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HARWICH — What do Squanto, Henry David Thoreau, Teddy Roosevelt and General Motors have in common? They’ve all dealt with the movers and shakers who came from the one-mile stretch from the Herring River to the Dennis town line. known as Captains’ Row. The old Indian or cow path that drew some of the first settlers of the town in the mid-17th century soon became the home to mercantile giants, ship builders and ...

It's the season of backyard cookouts, beach picnics and fried seafood, but food poses a much more serious challenge for many people on Cape Cod in the summertime. Many of the seasonal workers who drive the local economy and provide the services that we all need during the summer months turn to the Family Pantry of Cape Cod to help put food on the table. Like many year-round retail and service workers on the Ca...

SOUTH YARMOUTH – The Chatham Anglers have been trading places for the top spot in the East Division with the Y-D Red Sox for a while now, but determination has kept the A's in the lead and served them well on July 12 when they battled to a 1-1 tie at Red Wilson Field. After Y-D starting pitcher Ledgend Smith quickly retired the first three batters in the Chatham lineup, the Sox did their best to put the Angler...

SOUTH YARMOUTH – The Harwich Mariners held a three-run lead against the Y-D Red Sox into the bottom of the eighth inning on Monday night, but weren't able to keep a tight enough grip as the Sox rallied back to claim a 5-4 victory in Cape League action. The Sox hopped onto the scoreboard first in the early evening outing when Brad Beesley made it home on a single from teammate Noah Campbell in the bottom of the...

It's the time of year to get out and enjoy the natural world. We're fortunate here on Cape Cod that a significant amount of unspoiled open space has been preserved. Many of these conservation parcels, both privately and publicly owned, have walking and hiking trails that are open to the public. We asked a few local conservationists and outdoors enthusiasts to tell us their favorites. It is not so easy to say...

'Once' Is A Musical That Touches The Soul

By: Ellen Petry Whalen

It is hard to describe the universal power of the musical “Once.” The fact that it is the only show to have ever won an Academy Award, Grammy Award, Olivier Award and Tony Award only confirms its uniqueness. Halfway through their 93 rd season, the Cape Playhouse’s production is hauntingly beautiful, emotionally charged, and selling out fast. The 2012 Broadway musical won eight Tony Awar...

It’s about lunacy, a Midsummer Night’s Dream of sorts. And it’s not the Addams Family you might remember from the TV show, odd but really gentle and sweet in their own weird way. No, this is The Addams Family musical, presented through Aug. 4 by the Chatham Drama Guild. Wednesday has grown up enough to fall in love and want to get married—and Morticia, angry that Wednesday now has a life of her own, is fixing ...

Andrew Buckley: The Hard Season

By: Andrew Buckley

Out on Sears Point yesterday I could hear the instructors of the Stage Harbor Yacht club announcing directions to the fleet of white Optis sailed by their students. A center console skiff cruised slowly out of the Oyster River as a breeze pulled in from the southwest, across Harding's Beach from Nantucket Sound, pushing out the last of the fog from earlier in the day. Out of the near-milky sky, as if on cue, a se...

Our View: Make Chatham's Coastline Resilient

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Perhaps the most interesting finding of the recently released draft coastal resiliency and management assessment of Chatham's east-facing shoreline is how closely changes since the 1987 break in North Beach are following the historical barrier beach cycle described by Dr. Graham Giese and others back in 1978. “Historical inlets to Pleasant Bay have migrated in a generally cyclical pattern that can be reasonably p...

Letters to the Editor, July 18

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Living Is Good, But... Editor: Last week’s Letter “And The Living Is Good” brought on a sly chuckle, because five of the first six items listed (“temperatures rising” being the exception) are purely money focused and materialistic.  This leads me to believe that Mr. Fields profits from those activities, either as a business owner or absentee landlord who rents; i.e., to him “good” equals dollars.  I, on the...

CHATHAM – Isak Dinesen once said, “The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears, or the sea.” Salt water, specifically from the shores of Cape Cod, is also what Paul Shibles uses to create his popular jars of 1830 Sea Salt, which he makes in Chatham the old-fashioned way. In the mid-1800s, a major industry on Cape Cod was salt harvesting. Back then, seawater was evaporated on large beds covered with point...

ORLEANS – With a backdrop of downtown traffic and many drivers beeping their horns in support, a group of about 120 protesters gathered on the Orleans Town Green last Friday afternoon to express their concerns over the current immigration policies and practices of the United States and the treatment of immigrant families, especially children, on its southern border. This was one of 15 “Lights for Liberty Vigil...

ORLEANS — The affordable housing trust fund board and the affordable housing committee exercised their legs and their imaginations July 10 on a site visit to the Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank operations center on West Road. The bank, which will be moving its HQ to Hyannis soon, agreed to let the town study the possibilities of converting the property to affordable rental units. With the caveats that any a...

ORLEANS — For almost two decades, Skip Norgeot engaged in hand-to-hand combat with addiction. From his big chair not far from the door of Pause A While, the meeting space for a variety of 12-step recovery programs, Norgeot, “a big man with white hair, would literally reach out his hands... Skip had big, powerful hands... and shake hands with incredibly welcoming smiles,” said Paul Dart, president of Pause A ...

Susan Williams Freudenheim

By: Contributed

Susan Williams Freudenheim of Chatham passed away on June 5, 2019, after an eleven month bout with acute myeloblastic leukemia.          Susan grew up in Brighton and graduated from Simmons College--now Simmons University, Class of 1956. After graduation with a degree in Biology, she moved to Michigan to work for Park Davis Pharmaceutical Company on their version of the birth control pill.  In 1959, she return...

Matthias Plum, Jr.

By: Contributed

Matthias Plum, Jr.           Matthias Plum, Jr., age 85, passed away the evening of the summer solstice Friday, June 21 st surrounded by his loving family. He is survived and missed by his wife Margaret White Plum of Boston and Chatham, daughter Arabella Plum and her husband Jeff of Ipswich, stepdaughter Julia Morris of Tampa, son Matthias Plum and his wife Coco and their children Matty and Chase Plum of Esse...