Outer Cape Year in Review: Too many losses; Passionate debate; Disquieting murder trials

The Year in Review
bannerlogoOuter Cape NEWS, December 28, 2006

Year In Review 2006
Each month was marked by far too many losses

By Sally Rose, Banner Editor
Although each year the Outer Cape suffers losses, 2006 seemed to be a particularly heart-breaking one for many. Both high-profile losses and personal ones marked nearly each and every month of the year. As always there were many too many to mention in the limited space here, so we will touch on only a few.
      Among those whose deaths received national attention this year were former U.S. Poet Laureate Stanley Kunitz, well-known and loved locally for his leadership at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and former U.S. Congressman Gerry Studds, known and admired for his strong advocacy in marine and fishing conservation...

2006 Year in Review: A  year of passionate debate
By Pru Sowers, Banner Corresponent
From tumultuous debates on everything from closing the high school to signing the anti-gay marriage petition to taking huge steps towards providing affordable housing, 2006 was clearly a passionate year in Provincetown. But that’s not unusual at this land’s-end outpost with a long history of fervent community involvement. What was unusual, though, was the range of issues that descended on a town that began the year under a thick blanket of snow and ended it under a thick blanket of uncertainty surrounding the make-up of town government next year.
     First to shake up the status quo was Town Manager Keith Bergman, who announced in April he would be leaving his position when his contract expires in May 2008, effectively ending a 15-year relationship with Provincetown. Next, the selectmen decided not to renew the contract of Police Chief Ted Meyer when it expires this January. Then Selectman Sarah Peake achieved her goal of election to the state Legislature, putting her seat up for grabs in May, along with chair Cheryl Andrews, who is retiring due to term limits.

2006 Year in Review: Murder trials disquiet Cape End

By Pru Sowers, Banner Correspondent
It took only seven hours of jury deliberation for former Provincetown resident Nathan Miksch’s life to be changed forever. Conversely, it took jurors five days of deliberations, then another three days after one of them was replaced, for a deadlocked jury to finally vote to convict Christopher McCowen of murdering Christa Worthington.
     The two trials mesmerized residents of Outer Cape Cod, where murders rarely occur, with the Worthington trial holding the national audience rapt as well. The circumstances of both crimes were so unusual that it was difficult to find anyone who wasn’t following the trials...

Theater stole the show with Tennessee Williams as the star

By Sue Harrison.
From beginning to end, 2006 offered theatergoers an ever-changing kaleidoscope of stage choices. We had one-person shows, play-reading series and fully staged productions, but the star of this theatrical season had to be the first (hopefully annual) Tennessee Williams Festival in late September.
     Williams spent a few formative summers in Provincetown early in his career, and it seems fitting the town should hold a festival...

In the Arts
There are few filmgoing experiences as exhilarating as seeing a well done musical — there’sa visceral power to the fusion of story and song...

Advocate Archives
Journey back in time
Dec. 30, 1943
Chickens to Bring Questions to Court
Rearing and feeding of chickens is the point of controversy in an action of contract brought against Dr. Daniel H. Hiebert by Frank E. Rich, both of Provincetown, in which the latter seeks settlement of compensation which he says is due him for the care of chickens owned by Dr. Hiebert.
     Originally the case was entered in District Court here but was removed for trial by jury to the Superior Court by the defendant.  Mr. Rich claims that Dr. Hiebert placed a number of chickens in his care on June 10 with the understanding that he was to have half of them in payment for his services in caring for the poultry. He states, however, that he was discharged without proper cause on November 14 and has not received the share which he says was specified. He is seeking a settlement of $150 and costs. Failing to gain such a settlement he will ask pay for his services at a dollar a day, which he contends will amount to $156...

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