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Letter to the Editor, March 19

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Support Plastic Bottle Ban Editor: Single use PET (Polyethylene terephthalate) bottles are the third most common item found in ocean debris, almost 15 percent of total marine waste. Caps and lids from PET bottles are the fourth most common item. Plastic has been found in more than 60 percent of all seabirds and in 100 percent of sea turtle species. Sustainable Practices is working to ban commercial single...

Andrew Buckley: Pre-plague Equinox

By: Andrew Buckley

It’s raining today, a light spring shower that was creeping into the air all morning with the spongy ground and the milk-gray sky. They’re still working on the road, putting the sewer line down and leaving cracks in the pavement where the heavy equipment sat like a ponderous dinosaur over the gash it made. It is the sort of morning one would get something warm to drink to get going. I went to Cumbies for coffe...

“She’s back.” That’s what people are saying about Jenn Mentzer, who was appointed general manager of the Chatham Wayside Inn effective Feb. 24. A well-known figure for decades in Chatham’s restaurant scene, Mentzer has spent the past 11 years as director of the catering division of Mac’s Seafood, based in Wellfleet. One quiet morning about halfway through her third week on the job at the Wayside, Mentzer ca...

New Focus On Veterans Memorials At Academy Place

By: Ed Maroney

ORLEANS — Townspeople remember the service of their military members every Memorial Day and Veterans Day at Academy Place, sometimes in such numbers that they spill out of the triangular piece of land at Route 28 and Main Street. Now there’s a plan to reorganize the monuments that recognize those who served in the nation’s conflicts and create a space well suited for reflection on their sacrifices. Memorial an...

ORLEANS — There’s something for everyone in the community preservation committee’s recommendations for spending on community housing, historical preservation, open space, and recreation. What there’s not is everything for everybody. With almost 20 requests for supporting totaling well above $2 million, the committee had a tough job getting the number down to its expected revenue for the fiscal year beginning J...

Steven R. LaPierre

By: Contributed

Steven Robert LaPierre, age 72, of North Chatham, passed away on January 19, 2020 at his home, following a long and heroic battle with Parkinson’s disease.   The eldest of six children, he was born in November 1947 to Gloria and the late Robert LaPierre of Belmont. He was married to his best friend and high school sweetheart, Mary Ann, for almost 50 years. Together, they raised their children, Noel and D...

Michael T. Lavin, PhD, 74

By: Contributed

With deep sadness we announce the passing of Michael Terrence Lavin Sr, 74, of Orleans, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin, mentor and friend, on March 11, 2020, after complications from surgery in January. Mike, the youngest of five sons, was born January 8, 1946 in Framingham to Nora (O’Hare) and Francis Lavin, and was part of a huge extended Irish family. He graduated from Marion Cat...

Grant (Trip) Wilson

By: Contributed

With heavy hearts we say goodbye to our son Trip Wilson who passed away unexpectedly at his home in South Portland on February 22, 2020. Grant William Wilson (Trip) was born in Portland, Maine May 22, 2003, the third son of Grant Lenox Wilson and Kimberly Welch Wilson. He attended Breakwater School as a child and was in his junior year at Waynflete School. Trip is survived by his parents, his two brothers Rober...

UPDATED MARCH 14, 8 p.m. In an email to parents from Superintendent Dr. Scott Carpenter, the Monomoy Regional School District announced Saturday that schools will close as of Monday. The Nauset Public Schools will also be closing as of March 16. On Friday, Superintendent Robert Sanborn confirmed that Cape Cod Regional Technical High School will be closed for two weeks beginning March 16. Students will be wo...

The first positive case of COVID-19 coronavirus on Cape Cod was confirmed by the state department of public health Saturday. On Sunday Chatham closed its community center after learning that person was in the building Feb. 29. The person, a Sandwich resident, is reportedly showing symptoms and is being isolated; it is not known where or when he contracted the virus.  In a press release Sunday, town officials s...

Herbert Frederick Lach, Jr., 74

By: Contributed

Herbert Frederick Lach, Jr., 74               Herbert Frederick Lach, Jr., of Brewster, passed away peacefully on Monday, March 9, 2020, surrounded by his loving family.  He was born Herbert Frederick Lach, Jr. on December 26, 1945, in Orange, New Jersey, to Herbert and Helene Lach. Herb grew up in New Jersey, with his sister, Kathryn Moss of North Carolina, and his brothers Douglas Lach of Pennsylvania, an...

CHATHAM — By a solid margin, voters at Saturday’s special town meeting approved spending $75,000 for a feasibility study for a new council on aging building on Stepping Stones Road. But because the land is under the control of the Monomoy Regional School Committee, which has voted against releasing it back to the town, it remains to be seen if a new senior center could be built on the two-acre parcel. The v...

CHATHAM – In order to create a year-round arts and entertainment facility and preserve the historic buildings on the former Monomoy Theatre property, owner Alexandra Properties is proposing a new zoning overlay district covering 776 Main St. and 70 Depot Rd. Both properties were used by the Monomoy Theatre until its sale to Alexandra Properties last year. The proposed Main Street Theater Overlay District would...

Fools To Freeze For Firefighter’s Fiancée

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — This year, the April Fools of Chatham Fire Department will lead their annual fund-raising plunge in frigid Nantucket Sound to benefit one of their own. The swim will take place on April 1 at 4:30 p.m. at Harding’s Beach, and hundreds of people are expected to join in. This year’s event will raise funds for 28-year-old Hayley Varin, who will soon be married to Chatham Firefighter Harry Fietz. Varin wa...

CHATHAM — It’s been a practice for about as long as anyone can remember, but because of a complaint to the state, the town is now regulating the storage of weir poles at the end of Harding’s Beach. Used to suspend offshore fish trap nets, the wooden poles are stored on the end of the beach in the off-season. Answering a complaint from an unnamed citizen, the state attorney general’s office says the practice re...