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Winter storms take toll on Marshfield beaches

MARSHFIELD — Lounging on a cracked slab of concrete on a nearly sandless Brant Rock Beach Thursday, Katherine Collins recalled her first summers on the beach as a young mother more than 50 years ago.

It was just as sunny and just as beautiful, the 81-year-old summer resident said, but back then the beach was expansive, far more than the narrow ribbon of sand now nestled between the ocean and a mammoth sea wall, mostly obscured by large boulders and pebbles.

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