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A Vision For The Hollows

By: Russ Allen

“Where there is no vision, the people perish!” – Proverbs 29:18 There is not a definitive translation of this passage from the Hebrew nor are Biblical scholars at one in its interpretation, other than to say most get it wrong. Therefore, we are free to see what we want in the maxim and apply it as we see fit. After living here over 13 years, and as I begin my sixth year writing this column, it is time to as...

Our View: Ready For A Taste Of The Tropics?

By: The Cape Cod Chronicle

With any luck, Hurricane Dorian will skirt out to sea well south of Cape Cod. But the powerful storm is a reminder of the need to be prepared for emergencies. A few people among us remember the double-whammy of hurricanes that came 65 years ago in 1954. On Aug. 25, Carol came ashore at Old Saybrook, Conn., bringing winds of over 115 mph, downing thousands of trees and damaging many boats on the Cape. A week la...

Mosquitoes have always been an annoyance, swarming and biting during summer outings, particularly in the evening. But now they come with a greater threat: Eastern equine encephalitis, a serious illness that has been detected in mosquitoes on Cape Cod. Eastern equine encephalitis, also known as EEE, is a mosquito-borne illness that, while very rare in Massachusetts, is beginning to spike, particularly in Bristo...

Pay As You Throw Info Session Scheduled For Sept. 10

By: Ed Maroney

ORLEANS — The selectmen and board of health will hold a joint public information session Sept. 10 at 5:30 p.m. about a proposed Pay As You Throw (PAYT) trash disposal plan that could start as early as June 1. Members want to hear what citizens have to say on the possible change. “If I were to make a motion tonight, it would include the words, 'Time is of the essence,'” health board member Sims McGrath said. ...

ORLEANS — The atrium at the entrance of Orleans Elementary School will be full of books and displays when students return to classes this week. One giant “book” was opened to two blank pages. “What will your story be this year?” literary specialist Martha Jenkins said students will be asked. “Children will be writing their own story of the school year.” Adding their stories to the “book” celebrates indivi...

Chatham To Drop Controversial Dredging Plan

By: Tim Wood

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. In a press release Friday, town officials said because of evolving shoaling conditions in that area, the limited amount of dredging being sought would be ineffective in providing a suitable navigational channel. Rath...

Man Seriously Hurt In Cannon Blast

By: Alan Pollock

NORTH CHATHAM — A man was badly hurt following a mishap with a cannon Saturday afternoon. With ambulances committed to other four other rescues in Chatham at the time, an Orleans ambulance was dispatched at 12:42 p.m. to 2 Salt Pond Rd., North Chatham, the Gerald Milden residence, for a report of a man shot with a cannonball. Deputy Chatham Fire Chief David DePasquale was the first rescuer on scene, and s...

CHATHAM – A neighborhood group has appealed a Barnstable Superior Court justice's decision dismissing their legal challenge to skydiving at Chatham Municipal Airport. Citizens for a Safe Chatham Airport (CSCA) filed a notice of appeal on Aug. 12 seeking review of Judge Beverly J. Cannone's July 29 order ruling that federal law, under which the town allowed skydiving, overrode the group's assertion that the act...

Ms. Eelgrass To Return As Part Of End Of Summer Bash

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

CHATHAM – The legendary Ms. Eelgrass contest will return next Saturday, Sept. 7, as part of the Chatham End of Summer Bash sponsored by the Chatham Chamber of Commerce and Chatham Merchants Association. The Bash, which will run from 2 to 6 p.m., will be a “fun, family friendly event” celebrating the end of the season, said Chamber Executive Director Mary Cavanaugh. It will be held at “George Ryder Beach,” AKA ...

Summer Residents Urge Prudence In Capital Spending

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — If the town doesn’t carefully prioritize spending on big-ticket items, it will be stretched thin when it comes time to borrow for upcoming phases of the multi-year, multi-million dollar wastewater project. That was the message delivered to selectmen by the summer residents’ advisory committee. Advisory committee Chairman Jill MacDonald said the committee supports a plan to prioritize large capital ...

When natural disasters or other emergencies happen, town officials are always in need of trained workers to help with a variety of tasks, from answering phones and helping with paperwork to directing traffic and staffing shelters. To that end, the towns of Brewster, Orleans, Chatham and Harwich are creating a new regional Community Emergency Response Team and will be offering the first training session shortly. ...

During the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, 18 years ago now, nearly 3,000 people died; 2,606 of those were killed at the World Trade Center in Manhattan. Of the dead, 746 lived in New Jersey, and 18 were from the small suburban town of Basking Ridge. Just 36 miles from New York City, Basking Ridge is an easy commute into the city by train. At the end of that nightmarish day of Sept. 11, parked cars remain...

CHATHAM – Almost a year after it was established, the Chatham 365 task force is preparing to bring a series of recommendations to the board of selectmen to address the group's goal of encouraging a diverse, sustainable, year-round population. The task force's proposals range from taxation and zoning changes to economic incentives, sharing beach stickers with Harwich, building a community pool and moving the an...

Bylaw Calls Into Question Cranberry Fest Fireworks Location

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The town bylaw approved in 2009 establishing a buffer zone around drinking water wells where discharging fireworks is prohibited could spell trouble for the Harwich Cranberry Festival fireworks. For the past two years, the festival fireworks were ignited from Whitehouse Field, which is within the 1,500-foot buffer zone. “It’s news to me,” Fire Chief Norman Clarke said of the prohibition. “You’ve t...