Radio waves

Quicksand waits for no one; radio waves on the horizon?

May 24, 1876

Truro

Morton Small is in charge of this department, and all articles of local interest will be gladly received by him.

The grasslands of Eastern Harbor are almost as barren as the sandy beaches that surround them. Probably less than ten tons of hay will be cut this season in this section above High Head Dyke. We apprehend that it is only a matter of time when these entire grasslands will be completely covered by the shifting sands that form the outer beach and are slowly but surely wiping out once treasured possessions.

A man drove through town last week begging for money to help him build a house! It is the most original and singular case of begging we have ever heard of. We know of many cases where men are grateful to have enough to keep them from starving. When you come begging for houses and land, it seems funny to us, to say the least.

A Truro man, whose wife was cleaning the house, came home early Friday afternoon to lay a rug. Walking briskly across the kitchen floor, he stepped on a piece of soap, immediately backed up, and sat down on the end of a saddlery. The language in which he indulged is too expressive for our columns. . . .

Mr. PS Paine makes improvements to the old ‘Grozier Homestead’, the old porch is removed and a new one is to take its place. . . .

James Hughes Square has been improved by the introduction of modern windows and careful painting. . . .

We notice that many of our fellow citizens are interested in planting trees. A noble cause. . . .

A few mackerels were caught last week.

May 20, 1937

Experts are satisfied with the radio tests

Will continue to contact the temporary station from various NE points

Radio experts investigating whether Provincetown is suitable for a powerful new transmission powerhouse for station WBZ began work on the intercoms earlier this week.

A car fitted with a sending and receiving device drove around Provincetown to make first contact with the transmitting device in the Wood End swamplands. Two 80-foot poles are installed there, with a one-kilometer test transmitter.

The operating car, in charge of JE Gilhooly, Westinghouse Electric Company Field Engineer, and RN Harmon, WBZ Chief Engineer, will gradually travel to various points across New England maintaining contact with the sending station of Provincetown.

It has been said that the radio experts are very satisfied with the conditions in Provincetown and all that remains to be learned is the strength of the Provincetown station’s broadcast in communication with the touring car. If the tests to be carried out during the tour of New England prove conclusive, it is almost certain that the permanent station will be established in Provincetown.

In the event that a permanent station is located here, it is planned to erect two 500-foot towers.

May 20, 1965

The peach factory will reopen here

The Atlantic Coast Fisheries, 127 Commercial Street, will reopen this summer under new ownership but will continue under current management, according to director Frank Dalton’s announcement. The tentative opening date is estimated to be probably mid-June, Dalton says.

The mid-June date is based on the first landings of whiting, which make up 90% of the fish handled by the company, Dalton says. The first landings of whiting last year took place in the second week of June.

The Atlantic Coast Fisheries factory has been completely closed since February 28. When it is back in business, Mr Dalton says, the plant will employ 76 people and handle catches “between 10 and 15 boats”. The names of the new owners have yet to be announced, but Mr Dalton’s statement indicates that they have long had ties to him, to the plant and to the fishing industry. Mr. Dalton has been plant manager since May 1964.