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July 25, 2014
1956: The Andrea Doria sinks off Nantucket. 1969: Four hundred disadvantaged children heading for a Cape holiday

1914: High winds cause Cape Cod's sand dunes to be compared to a desert sand storm

On this day in 1914, a wire service story read across America, touted the Cape's sand dunes.

Curiously, the same story goes on to tell readers about a performance of the opera Faust in Hyannis by players from the Imperial Italian Grand Opera Company. And you thought your Cape Cod great-grandparents weren't sophisticated. A copy of the wire story is below.

July 17, 2014
1937: Steamship strike ends as Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard threaten to secede. 1988: Park may remove dune shacks

1988: Removal of Cape Cod Shacks Is Considered

18 of the structures are in serious disrepair

On this date in 1988, the AP reported that the National Park Service says it may remove rustic cottages it owns on the windswept dunes of outer Cape Cod between Provincetown and Truro. In the warm-weather months, the park service rents the shacks to people who do not mind doing without electricity, indoor plumbing and other modern conveniences.

July 13, 2014
1962: JFK here for a long weekend with Jackie and the children. 1963: John-John greets dad at Otis

1846: Fire nearly destroys Nantucket Town

Burning whale oil created "a sea of fire."

On this day in 1846, a fire began in a hat store on Nantucket's Main Street. In no time, it raced through town, consuming everything in its path. Barrels of whale oil were stored on the wharves; when the fire reached them, they burst into flames.

July 3, 2014
It's like sailing on a private yacht

Visiting New England islands in a Blount small ship

It's like sailing on a private yacht

If you're tired of being one of the herd on the big traditional cruise ships, we recommend you check out Blount small ship adventures and get a taste of being treated like one of the family.

We just returned from a week-long cruise of New England islands with Blount, and discovered that it's a great way to visit a half-dozen islands and seaports with this local, Rhode Island cruise line.

June 23, 2014
Featuring Ben Taylor, Entrain, Ayla Brown and many more!

The inaugural Nantucket Music Festival is set for August 2-3 at Tom Nevers Field.

Come see acts including Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Guster, Steel Pulse, Donovan Frankenreiter, Chadwick Stokes, Lukas Nelson and P.O.T.R., Ayla Brown, Ben Taylor, Entrain, Freddy Clarke and many local Nantucket bands!

To purchase tickets visit nantucketmusicfestival.com.

For VIP and sponsor information contact info@nantucketmusicfestival.com

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June 22, 2014
1912: "Old Home Week' celebrated in Harwich. 2007: Feds arrest 18 Nantucket migrant workers

1912: When tourism was a much simpler matter

Cottages and hotels filling up - Harwich Old-Home Week

On this day in 1912 the newspapers carried a story about how Harwich was preparing to attract and greet that summer's visitors.

The wire story below reveals the plans for that year's festivities and describes the Pleasant Lake area of Harwich as most popular with a resort and five "lakes" (we call them ponds) with plentiful perch, black bass and pickerel fishing.

June 18, 2014
742K acres south of the Vineyard in addition to Cape Wind to be leased for wind energy

Ocean area south of Martha's Vineyard  opened

A large swath of ocean territory off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard will be opened for commercial wind energy leasing doubling the available offshore space available for wind energy projects, Gov. Deval Patrick and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said Tuesday. Patrick joined Jewell at the Wind Technology Testing Center in Charlestown on Tuesday to announce that more than 742,000 acres off the coast of Massachusetts would be made available for leasing.

June 6, 2014
Local, county authorities look to integrate military support in the event of an on Cape emergency

The Barnstable County Regional Emergency Planning Committee (BCREPC) announced Wednesday that Operation Mercy Lift, a mock rescue exercise held on Tuesday, was a success.  According to BCREPC officials, in the event of a major mass casualty incident on Cape Cod, local and county rescuers are at risk of being "rapidly overwhelmed".

BCREPC is working with the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and the Massachusetts Army National Guard (MA ANG) to develop procedures to integrate MA ANG aviation support should a cataclysmic event occur here.

June 6, 2014
1888: Sixty-foot right whale slaughtered off Provincetown. 1969: RFK assassinated

1855: Honored Black Whaling Captain dies on Nantucket

700 Black Americans once worked on the whaling fleet

On this day in 1855, Captain Absalom Boston of Nantucket died. In an era when many African Americans worked as seamen, Absalom Boston stood out. In 1822 he captained an all-black crew on the whaleship Industry. That was but one unusual aspect of the voyage.

Captains were usually respected but rarely liked. Boston's crew, however, had such a positive attitude toward him that they memorialized him in a ballad.

June 2, 2014
2007: Nantucket looks south for its wind farm

1898: Third maritime alarm in a week

Latest wrecks increase need for an Upper Cape canal

This week over a century ago, the waters off Cape Cod were making headlines with three separate maritime disasters.

The headlines in the story below were typical of the way newspapers handled important news a century ago with triple and quadruple lines of shouting the news.

May 31, 2014
Chatham Airport open house - Education secretary in Nantucket - Falmouth Ice Arena honored at Northeast Efficiency Summit

Advances - Week of June 1

Guv in Abu Dhabi, Michelle Obama, Nancy Pelosi in Boston

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May 30, 2014
1971: John Kerry's claim to fame. 2006: Five sailors survive gale for three days

1952: A bygone, bucolic era recalled by the founder of The Cape Codder

$4 a day for food and rooms were $2 a night

The Sunday Travel section of the New York Times on this date in 1952 featured a sales pitch for Cape Cod written by the founder and editor of The Cape Codder weekly.

Jack Johnson had launched the newspaper only a few years before, and still had to eke out a living writing for others.

May 19, 2014
Cape and Islands District Attorney O'Keefe named in testimony

MURRAY AIDE TALKS ABOUT THREE OTHER HIRES

Defense claims patronage hiring is the norm in Massachusetts

UPDATE: For the first time Monday, defense attorneys in the state probation department trial presented evidence to the jury about specific court officer hires who had received political backing, part of the defense's argument that patronage hiring is the norm in Massachusetts.

May 4, 2014
Steamship Authority asks the public to weigh in on Hy-Line's request

Hy-Line Cruises is looking to add a second high speed ferry to their existing Nantucket service and they need your support. If you like the idea of a quicker trip between Nantucket and the Cape, Hy-Line would like you to let the Steamship Authority Board know.

April 27, 2014
Multi-million dollar homes begin to slip into the sea

2007: Homes in the village of Sconset on Nantucket are slipping into the Atlantic

On this day in 2007, the Nantucket Independent offered spectacular views of multi-million dollar homes about to slip into the sea. The newspaper reported that the bluff at Sconset on the south shore of Nantucket, had eroded back to the front porches of many of the homes.

Losing ground

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.

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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.

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

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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.