Chatham News

After a hiatus, the James Baran Memorial Scholarship, sponsored by The Cape Cod Chronicle for Monomoy Dollars for Scholars in memory of longtime Chronicle columnist Jim Baran, is once again helping a student to reach her dreams. The student who has been awarded the $500 scholarship is Monomoy Regional High School graduate Hannah Thacher of Harwich, who will attend Husson University in Maine in the fall. Thac...

CHATHAM ─ On the table in front of James Hereford and Ruth Drake stands the state of Maine's highest peak, Mt. Katahdin. Nearby, on another table, stands the Empire State Building, and not too far from that, Seattle's renowned Space Needle. Glance around and the keen observer might also spot a Hawaiian volcano, a Floridian manatee, and the Colorado state flag. In fact, the entire cafeteria at Chatham Elementary...

Two Injured In Helicopter Crash In Crow's Pond

By: Tim Wood Location: 204 Crow's Pond Rd.

CHATHAM PORT – Two people were seriously injured Friday afternoon when a helicopter crashed into shallow water at the edge of Crow's Pond. The pilot, John Ryan, 48, of Scituate, and a passenger, Tyra Pacheco, 48, of Acushnet, were extricated from the wreckage at the edge of the tidal pond and taken by ambulance to Hyannis.  Ryan was in serious condition at Cape Cod Hospital, while Pacheco was flown to Massachu...

CHATHAM -- There's no doubt now: the sharks are here. A male great white shark named "Scratchy" that was tagged last year was detected Thursday off Monomoy. Shark researchers detected Scratchy Thursday in Shark Cove, off South Monomoy Island. Named for the scratches on its body probably inflicted by seals, Scratchy was tagged by Dr. Greg Skomal and his team last August as part of a five-year population stud...

Keating To File Monomoy Legislation

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM -- Congressman William Keating told town officials Wednesday that he would file legislation to change the western boundary of the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge to mean low water. Selectman Seth Taylor said he and Town Manager Jill Goldsmith met with Keating in his Washington, D.C. office and asked him to file the legislation to roll back what many feel is an overreach by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife S...

Police Called to Airport Com Meeting

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – Police were called to Monday night's airport commission meeting after the chairman determined the audience had become too disruptive. Chairman Peter Donovan said he asked Airport Manager Tim Howard to summon the police after an audience member took the podium against his direction and refused to sit down. The commission had just voted to approve a financial interest disclosure from Howard when the...

Middle Schoolers Lauded For Carbon Initiative

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Besting kids from other top schools in Massachusetts, a group of Monomoy Middle School students has earned top honors in an energy conservation initiative. They did it by helping their classmates kick the bottle. Seventh graders in Nancy Gifford's class tallied how many single-use water bottles were used in the school – more than 1,000 in about two weeks – and then conducted serious research about th...

Beach Managers Prepare For 2016 Shark Season

By: Alan Pollock

ORLEANS — Researchers, first responders and beach managers gathered last week for their last white shark working group session before the start of the 2016 beach season. They talked about a new internal communication network that will allow officials to instantly share reports of shark sightings, and also discussed the progress on launching the new “Sharktivity” app that will allow citizens to receive and report ...

CHATHAM – It's being billed as “A walk back to the future – Chatham’s newest oldest wooden drawbridge.” On Monday, June 20 at 4:30 p.m., a ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at the new Mitchell River Drawbridge. Underway for the past two years, the $14 million project was done under the direction of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) with funding through the Federal Accelerated Bridge P...

CHATHAM – It is possible that we may soon know precisely where the 17 th century homestead of Chatham’s first European settlers William and Anne Busby Nickerson is hidden. An archaeological survey of the Nickerson Family Association (NFA) grounds on Chatham History Weekend, June 18, may help solve the longstanding mystery. Archaeologist Craig S. Chartier will explore the NFA grounds using a metal detector and...

CHATHAM – The town has a new conservation agent, its third in six months. Molly Edson began work last Wednesday, taking over the post vacated earlier this year by Paul Wightman, who moved over to part-time assistant conservation agent. Wightman became conservation agent last December following the resignation earlier in the year of Kristin Andres. Originally from Newburyport, Edson comes to the job from Flo...