet crash

Two people were taken to the hospital after a three-car crash Sunday morning on Route 6 in front of Our Lady of Lourdes church. The crash, which was called in to police at 12:35 p.m., started with a Ford Explorer rear-ending a Mazda 5 station wagon carrying a family of five from Connecticut, Wellfleet police Officer Joe Conroy said. The collision pushed the Mazda into a Toyota Sienna minivan, he said. There were about a dozen people evaluated for injuries at the scene, Conroy said. None of the injuries was serious, but the Explorer and the Mazda had to be towed from the scene, he said. Two people were taken to Cape Cod Hospital, Wellfleet fire Lt. Shawn Clark said. The driver of the Explorer - Joann Kuchinsky, 71, of Brewster - will be cited for failing to use care in stopping, Conroy said.

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Wellfleet National Seashore Homeowner' Association to meet

The Wellfleet National Seashore Homeowner' Association will hold its annual meeting Sunday, July 27, at 9:30 a.m. at Wellfleet Public Library with several speakers on important topics. Speakers will include Dennis O'Connell, president of the Wellfleet Conservation Trust; Mark Robinson, executive director of the Compact of Cape Cod Trusts and Robert Prescott, executive director of Mass Audubon's Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. Prescott will talk about coastal birds and the effects of global warming on bird populations on the Outer Cape.

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Wellfleet United Methodist Church concert

The Wellfleet United Methodist Church presents Eli and Monika Woods Tuesday, July 29, from 7 to 8 p.m. at the church, 246 Main St. Pianist Eli and clarinetist Monika play anything, but especially jazz. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children.

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Stuart Ewing at Wellfleet Library

A performance by Stuart Ewing will be featured Thursday, July 24, at 8 p.m. at Wellfleet Public Library. Ewing is generally considered one of the originators of the field of media studies, and his writings continue to shape debates in the field. His books include "PR! A Social History of Spin," and "Captains of Consciousness: Advertising and the Social Roots of the Consumer Culture." He is distinguished professor of history, sociology and media studies at the graduate center of the City University of New York and at Hunter College.

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Modern homes build on Cape traditions

Five thousand years from now, Cape Cod will be gone. Humans were late arrivals to this rugged curl of land south of Boston, and we came just in time. The Cape was dragged into being just 1,800 years ago, near the end of the most recent Ice Age. The northward retreat of the giant Laurentide Ice Sheet left a graceful, arm-shaped edge of sand, gravel, clay, and rock surrounded by rising salt water. The highest ridge of that pile of debris, the glacial moraine, now forms a topographical backbone down the Cape, surrounded by outwash plains that slope westward into Cape Cod Bay. Lingering ice boulders, standing firm as meltwaters deposited land around them, eventually melted into deep puddles known as kettle ponds - now some of the loveliest, most secluded settings on outer Cape Cod. Since that time, Atlantic waves and currents have been pounding the Cape's outer shore in oblique, wind-blown patterns, steadily eroding the beach and pushing enough sand northward to create all of Provincetown and its harbor. Even the otherworldly dunes of the Province Lands, cherished by generations of painters, writers, and photographers, are a flash in the pan of geological time: Formed by the displacement of sandy points south, they were woodlands just a few hundred years ago. Humanity's appetite for lumber scraped them into bare dunes, which had to be manually replanted to keep the drifting sand from smothering Provincetown. The land is in endless flux. And the sea has never stopped rising. Architecture on Cape Cod has always been imbued with this sense of impermanence. Every type of building here - domestic, commercial, maritime, holiday - has an element of the ephemeral. Buildings near the water were often set on pilings, or stilts, to avoid being crushed or soaked by the weather; in a storm, water, snow, or sand would swirl under and around the building rather than drift against it. In the 20th century, attitudes toward the shore began to shift from fear to excitement, and many fish houses, dune shacks, and lifesaving stations were repurposed and prized by creative people for their very closeness to nature. Many were, in turn, poetically lost to the sea. Cape Cod's most famous house type, the snug, harmonious Cape, was built to last. It was an English house - simple, practical, and handsome. A Cape was not easily ruined - but it could be moved. When the ocean encroached on a neighborhood, or business called from the harbor, owners would lift, roll, and float these steadfast abodes from one part of town to another. Complicating their pedigrees, many early houses were built or expanded with recycled lumber from different times and places. Go back far enough and the bones of every house on Cape Cod hold multiple stories. An old building may be historic, but it probably wasn't original to the period. When the Modernists arrive, they will build on these traditions of enterprise, flexibility, and economy, often consciously borrowing elements of Cape Cod's vernaculars that typify Modern ideals. Wampanoag wetus, classic Capes, dune shacks, huts of refuge, and maritime sheds on pilings were all framed structures with a skin. They wore their locally available, often secondhand materials honestly, achieving a handsome profile with little or no adornment. They sat lightly on the land, with little or no foundational footprint, and were sited to interact with nature in the most respectfuly way - sometimes to their benefit, sometimes to their detriment.


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CapeCast: A strange ruin on Great Island in Wellfleet

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Burdick Art Gallery Reception for artist J. Kent Planck

On Saturday, July 26, from 6:00 - 8:00pm, meet artist J. Kent Planck. Many of you may already know him from the Wellfleet Historical Society or have previously seen his work in the former Sandpiper Gallery. Come see his latest lushly colored Wellfleet oil paintings. Burdick Art Gallery is located at 25 Bank Street, in Wellfleet Center.

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Art sale at Wellfleet's AIM Thrift Shop

The AIM Thrift Shop is happy to announce its sixth annual Art Sale Saturday, Aug. 9, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the town hall driveway. This year AIM volunteers are excited to offer paintings, drawings, prints, posters, photographs, art supplies, art books, and some fun vintage collectibles. Bargain hunters will also find a selection of antique furniture that includes a hand-painted rocking horse, three Victorian carved oak beds, and two wonderful folk art twig tables, organizers promised. This year AIM volunteers are excited to offer paintings, drawings, prints, posters, photographs, art supplies, art books, and some fun vintage collectibles. Bargain hunters will also find a selection of antique furniture that includes a hand-painted rocking horse, three Victorian carved oak beds, and two wonderful folk art twig tables, organizers promised.

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Tourism to Cape Cod National Seashore creates $185.7 Million in Economic Benefit

A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 4,501,897 visitors to Cape Cod National Seashore in 2013 spent $185.7 million in communities near the park. That spending supported 2,226 jobs in the local area. "Cape Cod National Seashore is proud to welcome visitors from across the country and around the world," said superintendent George Price. "We are delighted to share the story of this place and the experiences it provides and to use the park as a way to introduce our visitors to this part of the country and all that it offers. National park tourism is a significant driver in the national economy - returning $10 for every $1 invested in the National Park Service - and it's a big factor in our local economy as well. We appreciate the partnership and support of our neighbors and are glad to be able to give back by helping to sustain local communities." "The people and the business owners in communities near national parks have always known their economic value," said Price. "Cape Cod National Seashore is clean, green fuel for the engine that drives our local economy." The peer-reviewed visitor spending analysis was conducted by U.S. Geological Survey economists Catherine Cullinane Thomas and Christopher Huber and Lynne Koontz for the National Park Service. The report shows $14.6 billion of direct spending by 273.6 million park visitors in communities within 60 miles of a national park. This spending supported more than 237,000 jobs nationally, with more than 197,000 jobs found in these gateway communities, and had a cumulative benefit to the U.S. economy of $26.5 billion. According to the 2013 economic analysis, most visitor spending was for lodging (30.3 percent) followed by food and beverages (27.3 percent), gas and oil (12.1 percent), admissions and fees (10.3 percent) and souvenirs and other expenses (10 percent). The largest jobs categories supported by visitor spending were restaurants and bars (50,000 jobs) and lodging (38,000 jobs). To download the report, visit The report includes information for visitor spending at individual parks and by state.

jul22 Wellfleet

"No, You'll Shoot Your Eye Out!" by Rick Cochran

Richard (Rick) Cochran grew up in Wellfleet, 1952-1970. His father was the last principal of Wellfleet High School before Nauset opened in 1959. Rick has written a series of short stories that detail life for one Wellfleet family in the fifties and sixties. Some of the topics featured in Rick's stories include Wellfleet High School and it's teachers (Dick Cochran, Tom Kane, Elisabeth Hooker, and Martha Porch), Wellfleet's first Little League team, good old Charlie Bean, Nelson's Market, Captain Higgins, Miss Judy's Dance Studio, and life around the Wellfleet Marina. With affection and humor, Rick captures life not only in Wellfleet, but what could be any small town of that era. The next piece is presented below:

"No, You'll Shoot Your Eye Out!"

The Last Principal of Wellfleet

Wellfleet Consolidated School 1938-1959

"No, You'll Shoot Your Eye Out!"

In the classic movie, "A Christmas Story" based on Jean Shepard's tale, all Ralphie Parker wants for Christmas is "an official Red Ryder*, carbine action, two-hundred shot, range model air rifle!" All I wanted was that same Daisy BB gun that I ogled in the Sears catalog. When I asked my mother one morning at breakfast, she said, "No, you'll shoot your eye out."

Years later when I watched the movie, I couldn't believe it when Ralphie's mother used the same line. Did Jean Shepard's mother know my mother? Was there a secret mother conspiracy? Did Redbook, Better Homes and Gardens, or Life magazine print advice on "lines" to use for mothers? Oh, and how is it physically possible to shoot yourself in the eye with a long BB rifle? Why is it that the mother, of every man, I have ever talked to, says his mother said the same thing that Ralphie's mother, and my mother both said, "No, you'll shoot your eye out!"

Well, I had a secret too! At the end of our street, Hiller Avenue, lived another boy, also name Ricky (I think his last name was Stone). Ricky's father was in the army and stationed at Camp Wellfleet. Ricky had both a BB gun and a bow and arrow target set. Jay Sherwin and I quickly made friends with Ricky. Jay was in the same situation that I was. Even though his father was Air Force Major John Sherwin, when Jay asked for a BB gun, his mother said. you know what!

So Jay and I hung out a lot at Ricky's house and, under the watchful eye of Ricky's father, we learned the proper way to handle a bow and arrow and BB gun. We shot at paper targets and then progressed to setting up our plastic army men and peppering them with the BBs. One morning at breakfast, my mother confronted me while my father looked on sheepishly in the background.

"Ricky, I know you are shooting BBs and arrows down at that other boy's house!"

Gulp, what could I say, caught red-handed. I just looked back at her completely speechless.

Then to my surprise she said, "I've talked this over with your father, and as long as that boy's father supervises you, I guess it's OK."

I couldn't believe it. My mother was giving me permission to use a BB gun and bow and arrow. Could this possibly mean that I could get one of my own?

My mother continued, "Of course this doesn't mean you can own one, but as long as he already has one, you can use it at his house."

The other Ricky only lived in town a year or two before his father was transferred, but by getting to use the BB gun and bow and arrows, I satisfied an itch that was spurred by the many westerns and WWII TV shows. I never did own either item, and until I watched Ralphie, longing for his Red Ryder, I had almost forgotten the urge.

Immediately after Ricky left Wellfleet another army boy moved into the trailer park just below our house on Taylor Hill. Doug Falcone was a year older than me and he didn't have a BB gun. Doug's hobby was remote control model airplanes. This was not surprising because his father, Sgt. Falcone, was involved in the Army's target drone program (RCAT - Remote Control Aerial Target) based at Camp Wellfleet. The drones were used to tow anti-aircraft artillery targets, removing the danger to piloted aircraft that had towed the targets in the past. So Doug and I flew his models on the Mayo Beach ball field, flights that usually resulted in a crash into the adjoining marsh and a long soggy search.

Doug was also on intimate terms with both Bing Harrington and the Wellfleet Marina's Harbormaster. As a result, Doug had permission to take out the town row boat whenever it was available. Doug taught me how to row, and together we explored the inner harbor and developed lots of blisters.

One windy day, Doug hopped in the boat, while I untied the rear line and prepared to jump in. Unfortunately, Doug was in the bow holding onto the dock, and I was on the dock at the stern or back of the boat. I got one foot in the boat as the bow pulled close to the dock and stern pulled away. In a flash, I was doing a split, one foot on the dock and one in the boat. It was not the first or last time that I walked home dripping wet.

Occasionally, I rode to Camp Wellfleet with Doug and his father. In the winter the base was almost deserted, with only the small detachment that ran the drone program. While Sgt. Falcone worked with the RCAT team, Doug and I poked around the buildings. My most memorable discovery was the wall of "pin-ups" from Playboy and other men's magazine. It was another stage in my pre-adolescent development, an education I could not have gotten at home!

Oh, that was another secret I didn't tell my mother.

* Red Ryder started as a western comic strip. He was a cowboy who wore a signature red shirt, brandished a carbine rifle and wounded his enemies by shooting the guns out of their hands. Red Ryder was very popular and expanded to comic books, radio and movies. The radio series was a hit and ran three nights per week, until they made the mistake of putting it head-to-head against the Lone Ranger. The Lone Ranger knocked Red Ryder off the air. Red Ryder's enduring fame continues with the brand name BB gun still produced (for over 70 years) by the Daisy company and immortalized it in the movie, "The Christmas Story."


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Crashes plague bike tunnel in Eastham

Thirteen-year-old Ethan Schwartz and his mother were biking on the Cape Cod Rail Trail through Eastham on June 27 when the path dipped downhill, turned sharply and entered a dark tunnel. "We were going down a slope and Ethan picked up speed," said his mother, Deborah Schwartz, of Sandwich. "His brakes started to stick and he said, 'I cannot slow down.'" Ethan's mother heard the crash ahead of her in the tunnel. Her son had run into a father and his young son. While father and son weren't badly hurt, Eastham firefighters found Ethan with a gash on the side of his face so deep the tendons were visible, said his mother. Twenty-eight stitches in his face and knee later, Ethan and Deborah Schwartz returned to Eastham to thank rescue workers. That's when they learned they aren't the only ones who have been taken by surprise by the bike tunnel. Fire Chief Mark Foley has counted 17 bike crashes there since 2010, most of them involving multiple patients. Many resulted in ambulance rides to Cape Cod Hospital and a few helicopter flights to Boston hospitals because of head injures, he said. "We have serious injuries all over the bike trail," Foley said. But the tunnel, where the bike trail dips under Route 6, is the only spot where accidents occur like clockwork. "The focus on sharks is great," Foley said. "But like I say at meetings, 'I can guarantee you someone will be hurt in the next few days at the bike tunnel.'" Foley and Eastham Police Chief Ed Kulhawik started to lobby for safety improvements in 2012. Kulhawik contacted the state Department of Conservation and Recreation, which manages the 22-mile Cape Cod Rail Trail that runs from Dennis to Wellfleet. He asked state Rep. Sarah Peake, D-Provincetown, for help. After her office got involved, DCR put up two signs warning bikers of the tunnel, he said. Yet the accidents continued. "The signs are not enough," Kulhawik said. Schwartz said she and her son didn't even see them.


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Great white shark filmed off Nauset Inlet

An Orleans family had an up-close encounter with a great white shark while on a boating trip Saturday afternoon in the Atlantic Ocean off the Nauset Inlet, not far from Coast Guard Beach. Cynthia Wigren, executive director and co-founder of the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy, said a family member recorded a brief video that shows the fin of the great white above the water and the massive predator moving below the sea surface close to the boat. State sharks experts have seen the video, Wigren said, and confirmed the fish was indeed a great white shark. It's difficult to determine the size of the shark due to a lack of scale on the video, but the initial estimate is about 14 feet long, according to Wigren. The 22-foot-long vessel was in about 100 feet of water off Eastham when the encounter occurred at about 4 p.m., she said. Wigren shared the video on the conservancy's Facebook site, with permission from the family. The short clip includes a few amazed quotes from some family members on board, who were clearly awed by the experience. "The kids had big smiles, everyone was really excited," said Wigren. It is not clear how far from land this latest great white shark sighting occurred, according to Wigren, but the shoreline can be seen in the video.

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Group urges demolition of Kline house in Truro

One of the Cape's leading environmental groups has come out in support of tearing down the controversial Kline house. The Association to Preserve Cape Cod filed a brief July 10 in a state Appeals Court case supporting the demolition of the house, the restoration of the surrounding broom crowberry landscape and the enforcement of a state-issued conservation permit on the 9-acre lot in South Truro. The group believes that the environmental concerns about the land have fallen to the wayside in the six-year fight over the family's 8,333-square-foot house at 27 Stephens Way, Edward DeWitt, executive director and attorney for the APCC, said recently. "A lot of the attention is focused on the house," DeWitt said. "There's so much here in terms of environmental protection. This was a unique area, with the heath lands and the whole concept of a Hopper landscape. We just wanted to refocus some attention on what was really important about this. It's not whether someone can build a house or not. It's about a public benefit." Kline attorney Diane Tillotson said Wednesday, however, that the association's brief doesn't appear to address any of the narrow procedural issues in the Appeals Court case. In the case, Andrea Kline of Boca Raton, Florida, is attempting to overturn a Jan. 15 state Land Court ruling that supported the demolition. She and her husband, Donald Kline, built the house on an undeveloped coastal lot next to what was once the summer home of American artist Edward Hopper. Hopper, who settled in South Truro in the 1930s, is believed to have been inspired by the landscape outside his studio window. Donald Kline received two building permits from the town in 2008 and, once the house was built in early 2011, received a certificate of occupancy as well. But as construction began, four neighbors filed suit against Kline and the town challenging the building permits. In 2011, a critical Appeals Court ruling said the permits had been issued in error. That same year, the Kline family and the four neighbors came to a private agreement and sought to have the Appeals Court ruling nullified. But the town opposed that effort, and is now pursuing the tear-down order that was the result of the appellate ruling. The concrete-and-glass house has sat empty as a result of both the litigation and a no-occupancy order. The association argues in its brief that the Kline family is attempting to re-litigate the final court ruling and, through the 2011 settlement with the neighbors, to create a pocket of properties that don't conform with town zoning bylaws.


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Truro arts center hosts annual garden tour

The Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill will hold its second annual Truro Organic Garden Tour from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Four farms will be open for visitors to learn about farming practices. There will also be an opportunity to buy fresh produce. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at or by calling 508-349-7511. The map of the garden tour will be available July 27 at the arts center at 10 Meetinghouse Road.

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'Science guy' Bill Nye takes stage at Provincetown Town Hall

Science can be fun, and funny - whether you're touring the lifesized inflatable right whale at the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies here or tuning into popular radio and TV personality Bill Nye, "the science guy." Nye's knack for turning the erudite into the entertaining has helped educate thousands of Americans on everything from dinosaurs to space exploration to the structure of the human eyeball, and he'll be at Town Hall, with Eugene Mirman as his co-host, for another romp in the realm of knowledge on Wednesday, July 23. Gird for a discussion that's both light-hearted and deep - very deep. "StarTalk Live," which begins at 8 p.m., will feature Nye and Mirman interviewing special guest David Gallo, an underwater explorer and one of the first scientists to map the ocean world using submarines and robots. Gallo is now director of special projects at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Scott Adsit, from NBC's award-winning comedy series "30 Rock," will be the second guest star. "The goal is to be equal parts informative and entertaining, and to reach people who ordinarily wouldn't be interested in science," says Mirman, the Brooklyn-based comedian who currently does the voice of "Gene" on Fox's animated series "Bob's Burgers." A frequent visitor to the Outer Cape, Mirman says he wouldn't be surprised if the conversation turns to topics of super-local interest, like sand dunes. Whatever the subject, "StarTalk"'s specialty is bringing it down to earth, he says. Science can be intimidating - "There's a lot of stuff that is difficult or confusing, like with terminology that you don't understand. What's so wonderful about 'StarTalk' is you have these people who are incredibly knowledgeable putting things in laypeople's terms and talking about things like space exploration," or physics, or chemistry. "It's just a very accessible way into a lot of very interesting and complicated things," Mirman says. The Village Voice's pick for Best New York City comedian, Mirman is also a perfect pick for the "StarTalk" gig, having worked science into his punchlines before. When he was a student at Hampshire College, he delivered his thesis - on the physiology of laughter - as a one-hour stand-up routine. Preparing for it, he says, he learned a lot more about science methodology than about the actual physical process of laughing, because, as it turns out, the bulk of formal research on laughter has focused on the pathological kind - in the mentally ill, for example. By wanting to learn about laughter, Mirman says, "I learned about science."


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'Stable Path' housing plan in Provincetown wins $2 million in state funds

Tucked away in a secluded wooded area beyond Route 6, a proposed neighborhood in the works for more than a decade is finally poised to bring relief to the local affordable housing market. The long-awaited Stable Path development off Race Point Road received the grant funding it needed last week to finally begin construction, possibly as soon as November. "This is it, this is the critical piece that we were waiting for," said Ted Malone, owner of the project developer Community Housing Resource Inc. Gov. Deval Patrick announced last Monday that the Provincetown development was one of 24 affordable home projects throughout the Commonwealth that will receive a total of $83 million in subsidies, according to Patrick's office. The Provincetown project will receive just over $2 million along with a tax credit allocation that is expected to spur another $3 million in private investment in the project, Malone said. It was the third time the development applied for the "highly competitive" grant funding, and was ultimately made more appealing by the significant amount of local contributions that the project has been able to attract in recent years, he said. Along with the state funds, the project has received $540,000 from local Community Preservation Act funds, $175,000 from the Provincetown Affordable Housing Trust Fund, and $225,000 from the Barnstable County Home Consortium to help fulfill the estimated $8 million price tag. Once complete, the townhouse- style development will consist of 11 buildings and 23 total rental units that ultimately will provide housing to about 50 low, moderate and median-income residents, Malone said. The units, which range from studio to three-bedroom apartments, will be unique in providing affordable housing across the three different levels of income eligibility. "I think it's going to serve an important segment of people who have found that they're just over the limits of the other programs and also people who are just under and still can't swing it without a rental subsidy," he said. "So I think we are going to serve a wide range of folks." Eight units will be made available to low-income residents in need of rental assistance, otherwise known as Section 8 housing. Another eight will be made available to "moderate-income" renters who make up to 60 percent of the median income, and five units will be dedicated to people who make up to 100 percent of the median income. The overall income level for the moderate and median-income residents will range from $35,000 to just over $60,000 for a single-person household, Malone said. Factoring in grant fund distribution and construction time, completion of the neighborhood is still more than a year away, but the funding announcement represents the first major step forward for the project since it received zoning and planning approval from the town in 2011.


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'Rent' in Provincetown is a celebration of life, love & some really great theater

The recent Fourth of July fireworks over Provincetown Harbor pale beside the talent currently lighting up the stage of The Provincetown Theater, where the Peregrine Theatre Ensemble's powerful production of Jonathan Larson's "Rent" is currently playing in repertory with "Hamlet." Tailor-made for the talented and tireless young Peregrine troupe, "Rent" loosely updates Puccini's "La Boheme" from 19th-century Paris to late 20th-century Alphabet City (i.e., New York's East Village) where young artists, bound by friendship and poverty, struggle to survive. Substituting drugs and AIDS for "Boheme's" tuberculosis, and employing a contemporary musical idiom, the sung-through "Rent" revolutionized the Broadway musical when it first opened in 1996. The show, which won the Pulitzer Prize and four Tony Awards (including Best Musical), has lost none of its power to move, provoke and entertain, particularly in a production this compelling. Despite an abbreviated rehearsal period, director Kenneth Noel Mitchell, superbly assisted by music director Isaac Harlan and choreographer Dell Howlett, has mustered his actors into an impressive triple-threat singing, dancing and acting ensemble. Overseeing a musical is exponentially more difficult than directing a straight play, but Mr. Mitchell's work here seems so effortless as to belie that truism. His staging is clear, unfussy and imaginative, a true theatrical collaboration melding the disparate elements of the production into a seamless whole. The cast is without a weak link, anchored by the powerfully voiced Adam Berry, as HIV-positive musician Roger Davis, and the endlessly versatile Ben Berry (now also playing Hamlet for Peregrine) as his roommate, filmmaker Mark Cohen. Their rendition of the song "What You Own" is a compelling highlight of the show. Ariel Imani Van Alstyne is a fragile, touching Mimi, whose beauty and solid vocalism seduce not only Roger but the entire audience. Jessica Rhodes' Maureen easily avoids comparisons with Idina Menzel (who originated the role to great acclaim), putting a charming, sexy spin on it, and performing a miracle by turning the usually interminable "Over the Moon" into a positive delight. Darlene Van Alstyne is a solid Joanne, Maureen's on-again, off-again lover. The burly Solomon Peck Jr. portrays Collins, whose reprisal of "I'll Cover You," sung to his dead lover, the drag queen Angel, left scarcely a dry eye in the house. Which brings us to said drag queen, played in a stunning performance by Angel Valentin who, the program informs us, is about to begin his senior year at NYU. The young Valentin is a merely adequate Horatio in Peregrine's 'Hamlet," but here he is an unequivocally sensational Angel, fully inhabiting and committed to his character. Appearing initially and briefly as a man, Valentin returns in full drag to perform the hilarious and no doubt exhausting "Today 4 U," which includes an Olympic-worthy leap onto a table in heels. His second act death is positively heartbreaking. (Angel Valentin: remember that name; you will be seeing more of it.)


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On this day in 1873: The train comes to Provincetown

On this day in 1873, the first train arrived at the tip of Cape Cod. The streets were bedecked with flags and streamers as 13 bright yellow coach cars, filled to capacity, pulled into Provincetown. The Cape's traditional economy was in decline. Residents were counting on the railroad to bring better times. Summer visitors from Boston could now spend five hours on a comfortable train, instead of risking a choppy ride by steamer or enduring a two-day stagecoach trip. And they could stay in the large hotels that were built in towns all over the Cape.The heyday of the Cape as a railroad resort came to an end when cars became the preferred mode of transportation. In 1959 regular passenger service to Cape Cod ended.

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Character in crisis frames 'Voice of God'

When Larry Maness was in college at the University of Kansas in 1966, his academic advisor asked him if he would act as chauffeur to a visiting professor who was teaching a playwriting workshop. Maness agreed, having no idea that the visiting professor he was driving around was William Inge, a Pulitzer Prize winning playwright who also won an Academy Award for his script of "Splendor in the Grass." The two formed a bond and a few years later, Maness sent him a rough draft of his first novel. "He offered some suggestions and those suggestions lent themselves to writing some plays based on the material that was in the manuscript" Maness says. "So I did that and I was fortunate enough to get a couple of early productions. From that came the opportunity to get those three plays published and he agreed to write the intro for the book." Eventually Maness returned to writing novels and had a three-book series published featuring private investigator Jake Eaton. When his publishing company was sold and the new owners turned to only publishing non-fiction, Maness wrote some film scripts and plays. But the novel bug hit him again, and his latest stand-alone novel, "The Voice of God," is the product of real life observations and fascinations combined with an adept imagination for plotting. The fire at Saint Peter's Church in Provincetown in 2005 was the impetus for his latest novel. Maness and his wife split their year between the South Shore town of Hull, and Rome, Italy, but have spent summers in Provincetown for the last six years. Those summers provided the backdrop and the inspiration for the main character, Lino Cardosa. "I wanted to write about somebody who was indigenous to Provincetown and I thought the best way to do that was to get somebody with a Portuguese connection," Maness says. "And I also wanted to sort of involve traditional fishing, without being overly done, so I toned him back. Instead of making him the captain of a trawler or a dragger or a lobsterman, I made him a fly fishing guide." Lino is a character in crisis in every way possible. His beloved teenage son has committed suicide, his marriage is falling apart, and his mother is failing fast from Alzheimer's disease. He quits his job as an insurance investigator and returns to his hometown of Provincetown to escape his ruined life and help his mother. The real fire inspired the story, but Maness adds a fictional twist. The parish priest, Father Jerry, is missing along with $100,000 of church funds. Father Silva, an elderly priest and old family friend, asks Lino to solve the mystery of the fire and what happened to Father Jerry. Lino has no interest in the investigation until Father Silva suggests that the mystery of the missing priest might help Lino understand why his teenage son committed suicide.


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State, local officials plan Orleans upgrades

Two intersection improvements on Main Street proposed by the state Department of Transportation Highway Division will dovetail with the sprucing up of downtown Orleans planned by town officials and community members. The state's $3.3 million upgrades, at the Route 6A and Route 28 intersections, will be discussed at a public hearing Wednesday. The state project is 25 percent complete, and public input is needed, according to state records. As part of the upgrades, new traffic signals would be installed at the two intersections, along with varied time-of-day traffic signal plans. At the Route 6A intersection of Main Street, a turnout area for bus service and better accommodation of pedestrians and bicyclists using the Cape Cod Rail Trail is planned. The state may seek land ownership and permanent or temporary easements to complete the work, a matter that will be discussed at the hearing. While the state is paying the estimated $3.3 million, the town may ask to add specific ornamental streetlights at the rehabilitated intersections, according to Town Administrator John Kelly. The streetlights would match what is planned for a new roundabout at routes 6A and 28, Kelly said. The town may also ask for different pavement treatments at crosswalks and for the embedding of a compass rose in the roadway in the center of each intersection. The town's requests, estimated at $150,000, come out of the plans currently underway to revitalize the downtown "village center." "We have only looked at preliminary numbers at this point," Kelly wrote in an email. The Board of Selectmen will make a final decision Aug. 6, Kelly wrote. The proposed spending would then be brought as a debt exclusion to voters at a special town meeting on Oct. 27 and then on the ballot of the Nov. 4 state election. The 100-acre village center is one of three villages in Orleans, and the town's central business district, located at the crossroads of Route 6A and Main Street. Competition from outlying commercial plazas in town is seen as drawing business away from the center, creating a noticeable increase in building vacancies, according to town records. The town's latest comprehensive plan, from 2006, has a goal of developing a village center strategy to address traffic, parking, signs, the visual look of the street, pedestrian walkways and building facades. Since 2006, several studies and many hours of work by the town Planning Board and others have refined the ideas, Planning and Community Development Director George Meservey said Friday. "I'm hopeful we will fund those improvements," Meservey said of the town's add-ons to the state's intersection upgrades. The state's $1.4 million construction of a roundabout at the northern tip of the village center area, at the intersection of routes 6A and 28, is scheduled to start in the fall and, it is hoped, will wrap up in time for the next summer season, Meservey said. The town will pay for only the electricity and maintenance of the special-order streetlights at the roundabout. The state was able to absorb the capital cost of the lights through a low bid on the project, he said.


jul22 Orleans

Orleans police complete strategic plan

When Scott MacDonald was appointed Orleans police chief in 2012, the department had gone through a period of turmoil, with several allegations of officer misconduct. MacDonald has been working to restore the department's standing in the community. He and his 27 employees recently completed a five-year strategic plan with input from people living or working in Orleans. "I was not asked to develop a plan by the board" of selectmen, he said. "I thought it was an important first step with the transition in leadership." The effort to create the plan began last fall with internal and community assessments of the Police Department led by a consultant with the International Association of Chiefs of Police. A volunteer working group of between 14 and 16 members of the department, along with an Orleans-based consultant, then met to transform the information from the assessments into mission and vision statements, strategic goals and action plans. The strategic goals are: control crime; strengthen community engagement; enhance leadership, professional development and performance; effectively capture and deploy resources; and integrate technology. See the Orleans Police Department strategic plan, fiscal 2015-2019 at


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Elder LBGT challenges addressed at Orleans event

A crowd of about 70 people attended the Massachusetts Commission on LGBT Aging's listening session on Monday afternoon at the Orleans Council on Aging, where they discussed the need for caregiver sensitivity training, those aging with AIDS and the discrimination against transgender people. Members of the gay, lesbian and transgender community on the Cape told legislators that senior centers, home health care aides, assisted living facilities and nursing homes need to make an effort to be sensitive and welcoming. This is particularly relevant for people with HIV or AIDS who may need to go into a nursing facility, said Paul Glass, of East Falmouth. Glass said he has been living with HIV for 21 years and is about to turn 65. Because of staff ignorance and fear of AIDS, people moving into facilities with HIV are not always welcomed, he said. The LGBT Aging Commission was created by legislation filed by state Rep. Sarah Peake, D-Provincetown. It aims to help gays and lesbians reaching their retirement years. Members of the commission, which include legislators, members of the state Department of Health, Fenway Community Health Center and other experts, are looking at ways to improve barriers to housing, medical facilities and long-term care for LGBT - short for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender. This was the second of four hearings the commission is holding throughout the state. After the listening sessions, the commission will come up with a report and recommendations, said state Rep. James O'Day, D-West Boylston, commission co-chairman. At the heart of the issues mentioned on Monday was the need for a sense of community and connectedness to prevent the isolation that harms seniors of all stripes. To that end, the Orleans Council on Aging last year started the Lower Cape LGBT Group, which meets the fourth Friday of the month. Peake said it's the first such group held at a Cape senior center. It's both educational and fun, according to the participants who spoke on Monday. "We've been so thrilled to come to the LGBT monthly group," said Bonnie Engelhardt, of Orleans. "You cannot underestimate the need to connect." Bob Isadore said the Yarmouth Council on Aging provides training for the police and firefighters in dealing with domestic violence and end-of-life issues among LGBT residents. But another Yarmouth resident, Susan Schwabe, complained that there are no social groups specifically for LGBT in Hyannis and Yarmouth other than bars. Commissioners will collect best practices, such as the Orleans COA's monthly meeting, from all their listening sessions and attempt to get similar programs going, O'Day said. Most of the people in the room Monday said they endured decades of discrimination. Erica Kay-Webster, of Marstons Mills, said she is a veteran of the Stonewall rebellion of 1969. She also underwent sex reassignment surgery at the age of 17 in 1968. "For many years, I had to be extremely afraid of medical care," she said. "I went for years without getting care. I'm really fortunate to live in Massachusetts now."

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Orleans Police and Fire Departments face off for charity

Orleans Police Department and Orleans Fire Department are taking part in a charity softball game to raise money for Dream Day on Cape Cod, which serves families that have children with life-threatening illnesses and or serious conditions. The game is Tuesday, July 29, at 4 p.m. at Nauset Regional Middle School. Starting at 2 p.m. there will be inflatables for kids, a dunk tank and other activities. Minot Reynolds of Ardath's food service and the Reynolds family are donating their time and are providing refreshments for this event. Find out more information about the event on The Cape Codder's Facebook page.

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Free music on the Orleans green

Tim Sweeney and the Fringe will perform Wednesday, July 23, from 6 to 7 p.m. playing classic '60's and '70's music on the Village Green in front of Snow Library, weather permitting. Appropriate for all ages. The free concert is made possible through a grant from the Fred Brotherton Foundation.

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1918: German U-Boat surfaces off Orleans, fires on civilians

On July 21, 1918, a German submarine attacked the tug Perth Amboy of the Lehigh Valley Railroad and her four barges three miles off this town on the southeastern elbow of Cape Cod at 10:30 A.M. today... It is reported locally that in their haste to take off to repeal the u-boat, the flight crew from the Chatham Seaplane Base forgot to load any bombs aboard the planes, and ended up throwing their wrenches and other equipment at the escaping German submarines. Perhaps more than most other Americans, people on Cape Cod were aware that there was a war on. A French naval ship guarded the French Atlantic telegraph cables that had been laid in nearby Nauset Harbor, while U.S. Marines secured the cable company's property in Olreans. Read the NY Times story below or read the report in Mass Moments here.

jul22 Brewster

Moped driver badly hurt in collision on 6A in Brewster

One person was taken to the hospital with serious injuries Saturday night after a car and a moped collided on Route 6A. The Saturn sedan was traveling west on Route 6A near Ellis Landing Road when it collided with the moped traveling in the same direction shortly before 11:30 p.m., according to Brewster police Capt. Heath Eldredge. The roadway was closed for about an hour while police and fire officials responded to the accident, according to a statement from police about the accident. The moped's male driver was taken to Cape Cod Hospital with injuries that appeared to be serious but not life-threatening, according to the statement. Alcohol was not a factor in the crash, but there was no more information immediately available on the identities of the drivers, according to Eldredge.

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The Nickerson Report

Nickerson State Park, 3488 Route 6A in Brewster, offers outdoor activities all season. Programs are free; an adult must accompany children. There is a $5 daily fee for vehicle entry into the park. Season passes are $35 to state residents; $45 for non- residents. State residents 62 and older can obtain a free pass. Outdoor programs are cancelled in the event of rain. Info: 508-896-3491. Here's a sampling of next week's programs:

  • Tuesday, July 22: At the Amphitheater - Lucy Gilmore Stories. 7 to 8 p.m. Enjoy the art of storytelling in a nighttime campground setting. Park at Area 1 parking lot a half-mile in from park entrance.

  • Wednesday, July 23: At the Amphitheater - Mammals of Nickerson. 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Learn about all the mammals that call Nickerson State Park home. Park at Area 1 parking lot a half-mile in from park entrance.

  • Thursday, July 24: Stroll by the Bay - Join a leisurely stroll along the Namskaket barrier beach system where participants will learn about the marine life of Cape Cod Bay. Get your feet wet exploring the tidal pools of the Brewster flats. Please wear shoes that you can get wet. No bare feet. Meet at Crosby Beach at the end of Crosby Lane. Bring a water bottle and insect repellent. Parking is free at this time of day.

  • Friday, July 25: Off the Beaten Path - 2 to 4 p.m. This is an informative recreational hike exploring the lesser known areas of the park. Bring water and wear appropriate shoes for hiking 2 to 3 miles. Meet at the Nature Center just in from the park entrance to the right.

  • Friday, July 25: Night Walk - 8 to 9:30 p.m. Explore the sounds of the night and learn how nocturnal birds and animals survive in the dark. No flashlights; the group will learn to rely on other senses. Meet at Fisherman's Landing, Cliff Pond, two miles in from the park entrance to the left.
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Theater Review: 'Lyle the Crocodile' at Cape Rep Theatre

As a houseguest, Lyle keeps the house tidy and is as congenial as can be. The only problem is, he is a crocodile, and only eats Turkish caviar. Fortunately, the Primm family of New York City agrees to let Lyle stay on, after they find him living in their new home, and that is when the fun begins in "Lyle, the Crocodile: A Musical." Cape Rep's laugh-out-loud show is based on the charming 1965 storybook "Lyle, Lyle Crocodile" by Bernard Waber. Jimmy Sawyer is the lovable, large, green reptile. Using his highly expressive body language, he enchants the audience, without uttering a word. At times, it appears he has springs on his feet when he effortlessly bounces around the stage, especially when jumping rope. Garrett Almeida portrays Hector P. Valenti, "star of stage and screen" and Lyle's former owner, who secretly keeps tabs on Lyle's new situation. The Primms quickly adapt to their unusual guest. Mrs. Primm, played by Chelsey Jo Ristaino, loves how considerate he is, as Lyle compulsively feather dusts the home. Ari Lew, as Mr. Primm, is immediately won over, when Lyle fetches him his Sherlock-Holmes-styled pipe. As the nerdy Joshua, Ryan Rudewicz couldn't be happier, since the crocodile makes him the hit of the neighborhood, with the coolest pet on East 88th Street. All is rosy until Mr. Grumps, played by Anthony Teixeira, threatens to have Lyle deported to the zoo. Director Holly Erin McCarthy squeezes many laughs out of every scene, having the adult actors ham it up in a delightfully cartoonish manner. With musical direction by Bob Wilder and choreography by Keith Coughlin, the songs are animated, and filled with silly wordplay. Set in the 1950s, the story is enhanced on stage with appropriate costumes and verbal expressions, but also is comically contemporized. The creative musical "Lyle" takes what is best about the simple picture book and expands it into a dynamic and very funny family show.

jul22 Chatham

Chatham to hire attorney to fight Monomoy plans

Selectmen agreed to put $100,000 toward fighting U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in an attempt to hold onto their land and traditional rights to the sea, but expect they will need more from the "rainy day" fund. "Seems like there is a little drizzle out there that wasn't anticipated," Selectman Sean Summers said to laughter at Tuesday's selectmen's meeting. Officials and residents have been strategizing on how to change the new draft habitat conservation plan for Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge since it was released this spring. A task force set up by selectmen to research the best way to protect the town asked for some funding to get an attorney and a consultant on board to continue building a defense. The board agreed to $100,000 from the town's reserve fund, but Summers said the town would likely have to dip into its stabilization account, which has approximately $2 million in it, for more funding. Accessing those funds would require a vote of town meeting. "I think this is important and will advocate for spending whatever is necessary to put our best foot forward," he said after the selectmen's meeting. All three versions of the Monomoy draft plan address "annexing" 717 acres of the town-owned South Beach and applying refuge regulations - which are more stringent - to 4,000 acres of tidelands. Officials, and an almost unanimous vote of town meeting, have said that change was unacceptable. Jill MacDonald, of the task force, said the town's attorney has been working on bulwarking the town's claim to the property but he, and the task force, think a firm adept at working with the federal government on environmental issues is essential. She said there will probably be a litigation phase and an experienced law firm would also be important then. A consultant would, at minimum, show that the fishing practices - including harvesting mussels - that the town currently allows off the western shore of the refuge are not harmful. Ideally, she added, the consultant would show that the traditional fishing methods benefit the ecosystem, including eelgrass. The task force will have its final report completed by mid August, but the work of the attorney and consultant will likely continue past Oct. 10, the date public comment closes on the draft plan.

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The Chatham lighthouse is a perennial favorite

Sightseers wait in line for a chance to explore the Coast Guard Lighthouse in Chatham.

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Two charged with stealing copper wire from Monomoy site

Two men were arrested Saturday night for allegedly stealing thousands of feet of copper wire from the Monomoy High School construction site. Shortly before midnight, Harwich police stopped Matthew Reardon, 34, of Billerica, and Anthony Dearth, 45, of Tyngsborough, who were both in Dearth's Ford Ranger. The pickup truck was sagging due to the heavy load of several spools of copper wire, including three spools containing 5,000 feet of wire each, according to court documents. Dearth's registration had been suspended and he had $2,469 on him, court records stated. The amount of wire suggested that it was from a large industrial project, and Harwich police tracked the wire back to the school construction site, records state. The men were arraigned in Orleans District Court Monday on charges of larceny and breaking and entering in the nighttime to commit a felony.

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Fire at Harwich shop causes just minor damage

Firefighters responded to a small structure fire on Route 28 Sunday morning. The fire at The Yankee Doodle Shop at 181 Route 28 caused only minor damage valued at about $1,000 Harwich fire Capt. Donald Parker said. Parker said no one was injured in the fire. The fire was started by accident at about 9:45 a.m. and was contained to the outside of the building, he said.


As numbers of gray seals rise, so do conflicts

Decades after gray seals were all but wiped out in New England waters, the population has rebounded so much that some frustrated residents are calling for a controlled hunt. The once-thriving New England gray seal population was decimated by the mid-20th century because of hunting, with Massachusetts keeping a seal bounty on the books until the 1960s. But scientists say conservation efforts, an abundance of food and migration from Canada combined to revive the population. Environmentalists cheer the resurgence, saying the gray seal boost is good for biodiversity and a boon for popular seal watch tours in coastal New England. But many fishermen say the seals interfere with fishing charters and steal catch. Beachgoers bemoan the 600-plus-pound seals taking over large stretches of shore, befouling beaches and attracting sharks, which feed on seals. Some residents of Nantucket are so fed up over the huge seal population that now calls the affluent island home that they have suggested a controlled hunt, similar to the way states manage deer. Nantucket resident and recreational fisherman Peter Krogh, whose Seal Abatement Coalition has collected 2,000 signatures asking federal officials to amend laws that prevent dispersion of gray seals, said gray seals are a threat to fishing and tourism on the island. Asked if he supports a seal cull, Krogh said "all options" should be on the table for managing the population. "This is a real threat to the traditional way of life on this island," Krogh said. Conservationists scoff at the idea of providing amendments to the Marine Mammal Protection Act, which protects seals. They say culling the herd would undo the results of the act, which allowed the species to recover in New England. The seals' burgeoning population is a blessing for at least one industry. Business is booming for Keith Lincoln, who operates a seal watch ferry to Monomoy Island off Cape Cod. Seal sightings have skyrocketed from about 50 per trip in 1989 to about 2,000 per trip now, he said. The curious seals frequently come close to the boats, a thrill for gawking tourists, he said. "Once the word spread out, the word spread quick," Lincoln said. "The cuteness of them is what draws everybody." Some also believe the seals' negative impact on fishing is overstated. Brian Sharp, the manager of marine mammal rescue for the Cape Cod-based International Fund for Animal Welfare, said gray seals feed mostly on fish species of little commercial value, like sand lance. Others in the commercial fishing industry don't see seals as a threat. Lobstermen off Rockland, Maine, where gray seals are often spotted, say the seals and fishery coexist with little strife. "Culls of gray seals have not been shown to increase fish populations. It's not that simple," Sharp said. "What we're seeing is a normal growth curve of seals repopulating an area." The gray seals, also called horsehead seals, can grow to more than 10 feet long and inhabit both sides of the North Atlantic Ocean. They are sometimes found in the same areas as their smaller cousins, harbor seals. Encounters with humans frequently don't end well for the seals, Sharp said. They sometimes become entangled in fishing gear, and six of them were illegally shot and killed on the southern ridge of Cape Cod in 2011, he said. For now, the seal population is flourishing, and its ability to sustain seal watch businesses off Massachusetts and Maine is evidence that it can have an economic benefit, said Gordon Waring, fishery research biologist at the Northeast Fisheries Science Center in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. "Seals are just another large marine predator, and they are part of the diversity of the marine environment," he said. "And they are able to thrive and recover."

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