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I got to know Troy this week, and what I saw was a disappointment. This once-great pillar of strength and vitality has withered and declined. No, this is not a column about self-discovery and self-awareness; I actually traveled to Troy, New York, this week and saw the remnants of what was once one of the most prosperous and vibrant cities in the United States.
You could see this domino falling a few weeks ago.
The Market Basket at Sagamore has been involved, as all Market Baskets have been, in a protracted labor dispute. A family feud among shareholders led to a change of leadership, and that change of leadership led to widespread walk-outs among the MB staff.
Ed. Note: I spoke these words at my daughter’s wedding reception Saturday, Aug. 2 at Ocean Edge Resort in Brewster on the outer Cape Cod; any father who has married off a daughter has felt the moment; it advances slowly, then pounces. Change, in the fabric of family, is a conflict of emotions; the “giving away” seems so anomalous, yet so natural, running a range of sentiments—joyful, cerebral, wrenching, all at once.
Well I have to admit, tonight 8-13-14 was a very special evening. I have told you in the past that the places I support I don't ask for anything from them, and I expect nothing from them. I write about our local businesses because I believe in supporting those those live here, work here, and play right here on Cape Cod.
Zucchinis are easy and fun to grow. In fact, our family was always offering these vegetables to friends and neighbors. But it wasn’t always easy to give them away in late August since everyone had a surplus of the ever present summer squash available to them. And this is why cookbooks like the 50 year old Italian cookbook, the Silver Spoon, recently translated into English in the United States, includes 37 Zucchini recipes and 6 for Zucchini flowers.
The imagery of a caterpillar morphing into a butterfly, of the plodding, slogging, uninspired worm-like being altering its outward and inward state and turning into a high-flying, beautiful work of nature’s art, is an oft-used metaphor to describe a metamorphosis in peoples’ own lives. Who among us has not felt like the caterpillar, plodding and slogging through our days, only to experience some sort of metamorphosis and be transferred, transported, or even transcended into a new, more brilliant and glorious state?
In his July 23 Gone Fishin' column, The Duxbury Clipper's Skip Cornell wondered, "Where are the stripers? ...the bass are missing." On August 2, The Boston Globe reported that the codfish population is down by 13 to 18 percent in the last three years, and that it contains as little as three percent of numbers needed to sustain the species.
MARTHA'S VINEYARD, MA -- As President Barack Obama teed off against the ruthless Islamic State, which is already feeling the sting of the (F/A-18) Hornets, the island community of Martha's Vineyard awakened today to find itself at war.
Although security officials would never admit it, the already heavy U. S. Secret Service presence and Coast Guard patrols, never lightweight when a traveling POTUS is playing on a vacation isle, will gain even more weight when former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton turns up for a book signing three days hence.
By the American Lobster Mart, 2 MacArthur Blvd., Bourne a group of high-spirited Don Berwick supporters were receiving numerous "honks" and waves from passing motorists. There seems to be a progressive grass-roots momentum in the Commonwealth this season of politics.