Write to Know: Readers ask about ski equipment, books and a Snickerdoodle recipe – Cape Cod Times

Dear Write to Know: My husband and I have aged and no longer snow ski. Our daughters have moved to other states. I have gathered old, but clean and usable, adult and kids clothing and equipment. Adult winter ski jackets, gloves, two pairs of adult ski boots, racing suits, long-john underwear, and a set of adult skis still in original wraps! A group I can donate to? Contact information: [email protected] 802-363-1584.
J.K., West Harwich
Dear J.K.: We hope a local group will take advantage of your offer. Thanks for providing your contact information.
Dear Write to Know: Do you know where on Cape Cod one can take used books (mostly novels) for recycling or reuse?
L.S., Hyannis Port
Dear L.S.: Your local library might be a place to start. Most libraries have annual book sales and collect books for their sales. Senior centers and retirement communities are good places to try. You might also consider donating your books to local thrift shops. There are also several places that buy used books on Cape Cod. You can try Parnassus Book Services, Route 6A, Yarmouth Port, 508-362-6420; or Isaiah Thomas Books, 4632 Falmouth Road (Route 28), Cotuit, 508-428-2752. If we hear of other sources, we will post them here for you.
Dear Write to Know: So what’s the plan? I am a relatively new resident on Cape Cod, so perhaps I missed getting a copy of the plan. I have heard Cape Codders allude to an evacuation route, so I assumed there was a plan and a map to go with it in case of an emergency. But I have never actually seen the plan. As I understand it, the two new proposed bridges are part of the plan. So, in the meantime, here is my question: What is the plan, today, in real time for a safe and successful evacuation of Cape Cod? Who is in charge? How do they alert us? (Even people who don’t have cell phones?) Then, how do we safely proceed? Where do we go? How would we residents and tourists safely get off Cape Cod if the Mid-Cape were to take a direct hit from a category 4 hurricane that stalled over the Cape for two or three days after punching through?
L.B., Mashpee
Dear L.B.: According to mass.gov, the Cape Cod Emergency Traffic Plan (CCETP) has been developed to facilitate the egress of a high volume of traffic from Cape Cod in the event of a hurricane or other potential significant hazard, particularly during peak tourist season. Existing roadway infrastructure needs to be taken into account when executing this plan. Traffic flow off the Cape is limited by the fact that there are only two bridges, each having only two lanes of outbound traffic. In addition, for certain hazards, large vulnerable populations and limited evacuation road networks may require closing Cape bridges and/or changes in the plan prior to full execution. Travelers and/or evacuees, still at risk, would need to be directed to alternate shelters as quickly as possible. Public information messages will be provided throughout the course of any event to instruct motorists. To check out an evacuation map for our area, visit https://www.mass.gov/info-details/hurricane-evacuation-zones.
Dear Write to Know: A few years ago, you printed a recipe for snickerdoodles. Can you find this and repost it? Thanks.
M.G., Brewster
Dear M.G.: We searched our archives and found this delicious recipe. Enjoy!
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease two cookie sheets. Whisk these ingredients until well-blended:
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
Beat in a large bowl 1 cup (two sticks) unsalted butter, softened, and 1 1/2 cups sugar. 
Add 2 large eggs and beat until well combined.
Stir in the flour mixture and combine 1/4 cup sugar and 4 teaspoons ground cinnamon.
Shape the dough into 1 1/4-inch balls, roll into cinnamon sugar and arrange about 2 1/4 inches apart on the cookie sheets.
Bake one sheet at a time until the cookies are light golden brown at the edges, 12 to 14 minutes. Let stand briefly then remove to a rack to cool. This recipe makes about 36 cookies.
Dear Write to Know: Free three-cushion, traditional Ethan Allen sofa in good condition. Blue, mauve and white plaid. 508-771-7562.
J.C., Hyannis
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