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Letters to the Editor, Nov. 10

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Help Save Monarch Butterflies Editor: I am writing to bring attention to the plight of the monarch butterfly, and if you enjoy them, how you can help. Monarch butterfly caterpillars can only eat milkweed and with the the loss of so many wild fields, the use of genetically engineered crop seed that has "Round-Up" in it, the common use of herbicides by farmers and homeowners, the beautiful monarch need our...

Who’s Driving The Bus?

By: Donna Tavano

The weather’s soon going south, along with a great number of our thinner skinned neighbors. Jack Frost is paving the way for January’s Ice Queen and her minions, treating us to an unwelcome diet of snow and ice, turning our roads into pot-holed skating rinks and our cars into sad victims of the ensuing crashes. What if you never had to worry about getting into an accident again? Some of us may have that chance...

Helen Krumpe At 102: Humor Is Key

By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley

At age 102, Helen Krumpe's reputation precedes her. One person after another, after hearing that I intended to interview Krumpe, smiled and expressed their delight. “Oh, you are going to love Helen!” “She is a hoot!” “Oh, wait until you hear that sense of humor!” “I want to be Helen Krumpe when I grow up.” Krumpe seemed surprised and amused by the news that so many people express such enthusiastic affectio...

Water Quality Work Wins At Polls

By: Ed Maroney

ORLEANS — By a margin of 2,733 to 1,359, voters approved spending $3.2 million to continue water quality projects through June 30. “It's almost two times the largest number of voters who ever voted to clean our waters,” Selectman Alan McClennen said. Selectmen Chairman Sims McGrath said he was “heartened that it's such a significant margin. That tells me people who did not go to town meeting are intereste...

Walking The Long, Slow Road To More Diverse Housing

By: Ed Maroney

ORLEANS — A glacier that moved through these parts took millennia to shape the Cape we know as home. These days, progress in creating the variety of homes Cape Codders need can seem glacial as well. Not everyone is lining up for another single-family home on an acre lot. In fact, some of the folks in those houses are looking to downsize into something more manageable as they enter their golden years. On the ...

Local voters backed Hillary Clinton in Tuesday's presidential election, sent William Keating back to Congress and elected a first-time candidate to the state senate. Truro Democrat Julian Cyr captured the Cape and Islands Senate seat being vacated by Dan Wolf, defeating Harwich resident Anthony Schiavi. Cyr managed to beat Republican Schiavi in his hometown of Harwich as well as in Orleans, but not in Chatham....

Old Mill Boatyard Work Puts Dinghy Dock Out Of Bounds

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

CHATHAM -- Work being done in the immediate vicinity of the dinghy float on the east side of the boat ramp at Old Mill Boatyard will make the float inaccessible beginning Monday, Nov. 7. The float will remain in place but the gangway will be removed, according to a statement from the town, to allow installation of a new bulkhead.  Dinghies which are not in use should be removed; owners are urged to coordinate ...

Nantucket Sound Shellfish Closure Lifted

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – Shellfish from Nantucket Sound are once again safe to eat. Not that they weren't to begin with. The state division of marine fisheries closed Nantucket Sound on Oct. 10, following closures in Mount Hope By and Buzzards Bay, due to a potentially toxic phytoplankton bloom. The type of algae in the bloom, pseudo nitzschia, can build up toxins in shellfish that can cause amnesic shellfish poisoning, w...

CHATHAM – Faced with millions of dollars worth of water-related infrastructure improvements, the town is implementing a waterways user fee to supplement funding of those projects. Officials made it clear at a hearing last week, however, that the anticipate revenue from the user fee will be “a drop in the bucket” and that the majority of the funding for the infrastructure upgrades will be paid through property ...

Search Continues For Missing Chatham Man

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

CHATHAM — Police and family members are continuing their search for a 24-year-old Chatham man missing since last Thursday, Oct. 27. As of Tuesday afternoon, efforts to locate Matthew J. Amsler had all come up short. He was last seen on foot in the area of the Lighthouse Beach parking lot, wearing a red plaid long sleeve shirt and hooded gray or green jacket, cuffed blue jeans and black shoes. He is five feet...

Chatham To Hold First Citizens Fire Academy

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – Citizens will be able to get a close-up look at how the town's fire and rescue department operates at the first-ever Citizens Fire Academy. The eight-week program begins in January. Participants will have a chance to see first hand the day-to-day operations of the department, enhance their knowledge of its capabilities and better understand the demands on the department and its staff. “It's the fi...

CHATHAM — A partnership of local business owners and residents has stepped up to save the former Eldredge Garage property for parking or other public uses. The consortium has signed a purchase and sale agreement for the two parcels at 365 Main St., with the goal of helping the present owners clean up any pollution at the site before razing the buildings and making the land available for the town to purchase....

'Raise The Roof' Benefit For Chatham VFW Nov. 11

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – Tickets are now available for the “Raise the Roof” dinner and dance to benefit the Chatham VFW on Friday, Nov. 11, Veterans Day. The event will be held at the James-Brown-Buck VFW hall on George Ryder Road, with proceeds going toward the estimated $200,000 in repairs and upgrades needed by the facility. “The VFW Post in Chatham is a living monument to veterans in Chatham and all Cape Cod,” said fo...

CHATHAM – With docking space at a premium, town officials are considering ending the U.S. Coast Guard's lease at the fish pier's north jog. The Aunt Lydia's Cove committee last week voted to recommend to selectmen that the lease, which ends next fall, not be renewed. Nobody wants the Coast Guard to vacate the premises, however. The Aunt Lydia's Cove and waterways advisory committee are reviewing options for...

Voters To Decide Two Important County Races

By: Alan Pollock

In a year when presidential politics is obscuring other news and the November election ballot is also crowded with a Congressional race, a State Senate contest and four ballot questions, it might be easy to miss two contested races for county office. But voters are deciding a hotly contested two-way race for Barnstable County Sheriff, and a four-way race for two seats on the board of county commissioners. Sher...