Public Hearing to Allow or Ban Retail/Cultivation Marijuana TONIGHT!

View Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission HERE

View Information Received 3/22/18 from Barnstable Town Attorney HERE

View Information Received 3/22/18 from Barnstable Finance Director HERE

Update: The Barnstable Town Council has referred two Agenda items to the Planning Board for public hearings on Monday June 25, 2018.

Item 2018-159, proposing to prohibit non-medical marijuana establishments town-wide, sponsored by Council President Steinhilber.

Item 2018-163, proposing to create a Cannabis Overlay District and regulations for establishing and operating marijuana establishments, sponsored by Councilors Beedenbender, Cullum, and Schnepp.

View Agenda Items and Maps HERE

Overview of the process may be found HERE

Free Clamming Classes for Kids

For the 16th straight year, kids on Cape Cod will have an opportunity to learn how to shellfish. Barnstable’s Natural Resources Department is offering three free shellfishing classes for young people in June at the Bridge Street Landing in Osterville.

Natural Resources staff and town shellfish volunteers will assist participants who want to learn how to dig. Participants should be prepared to get wet and waders, hip boots or knee boots would be helpful, along with protective gloves.

Shellfish may be taken by hand or rake and small garden hand rakes and trowels will be allowed.

Shellfish regulations apply as always and those legally harvested with a valid permit may be taken home.

The classes are Saturday, June 16 at 8 a.m., Sunday, June 17 at 9 a.m. and Wednesday, June 20 at 11:30 a.m.

Attendees will receive a “Clammer Kid” badge and an activity booklet, along with certificates of completion.

All ages shellfishing classes will be held June 30 @ 7:30 a.m. and August 19 at 1 p.m. at the Bridge Street Landing.

 

For more information, call Natural Resources during office hours Monday – Friday from 8:30am to 4:15pm at 508-790-6272 or direct your questions via email to amy.croteau@town.barnstable.ma.us

 

CELEBRATE FLAG DAY

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June 14 is Flag Day, an annual observance of the Second Continental Congress’ official adoption of the stars and stripes June 14, 1777. At the time, they “resolved that the flag of the 13 United States” be represented by 13 alternating red and white stripes and the union by 13 white stars in a blue field, “representing a new constellation.”

 

  • Bernard J. Cigrand is considered the father of Flag Day. In 1885, as a young teacher at a high school in Waubeka, Wisconsin, Cigrand put a small flag on his desk and told his students to write essays about it. He fought for the rest of his life to formally establish the holiday, according to the National Flag Day Foundation.
  • The flag has been changed 27 times. The final star, for Hawaii, was added in 1960.
  • The first time the flag was flown after being adopted was on Aug. 3, 1777 in Rome, New York.
  • The flag’s colors have become significant over time. The white is for purity, the red is for valor and the blue is for justice, according to usflag.org.
  • President George Washington described the design like this: “We take the stars from heaven, the red from our mother country, separating it by white stripes, thus showing that we have separated from her, and the white stripes shall go down to posterity representing liberty.”
  • The first flag was probably created by Francis Hopkinson, who signed the Declaration of Independence. He requested “a quarter cask of the public wine” as payment for his design. He was rejected.
  • Betsy Ross sewed the first American flag according to a pattern, which was likely Hopkinson’s. Legend has it she changed the six-point stars he’d drawn to five-point ones because they were easier to stitch.
  • Sea captain William Driver gave the flag its “Old Glory” nickname in 1831, according to usacitylink.com.
  • The current design of the U.S. flag was created by Robert G. Heft, who made the pattern for a high school project. He earned a B- at first, but when the government chose it, his teacher raised the grade to an A.
  • There are six American flags on the moon. Five are standing, and Neil Armstrong’s fell over!