In 1975, Tom fell overboard from an offshore lobster boat at Lydonia Canyon, 150 miles southeast of Harwich Port. He made his mind up then that being a harbormaster has some good consequences.He is past president of the Cape & Islands Harbormasters Association. (TuftsLife.com TuftsDaily.com Tufts E-News TAAP)
Tom is also editor of A Barkhamsted Diary.
During his free time, Heinz can be found playing soccer, basketball, tennis,and the harmonica. Not only an accomplished Scuba diver, he is also a private pilot and has now joined ranks as a member of the Civil Air Patrol, the auxiliary wing of the United States Air Force. He also volunteers time as a pilot for Angel Flight, a non-proft organization serving the community by providing FREE air transportation on private aircraft to financially and medically needy people who cannot access or afford regular commercial transportation to health care.
Michelle Morris was hired in October 2004 after an exhaustive search for the right person. She assumed her new role as our first ever full-time Principal Clerk in the Harbormasters Office with authority. Her solid background in banking, long term experience as a chief loan officer and congenial personality made her the top pick for the job in helping organize all the facets of operating a busy marina and year-round port.
A Mattaposiett native, she owns a motorboat with her electrical contractor husband Scott and they share a home in East Harwich. Besides Scott, Michelle loves Cape Cod, her dogs and the Outer Beach and has been very active in the MBBA (Mass Beach Buggy Association) for years.
This August, Michelle and Scott had their first baby Peyton. Hoorah!
The act of practicing, playing and performing music has been a part of Tom’s life for as long as he can remember and over the years, he’s parlayed his talent of the accordion – a gift he received and began to master at the tender age of five – along with that of the piano, keyboard, guitar, and even ukulele, to provide others with a soundtrack to life. A long-time Harwich resident, Telesmanick has taken his sometimes solo, sometimes ensemble show from Toronto to Florida and worked countless weddings, parties, dances, fundraisers, and funerals. He was also a key member of the Chatham-based children’s band Rainbow Company.
These days,Tom stays closer to home, and can often be found performing in restaurants and bars, from Falmouth’s sea-side bistro Flying Bridge to renown resort Chatham Bars Inn, among various other venues. Oh did we forget to mention, Tom is also an avid fisherman and enjoys chasing the bass and blues around Monomoy and further in his 22' Roballo.
You can see Dockmaster Tom in action as the "Dock Dockda", as he develops ideas and scenarios to make often unique repairs on our wharves and piers as filmed in the Ye Olde Dock Show.
Pete learned to sail and race Opti's and 420's at Wychmere Harbor. He learned about how to operate powerboats from the ground up and is very, very, familiar with our local waters. Last year he took sail kiting lessons and is already an accomplished kiter, an awesome sport that combines the skill of wakeboarding and understanding the physics of sailing. Pete looks forward to his freshmen year at Florida Institute of Technology and he will be able to hone kiting skills year-round.
FYI Harwich High Rough Rider sailors went 11-3 on their 2008 season and won the Cape & Islands Championship in June.
Frank Kunz, Assistant Harbormaster/WharfingerFrank Kunz, part-time assistant harbormaster is onboard again this season as wharfinger keeping a watchful eye on the bluefin tuna fleet as they land their catch at our landings. A Navy veteran, Frank also emjoys a very active live as a boarding officer inspector for commercial fishing vessels under the USCG Auxiliary. His job there as an USCGAux Officer includes everything from search and rescue to hunting down open microphones on the marine frequency.