SSA diverts Vineyard trips due to weather; M/V Governor trip canceled
The Steamship Authority announced thismorning that the following trips have been diverted from Oak Bluffs toVineyard Haven today, Friday, October 1, 2010 due to extreme weather conditions.
In addition to the diversions, the M/V Governor's 9:45 a.m. , 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Woods Hole to Vineyard Haven trips have been canceled due to the weather.
For more information on diversions and cancellations, visit the Steamship Authority's website Gone but forgotten:
Langway's left hand doesn't know what the web hand is doing
By Walter Brooks
The former Lincolin-Mercury dealer on Willow Street in Hyannis, Langway, purchased a half page ad in the Sunday Cape Cod Times announcing his new location and inviting readers to visit www.langwayford.com.
The website still goes to CNN as we reported a week ago here.
Yes, that CNN, the Cable News Network, not the Worcester auto dealer.
A story two days ago in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette stated:
A man who had sold Lincolns and Mercurys at dealerships throughout the state since 1989 had bought the Bordeaux family's Millbury Ford dealership on Route 20, and callers to the dealership were greeted with "Langway Ford."
"I was born in Worcester and grew up in Shrewsbury, but my whole family's from Worcester, so relocating from Hyannis to Auburn was as much a homecoming as anything else," Mr. Langway said.
Starting in 1989, he owned Webster-Dudley Lincoln Mercury, then Leominster Lincoln Mercury in 1992, Bay State Lincoln Mercury from 1995 to 1998 and since 1998 he's owned Cape Cod Lincoln Mercury.
"The move back was the desire to get back home to the Worcester area, and in making the move, eight members of the team from Hyannis have relocated as well," Mr. Langway said. The other motivation, he said, was his desire to own a Ford franchise... Telegram.
But his former Cape Cod customers may not be interested in driving two hours to get service on the hundreds of Mercuries and Lincolns he has sold them to say nothing of the high-end used cars he was selling before his abrupt departure ten days ago.
After the Ford Motor Co. decided to 70-year old the Mercury car line this year, Ford allowed it's Lincoln-Mercury dealers to buy the company-owned Land Rovers and Jaguars which Ford had on hand after selling those two brands to the Tata company in India.
Langway, like many similar dealers, snatched up dozens of late model demos to sell in place of Mercurys.
These were the cars shown in the photo at top being hauled off, presumably to the new Langway location near Worcester, after sunset this past Wednesday.
Hyannis businesses continue to fail
Festival Mall is half empty as Old Country Buffet leaves
One by one the the tax bases for the Town of Barnstable seems to be packing up and leaving town.
As old standbys like Mildred's Chowder House and Chili's disappear, the town government turns those tax paying lots into public parks or civic centers which don't bring in a penny to a town which is laying off teachers and cutting school bus routes.
The former C-Mart on right closed last week. It's last posted price for regular was $2.59.
A few days before the Old Country Buffet (shown below) in the Festival Mall on Route 132 closed its doors telling reporters that the location was "under performing."
It seemed like the ideal restaurant for a recession with all you can eat at a very low price.
The mall itself is beginning to look like a ghost town with half the stores gone and an empty parking lot.
Yet the town fathers, who mostly live in the more bucolic villages of our county seat, think the real problem facing Hyannis is he possibility that the Cape Wind project in federal waters six miles offshore might be attacked by terrorists or something, and the town should spend its money funding lawsuits despite the fact the only local link to the wind farm is a transmission line which comes ashore in Yarmouth.
And the pols wonder why the natives are getting restless.