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Kat's Pause: Summertime Magic

By: Kat Szmit

When I was a little kid, summertime was nothing short of magical. The kind of stuff you only read about nowadays, it seems. Fireflies in glass jars, all manner of fun games with friends, and days that stretched well into the evening further enhancing our sense of freedom. The world has changed, but there is a way to capture that summertime magic in a way that is uniquely Cape Cod: baseball. Only a covert sport...

Bestselling children’s book author and illustrator Brian Lies’s new book “Gator Dad” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) exudes charm from each of its scale-filled pages. “Gator Dad” tells the story of a stay-at-home alligator dad who has charge of three rambunctious young gators. Led by Dad, the group explores the world, then returns home safe and sound. Lies says “Gator Dad” reflects an era in his own life. When Lie...

Gilbert and Sullivan’s world-renowned comic operas were written in the late 1800s and are credited with influencing our modern-day musicals. The Chatham Drama Guild highlights five timeless works from this great Victorian-era theatrical partnership in the original production “Gilbert and Sullivan in Chatham.” Librettist W.S. Gilbert (1836-1911) and composer Arthur Sullivan (1842-1900) created 14 operettas toge...

Double click for double-barreled delirium at the Monomoy Theater this week as their multi-talented ensemble of student actors, designers, technicians, and musicians prove it's not easy having two bosses at the same time. "One Man,Two Guvnors," written by Richard Bean, is a roundabout scramble of mistaken identities based on unlikely situations and comedy of confusion.  Adapted from Carlo Goldoni's "Servant ...

Defending Against Dry Spells

By: Tim Wood

A couple of times in the last week, there's been an unfamiliar sight outdoors: water droplets falling from the sky. Other than reducing the pollen clouds and temporarily rejuvenating plants and grass, the showers had no effect on the dry spell that's left Cape Cod parched. Don't be fooled into thinking that the pressure's off when it comes to conserving water. On June 15, Chatham put in place a series of vo...

Who Owns Nantucket Sound?

By: Russ Allen

I grew up spending all summer on a Long Island Sound shore in Connecticut. My family rented a cottage situated on a curved stretch of land some two miles long once owned by a person who in the early 20th century sub-divided it to allow for its development with single and groups of summer residences. Because the land was traversed by a shore road, with some properties on the south – beach – side and others on the ...

Letters To The Editor, July 7

By: Tim Wood

Sewer Measure Ignores Water Use Editor: With all due respect, my previous letter regarding water and sewer management was not a call for education but rather for expertise.  The voluntary water restriction should have been instituted as the increase in water usage was occurring over the course of 2015, allowing for an assessment of the situation perhaps before the water delivery system reached its maximu...

John G. Koepper

By: Contributed

            John G. Koepper died peacefully at home on June 28, 2016.              He was born in Mt. Vernon, N.Y. and graduated from AB Davis High School and Stewart Technical Aircraft School.  He married Theodora Berberich on January 1, 1943.  In March, 1943, he enlisted in the Army Air Core and served in the 8th Air Force, 389th Bombardment Group.  He served as Technical Sergeant and flew 30 missions from H...

June Frances James MacDonald

By: Contributed

            June Frances James MacDonald passed away at Cape Cod Hospital on May 30.             June was the seventh child born to Francis L. James and Arabelle Cook James on June 26, 1920 on Holway St. in Chatham. Her parents were Wompanoag Indians and came from Gay Head [Aquinnah] Martha's Vineyard. Mr. James was a surfman, a member of the Life Saving Service which later became the Coast Guard, and was stat...

Marion Elizabeth (Monbleau) Marsh

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            HARWICH PORT: Marion Elizabeth (Monbleau) Marsh died June 22 at her home on Main Street in Harwich Port, just 10 days before her 97th birthday.             Marion was born July 1, 1919 in Waterville, Maine, to Charles and Alice (Wandless) Monbleau.             She was the fourth of five children. While she was still in school, the family moved to Plainville, Conn. Marion graduated from Plainvill...

First, the bad news. Melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, is being diagnosed at a rate faster than any other cancer, and one person dies from the disease every 50 minutes. Of all the counties in Massachusetts, Barnstable County has the second highest number of melanoma diagnoses. The good news is that, with daily sunscreen protection, melanoma is largely preventable. And thanks to a grant through the ...

Orca Seen Off Chatham

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – An orca, also known as a killer whale, the only creature known to prey on great white sharks, was spotted off Chatham Monday by a charter fisherman. Bruce Peters of Capeshore Charters was about 11 miles east of the Cape on a tuna charter when one of his customers spotted the orca's distinctive dorsal fin. “I was like, no way,” Peters said Tuesday. “But it was definitely a killer whale.” ...

CHATHAM — Two Hyannis teens will be facing felony charges Tuesday after they allegedly robbed the Corner Store Friday evening, brandishing a weapon. Shortly after 7 p.m., officers were called to the popular restaurant at 1403 Old Queen Anne Road, where alleged victims told police that two men had entered the store and taken a large amount of cash. The witnesses said the men were armed and wearing masks. Dur...

Shark Safety Tips

By: Tim Wood

Great white sharks have been photographed recently feeding close to shore, so this is a good time to remind beachgoers of the need to keep safety in mind when swimming off the Cape’s eastside beaches. While shark attacks on humans are rare, one did occur off Truro in 2012, so authorities urge caution whenever swimming in the ocean. These safety tips were issued this week by the Cape Cod National Seashore: •...