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Walking the Truro Highlands, from History to Hidden Beach Plums

I walked up Higgins Hollow in North Truro this morning, a fine old crease of a road tucked away in a glacial valley between two large hills. On my left I passed an old house with a large front porch where a piece of literary history took place in 1920. That summer the poet Edna St. Vincent Millay was vacationing there with her family.
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A team of whale experts has disentangled its seventh whale off of Cape Cod this year.

Recreational fishermen east of Chatham saw the nearly 2-year-old humpback wrapped in fishing ropes on Saturday. 

They called for help and stayed with the whale for several hours until rescuers from the Center for Coastal Studies could arrive from Provincetown. 

"Had they not stayed with the whale, there’s no chance we would have found it," the Center's Scott Landry told WCAI.

Rick Guidelli and his family have have been feasting on Blue Crab off the waters of the Westport River since he got here 30 years ago.  Long, lazy summer crab dinners have evolved into a a full blown crabbing competition and a crab fest that has grown into a huge event. The competition starts at 7 in the morning - and there are rules!

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The arrival of the Labor Day Weekend and September, the perfect month, is the stuff of dreams for birders. This month has everything. Such as; typically fantastic weather, all species of birds migrating with their respective populations at an annual peak, the possibility of getting hit by the “great undeveloper” a.k.a. a big hurricane, and the potential for any bird to arrive on Cape and Island shores from anywhere. This month is full of promise and invariably delivers the goods.

An interview on The Point with author and historian Tom Dresser about his latest book Martha’s Vineyard: A History. The book summarizes early Island history, and focuses on 20th century Island life, including hurricanes, the filming of Jaws, presidential visits, and much more. Mindy Todd hosts. 

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For the 2015 Martha’s Vineyard International Film Festival  a selection of films from around the globe by international filmmakers are being screened. The films are drawn from top-notch festivals like Sundance, Berlin, and Cannes, with a few surprises thrown in.

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I walked up Higgins Hollow in North Truro this morning, a fine old crease of a road tucked away in a glacial valley between two large hills. On my left I passed an old house with a large front porch where a piece of literary history took place in 1920.  That summer the poet Edna St. Vincent Millay was vacationing there with her family. 

White cross jellyfish on a Maine beach reported using Twitter hashtag #Mainejellies.
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Science-based weather forecasting dates back some 150 years, and we've grown used to detailed, daily predictions of temperatures, precipitation, winds, and clouds. But nowhere in all those forecasts is there anything about the arrival of lobsters or jellyfish in nearshore waters, or the number of ticks and mosquitos one might encounter.

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With suicide rates for teens on Cape Cod and the Islands more than double than the state average, and that of adults 1 and 1/2 times higher, suicide prevention has become a public health priority. Organizations around our region are working to raise awareness about the prevalence of suicide and resources available to those impacted by it.

Captain Mike Orbe sells more oversized fish each year than many fisherman will catch in a lifetime. But his fish won't be winding up on the dinner table. Mike’s fish are wooden carvings, ranging between two and eight feet long. His most popular carving? The white sperm whale. 

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If you walk down by the water right now along almost any dock or jetty, it's likely you’ll see schools of tiny fish swimming around. Seems like they’re everywhere this time of year. As a category, they're called baitfish, and they have a big impact on our late-summer fishing.

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