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

20 Years Ago...

Town’s Efforts To Acquire Dam Land Stalls

Nearly two years ago, Sandwich began negotiations with the owners of the land where the Upper Shawme Pond dam is located, hoping to hammer out a deal that would allow the town to assume control of the dam and make needed repairs to the ancient earth and wood structure.

This week, Town Administrator George H. Dunham said these negotiations have stalled.

“We’ve been waiting for some reply from the landowners,” he said. “Last I heard, their attorney still didn’t have a clear indication of what they wanted to do-how much they were willing to sell or if they wanted to sell any at all.”

Last year Town Meeting voters authorized the town to seek a settlement with owners Paul and Penny Rubencan of Pennsylvania. The town’s goal is to secure the land and perform the repairs to the structure before it could collapse, causing untold damage to the pond’s ecosystem and property surrounding the lower pond.

10 Years Ago...

Original Town Hall Lantern Discovered — Restored Light Will Once Again Illuminate Building’s Entranceway

With the town hall renovation project running on schedule and on budget, architect Wendall Kalsow of McGinley Kalsow & Associates of Somerville told town officials that there have been no big surprises in terms of structural damage.

“There have been no budget crushers,” he said.

But that is not to say that there have not been a few pleasant surprises.

Mr. Kalsow told selectmen that an old flagpole found in the attic of the historic building has been repaired, and replaced at the apex of the town hall.

“We’re not sure how far the pole dates back. But it is little jewels like this that you find along the way,” Mr. Kalsow told selectmen.

One of the most significant gems found hidden away in town hall may just be an old sailing ship lantern that was discovered on the second level of the town hall.

Packed away in a box that was labeled “town hall,” Office Manager Kathleen Coggeshall came across the 18-inch tall by 12-inch diameter light fixture when she was packing up the boxes on the second floor of the building.

“I always knew the second floor had been used for storage. But when she first showed me the box and I saw that somebody had taken the time to pack the lantern and even put a tag on it identifying it, I knew we had to save it and rehang it,” said former selectman Frank Pannorfi , and a member of the town hall project committee.

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