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2016 In Photos

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Sharks.  Orcas. Bridges. A new fire station.  A new reef.   These are just some of the events of the past year.  Relive the events of 2016 in our year-end photo gallery here .

2016 Was A Lively Year For The Arts

By: Debra Lawless

Chatham, Harwich and Orleans are meccas for art lovers. In 2016 both homegrown talent and visiting artists livened up the painting, photography, film, theater, music and literary scenes. Here is a look at some of the year’s highlights. Chatham was abuzz as “The Finest Hours,” a tale of the February, 1952 sinking of the SS Pendleton, premiered at the Chatham Orpheum Theater on Jan. 28. The Disney movie was film...

Letters to the Editor, Dec. 29

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Use Freedom Of Speech Now Editor: I do not know Tom Johnson, Sr., but he speaks truth when he tells us to “speak out”(Chronicle, Dec. 15) How right he is! President-elect Trump is traveling the country, gloating about his win,  with the same noxious rants that he had during the  campaign to large meetings of his base corps, the “deplorables” who still chant “put her in jail.” Encouraged then and now to b...

In Memorium

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

It's the time of year to look back and remember not only the events of the past year, as we do in this issue, but also the community members to whom we bid adieu. Our region is blessed with a population of interesting, engaged folks, some of whom have astonishing backgrounds that often don't come to light until we read about it in their obituary. From financial wizards to fishermen, architects to art dealers, we ...

2016: It Wasn't All About Wastewater

By: Ed Maroney

ORLEANS — In many ways, the last quarter of the year was a watershed for water quality efforts. In October, town meeting voted 369-98 to spend $3.2 million by June 2017 on the next stage of a coordinated effort to reduce nitrogen levels in local waters, including investigation of treated wastewater disposal sites, experiments with innovative nitrogen removal schemes, engineering studies for a downtown sewer ...

CHATHAM – Demolition of the historic Eldredge Garage stable/garage building was approved by the historic business district commission last week. The owners agree to preserve the former gas station building at the 365 Main St. site, mothballing it until its future use can be determined. A group of residents and business owners is helping the Eldredge family clean up the former service station site to clear the ...

CHATHAM – The zoning board of appeals last week sided with a Chatham Bars Inn neighbor who complained that the inn's use of a vacant lot off Claflin Landing had intensified beyond its previous uses. ZBA Chairman Robert Hessler chided CBI for failing to work with Claflin Landing resident Kathleen McCullough in what he said was essentially a “grandiose neighborhood dispute” which never should have reached his bo...

CHATHAM – A training session for selectmen and airport commissioners conducted by representatives of the Federal Aviation Administration has prompted questions from an outspoken opponent of skydiving at the town's airport. David Bixby, a member of the group that is suing the town to block the return of skydiving, questioned why the session was held behind closed doors and whether those attending violated the s...

Young Oysters To Overwinter In Oyster Pond

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – Staff and volunteers from the town's shellfish department braved frigid temperatures last week to make sure oysters grown in the town's upweller survive the winter. On the shores of Oyster Pond, legal-size oysters were culled from bags containing about 25,000 oysters. About 9,000 were placed in cages in the pond to overwinter, while the remaining oysters were distributed in waterways throughout the t...

Program Teaches Kids About Workplace Safety

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Remember your first job? Maybe it was mowing lawns, delivering newspapers or busing tables. For a variety of reasons, those early jobs can be dangerous ones. “Safety Matters,” a new program launched at Monomoy Middle School last week, aims to teach kids about workplace safety, maybe even before they get their first job. “Any workplace has potential hazards,” program presenter Jennifer Maclachlan...

CHATHAM — The rules are strict and the penalties for violators are stiff. But the regulations being finalized by the board of selectmen aim to ensure that the town's public water supply can continue to meet growing demand. Acting in their capacity as the town's water and sewer commissioners, selectmen last week held a public hearing on the draft regulations. They asked the water and sewer advisory committee to...

In the final days of The Chronicle's “Helping Neighbors” campaign to benefit the Family Pantry, donations were surging in from groups, individuals and businesses. But several days before Christmas, it appeared the campaign would fall short of its $60,000 goal. “What we need here is a little holiday magic,” Chronicle Publisher Henry C. Hyora said Monday. “We're extending the campaign through New Year's Eve to g...

Harwich Names Former Orleans Finance Director To Interim Post

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The board of selectmen approved the recommendation of Town Administrator Christopher Clark to appoint David Withrow as interim town accountant/finance director through March 31. Withrow will serve in the interim capacity while the town conducts a search for a new full-time town accountant/finance director to replace Andrew Gould, who announce his resignation a couple of weeks ago and will be taking a...

Cranberry Valley Heading For Long-awaited Face Lift

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — A second look is always a good idea when a golfer is about to make a putt. That turned out to also be the case for the town's golf committee. After a second look at facilities improvements at Cranberry Valley Golf Course, the group has come back with a broader scope of improvements and an estimated $400,000 in savings. A few years ago the committee retained the firm of Brown, Lindquist, Fenuccio a...

Committee Recommends Selling Old Fire Station Property

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The real estate and open space committee is recommending that selectmen move forward with an appraisal and begin investigating the process for selling the former fire station property on Bank Street. The property currently houses the harbor department's workshop. Town Administrator Christopher Clark sent a memo to the committee in early November noting the planned infrastructure improvements at Saqua...