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Goodman’s Gam

Friday, November 18th, 2011

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I was sorry to see that Michael Kopko isn’t going to seek a third term as a member of the Nantucket Board of Selectmen. No matter how you feel about his ideas and votes, I always knew he had the best interests of the island in mind. Some members of the board have yet to show that kind of spirit. Thank you for six years of dedicated service, Michael.

Appointing Bill McGrath as interim airport manager is a touchdown for the town. Here’s a guy who lives, eats and breathes flying. Not only that, he knows how to run a business and do it well. So far, the Airport Commission has a successful firing and hiring to begin their new tenure. Let’s hope they keep doing the right things to put the airport back on track.

I could have sworn that the extension of the Cliff Road Bike Path was completed a while back. As a matter of fact, I remember that there was a dedication earlier this fall. Driving by there this weekend, there is still a sign warning motorists to slow down for road work. That, and there are several dozen orange cones along the edge of the roadside of a “finished” project.

It’s bad enough this fiasco took a ridiculous amount of time to complete, but it doesn’t appear to be over yet. Hopefully the upcoming Hummock Pond Road bike path will be run more efficiently and finished more quickly. Perhaps the contract could have provisions in it guaranteeing that the utility companies remove the telephone poles before the bike path is paved.

Fair fall weather abounds and Thanksgiving is but a week away. With Daylight Saving Time over, the sun is setting far too early. Last week, after a few windy days, it appeared most leaves vacated their lofty perches to clog gutters and cover horizontal surfaces with a coat of brown, red and orange. My car is wearing bright red maple leaves each morning and if nothing else, they’re making it more difficult to spot the dirty hood, which is good, as I don’t believe in washing vehicles.

For whatever reason, my (covered) front porch collects an amazing amount of leaves. It doesn’t matter which direction the wind blows, fallen foliage piles up right by the entryway. The remainder of the porch is relatively bereft of vegetable matter. At least it makes sweeping less onerous and the yard is fairly clean, so no raking is needed.

One good thing about watching the leaves come down is that it signals that Thanksgiving is upon us. Most holidays involve family, friends and food. Thanksgiving is the ultimate when it comes to the troika I just mentioned. People travel to be with loved ones, enjoy a grand feast and then live on leftovers for the next few days.

A well-cooked turkey, fall vegetables and of course, pies, complete the repast. I have a friend who lives solely on leftover turkey, stuffing and gravy until he finishes the remnants. There are few things that beat a turkey sandwich on Portuguese bread, with Russian dressing and a nice wedge of lettuce. For overkill, add stuffing and cranberry relish to the show.

Between Thanksgiving and the upcoming Stroll, we’re going to see more people around town in the next few weeks. Then it’s going to really quiet down here until next April. I have been enjoying the slow pace here over the past month, but this short spell of activity isn’t going to be a big deal. I do like the crowd that shows up for the Cold Turkey Plunge. Then it’s time for “The Meal.”

Pro basketball doesn’t look like the season is going to happen anytime soon. At least the Patriots and Bruins are doing well these days. Congratulations to the Nantucket Whalers on their berth in the Super Bowl. We haven’t had a Whaler football team involved in a playoff for quite a while.
– David Goodman’s “Goodman’s Gam” appears regularly in this space and The Inquirer and Mirror

Waterfront News

Friday, November 18th, 2011

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A New Bedford-based sea scalloper got into an awful mess last night attempting to dock at the Town Pier. She ended up running aground to the southeast of the pier. Unable to get herself free, she has to lay there and wait for a tug to arrive from America to pull her off. An expensive mistake for the captain of the scalloper for sure! Here are a few shots I took this morning of her hard aground.
– Martie Mack writes the Nantucket Waterfront News blog

Waterfront News

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

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We are well into the second week of the commercial bay-scallop season. There still seems to be a fair amount of scallops around but the fleet is starting to jump around. Hopefully we will get another couple of weeks out of it. The price per pound paid to the scallopers was $11 per pound on opening day. Now it is $9 per pound. Still a good day’s pay for an hour or two of work each morning. Here are a few scenes I grabbed while I was out scalloping.
– Martie Mack writes the Nantucket Waterfront News blog

(Not exactly) Waterfront News

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

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I know it has nothing to do with the Nantucket waterfront but I thought I would share a few pictures from one of my trail cameras. I set up the camera last week in an area that holds a good variety of deer. I now have eight trail cams strategically placed around the island. It’s a fascinating hobby observing and photographing deer with trail cameras.
– Martie Mack writes Nantucket’s Waterfront News blog

Goodman’s Gam

Friday, November 4th, 2011

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Could we have confronted winter weather any more directly than what was experienced late last week and then over the past weekend? Over the course of a day, warm fall climes took a sudden dive into cold, windy and very wet times. What a shocking way to head into Halloween and the 11th month of 2011.

When the storm was over, we had some minor flooding, leaves blanketing horizontal surfaces and a fair number of branches and trees down. Not so bad, considering what people on the mainland have had to endure. I won’t be surprised if some folks in the Northeast are still without power by the time you read this. Schools were closed in many locales and Halloween celebrations were postponed.

A friend in Connecticut told me that there’s eight to 10 inches of snow on the ground, the town is without power and Halloween is not going to be happening in a normal way for most kids. Many sidewalks aren’t clear and did I mention it . . . the power is still off and could stay that way for over a week.

As it turns out, local kids are all set. The weather was calm and cool Halloween, but not freezing. We had the Main Street parade and the Fire Department’s Halloween party for youngsters. Once again, I notice that all too many of the adults take great pride in their costumes; sometimes more so than those of their sons and daughters. It’s fine to get into the day, though please make sure that your get-up is more modest that that of your child.

I did notice that candy sales at both grocery stores looked to be less than usual. In a way, that could be due to the fact that they were setting out displays over a month ago, so maybe shoppers already stocked up early. In my case that would simply necessitate another trip to replenish what I’d eaten in the meantime. Why is it that the mini candy bars taste so much better than the full-size ones do?

It appears that most of the drama out at the Nantucket Memorial Airport is over – not done, by any means – but the clean-up is coming. I can’t wait to see how large Mr. Peterson’s settlement is going to be. Good deal, if you can get paid a settlement on a contract that the town counsel says isn’t legal. Either way, it’s time for all of us to move on.

Daylight Saving Time ends this weekend. Before retiring on Saturday evening, remember to set your clocks back an hour. Many of the electronic devices we employ make me hard-put to abide them, what with figuring out how to operate them. Their best feature is that they do set themselves to the proper day and time automatically. Now, the clock in my car is about to be an hour off until next spring.

Please remember that the surplus of leaves that are now on the ground present a possible hazard when driving. Wet leaves are akin to an ice-covered road when trying to drive and especially stop. Slow down when you see the leafy litter and be prepared to pick your way through the piles of it.

I spoke with several baseball fans who, like myself, didn’t think much of the teams who were to play in the World Series. The Cardinals and the Rangers changed our minds in a hurry and by the fourth game, all the naysayers (including me) were glued to our televisions for each succeeding game. It was as good a World Series as most of us will ever witness.
– David Goodman’s “Goodman’s Gam” appears weekly in this space and regularly in The Inquirer and Mirror

Waterfront News

Friday, November 4th, 2011

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(Nov. 2, 2011) The commercial bay scallop season is progressing nicely. There is still a fair amount of scallops to be had but no eelgrass. We’ll see how long the season lasts without any grass. In any event, I took some time out while I was fishing early this morning to grab a few shots.
– Martie Mack writes the Nantucket Waterfront News blog

Waterfront News

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

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The first day of the 2011 commercial bay scallop season went well. Much better than I expected. I got my 5 bushel limit in three tows. Not bad. A few things I noticed while I was fishing this morning: 1) There is absolutely no eelgrass out there. This is not good. The season won’t last long when there is no grass. The fishing is too easy without the heavy grass to deal with. 2) Good news is that there is a fair amount of seed in a lot of areas. Even if half of the seed lives, next season looks good. I’ll try to grab a few pictures tomorrow morning when I’m out there on the water. Stay tuned.
– Martie Mack writes the Nantucket Waterfront News blog