A look back at stories that made headlines this week in The Sandwich Enterprise:
20 Years Ago...
Footballers Resist Plan To Relocate Pop Warner Field
Coaches and key officials from Sandwich’s Pop Warner football organization faced off Monday night with town officials over a plan to relocate the football league’s field to make room for a multi-million-dollar municipal complex on the town-owned site. The field was built entirely through volunteer efforts and with donated materials behind the A&P Supermarket in South Sandwich.
League officials were fiercely protective of their so-called “Field of Dreams” and refused to even consider the notion of moving the field. Leo J. Paulding, director of the football league, called the concept a “spit in the community’s face.”
Mark Govoni, a driving force behind the construction of the field and an active member within the football league, said more than 1,000 residents have signed a petition calling for protection of the field. He warned the two selectmen that were present that any attempt to bring the municipal complex forward for Town Meeting approval would be crushed.
Town officials, attempting to reason with the coaches, reminded them that a new and improved field is included in the campus-style complex, along with a new recreation building.
Board of selectmen chairman R. Patrick Ellis told the football representatives that the municipal complex is currently only in the conceptual stage. “There’s nothing set in stone here,” he said. “The plan was only recently brought before our board. There was no vote. No one authorized anything.”
The idea of building the municipal complex was generated by a task force of department heads charged with exploring the best possible use of two sizable tracts of town land in South Sandwich.
10 Years Ago...
Shellfish Area Opening Delayed Until December
Residents will have to wait a few more weeks before they can pull out their bushel baskets and shellfish rakes and begin digging for quahogs in the sands of town beaches.
Director of Natural Resources Mark S. Galkowski told selectmen last week that the state found higher than expected levels of bacteria in the shellfish, which had been seeded earlier this year.