Chuck Higgins

We are sad to report the passing of BARS Board of Directors member, Chuck Higgins. Chuck was elected to the BARS Board of Directors in January of 2012. He was co-chair of BARS Clamming Classes as well as a volunteer … Read the rest


Past and present BARS presidents

Photo above shows four previous BARS presidents along with our current president that were at BARS annual awards dinner at Alberto’s Ristorante in Hyannis.
From left to right: Fred Dempsey, Dick Ossen, Ron Glantz, Bob Silva, and current president, Norm Read the rest

BARS 12th Annual Blessing of the Rakes

Blessing of the Rakes 2015

The BARS 12th Annual Blessing of the Rakes organized by Bette Silva was a great success.! The Reverend John J. Perry, Pastor of Our Lady of Victory Church in Centerville, MA officiated at the event. Amy Croteau, Natural Resource Officer, … Read the rest

Antique Shellfish Harvesting Tools Project

Do you have any old shellfish tools hiding in your yard or barn?
Rakes? Tongs? Dredges? Worn out fingers?
Would you like to tell me about them and why you think they were designed that way?
Please help me with
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2015 Shellfishing License

Town of Barnstable 2015 shellfish permits will be available starting Tuesday, February 17th. Natural Resources office hours are Monday-Friday 8:30 – 4:15. Location: 1189 Phinney’s Lane, Centerville, MA. 02632… Read the rest

BARS certificate for Barnstable’s 375th Anniversary

Barnstable 375 Years Certificate to BARS

Certificate of recognition for BARS Outstanding Support of the 375th Anniversary Celebration of the Town of Barnstable.… Read the rest

Cape Cods


Graphic artist and longtime member of BARS who also designed and manages the BARS website and its social media is having a show titled CAPE CODS at the Osterville Village Library. More information can be found on the library’s site.Read the rest

BARS 2015 Shellfishing Classes

The BARS Shellfish Mentoring Program began in 2004 by assisting Barnstable Natural Resources with  their Clamming for Kids classes. Group classes were scheduled and opened to the general public. Lessons were given on how to shellfish for quahogs, steamer clams, … Read the rest

A Rewarding Day for BARS

BARS and East Dennis Oyster Farm present checks to Barnstable and Dennis Police
Monday, April 1, 2014 the reward checks from BARS and John and Stephanie Lowell, owners of East Dennis Oyster farm were presented to officers from the Barnstable and Dennis Police Departments. From left to right, Don Capobianco, Treasurer of BARS,
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Steve Hoxie shows Byron Talbott how to harvest quahogs

Steve Hoxie teaching Byron Talbott how to harvest quahogs

One of the best things about BARS are its members. One in particular is a great person. His name is Steve Hoxie. He is always there when BARS needs a volunteer for anything from raking clams, to making chowder, to … Read the rest