May 18 - 1967: Canal pilots end service

1986: Where in the world is Truro center? 2007: State Trooper busted for running Oxycontin ring
A 1960s era Cape Cod Canal pilot. The Renier is on display at the Cape Cod Canal Visitor Center in Sandwich. Photo courtesy of the USACE.

1967: Pilots end service on canal as business lags

The reason: Lack of business

At the end of May in 1967 the pilots on the canal said they were stopping their service due to lack of business. An article in the New York Times began:

BUZZARDS BAY, MA:  May 18 - The Cape Cod Canal, one of the most important waterways on the East Coast, will be without local pilot service after May 31 for the first time since it opened in 1914.

Least traffic since opening in 1914

Most ships using the canal pick up their pilot at either New York or Boston, and today there are only 15-20 ships entering this waterway and most of them already have pilots aboard.

The 1967 New York Times story is reprinted below.


1986: Where in the world is Truro center?

The answer still escapes us

On this day in 1986 the New York Times was asking that question. Luckily for our smallest town, the answer still escapes them and us.

The story by William Longwood, who lived in Truro at the time the article was published began:

A visitor recently alighted from his car, bearing New York license plates, in front of the laundromat to ask a passer-by where Truro center was. ''You're in it,'' was the reply. The visitor shook his head, got back in his car and drove off without comment.

Read the full story here. The Cape Cod Today photo on the right is on Truro Center Road.

2007: State Trooper with local ties busted for running Oxycontin ring

Patrick "Pain" McCarthy, the Falmouth and Joseph M. Catanese of Sandwich arraigned with former partner

On this day in 2007 a Massachusetts State Police trooper who once broke up drug rings in New Bedford was arrested along with his retired state trooper partner Wednesday on federal charges of running their own OxyContin trafficking ring. Trooper Mark V. Lemieux of Norfolk, who served on the Bristol County Drug Task Force from 2002 to 2004, appeared in federal court Wednesday to face charges of conspiring to distribute OxyContin and using extortion to collect drug debts, according to the affidavit filed in U.S. District Court.

Appearing with Trooper Lemieux in federal court was his former partner on the task force, Joseph M. Catanese of Sandwich, a retired state trooper. Mr. Catanese allegedly arranged to have a convicted felon threaten drug dealers who did not pay for the OxyContin pills they were supposed to sell.

Also charged in the conspiracy were Tara Drummey, Mr. Lemieux's live-in girlfriend, and Patrick "Pain" McCarthy, the Falmouth man who Mr. Catanese allegedly used to threaten drug dealers. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on