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Waterfront News

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

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It’s very quiet around the waterfront now. In a week it will be the Fourth Of July. The halfway point of the summer. Hard to believe summer is almost half-over already. The weather finally warmed up a little after a very cold and windy spring. I wandered around the docks early this morning to investigate as I do most every morning. There are a few interesting boats there. One is a Hinckley that Kirby Jones is running. Looks as though her sides are shaved off. And the usual suspect, Belle, Is at her summer slip at the fuel dock along with the Sea Owl. And I noticed Mike Allen built a beautiful new boat lately. She is located right near the A&P parking lot. I stopped and looked her over for a long time. She has really nice lines. Mike did a beautiful job building her. Here are some shots of the waterfront.
– Martie Mack writes the Nantucket Waterfront News and Nantucket Deer blogs

Nantucket Deer

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

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I’ve been waiting all spring to get a fawn on one of my 11 trail cameras I have set up around the island. Well, the other day it finally happened. I captured twins on my homebrew (homemade) camera last week.
– Martie Mack writes the Nantucket Deer and Nantucket Waterfront News blogs

Nantucket Deer

Monday, June 25th, 2012

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I set out a couple of salt rocks for the deer in two locations deep in the eastern part of the island. It’s taking a while for the deer to discover them and start using them. I’m beginning to get a few deer showing up at the rocks. I recently set up my homebrew (homemade) trail camera over the salt rocks and received some pretty interesting shots.
– Martie Mack writes the Nantucket Deer and Nantucket Waterfront News blogs

Goodman’s Gam

Monday, June 18th, 2012

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The first Nantucket Book Festival takes place tomorrow and continues through Sunday, June 17. What a great thing for Nantucket. Shortly before I heard of this event, I read a review of a new book by Mark Kurlansky. I obtained a copy of his new work about Clarence Birdseye from the Atheneum last week and read it over the weekend. As with Mr. Kurlansky’s other works it was a wonderful and enlightening read.

Many of you have read his books, such as “Cod,” “Salt,” and “The Big Oyster.” He will be appearing and speaking at the festival. His newest work is “Clarence Birdseye: A Curious American Inventor.” Most of us know the name of Clarence Birdseye from grocery shopping in the frozen-food section. But there’s so much more to the man. Kurlansky details a fascinating man who had more than 200 patents to his name.

One chapter delves into the time Birdseye spent in New Mexico, working for the government, shooting game and picking ticks off them for research. This was due to the problem of Rocky Mountain spotted fever in that area. Having recently read “Island Practice,” it made me realize that Tim Lepore wasn’t the first tick-picker. Birdseye beat him by almost a century.

Pam Belluck, author of “Island Practice,” will be another speaker at the book festival. She joins over 20 other authors, many of whom live, or have lived here. Go to nantucketbookfestival.org , or look here in the I&M for details about where the events are taking place. Let’s hope this will be a yearly celebration of words and the knowledge they convey to us. They’re the best escape I know of.

Nat Philbrick, whose “In the Heart of the Sea” seems to be gaining traction again in Hollywood after being optioned several years ago, will also speak at the festival.
There’s a petition going around the island asking the Board of Selectmen to appeal the decision of a judge who overruled the Historic District Commission when it denied a driveway on Martin’s Lane. There are very few streets on Nantucket where a curb cut for a driveway would be denied, but this is a different animal, indeed.
Martin’s Lane is not only historic, but it’s extremely narrow and paved with brick. The curb there is quite high, so turning in or out of the driveway would be difficult for the homeowner, not to mention any other drivers trying to maneuver through there. I have to wonder why the Traffic Safety Advisory Committee didn’t (or doesn’t) weigh in on this driveway application.

Speaking of traffic safety, I’m feeling less than comfortable with some of the driving taking place these days. Over the past week, several vehicles have come close to hitting me head-on. All but one of the offending drivers was speaking on a cell phone at the time. A woman who wasn’t using her phone appeared to be showing a scenic view to her friend, drifting halfway over the double line while negotiating a curve on Milestone Road.

Like many of us, I was disappointed to hear that the Tappet Brothers, aka Click and Clack, aka Tom and Ray Magliozzi, will be ceasing their NPR show “Car Talk” as of late September. Whether you’re a car buff or not, their repartee and genuine love of the subject made for a Saturday-morning show that was fun and interesting. After 35 years, it’s understandable that they might want to step away. The show will still be on NPR, but as of September, it will consist of reruns of their old shows.

We now have a true Nantucket radio station on the air. I have tuned in to WAZK every day for the past week or so and have been pleased at the music so far. Apart from music, town manager Libby Gibson is going to be doing a live chat session every Thursday, between 7:30 and 8 a.m. Libby also does an interview with Geno Geng each week on Channel 17 (GenoTV.com). Talk about transparency in local government. Some of the selectmen might want to try going on the air, too.

The Boston Celtics put forth a mighty effort in their bid to play for the NBA championship, but they ran out of gas in their last two games against the Miami Heat. I’ve now become a temporary fan of the Oklahoma City Thunder. Go get ’em Kendrick.
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Waterfront News

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

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It was bound to happen eventually. The summer that never was. We were long overdue for it. As I type this we are in the middle of a northeast gale. Boats are washing up on the beaches around the waterfront where they will stay wrecked forever, never to be cleaned up. It’s been cold, rainy and windy so far. We have had a few nice days but they have been few and far in between. In two and a half months summer will be over. Hopefully we can salvage September. I guess the only good news is that our winters have been nice and hot the past few. I snuck down to the waterfront late this afternoon to take a look at the storm.
Martie Mack writes the Nantucket Waterfront News blog

Nantucket Deer

Monday, June 4th, 2012

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One of my trail cameras takes HD videos as well as stills. It’s the Bushnell 466. Great camera. Sometimes I set it to take videos. This particular spot is loaded with bucks of all sizes from small button bucks all the way up to jumbo six-pointers. I’ve had a camera in here for two summers now and have never been let down. I get tons of pictures and videos of deer all summer long. This little button buck caught my scent on the cam and came over to have a look.
– Martie Mack writes the Nantucket Deer and Nantucket Waterfront News blogs