Doing Good

By: Kat Szmit

Do you know someone who is going above and beyond in this extraordinary time? Let us know! For the next few weeks we'll be highlighting those who do good deeds in our local communities by selflessly helping their neighbors. Drop us an email at if you know of any good deeds you'd like to see exposed.

Plants For Seniors

With elder care homes putting the kibosh on visitors until the pandemic passes, and stay-at-home requests keeping people apart, local seniors are in need of some serious cheering up. That’s where Sarah Dennis, a certified nurse’s assistant from Harwich, comes in.

Bothered by the lack of a program to help out area seniors during times of immense need, Dennis decided to tackle the issue herself. With some help from family and friends, including Sandi Reilly of Harwich and Jennifer Putnum of Chatham, Dennis has been decorating, filling, and delivering plant pots containing the seeds of flowering plants inside. News of her good works is spreading not only across Cape Cod, but nationally as well. But Dennis isn’t seeking the spotlight. She just wants to help area seniors smile more when they need it most.

“On Easter morning, I woke up and thought about how many people were spending Easter alone, without loved ones around,” Dennis said. “My daughter and I spent Easter going around to local neighborhoods delivering plants to seniors.”

Dennis said she opted for seeds as opposed to blooming plants to reduce the risk of infection and added that any senior anywhere on Cape Cod is welcome to submit their name and address for a potted plant delivery. The plants also come with cards made by Dennis’s daughters, Layla Dennis and Maggie Gannon, and include an address so folks can write letters to the girls if they want.

The reason for and the message behind each plant is simple.

“I don’t want human decency and kindness to be a casualty in all of this,” Dennis said.

Seniors, their family members, and friends can request a delivery at Potted Plants for Seniors, PO Box 364 Harwich Port, 02646, or by calling 508-292-1671.

#Chatham State Of Mind

Sandy Wycoff of the Chatham Clothing Bar has been conducting interviews with Chatham Chamber of Commerce members and others in the community about what they're doing during the current shutdown. She's spoken to a wide range of business and community leaders including Chatham Athletics President Steve West, Town Manager Jill Goldsmith, Karen Marjollet of the Chatham Squire, Theresa Malone of Monomoy Community Services, Shane Coughlin of the Wayside Inn, Chief of Police Mark Pawlina and The Chronicle's own Amy Tagliaferri and many more. The interviews, which run about seven or eight minutes, can be found on the chamber's Facebook page.

CAC Student Show

The Creative Arts Center has moved its annual Students Exhibit online. Visit to view or purchase the works and cast your vote for your favorite. The exhibit will remain up through April 29.

Sustainable Practices

Sustainable Practices is participating in a grassroots screening tour of “The Story of Plastic,” a documentary by The Story of Stuff Project. The film delves into the current global plastic pollution crisis. For free access to the film available now through Wednesday, April 2, RSVP Eventbrite. Early registration is recommended as the number of tickets is limited.