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ORLEANS — The three candidates for two seats on the board of selectmen are grateful for the opportunity they've had to live here and worried about the lack of same for the next generations. “Of all the kids I taught in this town over the last 45 years, most have moved away,” Selectman Mark Mathison said. “They can't afford to live here.” His daughter, a teacher at Nauset Regional High School, lives at home w...

CHATHAM — By the slimmest of margins, voters Tuesday rejected a plan to seek a shark detection and deterrent system for Oyster Pond Beach. But they passed most other articles in the second and final night of the annual town meeting, and soundly approved a $325,000 plan to acquire property interests in the VFW to support renovations to its building. Voters approved several bans on consumer plastics, and decided ...

ORLEANS — Town Meeting agreed Monday to spend $47 million on wastewater infrastructure over the next three decades, pending a favorable debt exclusion vote at the town election May 21, but rejected spending $1.5 million to acquire a conservation restriction on 18 acres of Sipson Island. “We have the Main Street sewers in the ground,” Paul Davis said from the floor, “on time and under budget. This article ton...

CHATHAM – Despite warnings that delays would escalate costs, concerns about the size and location of a new senior center led voters to reject the $6.6 million project and send it back to the drawing board on the first night of the annual town meeting. Also Monday, voters approved a zoning bylaw that will allow the creation of apartments in single-family homes, which advocates say will increase the stock of mar...

Nature On The Move

By: Mary Richmond

Spring is such a busy time. Everywhere I go, I am reminded that much of our local nature is on the move. Some are leaving, some are arriving, and some are just moving about cleaning up, clearing out and settling in.  Most notable are the migrating birds and fish, but we, being part of nature, are also on the move. Snowbirds have been returning in droves, filling our roads and shops once again. The quiet days o...

Julie Suzanne Watson

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Julie Suzanne Watson, 50, of Orleans passed away in her home on April 11th from an unexpected medical event. Julie was born March 22, 1969 in Cambridge to Lynda Brennan and Donald Watson. Julie graduated from the Northfield Mount Hermon School in 1987 and The University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1998 with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing.  She was an ardent lover of the ocean, swimming across Cape Cod ponds, ...

Judith Ransom Wheeler

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Judith Ransom Wheeler               Judith Samphere Ransom Wheeler passed away on March 8, 2019 in east Tennessee where she had returned to live closer to her daughter after many years of residing on Cape Cod. She was born in Melrose, September 16, 1939, to Homer Ransom and Jean Murry Ransom.               Judy graduated from Green Mountain College, Vt., with an Associate’s degree in Advertising and R...

Arlene Plennert Fisher

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Arlene Plennert Fisher Estero, Florida                   Arlene Plennert Fisher, 72, of Estero, Fla. and Harwich Port, passed away on Saturday, March 9, 2019. She had been a resident of Estero since 2016 and Harwich Port since 2007. Arlene was born December 6, 1946 in Chicago, Ill., the daughter of the late Frank Joseph and Marion (Koshiol) Plennert and sister of the late James Frank Plennert. Arlene...

Robert R. Marshall

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Robert R. Marshall, beloved husband of Gail N. Marshall, died at his home on Monday, May 6, surrounded by family.  He lived a life defined by service, building airstrips for American planes to land in Korea, teaching at Chatham High School for 30 years, and retiring to become a Cape Cod Tour Guide.  In his last years he delivered Meals on Wheels and drove patients to medical appointments.             He leaves...

Pet Cemetery Put To Rest

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The pet cemetery project was put to rest Tuesday after town meeting voters approved a petitioned article that took the 2.25 acre parcel out from under the jurisdiction of the cemetery commission and returned it to the board of selectmen for general municipal purposes. The cemetery commission had a hard night, with voters also rejecting an article that would establish a revolving fund that would have ...

CHATHAM – Saturday is “Free Locals Day” at two museums. As long as one person in a party has a driver's license with a Cape Cod address, the entire group gets free admission to the Atwood House and Museum and the Chatham Marconi Maritime Center, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 11. “It's our way of making the museums accessible to local families across the Cape that might not be able to come otherwise,” said Dani...

CHATHAM – The annual town meeting begins Monday at 6 p.m. at the Monomoy Regional Middle School on Crowell Road. Voters should prepare to settle in for a longer-than-usual annual legislative session covering a number of significant topics, including funding for a new council on aging facility, a controversial accessory dwelling unit bylaw, funding for a shark barrier at Oyster Pond, bans on plastic bottles and st...

Town Will Buy Part Of VFW Property

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – As a way around a 164-year-old state law that prohibits municipalities from contributing public money to private institutions, the town will buy a portion of the Chatham VFW property on George Ryder Road, with the purchase price going toward renovation of the post building. At a single-article special town meeting next Tuesday, voters will be asked to purchase an L-shaped lot around the perimeter of ...

Chatham Town Manager Goldsmith Gets Gold Star

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Town Manager Jill Goldsmith’s job performance is good and getting better. That’s the word from the board of selectmen, which issued her annual evaluation this week. Board members rated Goldsmith on a four-point scale in each of six broad categories, giving her a composite score of 3.89, up from last year’s score of 3.64. The ranking “indicates strong collective praise from the selectmen for her ong...

Town Balks At West Chatham Enhancements

By: Alan Pollock

WEST CHATHAM — Facing sticker shock over what could be up to $1.15 million in additional expenses for enhanced lighting, landscaping and sidewalks, selectmen will not be asking town meeting voters to pay for enhancements to the West Chatham roadway reconstruction project. But they will be asking the state to consider meeting some of the costs. The board included Article 60 on the May 13 warrant as a placehol...

Parade Grand Marshal Nominations Open

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

CHATHAM – Nominations are now being accepted for the grand marshal of the town's Independence Day parade. Grand marshal nominees must be a year-round or summer resident who has made significant contributions to the town. The marshal leads the parade and is a position of special honor, the Chatham Independence Day parade committee said in a press release. Chronicle publisher Henry C. Hyora was last year's Ju...