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  • Old Whaling Film aboard The Viola 1916 P...
    by MLBaron on November 25, 2012 at 7:53 AM
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    This restored 1964 classic of "Whaling Days" features a whaling voyage aboard the New Bedford whaleship "VIOLA"in 1916 narrated by Whaling historian Reginald Haggerty of The New Bedford Whaling Museum. He actually was a whaler himself and sailed on the "VIOLA". Although the film is in fair condition, Haggerty provides a rare insight into life at sea aboard a whaler. The film was seen for the first time on TV in 1964 in this series of "Whaling Days" Dateline Boston by WHDH and The MA Dept of Education. Restored by the M.L.Baron Historic Archives and www.westislandweather.com/ Part 1 can be seen at this link: http://youtu.be/iWA4HDFASAo

  • West Island Bike Trail w/ SUNNY
    by MLBaron on November 1, 2008 at 3:54 AM
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    Any season out back on the island isn't better than the other. However-you can't beat the explosion of Fall color and the aromas of another approaching winter lingering about. Sunny-of the West Island Weather Station, a 10 yr old male yellow lab gets his routine run. His pals Silas, a Siberian husky and Shelby-a boxer mix are off trail looking for squirrels.

  • "The Attack of Bedford Harbor" Revolutio...
    by MLBaron on June 14, 2013 at 12:07 PM
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    "The Attack of Bedford Harbor" Revoltuinary War re-enactment took place in September 1978 in New Bedford and Fairhaven, MA. It was organized and led by Town Historian Donald R. Bernard. This compilation of color slides narrated by Phil Paleologos depicts the scenes and describes the battle that ensued. Close attention to detail made this one of Bernard's greatest accomplishments at the time after publishing his book "Tower of Strength"in 1975. The brazen attack of Dartmouth village by the British is recreated by dozens in period dress and armaments. The slide show video was edited by David Fortin of Media Image Productions with funding from The United Way of New Bedford Mini Grants Program. This YouTube presentation is dedicated to my long time friend and fellow historian Donald R. Bernard on the 20th Anniversary of his death. Follow this link to his plaque dedication at Ft Phoenix held in 1994: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4etRi35hTo

  • Save West Island Video 1987
    by anonymous on October 5, 2008 at 2:51 AM
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    This video clip helped promote Save West Island in 1987. 2008 Marks the 20th anniversary of it's successful mission. After almost two years of lobbying, fund raising and hard work by our group, it became "politically correct" for those who hesitated to finally join in and support our cause. A long awaited urgent message was received. In December of 1988 the Save West Island newsletter announced that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has concluded an agreement for the purchase and acquisition of over 338 acres of pristine wetlands and forestry of West Island for 1.6 million dollars. Tears of joy, disbelief, and relief befell the membership at the final meeting of Save West Island Inc. at the Fairhaven Town Hall. Today the land is known as The West Island State Reservation dedicated to my late dear friend and compatriot David L. Szeliga. The island reservation is a habitat for common, rare, resident and migratory birds. Save West Island Inc. received the distinguished National Award "A" from the National Audubon Society for "Excellence in Environmental Action". See menu bar above: West Isle STATE PARK for more info. Special thanks to Senator William Q. "Biff" MacLean,Jr. and all the membership and staff of SWI.

  • A Rare LOOK Inside The Hurricane Barrier...
    by MLBaron on March 31, 2013 at 7:40 AM
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    Take a look inside and go under the harbor through the tunnel! New Bedford enjoys its reputation as a "safe harbor" thanks to the Hurricane Barrier. The stone and steel barrier extends across the mouth of New Bedford harbor to the Fairhaven side near Fort Phoenix. It is 9,100 feet long and twenty feet above median sea level. The harbor section has two 440-ton gates in the center that can be closed during strong tides or storms to protect the inner harbor. The western section protects the city from tidal surges in Clark's Cove. This clip taken from the 1988-M.L.Baron award winning classic: "A Wind To Shake The World; The Story of The 1938 Hurricane. This was the video version of Everett S. Allen's 1976 Best Seller, chronicling the '38 Hurricane. from the historic archives of the West Island Weather Station. The top of the barrier provides a walkway for recreational activites. Residents and visitors can watch the coming and going of commercial vessels and pleasure boats, or enjoy spectacular views of the harbor, cityscapes, and Buzzards Bay. Check out some of ML's video clips on the dike. Built in the 1960's by the Army Corps of Engineers, the Hurricane Barrier is the largest stone structure on the East Coast. MLBaron Historic Archives

    For the complete documentary on The 1938 Hurricane - A Wind to Shake The World enter this link: http://www.westislandweather.com/apps/videos/videos/show/17766216-the-1938-hurricane-a-wind-to-shake-the-world-everett-s

  • The 1938 Hurricane : A Wind To Shake The...
    by MLBaron on March 22, 2013 at 6:11 PM
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    Published on Mar 6, 2013 The full video version of Everett S. Allen's 1976 Best Seller "A Wind To Shake The World - The Story of The 1938 Hurricane" produced and directed by M.L.Baron. This award winning classic takes you back in time to the year 1938 and the hurricane which took away "the age of innocence". "The greens and commons of New England will never be the same. Picture postcard memories of the oldest part of The United States are gone with the wind and flood. The day of "the biggest wind" has just passed and a great part of most picturesque America, as old as the Pilgrims, has gone beyond recall or replacement" -AP, September 22, 1938. Everett S. Allen recalls his first day on the job with The New Bedford Standard-Times on Wednesday, September 21st, 1938. He was wondering what his first story would be...that day he found out. Dramatic footage and mesmerising narration with carefully selected sound track make this documentary unforgettable. Copyright 1988 CableVision Industries / Time Warner Cable, MLBaron Program Director. For more on local hurricane history, videos and photo albums visit http://www.westislandweather.com/

  • Motor Yacht "RECOVERY" visits West Islan...
    by MLBaron on July 30, 2013 at 2:45 PM
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    The motor yacht "RECOVERY" out of Miami, Florida anchored off the north side of the causeway this afternoon near Earl's Marina. Passers by slowed down to see this beautiful dark grey luxury yacht. This 72 foot baby can cruise at 42 knots, has a 925 Gallon fuel capacity, range 300 nautical miles. It can accommodate 6 passengers and 2 crew members.This vessel very likely cost a few million dollars. This model is known as the PREDATOR 68 series. New to the Sunseeker range, the Predator 68 shows its bloodline immediately. The cues are all there. The dynamic proportions, the sleek sculpted lines. Only this time with a more aggressive edge. Once inside, the Predator 68 is characterized by timeless Sunseeker refinement and state-of-the-art technology, offering unlimited relaxation and entertainment options to its 6 guests. An enviable lounge-bar area, generous seating arrangements and a large retractable sunroof are just a hint to superior comfort available. Intelligent window design means each of the three cabins is flooded with natural light, giving the chic interior furnishings the prominence they deserve. But underneath this opulent comfort is a performance motor yacht capable of moving at speeds of up to 42 knots as well as long distance cruising. Their web site is: http://www.sunseeker.com/showboat.php?bid=47

  • Oyster Grower Builder Checks Out His Wor...
    by MLBaron on July 30, 2013 at 7:34 AM
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    Matt Brasells of Fairhaven stopped by Taylor Sea Foods on Long Island across from Hoppy's Landing in Fairhaven, MA and looked over dozens of brand new oyster growers manufactured by Ketcham Traps of New Bedford. Each unit is hand made and designed to take a pounding in the open water and can be seen off West Island. Matt proudly stated: "Made In The USA." Matt is my nephew and is also a fan of The West Island Weather Station .http://www.westislandweather.com/

  • Walter Cronkite for Buzzards Bay
    by MLBaron on November 23, 2008 at 4:35 AM
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    Walter Cronkite of Martha's Vineyard graciously hosted this promo for The Coalition for Buzzards Bay in 1993. Produced by MLBaron

  • Hurricane Bob Strikes
    by MLBaron on February 22, 2014 at 9:27 AM
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    Hurricane Bob Strikes, This 27 minute 1991 documentary produced and directed by M.L.Baron who was in Hurricane Bob and saw first hand the destructive power of this Category 2 hurricane on Monday, August 19, 1991. Other footage provided by local citizens who contributed their videos for this production. This video was produced at Fairhaven/Acushnet Cablevision. Special thanks to Bob Cormier. Bob was the earliest known hurricane to impact SE New England. This was the first BIG test for the barrier on it's 25th anniversary of completion since 1966. Bobs name was retired in 1991. The most prominent landmark destroyed in Greater New Bedford was the Crow Island Tower. A newly constructed $35,000 boardwalk on the causeway to West Island was also destroyed. The boardwalk lasted less than 2 months. Underground utilities were put in place along the causeway to West Island after Bob. This video also looks back at hurricanes past. The last hurricane event before Bob was Hurricane Gloria on Friday Sept 27, 1985. From the MLBaron Historic Archives. http://www.westislandweather.com/

  • West Island , Fairhaven, MA A Mid-Summer...
    by MLBaron on July 18, 2010 at 10:39 AM
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    Sit back and enjoy the peace and solitude of a mid Summer's morning along with the natural sounds at the West Island Causeway. The clip was taken about 7:00 AM Sunday morning, July 18, 2010. Vessels of all kinds mingle at their moorings on the north side of the causeway.The sun rose at 5:34 AM and sets at 8:14 PM. Today's forecast: Partly sunny. A chance of showers and thunderstorms this afternoon. Highs in the upper 80s. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph this afternoon. Chance of rain 30 percent

  • A Wind To Shake The World 1938 Hurricane...
    by MLBaron on September 18, 2011 at 3:11 AM
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    Partial clip part one ) A Wind To Shake The World is the video version of best seller (1976) book on The 1938 Hurricane by Everett S. Allen. This national ACE award nomination documentary is considered one of the best works of Producer/Director M.L.Baron in 1988. Won first place award from Massachusetts Cable Commission. Acclaimed to be the most dramatic documentary of a New England hurricane produced yet. From music selection, narration, vintage art advertisements and footage this video in MLBaron style will leave you in shock just how bad a full blown hurricane strikes with Mother Nature on the rampage with wind gusts to 173-186 MPH. Vintage photos and advertising art from the MLBaron Historic Archive. Where ever this played in the theater, it was a full house with standing room audience. All copyright from CableVision Industries Liberty New York and Time Warner in 1988.

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