75 Years Ago
February 2, 1945
Many residents of Woods Hole and other Falmouth villages heard the explosion which last Saturday night mysteriously demolished a house in South Dartmouth. They report reverberation and a distinct shock. The sound was heard about 10 PM.
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Sgt. Ben. Schnall, photographer for “Yank,” came to town this morning to take a picture of Main Street for a series the magazine is running depicting main streets of America.
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Neon display signs were dark on Falmouth and Woods Hole main streets last night as the nationwide brown-out went into effect. A tour of the village business sections proved general compliance with the WPB coal-saving order. In the new dimness the red lights on fire alarm boxes looked twice as big as usual.
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Falmouth is at a critical period of its social-economic life, Millard C. Faught told Rotary on Tuesday night. “Fairly well matured as a summer resort,” the town now can look forward to breaking up the large estates which have so long preserved its character. It is time for people of the community to decide what sort of a town they want in the future and organize to shape it in that direction.
60 Years Ago
February 2, 1960
An attempted “draft” of two candidates appears to be in the making. Nomination papers have been taken out on behalf of Augustus T. Canty for the school board.
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Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution has applied to the State Division of Waterways for permit to construct a seaplane ramp at the end of Dyer’s Dock.
The Institution owns a Heliocourier, a land plane which they have equipped with floats. Robert G. Weeks is the pilot, and the plane has been kept on Coonamessett pond. It is a small, maneuverable plane, capable of 140 knots and capable also of slowing considerably, qualities that make it an excellent search plane. It will be used for quick response to reports of whale sightings, for example, which makes it desirable to have close at hand.
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Name of Davis Straits for the highway between Falmouth Heights corner and Jones Road is defended by Teaticket Postmaster Edward G. Perry. Mr. Perry charges that the “planning board has used every vague and ambiguous reason to hide the fact that they want to annex a section of Teaticket in order to extend Falmouth’s Main Street.”
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Falmouth’s share of the island boat line’s operating deficit during 1959 will be $1,414. This will bring Falmouth’s total investment in the island boat line, during the past six years to the staggering total of $127,255.
The Island Steamship Authority lost $244,141.43 running boats to the islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket during 1959. This deficit will eat up a reserve fund of $130,000 and leave $114,141.43 to be assessed against the member communities.
40 Years Ago
January 29, 1980
Cars were parked solid on both sides of Main street and the Town Hall Square parking places were filled with cars on Saturday night. The attraction on a winter night was the film “Kramer vs. Kramer” being shown at the Elizabeth theatre at a bargain price of $1.50. The theatre’s 450 seats were sold out for a Friday night performance, sold out for two Saturday night performances and nearly sold out on Sunday night.
February 1, 1980
Structural steel frame for the oceanographic’s new geoscience research center on the Quissett campus is up.
The one-story building, with a full underground basement, was designed to nestle in the hollow on the south side of the entrance drive into the campus. Now, with the steel frame up, it is obvious that the surrounding higher terrain and the many trees will let it blend in well.
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A new concept for sewage treatment in Falmouth is being presented today to a group of town officials and engineering consultants involved in the Falmouth sewerage studies.
Site of the gathering is the New Alchemy Institute in Hatchville, and that location gives an idea of the concepts behind the idea.
All components of the preliminary proposal for ecological wastewater treatment drawn up by Ronald D. Zweig of the New Alchemists take into consideration the impacts on the environment and the energy and resource demands.