The cranberry harvest at Thacher's bogs off Great Western Road provided some of Cape Cod's best fall colors last week. Cranberry growers in town are saying the harvest will be a little thin this year. Predictions are that harvests throughout Southeastern Massachusetts will be down by about 4 percent. CLICK HERE FOR PHOTO GALLERY
Helen Rice Pickett Helen Rice Pickett, 88, died last Wednesday after living with Alzheimer’s disease for seven years. Her death at home was peaceful, with her husband and three daughters at her bedside. Helen was born in Durban, Natal, South Africa, in 1929, one of four children of Congregational missionaries. During the Great Depression, she lived in a series of small towns in Oklah...
Hoyt Ecker Hoyt Ecker died on October 5 at the age of 91. The cause was a massive stroke. His wife, Deborah Stark Ecker and their daughters Emily Sears Ecker and Ellen Ecker Ogden were with him at his death. Mr. Ecker was known for his pleasure in traditional jazz, tennis, skiing, sailing, his home and family and his optimism about all he undertook. He was born in 1926, the second ...
Louis G. Petti South Chatham – Louis G. Petti, 75 of South Chatham and Tucson, Ariz. passed away peacefully at McCarthy Care Center in Sandwich on October 2, 2017. He had been a stroke survivor since the age of 61 and fought a most courageous battle with cancer for the past six years. Louis (known as Lou, dad, PaPa Lou, cousin, friend) is survived by his loving wife Cynthia (known as C...
By: Debra Lawless
By chance, Don St. Pierre of Chatham and his long-time friend Pete Norgeot of Orleans discovered that they were both involved with what has been seen as a footnote to history. Their story revolves around the rescue boat CG36383, a twin to the famous CG36500 that played a heroic role in the rescue of 32 men from the stern of the ill-fated ship Pendleton. The Pendleton broke in half off Chatham during a bitter n...
By: Tim Wood
CHATHAM – About a year ago, a large branch broke off the Bradford pear tree that shades the historic Mayo House at 540 Main St. Concerned that that could happen again and worried that the tree's oversized canopy may pose a safety hazard, the Chatham Conservation Foundation, which owns the property, has proposed removing the tree. “That was kind of like the first warning sign,” Foundation Executive Director Mat...
By: Cape Cod Chronicle
CHATHAM – With Sharks in the Park now history, it's time for the Pumpkin People to take their place in Kate Gould Park. Tomorrow – which just happens to be Friday the 13 th – local businesses and organizations will begin setting up the annual display of pumpkin-headed scarecrows, scary Halloween scenes and scenarios that defy description. The display will remain up through Halloween, and right in the middle t...
CHATHAM – Increasing “share the road” signs, improving access from the bike trail to Route 28, and upgrading shoulders along Main Street were among the top recommendations made at last week's “listening session” on the draft Chatham Bike Plan. Assembled by the town's bikeways advisory committee and transportation planners at the Cape Cod Commission, the plan analyzes the town's bicycle paths and routes and ide...
CHATHAM – Among the items crammed into the eight-foot skiff that sits on the lawn of the Chatham Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse are tangles of nylon rope, fishing nets, plastic bottles of various sizes, Styrofoam insulation and lobster trap buoys. “And there's more in my backyard,” said Rebecca Arnold. Between January and May, Arnold walked various beaches daily and picked up debris she found, dragging...
By: Tim Wood
CHATHAM – A comprehensive master plan concept for the Eldredge Library grounds, including a restoration and repositioning of the Pioneers Monument along Main Street, was endorsed by the board of selectmen Tuesday. The most significant changes being proposed involve the construction of a sitting wall along the sidewalk in front of the library. The monument, erected in 1924 in honor of Chatham's first European s...
For many people, the tale of the Pendleton rescue is the stuff of big-budget feature films; for others, it's the story of the greatest small-boat rescue in the history of the Coast Guard. But for Renee Pellegrino of Maryville, Ill., it's part of family lore. Pellegrino recently made a 1,000-mile pilgrimage to the Cape to honor her father, the late Raymond Steele, who was one of the 32 men rescued from the ster...
By: William F. Galvin
HARWICH — For the next 10 months, AmeriCorps Cape Cod volunteer Emma Forbes will provide assistance to land stewards in Chatham and Harwich. Forbes will be working with the Harwich Conservation Trust and Chatham Conservation Foundation as well as with the local conservation department. Harwich Conservation Trust Executive Director Michael Lach has praised the working relationship between AmeriCorps Cape Cod an...
HARWICH ─ Do you have a special talent? Do you long for the spotlight? Do you want to support Monomoy Regional High School's Class of 2019 in their efforts to raise money for prom? Then you could be the first Mr. Monomoy! Mr. Monomoy is a revamped fundraiser that will focus on the future while taking a page from the past. According to Junior Class officer Izzy O'Donnell, the event has its origins n the histo...
By: William F. Galvin
HARWICH PORT — The selectmen have issued a disciplinary action against Perks Coffee Shop and Beer Garden in Harwich Port for violating its entertainment license. Selectmen supported a recommendation made by Town Administrator Christopher Clark to suspend the weekday license for one day next June. The suspension is related to two violations on Aug. 19 at the establishment along Route 28 in the center of the vil...
By: William F. Galvin
HARWICH — The Harwich Conservation Trust received some good news from the Cape Cod Conservation District: a $1.5 million grant for its ecological restoration project in Cold Brook. The federal grant to the district will assist in the removal of degraded water control structures in Cold Brook, restoring tidal flow and improving fish passage into spawning areas. Cape Cod Conservation District Chairman Mark Fores...
By: Kat Szmit
HARWICH ─ After Cape Tech opened their Oct. 7 game against South Shore Voke with a first-possession touchdown, fans were looking forward to a thrilling home game. They got an exciting game, but not quite what they were hoping for when the Crusaders fell 30-24 in spite of some serious spunk. Jermaine Rivera scored the first TD for the home team after a tenacious drive down the field, with Marcus Aylmer cappin...