The voters of the Town of Wareham met as a deliberative body at 7:00 last night and after 3 tortuous hours managed to complete discussion and vote on the first 10 articles on the Town Warrant. Our's was the 11th, and because the good citizens of Wareham had had enough for a night, they failed to extend the meeting to cover the final two Community Preservation Act articles with the 2/3 majority needed to do so. So instead of riding last night's trend of approving expenditures from this dedicated conservation fund when all other aspects of the Town budget are in smoking ruins, we are the first item to be discussed and voted on tonight.
Faced with driving home in the early morning hours without seeing this through to resolution, I elected instead to work from Windrock today and return to Town Meeting tonight. The house is shut down for the season but warm enough inside not to require any heat. There are dark gray rain clouds out across the bay and the air is cool and still. There isn't much food in the house but I am not hungry. May this day in the place we love grant me patience and clear eyes to see the way forward.