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Beth Bishop Shop, the iconic women’s clothing store in Orleans, has closed its doors for the final time after 61 years. “I’ve loved it,” says owner Lynn Comandich, who began working here in 1975 and took over as the store’s third owner in 1980. But “I’ve done this for 41 years and I want to retire.” The stately white Colonial on Route 28 about half a block from Main Street set the tone for the quality women’s ...

Fuller Wins Back Selectman's Seat

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ORLEANS – Six months after benching him, the town returned Jon Fuller to the starting line-up Oct. 18. The former selectman, who lost an excruciatingly close race last spring, got 984 votes to 863 for Dave Currier, and will return to the board. “We did a lot more campaigning this time,” said Fuller, who related that he was at the senior center at 5 in the morning to put up his big sign. For him, the turning po...

ORLEANS — Libraries are supposed to be cozy, not crowded. Many think the time has come for a renovation/expansion of the town's much-used Snow Library. Built in 1954 after its original 1877 building across the way was destroyed by fire, 23 years passed before an expansion in 1977 and only 15 before the next augmentation, in 1992. It's been 24 years since the building's last growth spurt. Meanwhile, circul...

ORLEANS — In a display of collegiality, the finance committee eschewed the dais Oct. 13 and sat around a table with representatives of town consultant AECOM to parse a proposed nearly $3.3 million in water quality project spending. Voters will decide the fate of the package Oct. 24 at a special town meeting at 6:30 p.m. at Nauset Middle School; the committee is scheduled to meet there at 5:30 p.m. to vote its rec...

Fuller Wins Back Selectman's Seat

By: Ed Maroney

ORLEANS – Six months after benching him, the town returned Jon Fuller to the starting line-up Oct. 18. The former selectman, who lost an excruciatingly close race last spring, got 984 votes to 863 for Dave Currier, and will return to the board. “We did a lot more campaigning this time,” said Fuller, who related that he was at the senior center at 5 in the morning to put up his big sign. For him, the turning po...

Pumpkin People have returned to Kate Gould Park, in anticipation of this Saturday's annual Oktoberfest celebration. Sponsored by the Chatham Merchants Association, Pumpkin People in the Park is the annual display centered around – what else – pumpkins. Business, non-profit organizations and individuals sponsor a Pumpkin Person, creating a scenario that, in the past, have ranged from simple to complex. Sometime...

Town Could Tap Former Water Office As Senior Center

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — It might prove unfeasible, but selectmen are asking staff to explore the reuse of the former water department building as a new senior center. The property at 127 Old Harbor Rd., given to the town by the estate of Marion Nickerson Ellis, once served as school district offices and later became the water department's headquarters. It is now mostly vacant, with the adjacent barn used for storage an...

CHATHAM – For the first time in many years, Chatham Elementary School students won't be parading downtown in their Halloween costumes during school hours. Instead, the Halloween parade tradition is being shifted outside of school hours and will be part of an afternoon-long “Halloween Happenings” event including the parade, Monster Mash Bingo and a family cookout held on Friday, Oct. 28. The parade was held ...

Shark Bytes - Oct. 13

By: Tim Wood

Researchers Tag 100 th Great White Shark Since 2009 On Oct. 3, researchers tagged the 100 th great white shark since they began their work among the North Atlantic white shark population in 2009. According to Cynthia Wigren of the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy, which is funding the state division of marine fisheries' five-year shark population study, the shark was named “Casey' after pioneering shark re...

CHATHAM – Selectmen have given the Women's Club of Chatham the go-ahead to install a “Tree of Life” sculpture on an exterior wall at the Eldredge Public Library. The sculpture is a gift to the town from the organization in honor of its 100 th anniversary. “The tree of life seemed to be an appropriate sculpture to go in that area,” Ann Hosmer, chair of the club's centennial gift committee, said at last week...

A toxic plankton bloom 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 the Southway, Chatham Harbor and the ...

Accidents Highlight Bar Danger

By: Tim Wood

Officials Worry Shoaling May Be Closing Inlet CHATHAM – Following a number of recent incidents, town officials are once again warning that the Chatham Bar is a dangerous place to be this time of year, for both experienced and casual boaters. The deterioration of the channel leading into Chatham Harbor is also raising concerns that it may be filling in. Last Thursday, two Orleans men were thrown from ...

Eldredge Library Sponsors Month-long 'Dog Days'

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – The Eldredge Public Library is going to the dogs. This weekend through the middle of November are “Dog Days at the EPL.” The library will sponsor a number of canine-related programs, ranging authors of dog-themes books and stories to an appearance by the Yarmouth Police K-9 unit. “Everybody likes dogs,” said Library Director Irene Gillies. There are all sorts of benefits to having a canine compani...

Chatham FD Hosts Open House

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

CHATHAM – The Chatham Fire Department is hosting an open house at the new fire station at 135 Depot Rd. on Saturday, Oct. 15 from 2 to 4 pm. in support of Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 9 to 15. The event will include fun activities, demonstrations and take-home information for all ages. This year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign is “Don’t Wait: Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years.” The National Fir...

HARWICH — Seventy-three years ago Navy Lt. Ralph Wallace Burns informed his commanding officer he was making one more run on an enemy target in the South Pacific before returning to home base. Burns, considered one of the finest pilots in Torpedo Squadron, never made it back. On Saturday approximately 250 people came to honor the World War II pilot with the dedication of the Route 124 bridge over Route 6 in hi...