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In years past most of southeastern Massachusetts was farmland - livestock dotted every field. Nowadays pressure from business and residential development has consumed large tracts of open space. But farm life has not disappeared entirely from Fairhaven. In fact, along with Littleton, Whatley and Swansea, the town still hosts a livestock auction that is a lot more than a remembrance of things past.

“We’ve been doing auction,” said Richie Costa. “This October will be eleven years.”

Costa and his wife Donna own one of the few remaining family farms in town.

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By the 1830s, almost all of the large hardwood trees in Massachusetts had been cut down.

Ten years ago, not one state in the nation allowed same-sex couples to marry. Now 18 states do, including Arkansas, which joined that group yesterday.

Massachusetts was the first. And tomorrow marks ten years since gay and lesbian couples were allowed to tie the knot.

WCAI’s Elsa Partan has the story of one Cape Cod couple who sued the state and won the right to marry.

Since then, they’ve watched as bans on gay marriage around the country have fallen and failed.

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About 150 people packed a Plymouth hotel function room, including numerous Pilgrim workers who wore buttons saying “I support Pilgrim Station – safe and secure.” Barbara Gaedke, an Administrative Assistant at Pilgrim for 34 years, said the plant is safe.

“And I think a lot of people are fearful of nuclear, and so they hear ‘accident’ or anything that’s out of the ordinary and they become afraid. But I think if you knew the people that work there, and if you knew how safe it is, it’s less fearful,” Gaedke said.

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At dusk on a recent Saturday, Professor Alan Hirschfeld and one of his grad students calibrate the large telescope inside the UMass/Dartmouth observatory. They’re setting up for a public astronomy night, a monthly event the University co-hosts with the Astronomical Society of Southern New England, or ASSNE. Hirschfeld said the telescope was designed and built by UMass students in the 1980’s, and went online in the early 90’s. It has a 16-inch diameter, or aperture.

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It’s the last week of commercial scalloping season on Nantucket, and Max Perkins is shoveling snow out of his dad’s scallop boat at the Children’s Beach boat ramp.

The recent spring blizzard had kept the island’s fleet out of the water for 48 hours, but Max and his father Blair Perkins want to squeeze one last day out of the season.

95 Echo Road looks ordinary – just another undeveloped lot in the industrial part of Mashpee, where gravel-filled trucks rattle by and small planes from the nearby air force base buzz overhead.  

"It’s just a flat piece of land," said Ron Gangemi, owner of the property." 44,000 square feet. Industrial land, beautiful-looking land -- trees, typical Cape Cod lot."

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Mashpee's new superintendent, Brian Hyde, has jumped into his first year on the job with a list of ambitious changes. Most have been well-received, but one in particular, the elimination of the middle school principal position, has met with some opposition.

Hyde got the job last summer after working in Mashpee schools since 1989, mostly as a high school history and social studies teacher. 

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 After several difficult budget years, many communities are finding that finances are easing a bit. As things become less dire, some towns are even beginning to add staff again  -- but not every town.

In Wareham, officials are wrestling with serious shortfalls as they look ahead to 2015. The future of the Council on Aging and the town's senior center are in jeopardy, and the folks who rely on those services are venting their frustration.

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NOTE: The meeting for tonight has been postponed due to the storm. A new date has yet to be selected.

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