The Grinch Comes to Harwich

Harwich Police lose sense of holiday humor

A Harwich holiday tradition was abruptly interrupted on Christmas Eve when Mr. Robert Doane, of Forest Street in Harwich Center, was visited by local police ordering him to shut down his famous animated Christmas lighting display.  The reason given for the unexpected order was "traffic nuisance".

Mr. Doane, known locally as "The Head Reindeer", has been creating his displays annually in his field along Forest Street, using a low-frequency FM transmitter and a computer program.  It requires 4 months preparation each year, and has been covered frequently by local newspapers.

Mr. Doane requested a warrant or court order be produced, but none was to be had.  Assertions of "complaints" could not be verified.

Richard Butler
Forest Beach Ext.
S. Chatham, MA

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