75 Years Ago
August 25, 1944
Holders of Falmouth licenses will probably be notified soon that all sale of alcoholic liquors in Falmouth will be stopped when news of the capitulation of Germany comes.
Selectmen and Police Chief Baker conferred this week on plans to maintain order when the town turns to celebration of V-Day. Chairman English said the selectmen think it may be a wise precaution to follow precedent already announced by many communities and order a 24-hour cessation of liquor sales. In fairness to those who want to drink a victory toast at home the selectmen will give advance notice of any policy they adopt.
Chief Baker will formulate advance instructions for his regular and special policemen and arrange to have a good number of auxiliary police on call for V-Day duty.
Falmouth officialdom is eager to participate in jubilant reception of news of Germany’s final defeat. Selectmen and police chief want to be prepared to curb excesses among the celebrators. Chief Baker is making his arrangements with memories of Halloween and Fourth of July vandalism. Hoped for is curb on overindulgence, broken windows and broken heads.
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The historic East End meeting house at Hatchville, second oldest church in Falmouth, is to be reopened on Sunday, August 27, with services at 11 A.M. to which the public will be welcomed. The East Falmouth Congregational Society, meeting Tuesday evening at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Roy W. Allen, Hatchville, made plans for renewing activity of the church societies, improving the appearance of the building, and holding regular services.
60 Years Ago
August 21, 1959
Sonic boom that jolted so many Falmouth folks from their sleep shortly after 3 A.M. yesterday knocked plaster from the ceiling at Tanya’s Piper Inn in East Falmouth and shook a burglar alarm into action at John White’s Corner Package store in North Falmouth. Many thought their oil burners had exploded. Joseph F. Costa Jr. in Fresh Pond thought an automobile had rammed into the corner of his house.
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Sky is still the ceiling for the bus terminal ln Falmouth village, except when a rainstorm drives bus passengers under trees or on neighboring porches. Only change is that southbound Almeida buses now stop in the road at the Driftwood hotel parking area, instead of at the foot of Depot avenue beside the Gulf station.
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Whales have been unusually plentiful close to our shores this summer, reports the Cape Cod cetologist, Col. Eugene S. Clark of Sagamore. Most recent sighting was from the excursion boat, Americana, on the passage between Hyannis and the Vineyard on Sunday, probably a humpback. A school of right whales, which Col. Clark thinks is probably the same school that disported off Menemsha some years back and has returned each season since, entered Cape Cod Bay in May, following a tide of tiny shrimplike marine life called copepod, a favorite food. There may be 20 to 25 animals in this school. Col. Clark counted 17 on the surface at once a year ago.
August 25, 1959
U.S. Post Office department has advised selectmen it is considering construction of a post office building in Teaticket, across the street from Perry’s Market, where the village post office has occupied a corner of the building for 13 years.
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By air express a large oil painting by Mary Cassatt arrived from Los Angeles, Calif., Thursday night for showing at Anthony A. Argento’s art exhibit in Falmouth Heights. Mr. Argento saw it last winter at Palm Beach, Fla., at the Four Arts Museum show of Miss Cassatt’s and John Singer Sargent’s works. He determined to have it on the Cape at his August show.
40 Years Ago
August 21, 1979
Two important developments are afoot regarding the preservation of Waquoit Bay and Washburn’s Island.
Sen. John F. Aylmer has filed an amendment to the state capital outlay bill seeking about $2.7 million for the acquisition of Washburn’s Island.
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A proposal for town purchase of some or all the 481 acres of land east of Route 28, between Blacksmith Shop road and Thomas B. Landers road, now owned by Falmouth Land Development Trust, has been received by selectmen.
Selectmen’s interest in the Wast Falmouth property is largely because of the often-expressed need for industrially-zoned land for development.
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The first tangible step has been taken toward having the town purchase the row of beach houses along Surf drive, to extend the town beach to the west.
The conservation commission has come up with a $3,000 binder for a purchase and sale agreement on the first cabana beyond the present town beach, Victor J. Bissonnette, chairman of the beach committee, announced at the committee’s meeting last night.