CHATHAM – In the late spring of 2016, Christine Padgett walked into the Atwood House Museum with a box of photographic negatives. It didn't take museum Archivist Jean Young long to realize the significance of the material. “I knew immediately when she brought in the box,” Young said, especially when she saw a number glass plate and panoramic negatives. “I told her she made my year!” The photographs did inde...
CHATHAM – Revising is second nature to author/illustrator Bob Staake. The illustrations in each of his children's books go through many versions, as his thick files attest. But his latest book is different. Folders holding the various iterations of the drawings and manuscript for “The Book of Gold” were so thick he had to put them in a separate box. Ten years in the making, the book's manuscript went through n...
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Monomoy Schools Announce Adjusted Bus Routes Updated bus routes and times have been released by the Monomoy Regional School District. The new schedule was scheduled to go into effect on Wednesday. According to Superintendent of Schools Scott Carpenter, in the first few weeks of school middle and high school buses were arriving just before the start of class or a few minutes late. Bus company Cape Destinati...
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Need For Roundabout Editor: This letter was sent to the Chatham Board of Selectmen and Town Manager Jill Goldsmith on Aug. 20. Last Tuesday's (Aug. 15) rather weak presentation by the traffic consultants Howard-Stein-Hudson (HSH) proved to be an exercise long in excuses and short in intelligible solutions. We reside in the neighborhood and over the years have seen the absurd ways drivers have been tryin...
By: John Whelan
“But it’s a long, long while from May to December And the days grow shorter when you reach September And the autumn weather turns the leaves to flame And I haven’t got time for the waiting game” One of the joys of my life is hosting a radio program on WOMR-FM in Provincetown every other Saturday. Tina Lynde and I rotate every other week from 6 to 10 in the morning. The theme for her show, “Mem...
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President Trump announced Tuesday that he'll visit the hurricane devastated island of Puerto Rico next week. It's about time he pays serious attention to the looming humanitarian crisis in the U.S. territory instead of tweeting about football players exercising their Constitutional rights. According to news reports, almost all of the island's infrastructure was knocked out by Hurricane Marie; power, water, cel...
Richard F. Power Power, Richard F., 85, Of Norwood and Chatham, formerly of Mission Hill, August 28, 2017. Beloved husband of Marie (Maguire) Power. Loving father of Siobhan Santisi and her husband Frank, Meredith Nichols and her husband Mark, and Jennifer Power and her husband Robert Litterer all of Westwood and Richard M. Power of Norwood. Devoted grandfath...
DAVID RIDLEY SOUTH CHATHAM—David Ridley passed away suddenly on September 15th. He was born in Dighton on May 18, 1947 to Leonard and Ellen (Guite) Ridley and enjoyed a wide network of family and friends from Massachusetts to Florida and the West Coast. David was a born fisherman, descended from Captain Mark Ridley and other mariners who arrived on the Cap...
Gary Anderson Gary Anderson, 63, of Chatham passed away unexpectedly on September 19th. He was the son of William R. and Edith (Bub) Anderson and beloved husband of Jo Ann Anderson. Gary worked for the Chatham Police Department, Chatham Ford, Orleans Toyota and most recently for ...
By: Ed Maroney
ORLEANS — There's really nothing odd about the Odd Fellows. “It's a secret society with no secrets,” said Paul Davies, a former Noble Grand of the Orleans lodge. The Odd Fellows Hall, the tall building at the meeting of Namskaket and Rock Harbor roads, will host a Vintage Market Friday from noon to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you haven't been inside the former Northwest Schoolhouse, it's ...
By: Ed Maroney
ORLEANS — Decades ago, Massachusetts voters capped municipal budget increases at 2½ percent, plus new growth. With costs such as health benefits growing at three or four times that level, communities have looked to fees to make up some of the difference. “In 1990, the ability to raise revenues just by raising the tax rate stopped,” Selectman Alan McClennen said Sept. 20. “The whole idea of fees came up. Now ...
Sometimes even in our high tech world the closest bonds are formed through the simplicity of handwritten letters. One hundred and eighteen, to be exact, which arrived at Monomoy Regional High School last spring in a tattered manila envelope that, once opened, began a correspondence between students from vastly different parts of the world who have since been learning that in spite of their unique home countrie...
Having weakened to a post-tropical cyclone, José brought gusty winds and scattered power outages to the region Saturday before being blown out to sea Sunday, leaving homeowners to clean up leaves and twigs but no serious damage. As of Friday morning, a weather station in West Harwich reported having received 1.17 inches of rain during the storm, with many locales receiving less. The peak wind gust reco...
By: Alan Pollock
CHATHAM — The town's effort to reclaim more than 3,000 acres of shellfish flats and submerged lands appropriated by the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge has just received some important political support. On Friday, Republican Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker sent a letter to the House Committee on Natural Resources expressing support for a bill filed by Congressman William Keating, a Democrat, which would r...
CHATHAM – The developer of a proposed 14-lot subdivision off Barn Hill Road is willing to talk with neighbors about their concerns with the project, but said some things are not negotiable, such as a 40-foot buffer along the southern property line. “That's a nonstarter,” William Marsh of Eastward Companies said during last week's planning board meeting. The Hunter's Rise subdivision, proposed for the seven-...