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Nature Connection: Savoring Summer

By: Mary Richmond

These are the days, my friends, when we feel summer’s end sneaking up on us. The insects are singing, strumming and drumming away as daylight fades. Birds are gathering in flocks to feed and gather strength for long trips ahead. Young mammals are out and about, learning the ropes, and in the ponds, lakes and sea little fish are becoming big and bigger fish. The hardy yellow blooms of goldenrod are taking over ...

'Wind In The Willows' Is A Rollicking, Hilarious Ride

By: Amy Tagliaferri

You would have thought Harwich saw enough wind this summer, right? But “The Wind in the Willows” is a different kind of wind; it’s a whirlwind of delight. The only trees harmed in this production at the Cape Cod Theatre Company/Harwich Junior Theatre are the ones Mr. Toad hits with his car. “The true purpose of life?” he screams. “Cars!” Yes, Mr. Toad loves cars and his love for cars will prove to be his downfall...

CHATHAM – Twenty-three years ago today, photographer and wildlife naturalist Chris Fallows made a discovery that would catapult his work and the great white sharks of Seal Island, South Africa, into the limelight.  On Aug. 22, 1996, Fallows set out with a small crew of friends to observe the South African great white sharks in False Bay at Seal Island, where 64,000 Cape fur seals share a mere 450 meters of roc...

The Wellfleet Drive-In

By: John Whelan

“Saturday night at the movies Who cares what picture you see When you’re huggin’ with your baby In the last row of the balcony?”    - The Drifters, 1964   I’ve driven by it for years. And for all those years, I have thought to myself that I had better make plans to go to the Wellfleet Drive-In soon. We all know that Cape Cod is changing and the Wellfleet Drive-In is one of very few Drive-In Theaters...

Our View: Chase Park, An Underutilized Gem

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Chatham selectmen should move quickly to address neighbors' complaints about the use of Chase Park. We say “use” and not “ever-increasing use,” as it’s worded in a recent petition park neighbors submitted to the park and recreation commission, because in our view, Chase Park is one of the most underutilized public spaces in town. The land, off Cross Street, was donated to the town in 1953 by Avis Chase “as a p...

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...