75 Years Ago
August 4, 1944
Berlin has heard from Woods Hole and so has Tokyo. Neither Germany nor Japan has felt its last impact from the war work of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Research directed from the colonial red brick building on Great Harbor is busy today, here and at vantage points around the world, helping bring new effectiveness to fighting power of the United Nations. Nearly a million dollars a year is being spent at the Oceanographic in this pursuit. Engaged in it are 230 men and women.
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Falmouth firemen worked for 13 hours Friday and Saturday combating a coal blaze at the Bureau of Fisheries, Woods Hole. Spontaneous combustion in the soft coal bunker started the fire. The bunker held 250 tons of coal, which burned steadily from 2 PM Friday until after three Saturday morning.
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Sgt. Jerry Robbins, who two months ago was running across the sand to a Normandy beachhead with Rangers of the 2nd Division, is spending this month sunning himself on Falmouth Heights beach. His left leg is in a cast, with 17 breaks in the bone and 75 assorted bits of German steel still drifting around. Jerry had only three days of advance in the invasion, in which he experienced close and bitter fighting with retreating Germans across the Norman fields, before he crawled back from the outskirts of Trevieres, dragging his shattered leg, to a French farmhouse.
60 Years Ago
July 31, 1959
“Underhanded political deals” are charged to Falmouth selectmen by the selectmen-manager charter committee headed by Charles C. Willis.
In a report published in full of Page Six of this newspaper, the committee charges that the bill to authorize a referendum on the town manager charter was “killed by the political deal arranged, we believe, by the counsel to the board of selectmen, with their connivance.”
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While all postal restrictions on mailing of the D. H. Lawrence novel, “Lady Chatterley’s Lover”, in its unexpurgated edition have been ended as of now, 20 copies of the $6 volume had already been sold by Putnam’s Book shop.
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With Japanese beetles returning in force, and in some parts of town infesting gardens and lawns worse than ever before, the town is again offering spray to homeowners who wish to combat the pest. Antone B. Couto Jr., supervisor of insect pest control, has a sizable stock of DDT and malathion, which may be used to spray on private property as a control measure.
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Total of 126 members and guests of Woods Hole Yacht club went on a picnic to Tarpaulin Cove on Saturday, in 26 boats. The boat size ran from a 10-foot dinghy to a large fishing boat, R. J. II, owned by Capt. Charles R. Grinnell. Ages of attendants ranged from two years to 80.
40 Years Ago
July 31, 1979
Falmouth selectmen have asked selectmen in Plymouth and Bristol counties to join their protest against an electric company policy of replacing incandescent street lights with vapor lights.
Already, selectmen in six Cape towns and all six towns on Martha’s Vineyard have told the local board they’re behind its effort to stop New Bedford as and Edison Light company from automatically installing sodium lights when an incandescent light cannot be repaired or a community requests more street lights.
August 3, 1959
Public officials in Bourne, Falmouth and Mashpee were near unanimous yesterday in speaking out against a bill to legalize casino gambling on Cape Cod.
The bill was reported out of committee Wednesday and caught many be surprise.
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Para-sailing, one of the newest daraedevil sports, has taken up its second east coast headquarters in Falmouth. The other is in Florida.
The sport combines elements of parachuting, kite flying, hang gliding and water skiing and comes up with a sport different than all of these.
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Main street, Falmouth will become a boulevard of craftsmen’s exhibits, sidewalk cafes and entertainment on Wednesday, August 15, when the Falmouth Village Business association sponsors a professional arts and crafts festival.
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The October Seafest committee has announced the 1979 recipe contest for under-utilized species of finfish and shellfish.