Chatham News

Methodist Church Exterior Restoration Work Begins

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – Scaffolding went up over the front facade of the First United Methodist Church last week in preparation for a major restoration project on the historic Main Street structure. Work was scheduled to begin this week to remove old vinyl siding, replacing it with more durable material, and install a new front entrance on the 1849 building. The project was funded by $226,000 in community preservation funds...

VIDEO: Hermine Brings Wind, Rain To Region

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Tuesday update : Storm damage from Hermine has been very light.  Trees and branches were downed in several locations overnight, including Barn Hill Road and Crow's Pond Road in Chatham and Cedardale Road in Pleasant Lake.  A tree went through the roof of a house in Brewster, and the high winds caused a number of boats to drag their moorings in Nantucket Harbor.  According to the National Weather Service ...

President Barack Obama is many things to many people. Depending upon your ideological outlook, he's either a whip-smart leader and unifier or a conniving dissembler. He's either ruined America or made the country stronger and more prosperous. In short, he's either the best or worst president ever. “The Best 'Worst President'” happens to be the title of a new book written by a former Cape Codder and illustrated...

CHATHAM – Residents will have an opportunity to comment and make suggestions on landscaping that will go along with the West Chatham Roadway Project at a public meeting to be held by the planning board and historic business district commission. For the past year, a private ad hoc committee has been working with town staff on landscaping to accompany the Route 28 roadway construction project, but Selectman Cory...

RESTORING MONOMOY LIGHT

By: Tim Wood

Two-week Project Renovates Historic Keeper's House On Remote Island CHATHAM – The early morning boat ride includes two U.S. Fish and Wildlife staffers, two electricians, four plastic fuel containers, two water containers, four giant rolls of insulation, various equipment, backpacks and one reporter. Everything squeezes onto the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge's 23-foot Parker for a choppy 20-minute, seve...

CHATHAM — The feature film “The Finest Hours” is a tale of survival against tall odds. So it's appropriate that a special Sept. 15 showing of the film will be raising money for Tyra Pacheco, who survived a June 17 helicopter crash near Crow's Pond. “The fact that she survived is a miracle unto itself,” said Casey Sherman, co-author of the book that became the Disney movie. Working with a group of local real ...

CHATHAM – Town officials and representatives of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are scheduled to meet today to discuss a proposed memorandum of understanding regarding the western boundary of the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge. There may be some give on the part of the federal agency in the latest draft of the memorandum of understanding (MOU). Scott Kahan, regional chief of the National Wildlife Refuge S...

Orca Pod Spotted Off Chatham

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – A video taken by a group of tuna fishermen about a dozen miles east of Chatham shows a pod of orcas swimming alongside the boat. It's the second sighting of a killer whale off the town's coast this summer. The video was shot by Alex Wyckoff aboard the Fish Box out of Pleasant Bay on Tuesday. At least four orcas, females and juveniles, can be seen in the waters around the boat and swam along the boat ...

Orca Pod Spotted Off Chatham

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – A video taken by a group of tuna fishermen about a dozen miles east of Chatham shows a pod of orcas swimming alongside the boat. It's the second sighting of a killer whale off the town's coast this summer. The video was shot by Alex Wyckoff aboard the Fish Box out of Pleasant Bay on Tuesday. At least four orcas, females and juveniles, can be seen in the waters around the boat and swam along the boat ...

CHATHAM — In the faded photographs on the walls and on the plaques listing names of past members and commanders, the Brown-James-Buck VFW Post holds history. “We're stewards,” Operations Manager Carl Rostek said. “We refuse to let this place go under.” But the building on George Ryder Road isn't a museum. For nearly 60 years, it's been a refuge for local veterans as well as an important community resou...

CHATHAM – Before moving any further with a proposed agreement, Chatham officials want assurances that both the town and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will have equal responsibility for management of the waters west of the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge. Language in a draft memorandum of understanding proposed by the Fish and Wildlife Service commits both parties to working “cooperatively” to protect the res...