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Tidmarsh Farms isn’t open to the public…yet

Tidmarsh Farms East isn’t open for business quite yet. Residents used to walking the property before its restoration, sometimes with their pets, have been venturing back onto the site now that the earth-moving equipment has been removed, according to Tidmarsh Farms Trustee Glorianna Davenport.  Now that the big trucks have left, the project has shifted focus to planting in upland areas, which Davenport called a “sensitive time for the project” in an e-mail. (more…) Continue Reading →

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CAPE COD TIMES: Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station cooling system deemed inoperable

With a sweeping inspection by a federal team just two weeks away, operators at Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station had to declare a system used to cool the reactor inoperable on Monday, after it failed a routine quarterly test. Read more at the Cape Cod Times. Continue Reading →

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WATD-FM: Officials Concerned Over Pinehills’ Proposed Expansion

Pinehills LLC is looking to add more homes to the development through land purchases and the use of transfer of development rights. But increased density brings with it increased safety concerns on the part of some town officials. Read more at WATD-FM. Continue Reading →

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Manomet Center appoints new chief operating officer

The Manomet Center has promoted Constance de Brun to Chief Operating Officer / Chief Financial Officer. In her new role, de Brun is responsible for leading all internal operations at Manomet. She will also continue to have overall responsibility for its finance, human resources, information technology, facilities and office administration functions. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Help cleanup the Six Ponds area on Saturday

The Six Pond Improvement Association will host a cleanup at the intersection of Clark and Long Pond Road, off Exit 3 in Plymouth starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, October 29, 2016. Participants should wear safety vests or blaze orange. Six Ponds will provide trash bags. Continue Reading →

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Help cleanup White Horse Beach

Join the Wildlands Trust at White Horse Beach  for COASTSWEEP on October 29 from 9 a.m. to noon. COASTSWEEP is an annual state-wide beach cleanup and data collection effort organized by the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management. This cleanup will also be part of the town-wide beach cleanup day in Plymouth. Volunteers will work in small teams to collect and record trash found on the shoreline. This data is then used to develop education and policy initiatives to help reduce marine debris. Continue Reading →

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Town Meeting buys a Manomet bog

Cranberry Bog in Manomet

Town Meeting overwhelmingly voted Saturday to purchase 127 acres of land off Beaver Dam Road that includes a cranberry bog, along with a piece of land that extends into the Pine Hills. The vote to spend $599,000 of Community Preservation money was 113-6. The town is adding $51,000 of grant money to that figure and will receive $375,000 from the United States Department of Agriculture to restore the area, accoridng to Environmental Affairs Director David Gould. The bog has already been taken out of commission. (more…) Continue Reading →

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PATRIOT LEDGER: Watchdog wants independent expert at Pilgrim plant inspection

Twenty federal inspectors from around the country will descend on Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station on Nov. 28 to scrutinize mechanical systems and worker performance at the problem-plagued plant. But at least one Pilgrim watchdog wants to boost that number to 21. Read more at the Patriot Ledger. Continue Reading →

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Help cleanup White Horse Beach

Join the Wildlands Trust at White Horse Beach  for COASTSWEEP on October 29 from 9 a.m. to noon. COASTSWEEP is an annual state-wide beach cleanup and data collection effort organized by the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management. This cleanup will also be part of the town-wide beach cleanup day in Plymouth. Volunteers will work in small teams to collect and record trash found on the shoreline. This data is then used to develop education and policy initiatives to help reduce marine debris. Continue Reading →

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Mass Audubon looks for support to take over Tidmarsh Farms

Mass Audubon wants to take over Tidmarsh Farms, the nearly complete 600-acre ecological restoration project in Manomet, and turn it into its newest wildlife sanctuary. In order to do that, they need to raise $3.6 million by next June. That’s the deadline to receive a $1 million state grant they were awarded. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Tidmarsh Farms walk postponed until Sunday, October 2

The tour of Tidmarsh Farms, scheduled for Saturday, October 1 has been postponed to Sunday, October 2 due to the rain expected on Saturday. Tidmarsh Farms’ owners and Mass Audubon naturalists will lead a guided walk and talk about Tidmarsh Farms, the site of the largest freshwater restoration in Massachusetts and a potential new Mass Audubon wildlife sanctuary. (more…) Continue Reading →

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WICKED LOCAL: Fire chief said Entergy failed to notify of hydrogen release and filed false report

There’s not telling someone what’s going on when you’re supposed to, and then there’s claiming you did something when you didn’t. This week, Fire Chief Ed Bradley said Entergy Corp., which owns and operates the Pilgrim Station Nuclear Power Plant, not only didn’t notify the Fire Department of a hydrogen release at the plant as it is required to do, but the company filed a false report on the matter. Read more at Wicked Local. Continue Reading →

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Watering ban reinstated

The continued lack of rain means that the town of Plymouth has reinstated watering restrictions that had been scaled back only a few days ago. According to a press release from the town, the restrictions have been put in place “In an effort to meet public water supply permit requirements and to assist our local cranberry growers.” (more…) Continue Reading →

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Community Preservation Committee wants to buy Manomet bog

Cranberry Bog in Manomet

A familiar sight to Manomet residents may become the town’s next open space purchase if the Community Preservation Committee has its way. The CPC is looking to spend $599,000 on a large cranberry bog on the west side of Beaver Dam Road. The 127-acre purchase would also include a plot of land that extends into the Pine Hills. (more…) Continue Reading →

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CAPE COD TIMES: Judge mulls evidence in Pilgrim spent-fuel case

Whether they succeed or fail, the residents who filed suit against Entergy Corp. and Plymouth officials over the permit for a large radioactive waste storage facility at Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station have at least had their say, according to their attorney. Read more at the Cape Cod Times. Continue Reading →

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High water temperature briefly lowers power at Pilgrim Station

Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station reduced power briefly Monday afternoon due to a problem with its salt water service system, according to a notice from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The salt water system provides cooling water to areas such as the reactor and turbine, according to the notice. Plant operators popwered down to 65 percent, according to a statement from plant spokesman Patrick O’Brien when the water temperature was above 75 degrees. After an hour, the temperature fell and operations resumed. Continue Reading →

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Seniors, take a stroll with The Wildlands Trust

Meet at the Wildlands Trust Headquarters to hike across the street at the Wildlands Trust Emery Preserve. Learn about the Trust, meet other seniors, and spend an enjoyable morning exploring part of the 230 acres that comprise the Davis-Douglas Farm Conservation Area in Plymouth. (more…) Continue Reading →

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CAPE COD TIMES: NRC: Pilgrim let safety gear lapse

Electrical relays at Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station, relied on to shut safety valves in the reactor building should an accident occur, had long exceeded their shelf life when checked by federal inspectors last week. Read more at The Cape Cod Times. Continue Reading →

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Seniors, take a stroll with The Wildlands Trust

Meet at the Wildlands Trust Headquarters to hike across the street at the Wildlands Trust Emery Preserve. Learn about the Trust, meet other seniors, and spend an enjoyable morning exploring part of the 230 acres that comprise the Davis-Douglas Farm Conservation Area in Plymouth. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Join the Wildlands Trust on a hike of Myles Standish State Forest

Hike the beautiful Bentley Loop at Myles Standish State Forest with Malcolm MacGregor on July 10, 2016. Participants will meet at the state forest’s entrance at 370 Long Pond Road at 12:30 p.m. The hike will last until 3:30 p.m.

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Manomet Center breaks ground on accessibility project

Ground was broken last Thursday at the Manomet Center on a project to make the facility more handicapped accessible. Work on the project, which will make the center’s banding operation and visitor’s center accessible to all who come, will begin at the end of June. It is expected to finish up by the end of August, in time for the fall bird banding season. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Tidmarsh Farms founders honored by Gulf of Maine Council

Glorianna Davenport and Evan Schulman, founders of the Living Observatory at Tidmarsh Farms in Manomet received a Visionary Award for Massachusetts from the Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment. Living Observatory (LO) is a collaborative of scientists, artists and wetland restoration practitioners engaged in the documenting, interpreting and revealing aspects of change as it accompanies the Tidmarsh Farms Restoration Project, the largest freshwater wetland restoration project to date in Massachusetts. (more…) Continue Reading →

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