A look back at stories that made headlines this week in The Sandwich Enterprise:

20 Years Ago...

Grand Oaks Search Finished Yesterday, No Explosives Found

Contractors working for the Army National Guard completed their digging on 44 properties in the Grand Oaks neighborhood in Forestdale yesterday, in their search for metal objects detected during a sweep of the area with metal detectors.

The military was investigating reports of munitions buried in the base-side neighborhood.

To the relief of area residents, no explosive devices were found. The only munitions-related objects unearthed in the area were the corroded tail-fin assemblies from a number of World War II-era bazooka rockets.

This week’s excavation work was the final step in a $300,000, six-month search which began in February, when Environmental Protection Agency regional administrator John P. DeVillars wrote a letter to the military, ordering the work done.

In his letter, Mr. DeVillars was critical of the military for not taking seriously the claims made by Paul Zanis, of Cove Road in Sandwich.

Mr. Zanis had been urging the military to search the site after finding evidence of a munitions burial site in the neighborhood while studying a 1966 aerial photograph of the military base. The land had once been used by the military for tank training as late as the 1960s.

10 Years Ago...

Bringing Music Back To Town Hall — Group Makes Push To Restore Old Piano That Once Accompanied Silent Movies

There was a time when the second floor of Sandwich’s Town Hall was filled with the sounds of piano music playing as silent film clips flashed across a movie screen.

An ad hoc committee has recently formed hoping to bring such an experience back to the town hall again.

Called the Save The Piano committee, the group of volunteers was formed earlier this year when it became apparent that the town had no intention of keeping the nearly century-old upright grand piano as renovation work began on the building. Noting its need of serious repairs and a good tuning, a group of six people stepped forward with a mission to save the old piano.

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