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Poetry Sunday: Fan Ogilvie

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Poet Fan Ogilvie

This week on Poetry Sunday, Fan Ogilvie reads her poem "Square of Blue."

Center for Coastal Studies

The new movie "The Finest Hours" is the tale of the 1952 sinking of the SS Pendleton in a storm off Cape Cod, and the daring rescue of its crew by the members of the Chatham Coast Guard Station. Now the Center for Coastal Studies, in Provincetown, has done some extensive underwater mapping of the wreckage of the Pendleton.


WCAI News Director Sean Corcoran hosts a discussion about the top local news stories of the week with area journalists. Joining Sean this week is George Brennan of the Cape Cod Times; Tim Wood of the Cape Cod Chronicle; Joshua Balling of the Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror; Caitlyn Russell of the Register in Dennis-Yarmouth; Jim DeArruda of the New Bedford Standard Times; and Nelson Sigelman of the Martha's Vineyard Times.

J. Junker

Some biologists estimate that we may have lost almost half of the songbirds that filled our skies 50 years ago. Warblers, orioles, thrushes, and tanagers are just a few of the species in decline as a result of human activities. The rate at which we are losing them is alarming scientists and bird watchers alike. The Messenger is a new documentary film about the mass depletion of songbirds on multiple continents.

New Bedford officials are temporarily closing some fire stations at night.

New Bedford currently has ten fire stations, but only enough firefighters to staff nine of them at any given time. In an effort to save money, the city instituted a policy of “rolling brownouts,” where one station may close on a rotating basis on certain days.

At the moment, New Bedford can’t afford to hire any new firefighters, so spiraling overtime costs have forced city officials to extend those brownouts to nighttime hours.

Ali Berlow

The Scottish Bakehouse is a Martha’s Vineyard landmark, sitting on a couple of acres on State Road. It was started back in the ’60s by Isabella White, a Scottish immigrant who passed away in 1997. Today, Daniele Barrick is the owner, and she carries on.

Some unusual things are happening in the Cape Cod theater world this weekend—two related to opera, and one big challenge for writers, actors and directors.

On The Point, a discussion of  books and maps. Mindy Todd gets the scoop from Jill Erikson of Falmouth Public Library, and Chris Polloni, retired information specialist from the U. S. Geological Survey. They cite books that will make us fall in love with maps: beautiful, inspiring, and full of information.

State wildlife officials are applying for a federal permit to allow more flexibility in managing piping plover habitat on state and town land.

Federal law prohibits any activity that may put piping plover at risk -- the permit would help managers find a balance between protecting this endangered bird and allowing humans access to the beaches the birds nest on. The U.S. Fisheries and Wildlife Service is taking public comment on the state's proposal through February 19th.

 By far the biggest news in the bird world this week is the passing of Vern Laux. While Vern was “our” Cape and Islands bird guy, the news reverberated around the globe, as his many friends accumulated over a lifetime of birding, learned the sad news.