The Old Stone Dock Associations annual meeting was held on Sunday, 09/10/17 at the Beach Breeze in on Shore Street from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Over 100 members and guests were in attendance.

Guests were welcomed at check in by Rebecca Bevilacqua and Sally Colacicco and each family received a 2017 – 2018 Roster.   Cindy Lehtinen provided assisted with name tags and provided other handouts.  Steve Saunders and Terry Saunders worked the OSD logo wear table.

Committee members who helped with set up, centerpieces and break down at the end of the day included Anne Prior, Carol Taylor, Millie McCormick, Kevin Doyle, Brian Doyle, Mike Herlihy, Bob Lehtinen, Rebecca Bevilacqua, Terry Saunders and Steve Saunders.

– Thanks to hosts Don Filiault and Walter Sullivan for offering their grounds and coordinating the day
– Sheriff Jim Cummings provided the tent, tent tables, and chairs
– Chef Sean Dailey’s Eat Your Heart Out Caterers prepared a fine dinner
– Beverages were provided by Tony from Murphy’s Liquor
– John Salerno entertained on the keyboard
– Smitty had ice cream for all

After welcoming all, President Kevin Doyle described the highlights of the prior year. See below for report.  He then welcomed special guests Tommy Leonard and Don Hoffer.  Each of the following invited guests also addressed the membership.

– Board of Selectmen Chair Susan Moran
– Town Manager Julian and Stephanie Suso
– Police Chief Ed and Melinda Dunne
– Deputy Chief Scott Thrasher & his wife
– Enterprise Editor Bill and Monica Hough
– Artist and OSDA Benefactor Karen Rinaldo
– Fireworks Chair Lois D’Amelio
– Friends of Nobska Light President Brian Nickerson

On behalf of the scholarship committee Terry Saunders announced the recipients of the three $500 awards for the 2017/2018 school year.  They were Meghan Doherty, Emily Doyle and Calvin Kinghorn (see separate story for details).

Thanks to all of you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to join us and to celebrate our successes this past year.

Old Stone Dock Association – President’s 2017 Annual Report – Kevin M. Doyle

Highlights of activities since the last Annual Meeting:

Ellen T. Mitchell Bathhouse: OSDA members continue to donate the cost of the flowerboxes as tributes to their families. In 2017, the McCormick Family donated the flowers in memory of our former Dock Master Bob McCormick, who is missed by all!

Beach Clean-up: Terry Saunders organized the annual event in June. A collation at Jay and Polly Thayer’s house capped it off. Thanks to the dozen members who participated!

Website / Email: Main communication for OSDA. Administrated by Terry Saunders, it is effective and efficient. We need your contact information to succeed. Please check out for neighborhood items of interest and links to Falmouth activities.

Community Watch: Constable Jim Crossen keeps his eye out the window and occasionally meets with Police Chief Dunne. A spurt of break-ins over the winter was stopped short when police apprehended the culprit. Quick work – thanks!

Walker Street improvements: Town Engineer Peter McConarty happily informed us that work is underway! It is an engineering challenge with the high water table, but he thinks they got it fixed.

Activity Planning: Don Filiault, host of our Annual/Summer Meeting at the Beach Breeze Inn, and Dorie Ketterer, host of the Christmas Party at ShoreWay Acres continue to add value to our gatherings. Both hosts are very gracious and supportive. We are a fortunate Association!

Falmouth Triathlon: Members arrive on their posts at 5:30am and direct Main Street traffic and beach control until about noon. Event organizers contribute $1,000 to our treasury for our service.

Lifeguard and Parking Lot Attendant Breakfast: Second annual event headed by Anne Prior to recognize ambassadors to our beaches. Town Manager Julian Suso and Beach Supt Bruce Mogardo join in.

Old Stone Dock Bicentennial: This year we celebrated 200 years of service to the Town of Falmouth by the Old Stone Dock. Built in 1817, it was the center of commerce for the town before it became a recreational asset in 1913. Activities included:
– Heritage Society Award: Presented in June in recognition of our efforts to promote this event.
– Chamber of Commerce: We hosted Business After Hours to inform members of OSD history.
– Falmouth Public Schools: Art and English students visited the Dock and drew or wrote about it.
– Plaque refurbishment: Thanks to Steve Saunders for work on all three bronze memorials.
– Spritsail article: Local historian Len Miele uncovered many forgotten facets of the Dock’s history.
– Falmouth Enterprise articles: Editor Bill Hough, a friend of OSDA, always provides great coverage!
– article: Posted in 2016 to celebrate the Dock and OSDA neighborhood.
– Preservation Alliance Heritage Maps: Karen Rinaldo featured the Dock in first two maps.
– New Quarter board: Mounted at the Dock to commemorate the Dock’s Bicentennial,1817-2017.
– New Parade Banner: Painted by artist Kathy Hall with colorful rendition of the Dock.
– Bicentennial logo wear: Commissioned by Steve Saunders as a Special Edition in 1817.
– Old Town Trolley Tour: Historian Jim Lloyd gives special tribute to the Old Stone Dock.
– Historical Society Lecture: Tuesday, Sept 19th at Museums on the Green

Supportive Board and Membership: Many thanks to a very active and dedicated Board, and to members who are very encouraging with words and participation!