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The Academy of Performing Arts is getting into the Christmas spirit early this year with some beloved holiday characters. Their completely child-focused show is a mixture of two Christmas readings and “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” The homegrown celebration starts off with Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” professionally narrated by Richard Wilber. The Grinch is dramatically played by Alison Colli...

How A WWI Blimp Pump Made My Day

By: Dan Broderick

It's really interesting, even intriguing, how things (they are called gifts if we want them, or other unusual words, if we don't) end up in a museum. Viewing these potential donations is usually pre-arranged by a phone call. The caller indicates they have a number of things that might be of historical interest. To the potential donor, everything has sentimental value. "We are moving and want to donate our item...

Join Us In 'Helping Neighbors'

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Here at The Chronicle, we don't have to look far for reasons to be thankful. We're grateful for our loyal readers, our family of fine staff and talented contributors, and the advertisers who make the whole operation possible. But this time of year, we've got an extra reason to be thankful. Each year, you – our readers – join us in supporting the Family Pantry of Cape Cod through our Helping Neighbors campaign....

Robert W. Stanley

By: Contributed

Robert W. Stanley, 74               CHATHAM – Robert (Bob) W. Stanley, 74, of Chatham, formerly of Montreal, QC, Canada, died Thursday, November 9th, at Harbor Point of Centerville, after a 12 year battle with dementia. He was the beloved husband of Andrea Kirsten Stanley (nee Dietz) for over 50 years.               Bob graduated from Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, in May 1964, before mo...

Nancy (Lewis) Parker

By: Contributed

Nancy (Lewis) Parker             CONCORD - Nancy (Lewis) Parker, 72, of Concord and a native of Groton, died peacefully, following a brief illness, on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at Emerson Hospital in Concord.  For 50 years, she was the adored wife of George F. Parker, III.               She was born on March 10, 1945 to her late parents, F. Woodward Lewis and Elizabeth (Allara) Lewis.  During her youth, s...

Jean O’Leary Dunne

By: Contributed

Jean O’Leary Dunne (11/19/1927 – 11/16/2017)               Jean O’Leary Dunne, born in Worcester and a resident of Harwichport for the past 36 years, died peacefully in her sleep on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017.  Jean was predeceased by Richard E. Dunne Jr., her husband of 59 years.  They met at the Belmont Hotel in West Harwich when Jean was 14 and both their families were vacationing.  Dick joined the Nav...

ORLEANS — When riders ask Orleans Cycle manager Barry Martin how to get to Chatham, he never suggests the direct route down Route 28. Martin puts the cyclists on the Cape Cod Rail Trail, which runs by his Main Street shop, for the 18-mile journey into Harwich and onto the spur that runs back into Chatham. In an interview last week, he said he's concerned about visitors who are “oblivious” to the reality that...

'Smarter' Water Meters Could Boost Consumers' Usage IQ

By: Alan Pollock

ORLEANS — You don't see a bill for the water you use in July and August until the following February. A lot can happen in that time, including leaks that send water into the ground unused after the town has paid for pumping, treating, and distributing it. In some cases, surprised homeowners are faced with bills for thousands of dollars. They ask for abatements, and more revenue is forfeited. The board of water a...

Preliminary survey results indicate that parents favor reconfiguration of the Monomoy Regional School District's two elementary schools in order to keep both viable as enrollment continues to decline. A majority of parents support creating “upper” and “lower” elementary schools, with students in pre-K through grade two attending Harwich Elementary School, and grade three and four students going to Chatham Elem...

Chatham Thanks Those Who Answered Call Of Duty

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — On the 99 th anniversary of Armistice Day, a grateful community gathered at the community center Saturday to thank the town's veterans. “What does it mean to be a veteran?” asked retired U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer Robert Franz. For his part, his service left “an indelible imprint on the soul,” and as a veteran, he said he views life differently. When he sees news reports of American troops in...

CHATHAM – A thimble, a musket ball, 17 th and 18 th century pottery and ceramics, an ancient arrowhead and half – yes, half – of a pig skull. Those are just some of the items found by archaeologists sifting through soil excavated from underneath the floors of one of the town's oldest houses, the 1752 Atwood House on Stage Harbor Road, on Monday. How some of those objects came to be underneath the floorboa...

CHATHAM – Even if the Stage Harbor Road area is never officially designated a National Historic Register District, demolitions of historically significant homes along the roadway can still be referred to the Cape Cod Commission for regulatory review. Jon Idman, chief regulatory officer of the commission, said in an email to Community Development Director Kathleen Donovan that because the Massachusetts Historic...

Mayo House Tree Will Return To Benefit Foundation

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – The Bradford pear tree removed from the front lawn of the Mayo House will return, in a different form, to benefit the Chatham Conservation Foundation. The Foundation, which owns the historic Main Street three-quarter Cape, removed the tree two weeks ago after being told by an arborist that its heavy canopy and shallow root system made it a potential hazard. After it was cut down, rather than chipping...

Intersection Improvements To Be Scaled Back

By: Tim Wood

Selectmen Request 'Minimalist' Upgrade To Rt. 28-Crowell Rd. Corner CHATHAM – The board of selectmen voted Tuesday to ask its consultants to develop a scaled-back version of improvements at the Crowell Road-Route 28 intersection, minimizing lane width and extras like bike lanes as much as possible without compromising vehicle or pedestrian safety. Board members and many residents felt the initial proposal...

Development, Deluge Lead To Crowell Rd. Disaster

By: Tim Wood

Runoff Overwhelms Old Stormwater System CHATHAM – It wasn't until 2004 that Dr. Neill S. Cowles noticed flooding in the parking lot of the Crowell Road optometry office he'd built in 1971. Runoff from Crowell Road began to flood the property's parking lot during heavy rains, sometimes three or four inches deep, but would usually drain quickly. It was clear the runoff was coming from the roadway, and he as...

HARWICH — While playing a high-tech treasure hunt game in Hawksnest State Park Friday, a father and his two young children uncovered a bag filled with heroin paraphernalia. Justin Tavano, a Chatham firefighter, was in the conservation land with his eight-year-old son and six-year-old daughter searching for a geocache, usually a small container filled with trinkets for the finder. But in the spot where the ca...