Bourne budget request is short $2 million , may change TM, election dates, PD Chief mat run for Selectman, Adelphia Internet customers get credit from Comcast

Sandwich Old Town Cemetary
     The Sandwich Old Town Cemetary is a hauntingly beautiful place, see story below. 

uccUpper Cape NEWS, December 28, 2006

Bourne may switch Town Meeting, election dates
By Paul Gately
Bourne voters in 2008 may conduct annual Town Meeting business before they go to the polls in the annual election if a recommendation by the Bylaw Committee is adopted and voters embrace the change. The committee voted 3-0 recently to reverse the current procedure of holding the annual town election in early April and the Town Meting in early May. The committee is also intent on reviewing the structure of other panels, including the finance, open space, bylaw and capital spending boards. The decision came after discussion with Yarmouth Town Administrator Bob Lawton and Mashpee Town Administrator Joyce Mason.

Bourne budget request is short $2 million
By Paul Gately
A Bourne summit Monday night prior to budget review shows departmental requests for fiscal 2008 outstrip estimated available revenue by $1.5 million plus an additional $400,000 when Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School submits its spending plan in January. Selectmen huddled with the finance and school committees to sort out operational needs and capital outlay issues as well as find ways to better chart capital spending and identify how requests will be funded. Much of the focus was on schools. Superintendent Edmond LaFleur said the addition of four high school teachers in English, history, science and math would help the system reduce class sizes at BHS, something that is a top system priority this year. There are 47 classrooms at BHS that have more than 25 students, he said. Town Administrator Thomas Guerino said the Bourne Police Department needs more patrol officers and the fire department needs more firefighters. He also said sanitation runs are getting longer as the town grows and that equipment needs must be addressed as well as an increase in worker compensation cases.

Project has more than ghost of a chance

hannahthacherBy Silene Gordon
The underwater archaeological dig soon to be launched in Sandwich looks like it will have more than a ghost of a chance at being successful, based on a finding near the water’s edge last week. As was reported in The Upper Cape Codder two weeks ago, a search for headstones from the Old Town Cemetery believed to have been tossed into Shawme Pond by Victorian-era vandals could not begin until years of brush and vegetation were scrubbed down at the site. Last week, as part of the routine maintenance that the town must carry out, town workers began removing overgrowth from around the area. In addition to uncovering a host of brush that had developed in the last 10 years since the area was last scrubbed, workers uncovered four bases on which headstones would have been placed. Looking further, town workers spotted a slate headstone within arms reach of the pond’s edge. The headstone of Hannah Thacher, who died in 1785, was lifted from the pond water, lying near what appeared to be remnants of some other ancient markers.

New Bourne delegate to assembly will be sworn in

By Paul Gately
Richard Anderson of Monument Beach will be sworn in Jan. 4 as Bourne's new representative to the Barnstable County Assembly of Delegates, the Cape’s regional legislative body.

Performing arts center will cease operations

The Cape Cod Performing Arts Center, formerly Boch Center for the Performing Arts, will cease operations effective Sunday.

Old oil spills keep on giving

By Rich Eldred
“What gets me excited is nature and how it responds to uninvited guests. It could be oil compounds or PCBs in New Bedford Harbor. An oil spill is like a giant syringe. You take it and hit some ecosystem with it really fast. Obviously it’s not a good thing but it is a greatopportunity to understand how nature works,” Chris Reddy, environmental chemist.

Internet customers get credit from Comcast

By Silene Gordon
Former Adelphia Cable Company customers who were inconvenienced during the recent transition to Comcast will receive a credit on their next bill.

Donations to food pantries continue

Food and toy donations to the Bourne Food Pantry are continuing this week before Christmas.

Ford will seek selectmen seat after retiring as police chief

By Paul Gately
Bourne Police Chief John Ford will take off his badge in February after four decades in law enforcement, but he will not fade from public view.

Oh, Christmas tree

By Nicole Muller and Silene Gordon
Once upon a time, families bundled up snugly on Christmas Eve, grabbed a hatchet and hiked into the woods to chop down their holiday tree.

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