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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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This weekend may be what many people consider the unofficial end of summer, but there is plenty going on both this weekend and on into the fall. Here's a preview.

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There is some wildly good fishing going on now, mostly thanks to the abundance of bait in the water – especially all that peanut bunker. We’re seeing albies on the south side, bluefish in Buzzards Bay, and striped bass in Cape Cod Bay and the Canal. And some spectacular blitzes are popping up, especially for false albacore.

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WCAI News Director Sean Corcoran hosts a discussion about the top local news stories of the week. Joining him this week are George Brennan of the Cape Cod Times; Tim Wood of the Cape Cod Chronicle; and Nelson Sigelman of the Martha's Vineyard Times.


The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is downgrading the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth to one of its lowest performance categories after a series of emergency shutdowns and equipment failures at the power plant.

The NRC took action after an inspection team found that some of the plant's four safety relief valves were so degraded they wouldn't open properly under certain conditions. Commission spokesperson Neil Sheehan says the plant's owner should have been aware of the problem.

M. Subramanian

Meera Subramanian is an award winning journalist whose writing illuminates the complexity of modern day faith, culture and environmental issues and the ordinary people working to fix them. She’s written about organic chocolate in Grenada, the aftermath of Hurricanne Sandy, and solar powered huts in Kenya. Her first book is titled A River Runs Again, India’s Natural World in Crisis from the Barren Cliffs of Rajasthan to the Farmlands of Karnataka.

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. 


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.