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Hi I'm Kat and I was a Facebook addict. (All together now, “Hi Kat.”) Until recently when I did something that in this day and age is probably considered shocking. I disabled my Facebook page, at least for a while. The truth behind my decision is as simple as it is complex. I have depression. For those who aren't familiar, depression goes beyond feeling "meh" or "blah." It can mean difficulty just waking up in...

Try It, You'll Like It

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Changes to the off-shore fishery, most obviously the disappearance of harvestable quantities of cod, forced the Cape's commercial fishermen to alter the species they target. Dogfish and skate now constitute the vast majority of the more than 14 million pounds of fish landed by Chatham's dayboat fleet at the fish pier last year. Local culinary tastes, however, have yet to adapt. Most of the fish brought in over...

Louis Armstrong and the Mills Brothers both enjoyed success with the 1947 song “I Guess I’ll Get the Papers and Go Home.” It is a somewhat obscure song and I admit I had to reach to find it. I like to relate each of my columns to a song or a lyric. This song was written by writers completely unknown to me: Hughie Prince, Dick Rogers and Hal Kanner. In case you are wondering, it was not that Richard Rodgers, the p...

Letters to the Editor, May 25

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Cape Community Comes Together for Autism Editor: The Cape Cod community joined Cape Cod Village, a non-profit organization developing innovative housing and support services in Orleans for young adults with autism, on May 5 in Brewster. UnMASKing Autism, a masquerade gala, was the organization’s inaugural “signature” fundraiser. Cape Cod Technical High School's graphic arts department generously offered th...

A Monomoy Task Force

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

One of the most important pieces of unfinished business now before the town of Chatham is the disposition of the western boundary of the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge. Legislation currently before the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources aims to set the boundary at low water, where it has historically been understood to be. In its comprehensive conservation plan for the refuge, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife ...

Letters to the Editor, May 18

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

  Candidate Should Be Recognized Editor: The Chronicle, of course, has the absolute right to endorse the selectman candidate of its choice. What I object to, in your editorial of May 3 is your lack of acknowledgment of the other candidate in this race. Seth Taylor is a hard-working, sometimes-too-outspoken advocate for many in Chatham whose voice would otherwise go unheard. He is diligent in seeking all...

Rose-colored Fences

By: Andrew Buckley

I don’t know their species. They are roses. They’ve always been there, from my earliest memories. I could look them up, I suppose, on the pretext of seeing what they need to thrive. But they thrive on their own, more or less, with a little maintenance. They stretch along the split rail fence that runs up from the grassy end of Water Street, near the slope down to the Mill Pond. The only break is at the drivewa...

Mid-Week Blog: Shopping List Mania

By: Tim Wood

When it comes to downtown shopping district, there's no doubt – and we'll admit to being biased here – Chatham has the best on the Cape. And perhaps beyond, an opinion we apparently are not alone in sharing. Lsst week USA Today released its “10 Great American Shopping Streets,” and sharing the list along with shopping districts in Columbus, Ohio, Delray Beach, Fla., Pasadena, Calif, and Denver, Colo., was litt...

Ballantine And Howell

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Ballantine And Howell   At last week's Harwich Town Meeting, outgoing Selectmen Peter Hughes and Angelo LaMantia were recognized for their combined 24 years of public service to Harwich. With their departure there will be a major absence of experience on the board. The three remaining selectmen – Michael MacAskill, Jannell Brown and Julie Kavanagh – have a total of five years of service on the board and a l...

Practical Solutions in Unsettled Times

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Hasty action seems to be the rule of the day in Washington, where sweeping legislation is rushed through to meet an artificial deadline. Fortunately, that's not the case with the menu of ballot questions awaiting Orleans voters on May 16. They'll find five items that have been well vetted by town officials and, as of Monday night, by town meeting. That body said yes to a new DPW/natural resources facility, to ...

Letters to the Editor, May 11

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Against Chatham Marijuana Sales Editor: As a citizen of Chatham, I hope no one is interested in having a pot shop in our town. There are enough drug and alcohol problems on Cape Cod. We do not need to add to them. Carol Cummings Chatham   Sewer Plan Unaffordable. Editor: The question is how much will the Harwich wastewater plan really cost. Harwich Selectmen claim the next two phases of th...

Treasure Under Our Toes

By: Donna Tavano

Our son had his hands full that dreary early spring day a few weeks ago. Mom was working, there was no school, the kids were bickering, and the dogs were being their usual annoying selves, having been cooped up for too long. The walls closed in and nature beckoned. He marshaled the motley group together and deftly herded a pug, a huge chocolate lab and a five and seven year old (who could have used some tethers ...