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  • February 10, 2019 12:32 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    One of our members, Peter Ervin -Superintendent at The Captains Golf Course, brought this information to our attention and we thought it might be of interest to our members.

    • The first document is a copy of the Town of Marblehead, Board of Health, Organic Pest Management regulations.  Click here to view
    • The second document is from POCCA-Protect Our Cape Cod Aquifer and it is titled - Process to Voluntarily Eliminate the use Glyphosate and Other Chemical Products from Town Owned Properties.  Click here to view

  • July 06, 2018 3:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Below find a brief update of recent activity at the State House and insight into what it all means from the Green Industry Alliance.

    Legislative Environment
    The Legislature will cease formal sessions for the 2017-2018 term at midnight (or around there) on Tuesday, July 31, 2018.  After this date, the House and Senate will continue to meet twice each week for informal sessions until the newly and re-elected legislators are sworn-in on the first Wednesday of January 2019.  During these sessions, only matters deemed non-controversial can advance and any single member may object to any matter, blocking it form moving forward.  So, anything that will be debated or that requires a roll call vote must be done prior to midnight on July 31st.

    With the deadline looming, the Legislature has kicked into high gear and the House and Senate have passed several matters that are now being negotiated in conference committee, including: the FY19 budget, short-term rentals (AirBnB), data breach, red flag/ERPO (gun ownership), veteran benefits, health care cost containment and civics education.  The next tier of issues includes another package on opioid abuse prevention and treatment, wage theft, raising the age to purchase tobacco and clean energy.  The hundreds of smaller issues still pending can fight to move ahead but not if there is even a moderate amount of disagreement.

    Plenty of votes here once the branches reach agreement and enough things to tout on the campaign trail from leadership’s perspective, so while the Senate may continue to pass a lot of crazy proposals, the House isn’t likely to budge and move off their list of priority issues.

    Click here for a legislative tracking report – lots of issues included to give context.

    Grand Bargain Passes
    Three ballot questions got rolled into one bill that was engrossed and enacted by the Legislature last week and Governor Baker is expected to sign the bill into law before July 2nd.  The package includes provisions to raise the minimum wage to $15/hour over the next 5 years while reducing the time-and-a-half premium Sunday pay over the same period, establishing a permanent sales tax holiday, and establishing a new paid family and medical leave program.  Proponents of the sales tax reduction and the paid leave questions have agreed to pull their questions but the Raise Up coalition is still discussing its plans on minimum wage and could still submit their signatures and appear on the November ballot.  That will, of course, carry a significant amount of political grief form the Legislature, but this group was very upset about the reduction on premium Sunday pay and they could go forward despite the recent actions.

    Two documents below provide further details on the changes.

    2018 Ballot Compromise Legislative Summary

    2018 Proposed Ballot Initiatives

    GIA Priorities
    Proponents of legislation to restrict the use and require additional notifications related to the use of neonicotinoid-based pesticides (H.4041) continue to push aggressively for the advancement of the bill that remains pending before the House Committee on Ways and Means.  They have held events in and around the statehouse over the past few weeks and have activated their grassroots efforts – pushing information about retailers like Costco and Kroger that are taking steps on their own to limit the sale and use of these products.  And, of course they have a blog that shows some “studies” that paint a troubling picture about MA hives.  The Vice Chair of the Committee, Stephen Kulik (D-Worthington)  has been a strong advocate internally, pushing back against this legislation and given the timing, we are fialry well positioned but funny things can happen during these closing weeks of the session.  If you have a moment, please check to see if you State Representative is on the HWM Committee and if you see them listed, send them a quick note expressing your concerns with this bill and suggesting it might be preferable to have DAR conduct an analysis before passing legislation.  If your Rep is not on the Committee, please send emails to the Chair and Vice Chair – emails available using same link.

  • January 05, 2018 3:46 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    To download a pdf version of the schedule - click here

    Thursday, January 18       
    Plymouth Country Club - Winter Education
    Host: Ben Whiting
    Tuesday, February 13       
    Winter Fun Day - South Shore Country Club
    Host: Jay McGrail
    Friday, April 20               
    Bear Cup Tournament (joint w/GCSANE)    GCSANE hosts this year   Host: Michael Poch
    Tuesday, May 22           
    Waverly Oaks Golf Club
    Host: Eric Newell, CGCS
    Monday, June 18           
    Pocasset Golf Club - Scholarship and Research Tournament
    Host: Steve Carr
    Monday, July 9               
    Thorny Lea Golf Club (RHO-COD Cup)
    Host: Brooks Pickering
    August TBD               
    Location TBD (Free-B-Que)
    Thursday, September 20       
    Edgartown and Mink Meadows 
    Hosts: Ken Magnuson and Matt Crowther, CGCS
    Monday, October 15              
    Plymouth Country Club (Championship)
    Host: Ben Whiting
    Thursday, November 1       
    Cranberry Valley Golf Course (Supt/Asst)
    Host: Shawn Fernandez

    To make a reservation, please register online at or contact Julie Heston (401) 934-7660 / 
    To avoid charges, please give 48 hours notice if you need to cancel your reservation.

  • January 05, 2018 3:37 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Golf Course Superintendents Association of Cape Cod met on Thursday, December 7, 2017 for the Annual Meeting at The Brookside Club.
    GCSACC Board of Directors 2018
    President                  Brian Smoot
    Vice-President          James McGrail
    Secretary                   Kurt Calderwood
    Treasurer                   David Stott
    Director                      Peter Lanman
    Director                      Ed Gianni
    Associate Director    John Bresnahan
    Past President          Paul Doherty

    GCSACC also awarded members with their 15 and 25 year pins.

    15 Year Pins:
    David S. Beauvais
    James McGrail
    Michael W. Poch
    Will Stearns
    David Stott
    Jeffrey Stouffer
    Colin Walsh
    Scott W. Whitcomb

    25 Year Pins:
    Tim Berge
    Rob Donovan
    Steve Thys

  • November 09, 2017 8:01 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On September 20, 2017, MassDEP issued a notification letter to Water Management Act (WMA) registrants and permittees regarding the electronic filing of the Water Withdrawals Annual Report Form (ARF) set to begin this year. Typically you receive a paper copy of the ARF at the end of each year, and it is due by the end of February. This December, MassDEP plans to email an electronic version instead.
    The letter included three attachments: a Hardship Application Form, General Information Form, and a listing of Unique IDs for your withdrawal sources. Please submit the General Information Form to us by November 30th. You may mail the form to Shi Chen at the address below, or email it to Alternatively, you can simply email Shi the best email address for receiving the ARF electronically.

    The Hardship Application should be submitted in lieu of the General Information Form only if you are unable to file your ARF electronically. Please submit the Unique ID form only if corrections are needed to the names or number of withdrawal sources. Contact Shi Chen at 617-292-5532 or with any questions on your Unique IDs.

    If you did not receive the mailing, please download the General Information Form or Hardship Application from our website at:  

    Attn: Shi Chen
    WMA Program
    One Winter Street, 5th floor
    Boston, MA 02108

  • October 26, 2017 7:22 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    This is a reminder that your Massachusetts Pesticide License will expire and must be renewed by 12/31/2017.  The MDAR is using a new publicly accessible online system known as the ePLACE Portal and will NOT be sending the usual renewal via U.S. Mail. Please renew your license online using this new system. You should have received a personal instruction letter in late August asking you to set up an online account. If you have not done so, please create your account in the ePLACE Portal so that you may complete your renewal.  If you need a new copy of the personal instruction letter, please send an email request to If you experience trouble or have questions when setting up your account, please contact the ePLACE Help Desk at (844) 733-7522. If you don’t have access to a computer or have other questions about renewing your pesticide license, please contact Steve Kenyon at (617) 626-1784.

     EEA ePLACE Portal

    Other Instruction Documents

    MDAR Launches Online Renewals

    Instructions on Creating an E-Place Account

    Uploading the Certificate of Insurance (non-gov't employees)

    Uploading the Certificate of Insurance (gov't employees)

  • October 17, 2017 1:45 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    If you would like to order GCSACC 50th Anniversary gift box, please click on the link below.

    50th Anniv. Items For Sale

  • September 29, 2017 3:22 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This information was received by the Green Industry Alliance.

    Click here to find a copy of the bill filed by State Rep. Dylan Fernandes (D-Falmouth), H.3927, An Act Empowering Towns to Protect Their Environment and Residents From Harmful Pesticides.  The bill has been admitted and referred to the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture.  This bill effectively guts the pre-emption law that we fought hard to establish many years ago and would open up a difficult challenge for industry.  Trying to fight this at the municipal level would be extremely challenging and we would undoubtedly see a hodge podge of new rules popping up in many of the Commonwealth’s 351 cities and towns.

    How you can help...

    We ask that you contact your local representative and senator.  Click here for contact information for your legislator.   GCSACC will also follow up with them.

    Thank you,

    GCSACC Government Relations Committee


  • January 03, 2017 2:05 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    GCSACC Annual Meeting and Elections

    The Golf Course Superintendents Association of Cape Cod met on Thursday, December 8, 2016 for the Annual Meeting and Elections at The Brookside Club.  Here are the results from the meeting.

     GCSACC Board of Directors 2017

     President                  Brian Smoot

    Vice-President          James McGrail

    Secretary                   Kurt Calderwood

    Treasurer                   David Stott

    Director                      Peter Lanman

    Director                      Ed Gianni

    Associate Director    John Bresnahan

    Past President          Paul Doherty


    GCSACC also awarded members with their 15 and 25 year pins.

     15 Year Pins:

    • Frank Carpenito
    • Andy Drohen
    • Ernie Ketchum
    • Mark Lucas
    • Scott McLeod
    • Jon O’Connor
    • Rita Paananen
    • Dave Vetelino
    • Will Warner       


     25 Year Pins:

    • Joe Farina
    • Dwight Wiggin
  • November 04, 2016 2:06 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The latest edition of The Sand Blaster newsletter has been posted to the website. 

    Please click on the logo below to view the current edition.

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