March 27 - 1946: Cape Cod windmills praised as examples to emulate

2007: Reports of flies at an outpatient clinic in Hyannis
The Godfrey Windmill in Chatham's Chase Park. Photo by John Fitts.

1946: Windmills are an unappreciated American asset

Years ago Cape Cod was noted for the number of its windmills.

On this day in 1946, the Cumberland (Md.) Evening Times ran this editorial under the headline:


Dutch windmills, the country's most famous scenic feature, are getting more use than ever because of the shortage of other sources of power. Though the Germans destroyed 170 mills or 10 percent of Holland's total, the Dutch are trying to make good the loss by using others which have long been only part of the scenery.

Windmills are an unappreciated American asset. They could be useful to many more farmers than actually do use them.

Half a century ago Massachusetts' Cape Cod was noted for the number of its windmills. They were a feature which lured many tourists, giving the Cape a possession which its rivals lacked.

But they were neglected as cheap electricity power came in and gradually removed. One of the oldest is now in Henry Ford's Dearborn museum.

Perhaps even without its windmills Cape Cod might have all the tourists it wants, but other vacation neighborhoods might find windmills an asset. There are still farms and country places with much wind and no other power.

See today's Cape Cod windmills here.

2007: Review reveals mice, bugs at veterans' facilities in New England

Reports of flies at an outpatient clinic in Hyannis

On the day in 2007 a review of veterans' hospitals and clinics in New England has revealed the presence of rodents, bugs, chronic leaks, dilapidated furniture and other poor conditions, according to a report.

The agency, in an investigation made public last week, found those facilities were beset by maintenance problems such as mold, leaking roofs and even a colony of bats.

Flies, mice and broken furniture

In New England, the review found mice at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Providence, Rhode Island; persistent reports of flies at an outpatient clinic in Hyannis, Massachusetts; and broken furniture in Manchester, New Hampshire, the Boston Globe reported. 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