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ORLEANS — If the Orleans Historical Commission gets its way, one of the oldest buildings in Orleans will be preserved either in its current location or a new location. The seven-member board voted unanimously at its virtual Aug. 26 meeting to impose a 12-month demolition delay on the front building at 12 West Rd. The building is “one of a handful of properties in Orleans that is still standing that was buil...

ORLEANS — By this time next month, it’s expected that Nauset Regional High School can end fully remote classes and institute a hybrid model of remote and in-school education. “We’re thinking we can do this by Oct. 15 and get a lot of this work completed and approved, and get it approved by all the people who do inspections for us,” Superintendent Tom Conrad told a relieved regional school committee Sept. 10. “...

ORLEANS — The winds have shifted for the town’s ship of state, and it’s time to trim the sails. Next month’s special town meeting is an opportunity for a mid-course correction that could help deal with even rougher seas ahead. Voters will be asked to increase fees and, for the first time, institute a $25 residential beach parking sticker. That measure has been rejected by town meeting in the past, but the beac...

Olive Forst Kney Osborn

By: Contributed

January 15, 1932 to August 29, 2020 Chatham - Olive (Forst) Kney Osborn, 88, of Chatham died August 29, 2020. She was the loving wife of Dr. Stephen W. Osborn.  Olive was born in Trenton, N.J., and grew up in Hingham and New Hope, Pa.  She was a graduate of Solebury School in New Hope, Pa. and University of Bridgeport in Connecticut.  She also earned a fellowship degree from Alex Moore Studio of Dance in the U...

CHATHAM — Based on an increase of seven cases of COVID-19, state officials have designated Chatham a “higher risk community” and marked it red on its pandemic map. Officials say while the news underscores the importance of stemming the spread of the coronavirus, the designation is related, in part, to the town’s small population size. Acting on the previous two weeks’ case data, the Massachusetts Department ...

Hilda F. Traina

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Hilda F. Traina was born in Chatham, Massachusetts to Henry and Florence Eldredge on June 5, 1921. She moved to the Lincoln Home in Newcastle, Maine two years ago to be close to her son and family, passing away there, on September 3, at 99 years old.   Hilda was captain of the girls championship basketball team at Chatham high school from 1935-1939.  Graduating from Cape Cod secretarial school in 1941...

Nature Connection: Not So Itsy Bitsy Spiders

By: Mary Richmond

It’s that time of year again, when summer sighs and slumps in exhaustion, birds fill up on bugs and seeds, and spiders look for places to hang out inside your home, garage, shed or vehicle. Before you scream and grab the poison bug spray, consider this. Spiders eat a lot of insects, many of the same ones that bug you. Psychologists, biologists and other observant people will readily admit that many peopl...

Chatham Squire COVID-19 Cluster Peaks At Seven

By: Tim Wood

CBI Closes After Server Tests Positive CHATHAM – A cluster of COVID-19 cases among members of the Chatham Squire staff has grown to seven. The Squire closed Aug. 30 after one person tested positive. It reopened Monday after cleaning, but closed again after subsequent testing of 15 staff members revealed three more positive cases. Three additional cases were identified by Visiting Nurse Association contact t...

CHATHAM — Selectmen have reluctantly called a special town meeting for Oct. 3 at 1 p.m. at Veterans Field, despite their concerns about holding a large public gathering during the pandemic. Required by law because it was forced by petition, the meeting will ask voters to consider creating a Main Street Theater Overlay District that will allow the redevelopment and restoration of the historic Monomoy Theatre. ...

CHATHAM – The town recreation department and Monomoy Community Services are teaming up to help working families by sponsoring after-school programs for kids in kindergarten through grade seven. Having reliable daycare is critical for parents who work, a realization that led the two agencies to work together to adapt their usual after-school programs to suit the pandemic. Previously Monomoy Community Service...

WEST CHATHAM — When the Rocking Unicorn Nursery School opens its doors to students on Sept. 14, as it’s done for the last 40 years, there will still be loads of storybooks, art supplies and colorful toys. But there will also be masks, hand sanitizing stations and all sorts of special provisions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Each morning, youngsters will line up on the socially-distanced footprin...

Chatham Airport Lands $347K Federal Grant

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — As part of a $1.2 billion federal airport safety and infrastructure grant program, the Federal Aviation Administration is sending a $347,000 check to the Chatham Municipal Airport. The funds will be used to conduct an airport-related environmental study. The environmental assessment is designed to find environmental impacts that might result from the implementation of parts of the airport master pl...

Restoration Of Clear-cut Trees Ordered

By: Tim Wood

Property Owners Likely To Appeal CHATHAM – More than a year after 62 trees were illegally cut down on a coastal bank overlooking the Mill Creek marsh, the conservation commission last week issued a final enforcement order requiring restoration of the area. It seems likely, however, that the property owners, Bryan and Maria Donohue, will appeal the order, following a contentious meeting last week during whic...

Selectmen, FinCom Withhold Recommendations On School Budget

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Revenues are tight, and selectmen will be using the town’s stabilization fund to balance the FY2021 budget. Board members have made it clear that they are not pleased with the Monomoy Regional School District's decision not to tap its own rainy day fund to help with the balancing act. The board voted 5-0 to place the school budget on the annual town meeting warrant but did give a recommendation on th...

Community Center Slowly Reopens With Revised Programs

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Residents are once again trickling into the community center as the doors closed by the COVID-19 pandemic in March are beginning to open for limited group activities. Community Center Director Carolyn Carey said small groups of no more than 10 people are being allowed to use the activity rooms, and groups of up to 25 are using the multi-purpose room. The center's hours are limited to 8 a.m. to 5 p.m....