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Unable, as we currently are, to come together to observe Memorial Day, we pause this week to remember one of our local veterans, the late U.S. Army Col. John Wessmiller of Chatham, whose story of bravery and sacrifice inspired us when we first learned of it years ago. A gentle man — polite, charismatic and of clear thought even in his old age — Col. Wessmiller served the country he loved with distinction. Reprin...

Doing Good

By: Staff Reports and Contributors

Do you know someone who is going above and beyond in this extraordinary time? Let us know! For the next few weeks we'll be highlighting those who do good deeds in our local communities by selflessly helping their neighbors. Drop us an email at editor@capecodchronicle.com if you know of any good deeds you'd like to see exposed. Impact Fund Update The Chatham Coronavirus Impact Fund has provided $43,000 si...

Our View: Safe Space Downtown

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Monday's decision by the Chatham Board of Selectmen to cancel the Fourth of July parade, fireworks and Friday night band concerts was not unexpected; there's just no way social distancing, crowd size and other restrictions likely to remain in place for most of the summer could be complied with during those events. The vote by the board of health, endorsed by selectmen, requiring the wearing of face masks downt...

Our View: One Man, One Vote

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Like his colleagues, Orleans Selectman Cecil Newcomb wasn’t happy when bids to build the downtown sewer collection system and others for the treatment plant/disposal system came in $12 million over estimates. He cast the only vote against putting that sum into a June 20 town meeting article to make up the difference. A second vote was required to put that request on the June 23 ballot for a debt exclusion. Aga...

Letters To The Editor: May 21, 2020

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Know Candidates' Positions Editor: Within the framework of decisions we are all making these days, determining who to vote for for selectman June 23 in the Orleans general election is an exceptionally important task. When you go to vote, educate yourself on the candidates' positions on matters of importance to the well being of the community both in the present and for the preservation of its character and ...

Phyllis L (Bergstrom) Hutchins

By: Contributed

Phyllis L (Bergstrom) Hutchins Of Southbridge, a former long-time resident of Needham, passed on Tuesday May 5 th 2020.  She was preceded by her beloved husband of 58 years, Robert H Hutchins, in 2008 and leaves her four children, Susan H. Detwiler and companion John Jacobs of Southbridge, Jeffrey D. Hutchins and his wife Karen of Medfield, Paul D. Hutchins and his wife Sheila of Brockton and Charles D. Hutch...

Thomas C. Halliday, III, M.D

By: Contributed

Thomas C. Halliday, III, M.D. of Chatham passed away peacefully on May 11, 2020 at Cape Cod Hospital from complications due to COVID-19.  Dr. Halliday was born November 23, 1933 in Bronx, New York to Margaret A. and Thomas C. Halliday, Jr.  He graduated from Evander Childs High School at 16 years old in 1950 and was a 1954 graduate of Bates College, majoring in biology and running for the track team. He went on t...

Walter Tolley Jr.

By: Contributed

Walter Tolley Jr.             Walter Tolley Jr. passed away peacefully at his home on May 7th. He was 93 years old and above all he loved three things: his family, fishing, and telling stories about his family and fishing! Walt was predeceased by his wife of 70 years Yvonne K. Tolley and his grandson, Matthew Tolley. He leaves behind his children:  Bob, and spouse Deena of Yarmouth Port, Ken, and spouse Karen ...

Margaret S. Carson

By: Contributed

Margaret S. Carson, of East Orleans died peacefully in her sleep on May 11, 2020 at The Terraces in Orleans. Peggy was 88.             Margaret Joan Stroker was born in Detroit, Mich. in 1931, the oldest daughter of John P. and Margaret (Magas) Stroker. She was valedictorian of the first high school class to graduate from St. Cyril’s High School in 1949. From there, she attended Providence Hospital School of N...

Two Downtown Chatham Businesses To Share Space

By: Elizabeth Van Wye

Island Pursuits Moves Into Chatham Hardware Building   by Elizabeth Van Wye This is a tale of two businesses. Island Pursuit wanted to stay in Chatham, but after 12 years, the clothing business was faced with rent that was no longer affordable. Chatham Hardware, under a succession of owners, has been housed in the iconic Main Street location since 1936. They faced a changed business model and more s...

ORLEANS — Town counsel Michael Ford, who’s been Harwich’s moderator since the 1970s, has never seen or heard of an outdoor town meeting. Nevertheless, he’s scheduled to take his customary seat with the board of selectmen on June 20 when Moderator David Lyttle will call the meeting to order on the lawn inside the running track at Nauset Regional Middle School. At last week’s selectmen’s meeting, Lyttle and th...

ORLEANS – As Nauset Regional High School makes plans for graduation ceremonies in July (see related story), planning is under way for the fall semester. “We’ve already started conversations about next year,” Principal Chris Ellsasser told the regional school committee May 14. “My feeling is we will need a remote version (of instruction), a blended version, face-to-face, and one that does all three. We’re estab...

ORLEANS – Questions about building size, traffic to be generated, and whether the operation is retail or wholesale were raised by the selectmen last week as they discussed the F. W. Webb building proposed for the Underground Mall site off Route 6A near the Brewster line. The board wants to hear more from all parties before making a decision about a discretionary referral of the project to the Cape Cod Commissi...

Gov. Charlie Baker today announced the start of a careful process of reopening shuttered businesses and restarting public activities, with the goal of reaching a “new normal” state by the end of July. But for that schedule to hold, COVID-19 cases need to continue declining, which means continuing social distancing, hand washing, face covering and other personal precautions. Essential businesses that are alread...

HARWICH – For weeks, administrators at Monomoy Regional High School have been brainstorming ideas on how to hold a meaningful graduation during a time of quarantine due to COVID-19. Pending Gov. Charlie Baker’s decision on May 18 regarding crowd sizes, not only does MRHS have a plan, but they’ll be doing all they can do celebrate their seniors. Principal Bill Burkhead revealed the commencement plan during the ...

ORLEANS - Town meeting may be asked to add $12 million to the $47 million it authorized last year to complete the downtown sewer system and build a treatment plant and effluent disposal system. Five bids each were received for the sewer collection system and for the treatment plant and disposal system. Robert B. Our, of Harwich, was apparent low bidder for the sewer collection system and Daniel O'Connell's Son...