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Our View: Losing History In Real Time

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

As Chatham celebrates its heritage with History Weekend this coming Friday, Saturday and Sunday, it's worth noting that while institutions in town have done a great job of preserving our past, doing so remains a challenge, and may even become more difficult in the coming years. This is demonstrated in two stories in this week's paper. An historic, nearly 160-year-old home at a scenic bend in Champlain Road, ov...

Barry Albert Knowles

By: Contributed

  Barry Albert Knowles died on June 4 th 2019 at the age of 81, following a rapid decline in health due to complications from pulmonary fibrosis.  He is survived by his former wife and dear friend Shirley Knowles along with their two children Bryan and Greg Knowles, daughter-in-law, Scotti Shafer and granddaughter, Radli Knowles.  He is also survived by a daughter from a pre...

Business: Sonny's Back!

By: Debra Lawless

Popular Florist Joins The Nickerson Family At The Stony Hill Exchange Let’s make one thing clear from the get-go. The new business, Stony Hill Exchange at 136B George Ryder Rd. in Chatham, does not stock shovels, gardening gloves, soil or manure. “We didn’t want to be a garden center, we thought it was too narrow,” business owner Joe Nickerson said last week. He emphasizes he is not competing with local ...

ORLEANS — There's at least one moment in the town's history that the historical commission would prefer not to preserve. On May 14, 1996, town meeting considered amending the town bylaws to create the East Orleans Main Street Historic District for “the preservation and protection of the distinctive characteristics of buildings and places significant in the history of the town of Orleans and the Commonwealth ...

ORLEANS – Having devoted many hours to developing and advocating changes for the downtown village center, the planning board has shifted its focus to the potential of the Route 6A corridor through town. “We want to understand what happens along Route 6A,” Director of Planning and Community Development George Meservey said at the board's June 11 meeting. “There are implications for the whole town.” To do tha...

Recalling a Local 'Cape Cod Canal'

By: Ed Maroney

In an Era of Climate Concerns ORLEANS — Cape Cod can be an awfully practical place these days. Imaginations are stretched not by recalling romantic legends but by trying to make ends meet or coming up with solutions to other pressing problems. Every so often, though, an earlier Cape will poke its head up. Such is the case with Jeremiah's Gutter, a watery marshland between Cape Cod Bay and Town Cove via Bo...

JoAnn G. Pratt

By: Contributed

              CHATHAM - JoAnn G. Pratt, 84, passed away peacefully on Monday, June 3, 2019. She was the daughter of the late Jean Gordon and Hillard Gordon of Chatham. She is survived by her husband Kenneth “Herb” Pratt, Jr. of Chatham, her brother Hillard Gordon, Jr. and wife Marcella of St. Louis, Mo., her daughters Teri Pratt-Masson and husband Tom of Centerville, Sharon Bidwell and husband Howard of Yarmou...

Residents Speak Out Against West Harwich Development

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Harwich Retail made two presentations on Tuesday on its plans for property on Route 28 in West Harwich, one to residents of the community and the other to the planning board, but in both sessions residents made it clear they do not want the 7,489-square-foot retail store the company is proposing located in their village. The project proponents held a 4 p.m. meeting in town hall with 20 people in atte...

State Backs Chatham Harbor Dredging

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – With the state ruling in the town's favor in a dispute over dredging in Chatham Harbor, officials are investigating expanding the footprint where dredging is allowed to include most of the northern section of the harbor in the expectation that the main navigation channel will be shifting over time. “Things are changing so quickly,” said Natural Resources Director Robert Duncanson. “North Beach Island...

CHATHAM – There's actually some good news for boaters: The town's dynamic, shoal-ridden waterways are no more difficult to navigate this summer than last. In fact, some spots have improved. A little. But local knowledge still remains critical, and conditions are subject to change at any time, Harbormaster Stuart Smith told a capacity crowd at an informational meeting at the community center Saturday sponsored ...

CHATHAM – Construction of a new observation deck at the municipal fish pier won't be completed until after the July 4 holiday. “The deck may be up, but it won't be open to the public in time for July 4,” said Natural Resources Director Robert Duncanson. The $1.6 million construction project at the pier, which includes a new deck and replacement of underground fuel tanks, has been delayed by wet weather, con...

Selectmen: Food Truck Can Operate Downtown

By: Tim Wood

Limited Dates Allowed During Mondays On Main Events CHATHAM – One of the criticisms organizers of last summer's inaugural Mondays on Main heard was there weren't enough food choices available during the event. This year they proposed adding a local food truck to the weekly music festival, but didn't anticipate opposition from downtown restaurant owners. At Monday's board of selectmen's meeting, a number of ...

Wanted: Water Watchers

By: Alan Pollock

Volunteer Water Monitoring Program Turns 20 CHATHAM — Aside from supporting their town’s wastewater management efforts and being responsible homeowners and boaters, there’s not much individual citizens can do to clean up local waterways, right? If that’s what you think, the Pleasant Bay Alliance has an opportunity for you. The group is recruiting new volunteer water quality monitors who will collect sc...

The Eighteenth Mercy Otis Warren Cape Cod Woman of the Year Award was presented to Chatham’s Juliet Bernstein in ceremonies at Tales of Cape Cod/Olde Colonial Courthouse in Barnstable Village June 5. The 105-year-old activist received a bronze statuette sculpted by Cape Cod artist David Lewis, based on his full-size statue of Warren that stands in front of the Barnstable Superior Court Building. The award was pre...

CHATHAM – A two-year study aimed at gaining a better understanding of the hunting and feeding behaviors of the region's great white sharks will get underway within the next few weeks. A collaboration between the state division of marine fisheries, the Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life at the New England Aquarium and the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy, the new study involves placing tags containing accelerom...