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Eric Zmuda was riding high in early 2020. It was for good reason, too. He had completed the 2019 summer — the first in which he served as Cape Cod Baseball League commissioner — and was gearing up for a second season he anticipated would run even more smoothly than his first. “Going into year two as a commissioner was pretty exciting,” Zmuda said. “Year one was a good success with all 10 organizations. I ha...

Diana Jones Plays CranFest In The Courtyard

By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley

The summertime is filled with song as the third season of CranFest in the Courtyard continues. A concert will be performed in the Harwich Cultural Center courtyard every Thursday evening through Aug. 26, with award-winning singer-songwriter Diana Jones taking the stage on July 15. Jones has performed at events such as Cambridge Folk Festival, Galway Arts Festival and has received awards from Kerrville Folk Fes...

CHATHAM – Ever wondered what it's like to be behind the scenes at the PBS long running hit program Antiques Roadshow? Ken Gloss, owner of Boston's renowned Brattle Book Shop, one of America's oldest and largest antiquarian bookstores, regaled 45 attendees with stories of rare book appraisals, sales and the Roadshow at a lively virtual program on rare books sponsored recently by the Eldredge Public Library. ...

Our View: The Road To Gentrification

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

We've written extensively about the housing crisis faced by Chatham, Harwich and Orleans and the entire region. Frustratingly, there's no immediate solution on the horizon. While Orleans is in the midst of adding appreciable amounts of affordable housing, Harwich and Chatham have lagged behind. Some of this is market-driven and almost impossible to control, as the seemingly insatiable appetite for second homes in...

Letters To The Editor: July 8, 2021

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Support For Protecting Past Editor: Protect Our Past owes a great deal of gratitude to the Cape and Islands community for supporting the recently held “Raise Paddles for POP” auction.  The response was significant and financially productive.  As a result, Protect Our Past will be producing more “POP Clips” this summer.  In case you have not seen our recently completed ones, take a look at www.protectourpast...

“It’s just a number,” Ella Lombard of Harwich says about one’s age. “It’s what you do with it.” Ella celebrated her 100th birthday on May 21. This remarkable woman lives at home with her pet pug and still drives herself to the grocery store and bank. She took up painting in her 70s when her niece tutored her; today, a quilt that she is sewing is spread over the dining room table. To date, she has completed 46 ...

ORLEANS — The controversy over awarding rights to negotiate a community host agreement to sell cannabis in town had its day in court July 1. Barnstable Superior Court Judge Mark Gildea took under advisement B\Well Holdings’s request for a preliminary injunction to block the town from acting on the select board’s decision to give those rights to Seaside Joint Venture or any other applicant that scored lower than...

Former Orleans Printery Could Make News Again

By: Ed Maroney

ORLEANS — “Roll tape” may replace “roll the presses” at the former Cape Codder printery on Namskaket Road if Lower Cape Community Access TV opens a new headquarters there. The non-profit content and community access provider was to go before the site plan review committee yesterday (July 7) for informal review of its plan to build two studios (one with a working kitchen), an audio recording booth, and even a...

ORLEANS — Police Chief Scott MacDonald, a 30-year law enforcement veteran, remembers when “community policing” was more reactive. “When a problem arose, we would connect with the community and try to solve that problem,” he said last week. “Community policing was always on the periphery, not part of the fundamental foundation of law enforcement.” That had to change. “We can’t react after there’s a problem,”...

Fireworks Rescheduled To Aug. 5

By: Staff Reports

CHATHAM – A soggy forecast forced the cancellation of an Independence Day fireworks display planned for Veterans Field Thursday, and organizers say they'll try again Aug. 5. Northstar Fireworks of Montpelier, Vt., made the decision to cancel the event late Thursday morning based on the prediction of heavy rain in the evening, said Steve West of the Chatham Athletics Association, which was sponsoring the firewo...

Donald James Edge

By: Contributed

Donald James Edge of Cherry Hill, New Jersey, and Chatham, passed away on June 24, 2021. He was born on July 21, 1932 and grew up in Black River, New Brunswick, Canada and Cambridge.  He enlisted in the Air Force during the Korean War and after discharge in London, he wrote for the Stars and Stripes and formed a ghostbusters club to explore private English castles.  Don held degrees in English Literature from Bos...

John L. Alexanderson

By: Contributed

John L. Alexanderson, 82, of Concord and Chatham, passed away on May 14, 2021. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., the son of the late Dorothea Smith (Ranken) Alexanderson and Commodore Leroy Alexanderson (Rear Admiral USNR), John will be forever missed by his beloved wife of nearly 60 years, Nancy (Baier) Alexanderson, his son, Scott Alexanderson, and his partner, Allyson Baugham, and his daughter, Whitney (Alexanderson) He...

Heather Robertson Thomas

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Heather Robertson Thomas April 24, 1970-June 21, 2021 Heather Robertson Thomas of Wilbraham passed away at her family home in Harwich on June 21, 2021. Born in Stuttgart, Germany, on April 24, 1970 to Robert and Eileen (Ryder) Thomas while her father was serving in the United States Army, Heather grew up in New York, Pennsylvania, and moved to Wilbraham in 1978. After graduating from Minnechaug Regional High Scho...

NORTH CHATHAM — White sharks are just offshore virtually all summer long, but when are they actively hunting and when are they just cruising? More than a matter of scientific curiosity, the answer is key to improving beach safety, officials say. The first research done on white sharks off Cape Cod began to show how many individuals might be in the area, and revealed that they’re here in greatest numbers in Aug...