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Our View: Let's Talk About The Weather

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Just for the record, Cape Cod was within the projected path of Hurricane Dorian. While it ended up passing far off our coast, it did bring more than two inches of rain and winds of 45 miles per hour to the region. And, for the record, except in early “spaghetti” projections when its possible impact ranged from Louisiana to Tennessee, Hurricane Dorian was never expected to affect Alabama. The aftermath of Pr...

Letters To The Editor: Sept. 12, 2019

By: Alan Pollock

Our Drinking Water Is Safe Editor: I have been a member of Sustainable Practice for nearly two years now and am the leader of the Chatham chapter of the organization. We are making progress across the Cape with respect to our municipal plastic bottle ban initiative; however, through our community outreach efforts, it has become clear to me that many people believe our municipal water is unhealthy to drink. ...

CHATHAM - For Chatham's Jo Ann Sprague, staying active means continuing to serve. Ever since she enlisted in the Women's Army Corps right out of high school in 1950, serving others has been her secret to a happy, active and engaged life. From her days as a staff driver in the Pentagon through her years as a full-time wife and mother of six children, to six years as a representative in the Massachusetts House f...

ORLEANS — A new police station. A new DPW headquarters. A new tech school. And, coming down the road, a proposed rebuild of Nauset Regional High School and a library building project. You might say that some voters were edifice wrecks when they went to the polls in May and saw a $50,000 item for a “study to replace/renovate” the fire station near the bottom of the ballot. Although the study had sailed throug...

EASTHAM — Representatives of Orleans, Eastham, and Cape Cod National Seashore parsed a draft memorandum of understanding Sept. 9 at Eastham Town Hall and found ways to move forward on improving navigation and public safety in Nauset Estuary. Orleans, which is paying for a battery of environmental studies of the estuary, wants to see environmental questions related to dredging resolved and a multi-jurisdictio...

Dorian To Brush Lower Cape

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

A tropical storm watch was upgraded to a warning Thursday afternoon, with Hurricane Dorian expected to pass southeast of Nantucket early Saturday morning.  The storm is forecast to bring winds gusting to 55 mph to the Lower Cape, with heavy rains and scattered power outages. Having brought devastation to the Bahamas, Dorian is now raking the Southeast Atlantic seaboard; forecasters predict the storm will then ...

$3.2 Million Project Leads Into 300 th Anniversary CHATHAM – The history of the First Congregational Church of Chatham is inextricably linked with the history of the town. Its origins reach back to the family of William Nickerson, who held services in their home on the banks of Ryder's Cove because of the difficulties in traveling to the nearest church in Eastham. The church was formally established in 172...

Fish Pier Deck Misses Latest Completion Deadline

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

CHATHAM – Labor Day has passed, and to no one's surprise, the fish pier observation deck is not finished. But with a few critical issues solved in recent weeks, the project should begin to move along much faster, said Natural Resources Director Robert Duncanson. General contractor Sciaba Construction Corp. has installed two “infinity drains” on the south side of the deck. In order to make the deck water tig...

CHATHAM – A year after it was automated and all but shut down, the Marconi-RCA Wireless Receiving Station was listed on the National Register of Historic Districts after being nominated by the town's historical commission, with the blessing of then-owner MCI International. That was 25 years ago last month. The commission and local preservationists' recognition of the importance of the ship-to-shore Morse code ...

Gardner Museum Security Director To Speak At EPL

By: Debra Lawless

What is it about art theft that intrigues us? Is it the supposed erudition of those planning the heist, and the audacity of those who carry out the almost-glamorous mission? Whatever entertainment we might derive from seeing art theft on the screen or from reading about it in a book, when art thieves strike close to home, the reality is grotesque and disturbing. Take the famous case of the 1990 theft of ...

CHATHAM – The town will drop a controversial plan to dredge a section of Chatham Harbor near the North Inlet that prompted a lawsuit and appeal to the state department of environmental protection. But that doesn't mean that officials have given up on dredging that section of the harbor. Last fall town officials had hoped to do emergency dredging of the area in question, just inside and to the south of the N...

Chronicle Readers Raise $25K-Plus For Family Pantry

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Though there’s still ample opportunity for beaching, boating and barbecuing, the summer 2019 visitor season is behind us, and so is our summertime edition of Helping Neighbors. But the summer visitors who contributed to the campaign left behind more than footprints in the sand. Joined by some year-rounders, they contributed more than $25,000 to support the Family Pantry of Cape Cod, helping put nut...

Airport Approach Plan Could Cost $5.4M

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — If it comes to fruition, a part of the master plan endorsed by the airport commission calls for the town to acquire easements from 46 private properties to allow trees to be topped or removed to provide a safer approach for pilots using the airport during poor visibility. The easements would apply to businesses on the south side of the airport near Ocean State Job Lot and several homes around Georg...

HARWICH – It is quiet this afternoon in Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Harwich Port. At the edge of the cemetery, wind stirs the oak trees and the pines. Birds call out; a car passes nearby on Forest Street. A Rose of Sharon drops petals on the ground next to the polished granite bench that stands as a memorial to Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill Jr., 47th Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1977 to 1987. O’N...

Climbing The Ladder In The Harwich Fire Department

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — There are a number of fire department members climbing the career ladder and a few making the first step. Many were recognized in a swearing-in ceremony last Friday. With the retirement of long-time veteran department members Fire Inspector Brian Coughlan and EMS Officer Ron Sanders, department members and friends came to celebrate the appointment of Bruce J. Young as the new fire inspector and Paul ...