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Letters to the Editor, Jan. 4

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

There Is A Santa Claus Editor: Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton. Yes, Virginia (the country, actually), there is a Santa Claus (and hope). Merry Christmas! Paul Nahass Harwich   First Night Takes Two Towns Editor: How does a small town like Chatham continue to produce one of the longest running and most successful First Night celebrations in the country? The answer is that it takes two to...

Our View: Banking On It

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Been to the bank lately? Fewer and fewer people have been, it seems. This week we learned that Bank of America will be closing its Chatham branch March 27; just about a year ago, TD Bank also closed its Chatham office. One of the main reasons given for the closures is changing bank habits. A Bank of America spokesperson said that these days, people rarely visit branch offices, dropping by mostly for financial ...

Beatrice “Bee” (Ricker) Elder

By: Contributed

  Beatrice “Bee” (Ricker) Elder                 Beatrice “Bee” (Ricker) Elder, 104 1/2 died peacefully at the Marshes of Skidaway Island, Savannah, Georgia on November 30, 2017.                 Beatrice lived a wonderful life. She was born in Pembroke on April 28, 1913 to Lila Gould Ricker and Clarence A. Ricker. Beatrice lived most of her life in Hingham and Chatham. In 1935, she graduated from Ohio Wes...

Mary Jean McFarlane Loveland

By: Contributed

Mary Jean McFarlane Loveland passed away Sunday, November 26, 2017 in the compassionate care of Liberty Commons Nursing Care and Broad Reach Hospice.   Mary was born in Boston, MA to Hazel and James McFarlane. She had two brothers, Keith and James McFarlane. Mary grew up and went to school in Boston, but would work summers in Chatham where she would meet and in 1952 marry Theodore “Ted” Loveland. She and Te...

Helping Kids Cope

By: Debra Lawless

Harwich Author's Book Teaches Meditation Techniques To Children by Debra Lawless Now that the busy holiday season is behind us, does anyone need to be reminded that we live in a complex and chaotic world? Children live in this frantic world as much as adults do. Michelle Renee Pelletier has released a new book to help children take a step back into a calmer place. “Golden Child: Meditation for Childr...

ORLEANS — The Academy Playhouse is staging its greatest production yet – a $4 million fund-raising campaign to upgrade and expand its theater and school. The historic features of the grand old building at the top of the hill off Main Street, built by shipwrights to serve as town hall, will be preserved while modern touches such an elevator, an adequate number of restrooms, and a full basement will be added. ...

Selectmen Resolve Dog Bite Complaint 'Humanely'

By: Ed Maroney

ORLEANS — It's not often that the selectmen are asked to impose the death penalty. “Humane euthanization” was among the statutory alternatives for the board to consider Dec. 20 at a dog complaint hearing requested by Robert Swanson of 25 Lowell Dr. On Aug. 27, he was walking on that street when he saw Katherine Gulotta, of 16 Lowell Dr., walking a dog on a retractable leash. To avoid the dog, which he sai...

Love Resigns From Board Of Selectmen

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – Saying she was not able to give the job the time it deserves, Amanda Love resigned from the board of selectmen Tuesday. In a Jan. 2 letter to Chairman of Selectmen Cory Metters, Love said to be an effective board member, “one needs to devote many, many more hours than I am able to give as one who works full time and who is also enrolled in continuing education.” She said she was resigning “with regre...

Frigid But Happy New Year At Chatham's First Night

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

CHATHAM -- The weather was below freezing but spirits were warm for the town's annual First Night celebration. Organizers were pleased with the turnout, even though buttons, which usually sell out, were still available as of 6 p.m. First Night Committee Chairman Ron Clark said the noontime annual town photo was more crowded than anticipated, although there were fewer people around downtown in the afternoon ...

Dollars For Donuts

By: Ed Maroney

ORLEANS -- On his last day of work at Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank, David Willard feasted on the chocolate doughnut named in his honor at the Hole-In-One in Orleans (available in Eastham, too). Recalling that Willard always brought doughnuts to the many non-profit board meetings he attended as the bank's director of community relations, Richard Brothers, the retired president and CEO of Cape and Islands Un...

Chatham Selectmen Back Retail Pot Ban

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – Selectmen voted Tuesday to endorse bylaws prohibiting the retail sale of recreational marijuana in town. The vote was not unanimous, however. Selectman Shareen voted to oppose a general bylaw banning retail pot sales because she thought it was too broadly worded. Along with retail marijuana sales, the bylaw bans marijuana cultivators, testing laboratories and product manufacturers. Those activitie...

2017 Was An Active Year Along Chatham's Shoreline

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – The town's shoreline has always been dynamic, but the fallout from changes in 2017 is likely to be felt for years, perhaps decades to come. “This has been an active year,” said Coastal Resources Director Ted Keon. It was a bit of a “double whammy,” he said, with changes on both eastern and southern shorelines. As the town heads into 2018, plans are underway for a large-scale, two-year dredging and...

CHATHAM – The developer of a 13-lot subdivision off Barn Hill Road will offer to include a buffer along the southern boundary to protect a steep bank from eroding. William Riley, the attorney for developer Eastward Companies, said a 15-foot buffer will be added to the Hunter Rise subdivision as a concession to neighbors who worried about erosion and runoff along the bank, which backs up to several lots along O...

CHATHAM – Although he was “a bit” disappointed not to meet Queen Elizabeth, Chatham resident Michael Tompsett did get to meet Prince Charles during a recent award ceremony at Buckingham Palace. Tompsett was one of four recipients of the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering, which the native Brit was given for his contribution to digital imagine. Working at the AT&T Bell Laboratories in 1973, Tompsett took...

2017 A Year Of Contrasts For Chatham

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – It's been a year of contrasts, with significant changes along the town's waterfront, in its town government and within the community. Overall, however, Chatham managed to avoid major crises during 2017 while making progress in a number of major areas, including disputes over the western boundary of the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge and skydiving, moving forward with plans to improve waterfront infras...