Can't Control The Weather
This past Tuesday, the Chatham Police Department reported that it had come to their attention that some utility work crews had been "accosted, harassed and screamed at by citizens demanding that power to their home be turned on." Who are you self-centered, obnoxious jerks?
If you are Chatham residents, I am so ashamed and embarrassed you are my neighbors. If you are visitors, please don't return. Chatham is a beautiful, spectacular place to visit, but apparently not enough for you, because we obviously can't control the weather.
Workers Deserve Our Thanks
We just wanted to thank all of the crews that worked so hard and had our power back on so quickly after the two tornadoes and straight line winds devastated many properties in our community. Eversource and the many tree company workers responded quickly and had most of us up and running again in less than 48 hours. These crews worked around the clock to accomplish this for us. To those in our community who berated them and demanded that their power be turned on immediately, shame on you. You know who you are. You should have been offering these tireless workers coffee and muffins, not harassment.
Bob and Paula Liska
Storm Traffic Light Lesson
The recent storm caused a large number of traffic lights to go out. For some whose brains also ceased to function during the power outage, that meant speeding with impunity through intersections no longer controlled by the lights while maintaining a complete disregard for others trying to enter the intersection. They should know that those intersections become subject to the right-of-way requirements. In other words, each intersection with down traffic lights should be treated as a "four-way yield.” If two vehicles enter an intersection on different roads at roughly the same time, the driver of the vehicle on the left should yield to the other vehicle. It is simply common courtesy.
Great Coordination And Teamwork
I want to express my thanks and congratulations to Chatham's emergency preparedness team—CPD, FPD, harbormaster, DPW, parks and recreation and many volunteers—for the absolutely remarkable cleanup in the aftermath of the storm. They did an outstanding job of clearing roads, sidewalks, and debris removal. Tremendous coordination and teamwork. And to Eversource for getting power restored to 90,000 in record time.
It's Not Up To Us
Political policies and legislation are not ultimately determined in conference rooms and governmental chambers, but in prayer closets. The voices that shape the direction of a nation and its towns are not necessarily those that loudly ring out in legislative halls, but those that approach the throne room of the heavenly Father with bold faith. As the church believes and prays, the Lord will respond. Thank you Lord for no lives lost, for the wonderful response of our police, fire departments, Eversource, and so many other brave souls who faced the destruction they were faced with on July 23 within our beautiful cape towns.
Friends Of Trees Offers Help
The power is back on and the damage assessments are coming in. Thankfully, no one was injured but it’s hard to find someone who wasn’t affected by the tornadoes last week. What’s clear is that the damage to the trees in Chatham, Harwich and neighboring communities is devastating, some would say heartbreaking. Friends of Trees is still assessing the damage, but we lost many, many trees, some old and beautiful trees that were on our Chase Park Mobile Tree Tour. When added up, our communities have lost centuries of trees, many of which provided valuable canopy for shade and essential vertical habitat for birds and wildlife. It’s time to plant so that the canopy can recover with time.
Since its inception in 1978 as a non-profit, Friends of Trees has planted over 800 trees, 225 of which are memorial trees, in public parks and spaces in Chatham. Friends of Trees is committed to planting trees to ensure that Chatham residents will enjoy the beauty and ambiance of their earned designation as a Tree City by the Arbor Day Foundation.
Friends of Trees in Chatham offers its support to citizens in our neighboring towns who are interested in developing their own Friends of Trees Program. We will share our materials and know-how of the way we work with the public and appropriate town departments to plant trees in public spaces. The program is self-sustaining and easy to manage, all it takes is interest and dedication. Memorial trees are a beautiful way to commemorate loved ones and enhance public spaces. The time to begin replacing our lost tree canopy is now.
For more information about Friends of Trees and to contribute to our mission, go to www.FriendsofTreesChatham.org or send a check to Friends of Trees, PO Box 163 Chatham, MA 02633.
Friends of Trees
Admit Defeat And Move On
“They” still don't get it!
When there is, at best, a 50 percent occupancy (that's being generous), maybe just a few times a month, why spend over $6 million for a new Chatham Council On Aging facility?
Attending a yoga class twice a week are six to 10 people in one room in the basement and two to three on the second floor playing Scrabble. There were six to eight people in a class in the dining room in June. I am frequently at the COA and except for the staff, this is the case each time I am there.
There is so much wasted space in that building. I would appreciate and be curious to see figures on renovating the present COA. Parking is not a problem unless perhaps there is a field trip. Of course, those people are not utilizing the building except to gather.
“They” have let the exterior of the building to deteriorate, I believe, so people will say a new COA is the only option. Don't repair/renovate; throw it away and build a new multi-million dollar new one. Why?
A new site/building was rejected. Admit defeat, COA, et. al., and renovate if you must.
Confront Global Warming Locally
Kristin Andres’ Conservation Conversations with the title “We Have To Talk” in the July 18 Chronicle should be required reading for those of us concerned with the Earth we are leaving to future generations. Whether you believe “Global Warming” is a short or long term phenomenon, the evidence presented in the article on climate change is based on facts, not conjecture. The consequences will not only be felt in poor, low-lying areas (where extreme temperatures and flooding will result in more immigration to the shores of more fortunate nations, such as ours), but also will impact low-lying areas here in the USA including right here in Chatham (the Little Beach neighborhood among others) and in many national areas frequented by snowbirds. The lost property values, higher insurance rates (if available at all) and mass dislocations should be of concern to even the most ardent doubters of “Global Warming.”
While individual efforts to allay the consequences may have limited impact, they are worth pursuing and raise public awareness. More importantly, the conversion of the 80 percent of the world’s energy consumption now derived from fossil fuels to solar, wind and other “green” sources should be a top priority. Tell your elected local, state and national officials they should share that priority or be pushed aside by candidates who espouse measures to protect our earth for future generations to enjoy.
Boat Patrol Is Not Enough
The town is being foolish not putting up protection nets at Oyster Pond. What are you waiting for, a child to be hit by one of the many great whites now seen in your waters?
A patrol will not suffice. The seals are under water, the sharks are also unseen until they surface from below.
It Takes A Village
In the late afternoon on July 4, my grandsons from Florida were playing in the back yard when one of them suddenly noticed a small white dog trotting down Inlet Road, heading for Stage Harbor Road where cars and boat-pulling vehicles often passed in both directions, unaware that a small animal would suddenly appear. Concerned, he called the dog to come into the yard. Obviously people-trained, the small dog came to him and he reported the stray to his mother and others on the front porch. When I lifted the dog, a family friend read a name, “Lily,” and phone number on the collar, which we proceeded to call, but getting no answer we called the Chatham Police and asked for the animal control officer who said we could bring the dog to their kennel on George Ryder Road.
Aware that there were some new residents on Inlet Road, we first decided to carry Lily door-to-door, then started driving her in the car with three grandsons taking turns hugging and holding her, looking for her owners. One home said they didn’t know anything about this dog but had just seen it running through the yard—since Lily was in our car, we then realized there were two white dogs on the loose! At the next house, where the running pet was last seen, we could not find anyone home but did find an open casement window and a sizable hole in the screen, looking just like something a clever dog might figure out how to do and it was just large enough for a small dog...or two...to pass through. And we now knew that one of these animals was out running at a speed impossible for us to catch.
After circling Inlet Road and not seeing the second dog again, another concerned neighbor reported seeing it pass her house and send an email to the community email. At that point we felt we had no choice but to take Lily to the kennel. It was getting dark and the sounds of fireworks were becoming more frequent. Sgt. Glover from the police department would be meeting us there. He politely greeted us at the small dark building that we had never noticed before, opened and illuminated a pleasant, clean animal control center that put children at ease. To ease their minds he even turned on background music for Lily. He told them she would be provided with food and water and asked if they thought she would prefer the lights on or off, and they said “on.” He said that after he handed a few other police matters he would go to Inlet Road to check on the house and other dog and continue to try to reach Lily’s family. Lily watched us all from her temporary home and we left to circle Inlet Road another time or two.
Less than an hour later Sgt. Glover called me to say that he, too, had seen the running dog and also couldn’t catch her! But while he was there the homeowners returned and they would surely be able to catch Sugar, who turned out to be Lily’s daughter and they would “bail out” Lily from her adventure. The next day the owner of Lily and Sugar came to thank the boys for their concern and help and let us all know they were safe. As pet owners ourselves, we were all pleased with the happy ending.
We would like to thank Sgt. Glover who, in the midst of July 4 police work, helped three small boys keep two small pets safe from harm, and also for showing how police officers do have heart. We also want to thank our community and let everyone know about the animal control center and how the police department is working to protect the two- and four-legged citizens alike.
Jay Stahl and grandsons