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06/23/2018 01:43 AM
Shore Lore: Battle cry originated in Cape waters
Chances are that you’ve heard the battle cry "Don't give up the ship!” at one time or another, particularly for anyone who engages in any sort of maritime activities.You don’t have to go far to find its place of origin — it all happened just off the coast of Provincetown, during the War of 1812, on June 1, 1813.The now-famous battle cry was uttered by one Captain James Lawrence, the 31-year-old commander of the U.S. vessel Chesapeake. Lawrence and [...]

06/21/2018 08:01 PM
New eateries open up across the Lower Cape
From fish shacks, shirt and shoes not required, to white glove dining, jacket required, and all venues in between, the Lower Cape has everyone's favorite go-to spots for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. But each summer new eateries open their doors, some for the season, some year-round, and 2018 is no exception.Here are several to check out across the region, in no particular order:Remember the Land Ho!, at 429 Route 28 in Harwich Port, a sister pub to the one in Orleans? [...]

06/21/2018 08:52 AM
Milford's Sira Naturals gets state's first adult-use marijuana license
BOSTON — State regulators voted unanimously Thursday to grant the state's first recreational marijuana business license to a marijuana grower in Milford. The license approved by the Cannabis Control Commission (CCC) on Thursday will allow Sira Naturals to grow between 10,001 and 20,000 square feet of marijuana at their indoor facility at 13 Commercial Way in Milford.Sira Naturals already grows marijuana for medical patients at its Milford cultivation facility and [...]

06/21/2018 04:46 AM
Selectmen license Dennis restaurants
Dennis selectmen approved a seasonal wine and beer license for Knockout Pizza, a new restaurant that will locate in the site of the former BZ’s Pizza on Route 28 in Dennis Port. They also gave an exemption to the Clean Slate Eatery to operate a mobile food truck in a standing location outside its restaurant off Route 28 in West Dennis.Michael Giorgio, owner of the Red Nun Restaurant, is also the new owner of Knockout Pizza across the street from the Red Nun. He said the new [...]

06/21/2018 04:33 AM
AAA predicting record Independence Day travel
Nearly 47 million getting away for the holiday, 1.1 million from Mass. hitting the road.

06/19/2018 09:04 AM
Milford grower in line for first marijuana business license
State marijuana regulators are poised Thursday to grant the state's first legal marijuana business license to a cultivation facility in Milford.An agenda for Thursday's Cannabis Control Commission meeting includes a vote on granting a license to grow between 10,001 and 20,000 square feet worth of marijuana to Sira Naturals, a company that already grows medical marijuana in Milford.If the five-person commission decides to grant Sira Naturals a license, it would be the [...]

06/18/2018 07:55 AM
Gov. Baker does about face, won't send flight crew to southwestern U.S. border
In a sudden reversal, Gov. Charlie Baker's administration on Monday canceled its plan to send Massachusetts National Guard members and equipment to the southwestern U.S. border in light of the federal government's "inhumane" practice of separating undocumented children from their families, the governor's office said.Baker announced on June 1 that he would send a UH-72 Lakota helicopter and two military analysts to pilot the chopper to the southwestern border by the end of the [...]

06/18/2018 05:21 AM
MEMA WEATHER ADVISORY: High heat indices and potential for severe thunderstorms today
From the National Weather Service in Norton:Hot and humid conditions are on tap today with our first taste of excessive heat this summer season as heat indices will range from 95-103°F for interior areas of southern New England.Heat advisories posted have been expanded to include the city of Boston and surrounding metro-area, as well as the mid CT River Valley.This in addition to the potential for strong to severe thunderstorms this afternoon into evening [...]

06/18/2018 02:31 AM
As Massachusetts mulls changing smoking age to 21, questions remain
The effort to increase the tobacco sales age limit to 21 years will undoubtedly cut into the revenue of convenience stores, including the 7-Eleven Dennis Lane has owned for 44 years.The loss would be unfortunate for business, he said, but it’s not why he’s against increasing the age.“Raising age limits redefines the age that somebody becomes an adult,” said Lane, who doesn’t smoke himself. “If you’re adult enough to pick up a [...]

06/18/2018 01:56 AM
OIA ‘secret garden’ tour will delight the senses
ORLEANS – Perfect peonies, lovely lilies, divine dahlias, handsome hosta, fragrant herbs and comely roses… what’s not to find pleasing to the eye at the Orleans Improvement Association’s annual secret garden tour?This year’s selections showcase six homes in Orleans and an organic farm in Brewster.This is the 30th year for the tour, a fund-raiser for the OIA, which, since 1986, has been investing in projects that preserve and enhance the [...]

06/17/2018 01:17 AM
Ask the Bird Folks: The Greta Garbo of the bird world
Dear Bird Folks, In some of your recent columns you have told people where they can see certain birds, including loons and Purple Martins. What about rails? Do we ever get rails around here and if so, where can I see them?–Tom, Brewster, MAYes, we do, and good luck, Tom. We most certainly have rails on the Cape, but seeing these super-reclusive birds is another story.Rails are basically the Greta Garbos of the bird world. Only, unlike Ms. Garbo, [...]

06/15/2018 09:30 AM
Florida officials: Daytona roller coaster passed state inspection day of crash
The latest eyewitness account of activities on the ride in the hours before the accident follows an earlier report by a witness who saw two people working on the roller coaster track at the Daytona Beach Boardwalk on Thursday morning, 10 ½ hours before the derailment.

06/14/2018 01:19 AM
Early lighting devices shine at Yarmouth Port exhibition
The 1800s was a busy time for inventors in search of better lighting devices with more than 500 American patents granted in the first half of the century. The electric light bulb did not come into practical use until Edison Electric Light Co. was formed in 1880.Charlie and Barbara Adams of South Yarmouth have hundreds of examples of those early devices in their antique lighting collection, part of which will be on display at the Capt. Bangs Hallet House Museum this summer starting [...]

06/11/2018 04:18 AM
Mitrokostas reflects on tenure at Dennis Chamber, what lies ahead
Spyro Mitrokostas witnessed a lot of changes and dealt with many challenges in business and the economy during his 13-year tenure as executive director of the Dennis Chamber of Commerce. Now, after leaving that post on May 25, he sees himself coming full circle.As for his next move at age 58, Mitrokostas said he is not retiring and not leaving the Cape where most of his extended family live but is taking some time off to look at new opportunities. He believes economic development is [...]

05/31/2018 10:08 AM
Sittin' in with Cape Cod musician Christopher Crosby Morris
Sittin' In is a series of interviews with Cape Cod -based musicians who play varying styles of music and come from varying musical backgrounds. Christopher Crosby Morris is a guitarist, singer and songwriter with a long a varied career. He is also an author of fiction and non-fiction and has also been a defense policy and strategy analyst. He is married to author Janet Morris. He lives in Centerville. See a video of him online at www. [...]

05/31/2018 09:57 AM
Dennis village site eyed for new housing
It's been smooth sailing so far for a developer who wants to build 28 houses in a development called Maritime Landing on Route 6A in Dennis.Mark Smith says he is focused on bringing more housing, especially badly needed affordable housing, to the Cape. He has built 28 Nantucket cottage style homes called Brewster Landing off Route 6A in Brewster and hopes to get a similar plan approved in Dennis.Smith will present his proposal for Maritime Landing on Route 6A in Dennis Village [...]

05/21/2018 02:18 AM
St. David’s Mission House in South Yarmouth gets major update
A house with a 232-year history of varied uses on Old Main Street in South Yarmouth is getting a big lift. The Mission House in front of St. David’s Episcopal Church is currently sitting high above the ground awaiting a new foundation and basement being constructed below.The $350,000 project was funded by Yarmouth Community Preservation funds last year and the work began this spring. The modest Cape-style building has housed the church’s office and thrift shop for many [...]

05/04/2018 03:59 AM
Yarmouth's burial grounds get much-needed attention
On a cold, gray morning last week, one of Yarmouth's more sedate places was alive with activity.Ancient Cemetery in Yarmouth Port was the scene of a history lesson of sorts, as Jonathan Appell, a nationally recognized monuments conservator based in Connecticut, taught a group of volunteers how to clean the grave markers of some of Yarmouth's earliest inhabitants without doing damage to them.  Appell was there as part of a project, paid for with Community Preservation [...]

05/02/2018 01:33 AM
Gannon honored as 'Big of the Year'
The Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts have named the late Yarmouth police Sgt. Sean Gannon as their Big of the Year.The award will be presented posthumously to Gannon, who was shot to death in the line of duty April 12, in a ceremony in Boston on Wednesday, May 3.Gannon spent the past three years as Big Brother to Rylee, a 12-year-old, as part of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cape Cod & the Islands.Yarmouth Police Chief Frank Frederickson was to accept the [...]

04/24/2018 05:59 AM
Warren forum in Harwich addresses opioid plan
U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren says legislation she co-sponsored aims to, “push the money down to local communities” and give them time to plan uses for the money in the fight against opioid abuse.Warren led a “Community Conversation” on the opioid crisis Saturday on Cape Cod four days after a nearly $1 billion bipartisan funding bill was introduced in the Senate to fight the nationwide epidemic over the next 10 years.Warren told 225 people at Cape Cod [...]