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Choose Your Magic

By: Donna Tavano

It is appropriate that Halloween and Election Day are only a couple of weeks apart. Mysterious October skies portend the reality of brooding November just around the corner. It is the season for change, when we embrace the light or the dark, good or evil. The hanging of glowing Halloween lights and choosing costumes precedes the spooky night of All Hallows Eve. In the spirit of the season, immersed in the afor...

Get Serious About A New Chatham Senior Center

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Chatham clearly needs a new council on aging building. The current senior center on Stony Hill Road doesn't even come close to meeting the agency's needs, and never has. It always seemed a forced marriage between form and function. Built as offices and apartments, the COA's operation was shoehorned in from the beginning. Where to start with the deficiencies? No real meeting space; poorly arranged offices; three l...

Brenda M. Nickerson

By: Contributed

Brenda M. Nickerson, 71, of South Chatham passed away on Sunday, October 2 nd .                         She was a graduate of Chatham High School She was the wife of the late Kenneth Nickerson, and the daughter of Laroyce F. and Dorothy (Marshall) Rivers. She is survived by her three sons Steven, Kenneth and Corey Nickerson.             Burial in Union Cemetery will be private.  For online condolences, p...

John J. LaCroix

By: Contributed

CHATHAM – John J. LaCroix, 43, of Chatham died unexpectedly on Thursday, October 6, 2016. Born on March 8, 1973 in Brockton, he was the son of the late Emile LaCroix and Mary (O'Riley) LaCroix of West Bridgewater.               He is survived by his wife Kate A. Galop LaCroix of Chatham and his son Eli B. LaCroix of Yarmouth Port. John is also survived by his sisters Mary (LaCroix) Galvin and he...

Sharon Cobb: A Philosophy Of Fun

By: Jen Sexton

“Playfulness is one of my top values,” laughs 73-year old Sharon Cobb of Orleans. With one look at her rainbow-hued tie-dye shirt and sparkling sequined head wear, this does not come as a surprise. It's hard to imagine anyone meeting Cobb walking away without the gift of her contagious smile. The fun continues as we enter her Orleans home, the front room of which is completely devoted to Christmas collectibles,...

ORLEANS — The Oct. 24 special town meeting warrant is small – just seven articles – but it calls for some big decisions. Should Orleans spend almost $3.3 million to continue progress on addressing water quality needs? Should it pay $20,000 to a land use consultant to make sure that the residential rezoning proposed for downtown will work within the town's bylaws? Should the town commit $200,000 to engineerin...

ORLEANS — The cycle of life has always fascinated Judy Scanlon. When she was a child here in summers, her parents took her to Skaket Beach, where she observed activity in tide pools. “They encouraged my inquisitive nature,” she said. Scanlon had something of an acquisitive nature as well. “Snake, turtle, I brought it home,” she said. “I had a flea and wanted to see what would happen if you freeze it. I p...

A toxic plankton bloom discovered last week in Buzzard's Bay prompted state officials to close all of Nantucket Sound to shellfishing Monday. The closure includes all of the waters, flats, bays and embayments along the south coast of Cape Cod. That includes Stage Harbor, Mill Pond, Mitchell River, Forest Beach, Cockle Cove Beach and Ridgevale Beach. In Chatham, waters to the east of Morris Island, including...

CHATHAM – Efforts are underway to save the iconic Chatham Harbor-front windmill which was placed under demolition delay by the historical commission last month. Commission Chairman Frank Messina said he's been in touch with representatives of the owners of the 66 Briggs Way property, who want to remove the 86-year-old windmill and build a new house. They're eager to find a new home for the windmill so they can...

Many Paths Beckon At Orleans Senior Center

By: Ed Maroney

ORLEANS — A lot gets done quietly at the Orleans Senior Center. On a recent sunny afternoon, a group of painters worked on their canvasses, enjoying the camaraderie of shared studio space. Down the hall, adult day center clients were walking out onto a shady patio to continue their activities in the fresh air. At the front desk, a volunteer was answering a phone request for a ride to a medical appointment. ...

ORLEANS — Two men with deep roots in town who've also seen their share of the world are running for one open seat on the board of selectmen. On Oct. 18 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the senior center on Rock Harbor Road, voters will choose between board of health member Dave Currier and former (for the last five months) selectman Jon Fuller. Fuller: Don't Pass The Buck To The Next Generation ORLE...

In “Silent Spring,” her 1962 book that started the environmental movement, Rachel Carson presented the revolutionary idea that tiny levels of common household chemicals could cause disease. More than a half-century later, and long after Carson died of breast cancer, the idea has more scientific traction than ever. The Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition (MBCC) and its research partner, the Newton-based Silen...

Albert Francis Young Jr. (Butch)

By: Contributed

Albert Francis Young Jr. (Butch) Albert Francis Young Jr. (Butch), 71 passed away unexpectedly at Cape Cod Hospital on September 13. He was a lifelong Chatham resident from generations of weir/trap fishermen.  Known as “Butch” to most, he was a well-established boat builder, building fiberglass work skiffs that are still used around the Cape today. Known as “Young Built Boats” or “Butchie Boats” by the local fish...

John R. C. Lee

By: Contributed

John R. C. Lee John R. C. Lee of Petersfield England died peacefully in his sleep on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016. John was survived by wife, Carolyn L. Ross and his daughters, Alison Fernandes and Carolyn Penrose. John had four grandchildren and six great grandchildren. John served in the British Army in North Africa during WWII.

Harwich In The Fall – The Best Time Of Year!

By: Russ Allen

After my kids graduated high school and left to pursue higher education, my wife and I discovered a truth about Cape Cod that its visitors, and some of its residents, have yet to learn: summer is busy – spring is uncertain – winter is long – but autumn is its best season. During our first post-Labor Day vacation in 1992, we learned that its benefits outweigh any drawbacks. Days may be shorter but the sunsets a...