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A Letter Of Thanks

By: Mary Richmond

Everyone probably has a list of people they wish they could thank over and over again; people who made a difference in their lives, helped them through troubled times and eased their way. I am fortunate that my list is long, filled with mentors and advisors, family and friends that helped me find the right paths to walk when all seemed dark and foggy. As a young child missing my dad after my parents split up, ...

Letters to the Editor, April 18, 2019

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Don't Trash This Tour Editor: The Tour de Trash is the once-yearly town-wide litter campaign intent on preserving the attractiveness of our beautiful little patch of earth. Last year, 1,200 lbs. of trash, 513 lbs. of recyclables and over 1,200 empty NIP bottles were collected and hauled away. Much of it would still be around if it weren’t for the 100-plus volunteers who helped make the 2018 event the be...

Our View: The Next Steps

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

In two well-attended public forums, the Chatham 365 task force heard from dozens of residents, and people who would like to be residents, about the challenges to living in town and how those challenges can about. The group heard about owners of downtown businesses living with their parents because they can't afford a house or find an apartment; about having to go off Cape to find a pediatrician; about housing ava...

Orleans Firm Patents Design For Shoreline Protection

By: Debra Lawless

Seth Wilkinson of Wilkinson Ecological Design Inc. in Orleans was recently awarded a patent for an invention that could revolutionize the way eroding shorelines on Cape Cod and beyond are stabilized. U.S. patent number 10,125,462 is for an “erosion control apparatus and methods of using and installing the apparatus.” Wilkinson submitted the patent for approval on Aug. 31, 2016 and it was approved last November...

ORLEANS — In its annual report and letter to the town, the finance committee has some advice for voters: “(There's) a lot of stuff going on at once. Some might say too much. But there are good reasons for getting all this work done now.” In plainspoken language, the letter states that funding for the comprehensive water resources management plan “is still the elephant in the room, and the temptation is to sa...

ORLEANS — Eleven men are stretching their limbs, and maybe their lifespans, at the senior center. The town's recreation director, Alan Harrison, is calling out directions and encouragement. “Excellent,” he says. To which one man responds, “Glad you think so.” It's another easygoing session of the adult men's fitness class, one of several new offerings provided by Harrison. “We had nothing for the senio...

ORLEANS – Climate change was very much in the foreground at Saturday's town hall on environment and energy issues at the Nauset Regional Middle School auditorium. Some 130 people heard the latest updates on actions being taken to adapt to or mitigate climate change from government and non-government leaders who in turn called on the audience to become more actively involved in efforts to make the towns, instit...

Stop & Shop Workers Strike

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

EAST HARWICH —After months of stalled talks, union workers at Stop & Shop supermarkets, including the ones in East Harwich and Orleans, walked off the job Thursday afternoon. The employees, represented by the United Food and Commercial Workers union, stood by the roadside and at store entrances and held picket signs. Union negotiators say the company’s latest proposal requires that full- and part-time empl...

David R. Muto

By: Contributed

David R. Muto CHATHAM-David R. Muto died in the early morning hours on April 3rd with his children by his side at the age of 64. David dug the blues, surfing, and gardening.  He has owned and operated Olde Cape Landscape since 1982. He loved his friends, family, and most importantly, he loved his Savior, Jesus Christ. He lived his life the best he could. He shared a lot of laughs, love, good times, and raised ...

John Thomas Gillis

By: Contributed

John Thomas Gillis passed away at his home in Chatham on April 2 nd.  He was born on June 15, 1945 in Boston and grew up in Chestnut Hill. Jack and sometimes Jake, as he was called by his family and his many dear friends, was the beloved husband and best friend to his love of fifty-two years, Leslie Hadge Gillis. He was father extraordinaire to his son Kevin and his wife Jennifer, his daughter Kristin and her hu...

CHATHAM – Under a new U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plan, hunting could be allowed on the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge for the first time since it was established in 1944. In a draft hunting plan released last week, the agency is proposing allowing hunting of migratory waterfowl and coyotes. Fish and Wildlife Service officials will hold an information session on the proposal on April 30 at the community c...

CHATHAM — Concerned about the ability of crews from Coast Guard Station Chatham to respond to emergencies during high surf, selectmen voted this week to send a letter to Washington for clarification of a recent decision to downgrade the unit from a surf station to a “heavy weather station.” On Monday, station commander Senior Chief Boatswain’s Mate Carlos Hessler was before the board of selectmen to answer q...

CHATHAM — In a bid to leverage a $1 million state grant, the town is proposing to spend $851,798 on a package of flood prevention improvements for the Little Beach neighborhood. Residents and property owners in the area have pledged the remaining $617,245, or 25 percent of the nearly $2.5 million project. There may be a need to call a special town meeting this fall to ask voters to approve the town’s cont...

CHATHAM – When Assistant Conservation Agent Paul Wightman needed boxes to hold trail guides for the town's conservation properties, he searched for commercially-made boxes that would fit the bill, but couldn't find any that had two compartments, were rugged enough to withstand the weather and looked good. When the woodworking group of the Chatham-Harwich Newcomers Club inquired if the town had any projects the...

How To Save Chatham

By: Tim Wood

Forum Participants Suggest Ways To Keep Town Vital CHATHAM – Prior to Saturday's Chatham 365 task force forum, Courtney Alex Wittenstein said she wrote a break-up letter to Chatham. “I'm living proof of what's happening here,” said Wittenstein, who grew up in town but lives in Harwich. “I couldn't move here, I couldn't raise my family here, I couldn't start a business here.” During the two-and-a-half-h...