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Letters To The Editor: Aug. 22, 2019

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

West Chatham Site Close To Home Editor: I read with interest in your paper recently that a location on Main Street in West Chatham could be the new site for the senior center currently located on Stony Hill Road. The West Chatham site has many things going for it, including:  1. On a main highway accessible for all types of vehicles in all types of weather.  2. Public transportation available. 3. Medic...

Margaret Ellen Borthwick Chase

By: Contributed

Margaret Ellen Borthwick Chase, 77, of Glen Allen, Va., passed away March 13, 2019.                Margaret is survived by her daughters Kimberly and Gail, stepchildren Bernd and Ute, grandsons Brandon, William and Jacob, great-grandson Liam, brothers Robert (Deborah), Gilbert (Marilyn) and Arnold (Sharon), and a host of nieces and nephews.             She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert Bor...

ORLEANS — If you think Cape Cod doesn't have a prayer of solving its housing crisis, think again. Prayer itself is one of the elements involved in an effort to create short-term housing for people who find themselves without shelter during one of life's transitions. Heidi Scheffler and Stephane Ruault of Brewster, parishioners of St. Joan of Arc Roman Catholic Church in Orleans, have been praying, studying, ...

Orleans Academy Teachers Find New Home in Harwich

By: Ed Maroney

Several longtime teachers of the Academy of Performing Arts school in Orleans will be offering their classes at the Cape Cod Theatre Company/Harwich Junior Theatre's Arts Center in Harwich Center next month. The switch is more fallout from the financial difficulties of the Academy, which laid off production staff at its theater in January. The venue has since reopened for shows, and a modern version of “Romeo ...

Honoring Vets With A Day Of Fishing

By: Alan Pollock

ORLEANS - When he was a young man, Mark Vecchione of Eastham loved to hang out at Rock Harbor and see the fishing boats. On Sunday, as they’ve done for the last decade since he was killed in action in Iraq, volunteers held a day-long fishing trip in his memory. The fleet had a proper send-off from those aboard the Gold Medal Lifeboat CG36500. MARCIA...

Fish Pier Deck Project Edges Ahead

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — With most conflicts with commercial fishermen now resolved, the fish pier observation deck project is edging toward completion. The town is working with general contractor Sciaba Construction Corp. to finalize a change order that establishes a project completion date of Sept. 2. Health and Natural Resources Director Robert Duncanson showed selectmen photos Monday showing the progress of deck con...

Hole Under Stage Harbor Road Opens A Mystery

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — If you were among the hundreds of motorists inconvenienced by the surprise closure of Stage Harbor Road early this week, try to see the bright side. Your car might’ve been swallowed by a sink hole instead. About two months ago, town officials received word of drainage problems in a small bog on the east side of Stage Harbor Road opposite Oyster Pond Beach. “The property immediately adjacent to t...

Discussion Of Use Of The Park Postponed CHATHAM – A discussion of neighbors' complaints about the use of Chase Park, scheduled for Monday's board of selectmen's meeting, was postponed to provide staff more time to research issues related to the Cross Street park, and to allow the full board, as well one of the chief complainants, to be present. Twelve property owners on Grist Mill Lane, Shattuck Lane and Shat...

Observe nature by our kettle ponds, at our outer beaches and in the local woods and you will be well rewarded by the wonder that insects, birds, animals and flowers provide. “Observe, observe, observe. Be better observers.” That was the message naturalist Peter Trull delivered to about 160 members of the Chatham Conservation Foundation Inc. (CCF) at the group’s 57 th annual meeting at the Wequassett Resort...

West Chatham Roadwork To Resume Sept. 3

By: Tim Wood

Roundabouts To Be In Place By Winter CHATHAM – By this winter, temporary roundabouts should be completed along Route 28, allowing residents to get familiar with new traffic patterns along the West Chatham corridor. Construction on the two-year, $4 million reconfiguration of the 1,700-foot roadway between Barn Hill and George Ryder roads is scheduled to resume on Sept. 3, the day after Labor Day. The initial...

CHATHAM — Later this month, Steven and Nancy Finch of Brewster will visit Coast Guard Station Chatham for a special remembrance of Steven’s great uncle, Norman. They’ll look out over the wide Atlantic, the final resting place for Norman and 129 of his shipmates who were lost on the Coast Guard Cutter Tampa nearly 101 years ago. And they’ll receive a Purple Heart on his behalf, honoring the ultimate sacrifice he...

Already endorsed by the Monomoy Regional School Committee, a plan to allow Head Start and the YMCA of Cape Cod to operate early childhood programs at Chatham and Harwich elementary schools has passed muster with selectmen in both towns. Superintendent of Schools Scott Carpenter said the lease of the classroom spaces must be finalized by the state education commissioner, but the new programs are expected to beg...

Matching Grant Boosts Family Pantry

By: Alan Pollock

NORTH HARWICH — Maybe it was the disruption caused by the tornado, or perhaps people are starting to focus on back-to-school activities. Or maybe people are understandably focused on enjoying their Cape Cod summer vacations. But whatever the reason, donations had slowed to a trickle in our annual Helping Neighbors campaign to benefit the Family Pantry of Cape Cod. ...

Project Aims To Uncover 400-year History Of Pleasant Bay

By: Elizabeth Van Wye

HARWICH – Hundreds of members and supporters of the Harwich Conservation Trust turned out Monday night to delve into the 400-year history of the Pleasant Bay area as seen through records and artifacts uncovered at the 49-acre Kendrick farm. The effort is an ambitious five-year undertaking to merge archeological and historical research and uncover a generation-by-generation history not only of one family, but of t...

HARWICH — A blue-green algae bloom turned the waters of the West Reservoir in the Bell’s Neck Conservation Area bright green Monday. Town officials warned people not to swim or allow dogs to swim or drink water from the reservoir. “The whole West Reservoir is a murky blue-green,” Conservation Administrator Amy Usowski said after posting three warning notices along the shoreline where people might come in conta...