January 14 - 2004: Cape group visits Danish offshore wind farm

2006: Fire guts the Harwichport Dairy Queen
Bill and Dorte Griswold sail through a Danish wind farm

2004: Cape group visits Danish offshore wind farm

"They were thinner than a toothpick and no higher than the width of my thumbnail at arms' length"

On this day in 2004, more than two dozen people left on a five-day trip to Denmark organized by Clean Power Now to explore land-based and offshore wind farms.

The group visited the wind farm in the south of Denmark and even sailed through the turbines.

The fact-finding journey was organized by CPN members Bill Griswold and his wife Dorte, a native of Denmark, who led a second trip to the Nordic country in May 2005.

The efforts proved instrumental in swinging public support in favor of the proposed Cape Wind project. Prior to the trips, opinion polls consistently showed a majority of people on the Cape and islands opposed to Cape Wind. After the trips, polls found a majority in favor of the project.

In a log of the January 2004 trip posted at the CPN website, board member Richard Lawrence described  visiting Blåvand, Denmark on the North Sea, home to Horns Rev, the largest offshore wind farm in the world.

"After a brief walk on the sugar-sand beaches looking for washed up pieces of amber, and a lunch stop back in Blåvand, we met back up with the group to have a look at the wind farm from the closest point on land, the escarpment at the Blåvand lighthouse. The bus arrived just as the parking lot was filling with cars from all of the people coming to watch the last rays of light hit Denmark this day.

"The clouds had started to roll back in, but the horizon was clear. Underneath the clouds, a band of orange sky silhouetted the turbines that were slowly spinning in the wind. Despite it being the off-season and a cold, cloudy afternoon - and despite the wind turbines clearly visible on the horizon - the beach was still a popular place to watch the sunset.

"This was the moment that we had all been waiting for.  The backlighting made the turbines stand out more than they normally would and they were clearly visible.

They were thinner than a toothpick and no higher than the width of my thumbnail at arms length. The whole wind farm occupied a section of the horizon just larger than I could reach with my thumb and index finger stretched out.

Most of the people in our group were thrilled to see them, but a couple did find them to be unattractive."

Follow this link to see a video of the Denmark trips by videographer Liz Argo.

2006: Harwichport Dairy Queen burns

On this day in 2006 a fire gutted the Dairy Queen restaurant on Route 28 in Harwichport.

Flames were shooting out of the rear of the building when firefighters arrived shortly after the 6:10 p.m. alarm.

The blaze went to two alarms bringing in mutual aid from Orleans, Brewster, Chatham, Dennis and Yarmouth.

The restaurant was closed for the season and no injuries were reported. A half million is the estimate of the damage to one of The Cape's last DQs.

A year later a rebuilt DQ rose from the flames to continue contributing to the cholesterol needs of the Cape's sugar-starved citizens.

(Drawing on right: similar to the Dairy Queen that burned down in Harwichport.)

Read about "Everything Else Which Happened Today" including in 1699 when Massachusetts held a day of fasting for wrongly persecuting "witches".

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