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September 21 Duxbury Yacht Club Register at DuxburyEducationFoundation.org 11:30 Lunch & Registration 12:30 Shotgun Start

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oN THe WeB: www.duxburyclipper.comVolume lIX No. 37

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Mackin new water superTown Manager Richard MacDonald announced this week that he has promoted a water department employee to the position of water superintendent. MacDonald introduced Peter Mackin as the new water superintendent to the Board of Selectmen at Peter Mackin their meeting Monday. Mackin, 36, was named acting supervisor when the previous superintendent Paul Anderson left in June. He has worked for Duxbury for the past three years asBy SuSanna Sheehan, Clipper Staff SuSanna@duxBuryClipper.Com

We never know the worth of water till the well is dry. Thomas Fuller

WedNesdAy, sepTemBer 16, 2009

Three-year employee gets the nod

a water/sewer treatment plant operator. Before coming to Duxbury, Mackin, who lives in Cataumet on Cape Cod, was employed by the Buzzards Bay water district in Bourne. There he served as a secondary operator for five years. He is a 1991 graduate of Bourne High School. Mackin holds a variety of licenses and certifications related to water department operations. MacDonald said that the team he assembled to interview candidates for the position were very impressed with Mackin. I look forward to serving the town of Duxbury for years to come, Mackin told selectcontinued on page 4

ON THE HALF SHELL: At a 40 foot long raw bar, volunteers shucked 40,000 oysters for hungry customers during the Island Creek Oyster Festival, held Saturday on Duxbury Beach. The festival raises money for the Island Creek Foundation, which benefits a host of local charities. For more photos from the festival, see page 14. Photo by Justin Graeber

Donations helped build solar array at Chandleret there be renewable energy. With much ceremony, the ribbon was cut on the new 2.4 kilowatt solar panel at Chandler Elementary School Tuesday morning. Although the power generated by the 12 photo voltaic panels probably wont make a sizable dent in the school districts utility bills, it repcontinued on page 17

Learning from green power

By JuStin GraeBer, Clipper editor JuStin@duxBuryClipper.Com

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Senior cadets learn the ropesPolice departments sometimes have a difficult time reaching out to the senior population. So when Duxbury Police Lieutenant Susan James was recently mobbed by people at the Senior Center asking her questions, she credited the Senior Police Academy for fostering better relations between police and seniors. The senior academy has been around since 2004 andBy JuStin GraeBer, Clipper editor JuStin@duxBuryClipper.Com

Town and school officials stand in front of the 2.4 kilowatt solar panel at the official unveiling in the Chandler Elementary School courtyard Tuesday morning.

is combined with the departments DECIDE program, which stands for developing elder choice and defensive eduction. We teach safety, and we also let them know what its like to be part of a police academy, James said. The senior group was an extension of the existing student police academy, she said. The program begins Thursday, Sept. 24, and will run forcontinued on page 15

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DR&HS plans Archaeological Mini-Dig at the King Caesar House starting Sept. 21he Duxbury Rural and Historical Society is seeking volunteers for another archaeological dig. Unlike the Second Meetinghouse Dig of last year, this undertaking will not be a full blown excavation. The mini-dig will take place at the King Caesar House. This time, no building foundation is being sought. The object is to sink a number of small test-pits in an effort to locate any shards of material that might shed light on what sort of materials the Weston Family had in the house. The King Caesar House museum, represented as it likely appeared around the 1820s, is full of period objects, the vast majority of which have Duxbury provenance. However,