April 17, 2014
1967: Mysterious oil slick spotted off Chatham

1967: 20-mile long oil slick discovered off Chatham

"Gobs of heavy oil" washed ashore the next day

On this day in 1967, an oil slick of mysterious origin was spotted in the waters off Chatham.

The slick stretched 20 miles in length and six miles across to the southeast of the Pollock Rip lightship, the Coast Guard reported to the Associated Press.

The following day, "gobs of heavy oil" washed ashore on Nantucket, plastering beaches from Great Point to Siasconset.

April 12, 2014
2007: Dr. Gryboski will be hard to convict. Court upholds mobster's conviction

1977: Russian fishing trawler seized off Nantucket escorted to Boston

275-foot Russian trawler Taras Shevchenko seized under orders by President Jimmy Carter

On this day in 1977, a so-called "mother ship of the Russian fishing fleet" off New England was taken to Boston to join another Soviet vessel under guard at the Boston Coast Guard Station for suspicion of violating the new US 200-mile fishing limit.

April 8, 2014
Public welcome to join local chapters during spring open house April 12

On Saturday, April 12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the fifteen Masonic Lodges on the Cape and Islands will join lodges across the Commonweatlh in opening their doors to the public. The spring open house marks an annual celebration of Freemasonry.

March 23, 2014
2007: Disaster aid for red tide is $1,400

2007: Disaster aid for 2005 red tide will net each shellfisherman about $1,400

Payment was for the 2005 severe red tide bloom

On this day in 2007 local shellfishermen learned they can expect on average about $1,400 from federal natural disaster aid, declared in response to a severe red tide bloom in the summer of 2005 that shut down much of the local industry for about three months. The areas closed are shown on right.

March 18, 2014
Rescued shortly before their ship sank. 2007: New regs will reduce coyote population here

1987: Russians rescued by Coast Guard are headed home

Crews from Air Station Cape Cod saved everyone

On this day in 1987, thirty-seven Russian sailors and their passengers, including an infant, were returning home after they were rescued from a stricken freighter in the Atlantic Ocean by Coast Guard crews dispatched from Cape Cod.

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March 7, 2014
The Islander ferry makes last run

1970: Rare total solar eclipse is visible from Nantucket

More people traveled to see this eclipse than any other in history

March 7, 2014
Increased bond limits for Steamship Authority - $2.3 billion for the South Coast rail project

State says former Rep violated disclosure law

Alleges Atsalis owes $700 for filing financial statement late

The State Ethics Commission initiated proceedings Thursday against former 2nd.Barnstable District Rep. Demetrius Atsalis, alleging he owes a $700 civil penalty for filing his 2012 statement of financial interest 62 days late.

February 27, 2014
Supreme Judicial Court pushes housing court for Cape Cod - Federal fund will "find ways to save the fishery in the long term"

SJC Justice leads push to expand housing court statewide

There are no housing court for Barnstable, Dukes, or Nantucket counties

February 26, 2014
The end of the lightships - The Nantucket served until 1983, and was the last US lightship in commission

1975: Nantucket Shoals becomes one of last three lightship stations in nation

On this day in 1975, the Portland, Maine lightship was replaced by an automated buoy, leaving Nantucket Shoals as one of three remaining lightship stations in the nation.

A month later, the Boston lightship was also retired and the stations were narrowed to two -- one off Nantucket, the other at the mouth of the Columbia River in the Pacific Northwest.

February 24, 2014
1969: Another big snowstorm in that blustery winter. 1980: US wins Olympic Hockey. 2007: Former Mashpee student one of two BU students killed in fire

1969: We really got socked today on Cape Cod

It was the second major storm
in past two weeks

On this day in 1969, residents of the Cape and Islands awakened to yet another snowstorm during what had already been a very snowy winter. A howling nor'easter that stalled off Nantucket dumped more than two feet of snow in some areas before tapering off.

February 12, 2014
2007: Fishing boat Creole Belle abandoned. Ledwell awarded Agassiz Medal

1935: Islanders praise Governor for halting hunting on Nantucket

James Curley finally does something Republican like

On this day in 1935 as reported by the Fitchburg Sentinel under the headline, "Deerslaying on Nantucket Halted Today" -

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February 10, 2014
1996: Steve Bernard buys back Cape Cod Potato Chips. 2007: Coast Guardsmen suffer injuries during rescue

1936: Seven youths rescued from Cape Cod Bay ice floe

Marooned for almost a day adrift

On this day in the bitterly cold winter of 1936, as reported by the Associated Press -

"Seven CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) youths, marooned on floating ice in Cape Cod Bay since noon Sunday, were rescued by Coast Guardmen today, 22 1/4 hours after they had been cast adrift when ice broke from the mainland at Brewster.

February 3, 2014
2006: Coyotes wear out their welcome. All hope lost for Lady Luck

2006: State's coyote population reaches saturation point

In every town except on the Vineyard and Nantucket

A usually shy but adaptable predator, coyotes have made their home in the suburbs and rural countryside, but on this day in 2006 state official felt they have apparently run out of room in the Bay State.  According to wildlife experts and officials, the population of at least 8,500 coyotes in Massachusetts is stable and unlikely to increase because the predatory canines have saturated all available habitat.

January 30, 2014
MedFlight helicopter was unavailable due to snow

Coast Guard air crews transported an injured 3-month-old male infant from Nantucket, Mass. to Boston, Wednesday.

Watchstanders at the 1st Coast Guard District in Boston received a call at 10:20 a.m. from Nantucket Cottage Hospital stating that the infant was being treated after falling and sustaining a severe head injury and possible skull fracture.

January 30, 2014
2007: Recession begins here. Police divers recover body from Lady of Grace

1969: Shoeless on the island no longer

On this day in 1969, as reported by  United Press International:

NANTUCKET, Mass. - Hippies can walk Nantucket beaches barefooted this summer but they may have to wear sandals or shoes to eat.

The Board of Selectmen disclosed Wednesday it has recommended to the forthcoming annual town meeting three bylaws designed to discourage hippies from mixing and mingling on this sedate resort island off Cape Cod.

January 25, 2014
If you're like me and love books with a solid Cape Cod connection, you'll love Paul Kemprecos newest one, "Grey Lady"

Local author Kemprecos "Socs" it to 'em again

Our favorite Cape Cod PI returns  in "Grey Lady"

"Soc" is back, older but mostly unchanged. I wish the rest of us could age as gracefully. This Cape Cod amateur detective cum fisherman is one of my favorite fictional characters, and it's great to have him back again.

I just wish author Paul kemprecos didn't let "Soc" get old like the rest of his admirers.

January 16, 2014
Urge Gov. Patrick abandon the licensing process and create an independent commission similar to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission to handle marijuana dispensary licensing

GOP raps Medical Marijuana licensing process

Mention Cheryl Bartlett’s close ties to former Congressman Bill Delahunt and former State& Islands Senator Henri Rauschenbach, calls for new commission

Massachusetts Republicans are calling for a change in the medical marijuana licensing process, describing it "politicized and secretive" and alleging that the state public health commissioner is too closely associated with former Congressman William Delahunt, who is among the license applicants with political ties.

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January 11, 2014
1922: Weird January hurricane hits Cape. 2006: Lady Grace rescued a year before she sank, VP Cheney disses Cape, DA denies bias in Worthington trial

2006: Coast Guard tows disabled Lady of Grace to port

Rescued 10 miles east of Great Point, Nantucket, a year later she was sunk

On this day in 2006 the Coast Guard towed a 76-foot fishing vessel to safety after the vessel became disabled near Nantucket early Monday morning. The Lady of Grace with four crew members on board, contacted the Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England Command Center at 3:34 a.m. and reported they were without power and drifting approximately 10 miles east of Great Point, Nantucket.

January 8, 2014
1999: Cape Fear sinks, two crewmen lost; 2007: Coast Guard medevacs vessel's master; Big-time RI lawyer in our county jail


2007: Coast Guard medevacs vessel's master

749-foot Singapore cargo ship was 40 miles off Nantucket

On this day in 2007 a Coast Guard HH 60 helicopter crew airlifted an ill roll-on, roll-off cargo vessel master today approximately 40 miles southeast of Nantucket.

January 3, 2014
January 3 - 1928: Schooner crew solves mystery of doomed flight?

1928: The day they heard Dawn go down off Cape Cod

On this day in 1928, as reported in The Gettysburg Times under the headline,
Captain of Ship Tells of Hearing Plane Motors on Night Plane was Last Seen"

December 31, 2013
Major impact on travelers returning from holiday destinations ~ One scenario has Cape Cod getting a foot of snow or more

Major Snowstorm may clobber Cape Thursday

Second scenario is worse for us

By Alex Sosnowski, expert senior meteorologist for AccuWeather.com

AccuWeather.com reports two storms will converge on the Northeast on Thursday with the potential for snow. How quickly they get together and strengthen will determine which areas are hit with heavy snow and which areas will have a near-miss.

December 29, 2013
How will you celebrate the beginning of 2014?

It is hard to believe 2013 is coming to an end. But that means it is time to celebrate the beginning of 2014.

Here on Cape, there are two First Night celebrations--a long time Chatham event and a Sandwich event, now in its second year. Both islands are also hosting New Year's Eve celebrations.

December 22, 2013
1967: Steamer Naushon whistle to sound on SS Nantucket

1967: Historic Naushon whistle moved to new ferry

The North Adams Transcript reported on this day in 1967:

Tones of summers past will echo across the waves of Nantucket and Vineyard sounds next summer when the whistle of the old steamer Naushon belts forth its throaty F-major chord once more.

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December 15, 2013
2007: CG medevacs sub crewman. 2007: Erica Chase catches a break

1976: The 641-foot oil tanker runs aground, sinks on Nantucket Shoals

Miles off course, it dumped 7.7 million gallons of No. 6 fuel oil in the sea

On this day in 1976, the 641-foot oil tanker Argo Merchant, en route to Boston from Venezuela with 7.6 million gallons of home heating oil, ran aground on Nantucket Shoals 25 miles southeast of Nantucket.