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Three new books released by the History Press and its sister publisher, Arcadia Books, will thrill those interested in the history of the Cape’s iconic restaurants, the Cape Cod jazz scene and Route 6A. Long after they closed their doors for the final time, beloved restaurants tend to live on in the minds of their patrons. Christopher Setterlund’s “Historic Restaurants of Cape Cod” will take you on a nostalgic...

In 2011, Chatham resident Elizabeth Rudnick Hessler wrote her first novels for Disney—adaptations of the superhero films “Thor” and “Captain America: The First Avenger.” She has been writing books for them ever since, novelizing films such as “Frankenweenie” and the 2017 remake of “Beauty and the Beast,” even writing original novels based on the film such as “Frozen Heart” and “Pete’s Dragon: The Lost Years.” Mos...

Our View: History And Economics

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

It's one of the hallmarks of life in New England. Even the tiniest towns seem to have historical societies and museums, testifying to the value we place on our own heritage. Chatham, Harwich and Orleans are home to lots of preservationists and history buffs. A glimpse in the windows of the workshop at the Coast Guard station shows that finishing touches are being put on the Orleans Historical Society's CG36500...

Erik Hibbard, 25, of South Yarmouth, wants every aspect of his clothing company, from manufacture to sales, to help people and the environment. Steward Outdoor, an “environmentally-conscious outdoor apparel company,” which carries a line of men’s T-shirts and women’s racerback tank tops, will mark its one-year anniversary on July 1. Last month Steward shirts went on sale at the Clothing Bar in Chatham. Two per...

Glamorous Gardens Await On June 24 OIA Tour

By: Ed Maroney

ORLEANS — This town is well known for its stunning seascapes, but its loveliest landscapes, hidden behind hedges, mostly go unseen. For nearly three decades, the Orleans Improvement Association has revealed these concealed gems through its annual garden tour. On June 24, everyone is invited to walk “Along the Garden Path” to experience six private gardens. Details about the gardens and their locations are...

Revenue Committee Prepares Next Steps

By: Ed Maroney

ORLEANS — Facing an expiration date of June 30, the revenue committee has been meeting in recent weeks to shape its June 21 report to the board of selectmen and perhaps ask for more time to advance its ideas to augment the town's coffers. The committee's signal success to date was Town Meeting's agreement in May to accept state law that allows the creation of enterprise funds. Communities use such funds to s...

A few weeks ago my rent was raised. While a financial setback for me, I realized after pondering it for a time that it would be, and is likely, a nightmare for others. It's no secret that Cape Cod has a housing problem, and it's time to fix it. But it starts in a place most might not have considered: the mind. For as long as I've lived on this beautiful but complex peninsula there has been a stigma attached to...

HARWICH ─ It's been quite a run for the Monomoy girls varsity softball team, which played its way recently into the Div. 3 South Semifinals with a commanding 10-0 shutout of Upper Cape last Thursday, followed by an equally stellar 5-1 victory against Bristol-Plymouth on Monday. The wins mark the first time the Sharks have not only won in the post-season, but advanced, with the No. 3 seeded team poised at pre...

Monomoy Girls Tennis Advances To Semifinals

By: Kat Szmit

SOUTH YARMOUTH ─ It was an afternoon of long volleys and lots of anxiety for the Monomoy girls tennis team, but in the end the Sharks prevailed, defeating Bourne 4-1 to earn their way to the Div. 3 South Semifinals for the first time in school history, and it was due in part to the success of a team freshman. Monomoy pulled ahead 2-0 when first singles player Carly Donovan and the second doubles team of H...

EAST BRIDGEWATER – The Monomoy girls golf team finished their 2017 season with an overall record of 9-5 and came in fourth place at the South Sectionals last week, with team member Maddie Leonard qualifying to play in the state finals next Wednesday. Leonard shot a 90, which allows her to take part in the state tournament taking place at the Heritage Country Club in Charlton. “Maddie is an incredibly gifted...

CHATHAM – Tom Patton didn't serve on the town's bikeways committee for long, but he had a long history of enthusiasm for bicycling. On Monday, a crowd gathered at new bicycle racks next to the downtown information booth to remember Mr. Patton and dedicate the new racks to his memory. A small silver plaque declares that the bike racks are “In memory of Tom Patton, Bicycle Enthusiast.” Mr. Patton passed away ...

Coast Guard Readies New Rescue Boat

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — When it comes to offshore emergencies, the go-to agency is – and always has been – the U.S. Coast Guard. But when boaters get into trouble in shallow water, the crew of Station Chatham has been up the creek, thanks to the size and design of their three 42-foot nearshore lifeboats. That's all about to change. Station Chatham has just received a 24-foot shallow-draft rescue boat capable of operating...

CHATHAM – As the large truck crept slowly along Champlain Road, Gwyn Brittigan didn't see a 250-year-old building, partially covered by a tarp, perched precariously on the flatbed. She saw her new home. “I just love old houses,” she said as workmen scrambled to trim branches and lift wires out of the way of the historic house. It took most of the afternoon last Wednesday to get the house from 181 Champlain ...

SOUTH CHATHAM – Residents gathered at the historic South Chatham Village Hall Saturday to hear about the possibility of establishing National Historic Register District running from the South Chatham Cemetery at the Harwich town line to Cockle Cove Road. Local historic commission chair Frank Messina worked with Cape Cod Commission preservation specialist Sarah Korjeff and Eric Dray, a historical preservation c...

CHATHAM – Chatham Municipal Airport is holding its fourth annual Open House on Saturday, June 10 from 10 a.m. to 2p.m. "Planes, Trains and Automobiles” is the theme of the event, which includes general aviation aircraft displays, working model railroad displays by Nauset Model Railroad Club, as well as antique and collectible cars from Model A Club of Cape Cod, Alfa Romeo club, and many local collectors.  Addit...