(Extensions of Remarks - October 13, 2011)

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[Extensions of Remarks]
[Page E1861]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]



                        HON. WILLIAM R. KEATING

                            of massachusetts

                    in the house of representatives

                       Thursday, October 13, 2011

  Mr. KEATING. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize the three hundred 
and seventy-fifth anniversary of the Town of Scituate in Plymouth 
County, Massachusetts.
  In 1627, courageous settlers from Plymouth Colony moved up the 
shoreline of Cape Cod Bay, establishing a village whose main 
thoroughfare, Kent Street, still survives today. Increases in 
population allowed for the village to incorporate in 1636, and the 
founders chose a name derived from the indigenous Wampanoag tribe's 
word for cold brook, satuit, to reflect the brook that ran to the inner 
harber of the village. That brook and the town of Scituate continue to 
thrive 375 years later.
  Like most towns along Massachusetts' cultural South Shore, Scituate's 
rich history is intimately tied to the sea. Fishing and sea mossing 
have long provided an economic backbone for the town, which is also 
home to the famed Old Scituate Light. It is there that the American 
Army of Two, the young sisters Abigail and Rebecca Bates, deterred an 
approaching British ship during the War of 1812, thus saving the town 
from being ransacked by the enemy soldiers.
  The Bates sisters are not Scituate's only famous residents. It is 
also home to William Cushing, one of the original six justices on the 
United States Supreme Court and Jim Lonborg, a Boston Red Sox pitcher 
distinguished with the Cy Young Award, among others. From its founding 
days, the residents of Scituate have always distinguished themselves as 
determined and inventive.
  Today, the town is known as much for its maritime industry as it is 
for its majestic beaches and beautiful seascapes. It also remains a 
birthplace of innovation with new clean energy projects such as 
Solarize Scituate and the Oceans Campus Center. Over the past 375 
years, Scituate has celebrated its unique history while continuing to 
evolve and progress. I am certain that the town will continue to do 
this for centuries to come. Happy 375th Birthday, Scituate.