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Nature Connection: The Perils Of Travel

By: Mary Richmond

Travel seems to be part of our universal experience as mobile organisms. We are on the move as soon as we can scoot or crawl across the ground. Baby animals and birds move as soon as they are able as well. Some of us move around close to home all our lives, but many of us feel the need to move well beyond our own dens, nests or backyards.  Today, humans don’t have to travel for survival as they once did, at...

Nature Connection: The Nature Of Death

By: Mary Richmond

There’s a place where I’ve walked for over 50 years. Yes, it’s true, I’m ancient. I’ve seen this spit of beach change a lot in all those years. I learned to swim there. My children learned to swim there and my grandchildren swim there now. I’ve seen sunrises and sunsets, bad days and good days. I’ve walked any number of dogs there that began as puppies and ended up as grizzled, arthritic, old dogs.  O...

Sara Sneed is a star twice over. She is a star baker and she is a star on many of the community theater stages of Cape Cod. And now she is an award-winning star. Born and raised in Kansas, Sneed began singing with her church choir at 4 years old and performed on stage in “Peter Pan” when she was 8. She graduated from Pacific Lutheran University with a bachelor of arts degree in vocal performance and earned a m...

With the holidays behind us, we've closed the books on the Chronicle's 2018 Helping Neighbors campaign, and it was a resounding success. Between Thanksgiving and New Year's, Cape Cod Chronicle readers donated more than $40,000 to the Family Pantry of Cape Cod. While it fell short of its ambitious $60,000 goal, the holiday campaign nonetheless provided the Pantry with a financial boost at an important time. ...

CBI Provides Winter Haven For Cape Art Lovers

By: Tim Wood

A series of exhibits featuring artists from around the Cape will brighten Friday nights this winter. For the second year, Chatham Bars Inn will host a Winter Art Series, with receptions every Friday night from Jan. 18 through March 29 at the Shore Road resort's Garden Suite. The events happen from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and are free and open to the public. The series is designed to both showcase area artists and...

Nature Connection: Time For contemplation

By: Mary Richmond

As the holidays fade in the rearview mirror, a whole new landscape full of opportunities awaits us. Each day we choose where to focus our attention. A new year gives us a chance to see how we spent our attention last year, and how we might change at least some of that this year. Winter on Cape Cod is a lovely time to consider and contemplate the things that are important to us. There is a stark beauty in leafl...

HARWICH – There's something different about learning at Harwich Elementary School. Once a week it goes to the dogs, and the teachers, students, and even the visiting pups couldn't be happier about it. Each Friday a pair or more of tail-wagging, soft and fluffy therapy dogs trots along just ahead of their owners, ready for quick classroom visits before a longer stop in the school's reading room, where students ...

CHATHAM – When Tim Linnell bought his first fishing boat he brought his six-year-old son Sam to Maine to pick it up. “He was climbing all over it,” Tim remembers, “throwing lines overboard.” Less than 20 years later, Sam brought his dad to Gloucester to see the commercial vessel he was buying. “This is what I love to do. This is how I was always going to make a living,” said Sam at the Chatham Fish Pier ...

Despite Strong Economy, Need For Pantry Continues To Grow

By: Debra Lawless

Last summer, an octogenarian client at the Family Pantry of Cape Cod reminisced about her days working as a bagger and cashier at a large local supermarket chain. After telling her customers what they owed for their groceries she would ask, “Would you like to make a contribution to the Family Pantry?” Smiling, she would add, “You never know. You may need it someday yourself.” ...

Boston is a center for higher education, sports, government, history, tourism and culture for much of New England. While offering concerts, plays, art exhibits, and other events year-round, during the holiday season Bean Town hosts special programs ranging from a month-long series of concerts by the Boston Pops to presentations like Langston Hughes’ “Black Nativity” and traditional performances of Tchaikovsky’s “...

Nature Connection: Out With The Old

By: Mary Richmond

If you want a real eye-opener, go to the town landfills the morning after Christmas. Dozens of trucks filled with truckloads of trash wait their turn at the gate from the moment the place opens all through the day until it closes. This repeats all week long and into the new year. Some refuse will go into recycling bins but the amount of paper trash that gets bagged in plastic and tossed in the dumpster bec...

Nature Connection: A Handful Of Wonder

By: Mary Richmond

The afternoon was fading, but a sliver of golden light reached across my backyard through a network of bare branches into the window next to where I was working. The dog and cats were sleeping, two on the couch and one on the dog bed on the floor (it wasn’t the dog). It was quiet, peaceful, a lovely end to a busy day. Suddenly, bang! Something had hit a window or the wall of the house from outside. The dog...