HMS student a local ambassador to China, Reps resign from Historic Committee

Harwich OracleHarwich Middle School student a local ambassador to China.
Miffed over project, historic reps resign.

By Douglas Karlson, Harwich Oracle, Wednesday, January 25, 2006

He’s just 11, but  is bound for China this summer, part of a 20-student delegation whose mission is to improve international understanding and promote peace.

Tyler KaneThe Harwich Middle School sixth-grader was nominated by a teacher and selected to participate in the People to People Student Ambassador program, which was established in 1956 by President Eisenhower. Tyler is the only student from Harwich chosen to join the delegation; the other 19 youngsters hail from Sandwich, Falmouth, Hyannis, Marstons Mills, Mashpee, Nantucket and Provincetown.

 "It was a total surprise," said Tyler’s mom, Debbie Kane. "I hadn’t even heard of the program until he was nominated." She said the nomination was made by a teacher in the middle school, she doesn’t know who, and suspects it’s because Tyler worked hard last year to improve his academic performance. Following his nomination, Tyler had to submit recommendations and essays, and be interviewed. Students can earn high school credits, and, of course, describe the experience in college applications.

 The idea is simple, according to the founder’s granddaughter, Mary Eisenhower, who heads the program and believes that "people can make a difference where government cannot."  Read the rest of the Oracle story here, and comment below.

Miffed over project, historic reps resign
By Douglas Karlson, Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Saying they're being excluded from efforts to restore the South Harwich Meetinghouse, and that, for all they know, work being planned might not meet federal standards, two members of the Harwich Historical Commission abruptly resigned last week.

But the board of selectmen refused to accept the resignations of Susan Brauner, chairwoman of the commission, and Chris Wood, a former chairman who has served on the commission for about 15 years.

Wood and Brauner told the Oracle they are frustrated over what they see as the selectmen's unwillingness to exercise the proper oversight of the Friends of South Harwich Meetinghouse, the group licensed to restore the historic 19th century building located on Chatham Road.

Last year, residents formed the Friends to raise money and restore the neglected property. According to an agreement with selectmen, any restoration work they do must first be approved by the town. But Wood said communication with the group has been poor, noting that commission members haven't been invited to their meetings. "They could be doing a wonderful job, but how would we know?" asked Wood. Read the rest of the Oracle story here, and comment below

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