Just to keep you informed. I have met with the burn boss and things are going well.
Looking at burning 10 acres.  There might be a little shift in wind sending some smoke landward,
but things look good.
Darcy Karle




When: Scheduled from 8:00AM to 4:00PM



Why: This type of controlled prescribed fire management promotes fresh growth of new plants, provides habitat and foraging opportunities for local wildlife, and also serves as wildfire prevention and refuge for people caught in between a wildfire event. Surrounding neighborhoods are protected by reducing the chance of wildfire in Crocker Neck by conducting these low burning controlled fires on a regular basis.

Darcy Karle, Conservation Administrator    P 508-862-4093

Cotuit Fire Department will be issuing a reverse 911 notice!

Food Waste Composting Program Begins

Town of Barnstable begins new Food Waste Collection/Composting Program at Marstons Mills Transfer Station and Recycling Center

From kitchen scraps to black gold!

The Office of the Town Manager and the Department of Public Works is pleased to announce the start of a new Food Waste Collection/Composting program at the Transfer Station and Recycling Center, 45 Flint St., Marstons Mills.

The goal of the program is to reduce the amount of food waste that gets thrown away with the trash, thereby reducing trash disposal costs for Transfer Station customers. According to the Mass. Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP), as much as 25% of household trash is food waste that could be diverted from landfills and incinerators, and composted.

Residents with a current Trash Disposal or Recycling Only sticker may now drop off their household kitchen scraps and food waste for composting at no additional cost. The collection barrels are located in one of the sheds used to contain recycled materials.

The town is partnering with Watts Family Farms, located in Forestdale, which will pick up the kitchen waste on a weekly basis, transporting it to their facility, where it will be turned into high quality compost.

Residents are advised that while most kitchen scraps may be composted, including meat and bones, and paper towels and napkins, such items as kitty litter, plastics, cardboard, and Styrofoam are excluded, and may not be disposed of for composting.

The Barnstable Food Waste Composting program is, in part, being funding through a grant from MassDEP.

For further information, please call P.J. Kelliher, Solid Waste Division Supervisor (508-420-2258).

Good Pesach

The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb Altarpiece was unveiled in St Bavo’s Cathedral, Ghent. The Catholic altarpiece which has been called “the most influential painting ever” has been restored after four years of work.

The altarpiece is thought to have been begun by Hubert van Eyck, (c. 1385–90 – 18 September 1426) and subsequently completed in 1432 by his brother Jan van Eyck (c. 1390 – 9 July 1441)

Its features 100 figures with various Biblical scenes, including the Annunciation. Its central panel shows a sacrificial lamb, representing Christ, on an altar bleeding into a grail.

The piece has had an eventful history having been stolen six times including once during the Napoleonic wars and the First and Second World Wars.

It was very nearly destroyed in the 16th century by iconoclasts and in 1934, one of its 12 panels was stolen and never found.

The restoration began after the Getty Foundation allocated a £1.3m grant for co-ordinators to remove the varnish and adjust the colours.

“The surprises begin with the frame itself,” says Bart Devolder, onsite co-ordinator of the project. “Not all of it survived, but the portions that did were cleaned to reveal silver leaf topped by transparent glazes that imitate stonework.”

On the frame of the piece is a famous inscription naming the painting’s donors and stating that the altar was begun by Hubert van Eyck.

“Our restoration confirmed that the inscription was original,” says Devolder. “It can now be said with certainty that the Ghent Altarpiece is by Hubert and Jan van Eyck, though it is still unclear whether any of Hubert’s paint is visible on the surface.”