I was looking at some old columns (doing research, not absorbing myself in my own words), and came across my thoughts on "the best and worst of 2009," my final column of that trip around the sun. It listed as one of the best items from that year, a "home run" hit by then-freshman State Representative Tim Madden to bring back a Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) office to town.
Since the home run was hit, though, the trot around the bases has slowed a bit. So much so that the last tap of the toe on home plate is still elusive. One of the marks of a good Representative, though, is working beyond the sound bite and seeing issues through to fruition. Madden, now in his sophomore season, is doing just that. With dogged determination, and working with Acting Town Manager Heather Harper and the RMV, Madden is still headed for home.
A report in last Tuesday's Enterprise described the shuffling of offices going on in Town Hall to make accommodations to provide the RMV space in the old Water Department offices in the east end of the building. I can still remember walking down the hall from the old Selectmen's office, poking my head in, and seeing a smiling Norm Thayer. That smile lit up the entire wing. Maybe the RMV can hire Norm as a consultant - although the old Falmouth staff of Liz and Judy were among the best I've seen at any RMV.
Anyway, the game of musical offices currently going on is a good example of what's right with our local government. Not content with simply accepting defeat when the Edward Marks building option for a local RMV office fell through, Rep. Madden and the Acting TM kept shooting for home, reworking the game plan and finding a way to score. It looks like they finally will. I'm hoping that the RMV recognizes their effort with a big pair of scissors (or better yet, how about a bat for scoring?) for the grand opening. I'll be there to say thanks.
Speaking of thanks, the occasion of Veterans Services Director Jay Hill being duly recognized by the state Department of Veterans Affairs is a fitting and appropriate recognition of the yeoman's work that Jay and his able assistant Crystal have been doing on behalf of our veterans for years now. I worked with Jay at the 102nd Fighter Wing years ago when I was writing press releases for Ernie Keating and Don Quenneville and Jay was running the motor pool. He was dedicated then and still is now - just to another constituency. Since taking over the Veterans' Services office, Jay has not only continued the energy and enthusiasm of Ted Gibbs, he has raised the bar even more, and begun several new initiatives that make Falmouth one of the most progressive communities in the Commonwealth in supporting its veterans. Omni Vir Tigris, Jay. Well done.
And speaking of well done, the response to last week's "Jeopardy" brought many chuckles my way and demonstrated that some Falmouthites could probably give Ken Jennings a run for his money. My old pal Karen Karson gets an honorable mention for her answers accompanying a great steak last weekend, and Falmouth native Boyd DeMello came close to perfection as well. It was the pride of the Steamship Authority and native son Bob Young, though, who almost ran the table. He was one answer shy of perfection. Howie Cambpell always wore the colorful pants, Bob. Otherwise, your Falmouth knowledge is near the pinnacle of perfection. I'll offer another round soon. Thanks to all who participated.
This column is reprinted from the Falmouth Enterprise.