News from Falmouth, Sandwich, Mashpee & Bourne

Enterprise-NewspapersUpper Cape Headlines, June 29, 2007

300 Committee Purchases River Bend Farm Kennels
The 300 Committee, the town’s land trust, has reached agreement to purchase a 10-acre parcel with nearly a quarter-mile of frontage on the Coonamessett River, providing a critical link with other conservation lands along the town’s longest river.

Prices Causing Concern For Golfers On Town Course
There is reason for optimism at Falmouth Country Club. “The trends in 2007 are a lot more improvements on the course and a lot more players than in 2006,” Brian O’Hare, northeast regional vice president for Billy Casper Golf told the gathering at last night’s annual community review of the public course.

falmouthfourth250_447Operation Beg Needs $14,000 For Fireworks
The Falmouth Fireworks Committee has its work cut out this weekend. Its goal: sell 1,200 T-shirts as part of Operation Beg. The committee needs $14,000 in order to cover the budget for this year’s fireworks presentation, which promises to be a show-stopping affair.

Wild Weather No Damper At Relay For Life Fundraiser
Even after the clouds moved in, bringing whipping winds and heavy downpours to Guv Fuller Field early Friday evening, the spirits of those participating in the American Cancer Society Relay for Life could not be dampened.

Work Starts Now To Send Children Back To School
School may have just ended but the Falmouth Service Center is in back-to-school mode. The service center is in the midst of filling requests for more than 300 children who will need clothes and supplies when school starts in September.

Headstone Searchers Come Up Empty
More than a dozen people showed up at Shawme Pond on Saturday morning, some in shorts and flipflops, others in hip waders, and using eight-foot-long poles, slowly and methodically made their way around a 100-foot section of the pond, poking, prodding, and thumping. But, in the end, the group did not uncover any of the headstones they were hoping to find.

Town Struggles To Fill Lifeguard Positions
Only a generation ago, the job of being a lifeguard at a local beach or pond for the summer seemed the perfect way for teens to earn some pocket money, and there were plenty of young people lining up early hoping to be selected to fill the coveted positions.

Rowing On The Rise
With the morning sky just beginning to make its transition to daylight, there is little that can compare to being out on a placid lake with completely calm waters to enjoy these very first minutes of a new day.

Forestdale’s Green Team
The Forestdale School’s Green Team put its knowledge of renewable and nonrenewable energy sources on display last Friday morning during an energy fair at the school.
Student projects showcased at the event included a small car that actually ran on a hydrogen fuel cell, a homemade wind turbine, and a hydroelectric water wheel, among others.

Perpetual Motion
Swishing down the snow-covered  mountain with the sun on his face, Craig M. Bautz doesn’t shy away from the black diamond trails or the mogul fields. Like most skiers, the sport offers him a thrill and exhilaration.

Two towns, one casinoNew Bedford Lays Out Casino Welcome Mat But Any Middleboro Deal Must Get Voter OK
The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s swift push for a casino met a potential obstacle and a full embrace this week at the two locations the tribe is publicly considering to host its proposed facility.

Middleboro And New Bedford A Study In Contrasts For Casino
Beyond the tone of the recent meetings held in Middleboro and New Bedford, the two apparent frontrunners to host the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s proposed casino are almost a complete contradiction.  Most simply the divide is urban versus rural, but it is also one of social, cultural, and economic characteristics.

School Dept. Takes Responsibility For Medicaid Shortfall
“This did not work out…if we had known how complicated this would be, we never would have taken it on.”  That was Ann M. Bradshaw’s assessment of the Mashpee School Department’s attempt to process in-house Medicare reimbursement billing for special education services, a “good faith effort to save $20,000” in costs that may wind up costing the town hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Gas Prices Not Curbing Boating But Ethanol An Issue For Engines
Despite the record-breaking spike in gas prices this spring, as boating season gets underway fuel prices at three marinas in Mashpee are about what they were last summer, according to managers of the three facilities.

Mashpee Author Seeks Facts, Context In Cape Wind Debate
On the morning of September 11, 2001, Mashpee resident and author Wendy Williams made the first phone call of her research for a new book she was beginning to write about noise and wildlife. Ms. Williams’s source answered and said she could not talk because the country was being attacked.

Young Sailors Set To Sea

Laughter, shrieks, and the soon-to-be-forgotten prediction, “I’m gonna die,” came from the dozen young middle schoolers, many of whom had never been in a sailboat before, as they learned how to tip over their small vessels on their first day of sailing lessons.

Police Dept. Resorts To Forced Overtime In Filling Shifts
Ninety-one times since the first of the year, the Bourne Police Department has had to order police officers to work when they might otherwise be off duty.
Selectmen heard that statistic Tuesday from Sergeant Christopher J. Farrell and Interim Police Chief Earl V. Baldwin, who urged selectmen to set a policy and make it a goal to increase police department manning levels until the department is staffed with an adequate number of officers.

Pastor Sandra Retires
When Pastor Sandra L. Smith was growing up, her father was a United Methodist minister.
She ending up “doing just about everything I could” as the minister’s daughter, she said, becoming a lay speaker, a designation that allowed her to help lead worship and, occasionally, preach.

T-Shirt Design Makes Big Splash
Kaitlin E. Stratton, a 10-year-old fourth grader at Ella F. Hoxie Elementary School in Sagamore, decided to enter a T-shirt design contest toward the end of the school year. The T-shirt contest is put on annually by the school’s parent/teacher group.

Selectmen Back Moratorium On ‘Unfriendly’ 40Bs
The Town of Walpole is spearheading an effort to bring Massachusetts towns together to fight developers who use the state’s Chapter 40B affordable housing law as a club, forcing towns to permit projects that would not be in the best interest of the community.

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