Beach walk turns fatal

A sunlit walk on the beach ended in tragedy for the Williamson family. “The tide was big and the surf was big,” Truro Fire Chief Timothy Collins said. “It makes for a tough situation. The ocean is a very powerful thing. It was a beautiful day. My thoughts are with the family at this time. It’s a horrible tragedy.” *This story is a collaborative effort with K.C. Myers, Reporter at the Provincetown Independent and former editor of the Provincetown Banner and longtime journalist at the Cape Cod Times.* [Photo Nancy Bloom]

Herring Cove Beach reveals its history

If you spot some worn wooden shards poking through the sand in the southern part of Herring Cove Beach, what you’re seeing is probably the remains of a 19th-century shipwreck and the historic fishing settlement known as Helltown. Cape Cod National Seashore historian William Burke said that it’s difficult to determine what schooner the shipwreck might have been, but he believes it’s one of the seven vessels known to have sunk in that area during the 1800s. [Photo Katy Ward]

How I got hooked on the secret world of tuna fishing

After three days on the water tuna fishing, I heard that golden sound and I am indeed hooked. It’s something that I’ve always wanted to experience: to haul in a bluefin tuna with its gorgeous yellow dorsal finlets after a long and strategic battle. Lucky for me, as a Provincetown native with townie connections, I was able to land a spot on the water with two local fishermen, who along with some of their fishing secrets prefer not to be named. On a Wednesday morning, I hopped on the 21-foot boat full of nervous excitement and not a clue what I was doing. I fished as a kid — bass, bluefish, cod, etc. — but never on the hunt for a fish of this caliber. [Photo Katy Ward]

Pictures of an expedition: Barbara Kirk in Papua New Guinea

It’s been over 50 years since Barbara Kirk pitched her red tent and camped along the coral atolls of the Trobriand Islands off the coast of Papua New Guinea. Or flew in a missionary chopper with “hip guys,” or trekked a dense rain forest by foot, snapping photographs of tribal villages and their people while on assignment for National Geographic. But to Kirk it feels like yesterday. [Photo Barbara Kirk]

The march is on to help Alzheimer’s caregivers

All her life Carol Procter has relied on her vision to propel her in her careers: from reading complex music as a cellist in the Boston Symphony Orchestra to using her photographic lens to capture images of her world travels to applying her sharp vision and steady hands to cutting tiny bits of paper to make her detailed collages. But in 2015 everything changed. It was the day she was diagnosed with posterior cortical atrophy (PCA), a rare form of Alzheimer’s disease that gradually affects vision. Only about five percent of people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s have PCA, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. [Photo Katy Ward]

Don’t tell Rachel White what she can’t do or she’ll do it

Rachel White might define the term Provincetown native, but she doesn’t like labels. “I’m a native, but I don’t go around publishing that,” the 84-year-old says as her chunky silver rings clink against the table. “Yes, I’ve been here longer than some, but less than others. I find the term ‘washashore’ insulting. It gives the impression that some people don’t belong here and that’s not OK. But I know it’s the human condition to say they are outsiders. We need to look at it from their perspective. I don’t like to put labels on people.” [Photo courtesy of Rachel White]

Monument became a ‘Woman’s World’

On Aug. 18, 1920, the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution gave women the right to vote. On Aug. 21, 2016, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton came to the landing place of the Pilgrims for a fundraiser that celebrated what women have been fighting for centuries – equality. Clinton was joined by pop icon Cher, tennis superstar Billy Jean King, comedian Kate Clinton and a slew of state politicians for a fundraiser that brought $1.5 million to her campaign held at the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum. [Photo Lise Balk King]

John Hopkins and the art of survival

In 2016 John Hopkins was told he had stage-four renal cell carcinoma, a type of kidney cancer for which chemotherapy is ineffective. Doctors told him there was not much they could do. But he didn’t accept that answer. “There’s a survival curve,” the 69-year-old Hopkins says, adding that he’s had his right kidney and two brain tumors surgically removed. One of his brain tumors caused a stroke, temporarily paralyzing his left side. “Right now, I’m in year two and only 21 percent of the people who were diagnosed with this type of cancer at the same time are still alive.” And what was his miracle cure? “I think its cannabis and love,” he says. “It might sound stereotypical, but that’s what I think it was.” [Photo Katy Ward]

Josephine Del Deo, Provincetown luminary, dies at 90

A poet, author, concert violinist, political advocate, master weaver, preservationist and more, Josephine Del Deo left an indelible mark on the community. “Her passion for Provincetown is almost unequaled. She fought with every fiber of her being to preserve the beauty and character of her adopted hometown,” said Mary-Jo Avellar, lifelong Provincetown resident and former selectman, who delivered the eulogy at Del Deo’s funeral at the Provincetown Cemetery. [Photo Al Kaplan/courtesy of Letter16 Press]

Derelict dragger makes waves in town

The rusty 42-foot dragger, Artemis, arrived in the harbor in July and even nor’easter Riley couldn’t quite get rid of it. The red-hulled, defunct fishing vessel, broke free from a town mooring near MacMillan Pier during a storm surge in March 2018. Hurricane-force winds and thrashing waves pushed the dragger westward until it lodged itself onto the rocks of the West End Breakwater. The boat, owned by John Christiansen of Yarmouth, had not been actively used for commercial fishing recently and was stripped of all gear and fuel. [Photo Nancy Bloom]

Kite surfers push back against the Seashore’s ban

Holly Kuhn, a kitesurfing enthusiast of 14 years and a Wellfleet resident, filed a lawsuit at the John Joseph Moakley U.S. Courthouse against Seashore Supt. George Price Jr. and the Dept. of the Interior asking that the kitesurfing restriction be “set aside and struck down because it is an unenforceable, arbitrary and capricious rule that conflicts with the purpose of enacting legislation for the Cape Cod National Seashore.” [Photo courtesy of Holly Kuhn]

Nor’easter drowns Provincetown streets and basements

The astronomical high tide of 11.5 feet recorded at midday Thursday, Jan. 4 was elevated by the storm surge and an unforeseen shift in the wind direction. It is believed to be the highest tide since the blizzard of 1978. “We were expecting an elevated tide, but not the surge that we saw,” said Richard Waldo, Dept. of Public Works Director. More than 50 properties were damaged during the storm and the deep freeze that followed. Foundations shifted, doors were ripped off hinges, car engines flooded, and there was a substantial loss of both personal property and inventory at dozens of businesses. [Photo Richard Waldo]

The fast race to save freezing turtles

Maureen Duffy, head turtle research coordinator at the Mass. Audubon Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary paints a picture of the final moments of life for many of these critically endangered sea turtles as she stands in the “triage room,” also known as the morgue, at sanctuary headquarters in South Wellfleet. Over a dozen Kemp’s ridley turtles lay dead on the floor around her with tags banded to their flippers. It doesn't matter if it's 4 p.m. or 4 a.m., Duffy's on call. “Our bay is a natural trap,” she says. “This morning I started getting calls at 4 a.m.” [Photo Nancy Bloom]
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