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Our View -- Orleans Selectmen: A Close Call

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

At a time that requires so much of our leaders and ourselves, it seems wasteful to say to one of the three committed citizens running for selectman, “Thanks, but no thanks.” Yet, that’s the arithmetic. Incumbents Dave Currier and Meff Runyon want to stay, and Andrea Shaw Reed wants to join. When the music stops June 23, there will be only two seats available. Each hopeful has a good case to make. Currier, w...

The constant flow of information about COVID-19 over the past three months has led local councils on aging to daily changes requiring new ways of living, limiting activities and programs, closing buildings and dispersing staff and volunteers, and leading to readjustments in services and a rethinking of how to get things done. That is now being followed by a slow process of reopening that may continue for months. ...

ORLEANS — Rain is predicted for the morning of Saturday, June 20. So is an outdoor town meeting. That long-range forecast is just one view; another prediction shows a string of rainy days leading up to a cloudy but dry June 20. “If possible, we’ll just postpone it to the next day,” Moderator David Lyttle told selectmen at their pre-town meeting session June 3. “These are remarkable times that call for remarkab...

ORLEANS — When is a closing an opening? When it’s a purchase that will ensure public access to Sipson Island, which has been privately held since 1711. On Monday, the Sipson Island Trust and its partner, the Nadler family, closed on the purchase of the Pleasant Bay gem from the Dietrich family trusts. The Trust now owns six lots and will acquire two more from the Nadlers when an additional $585,000 is raised, ...

Has anybody here seen my old friend Bobby? Can you tell me where he’s gone? I thought I saw him walkin’ up over the hill With Abraham, Martin, and John.                          - Dick Holler ORLEANS — As Summer Bates started walking up over the hill to the middle school parking lot Saturday, tears came to her eyes. A torrent of people was pouring down to the village green to join a protest march in so...

Harwich Cranberry Festival Events Cancelled

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

HARWICH – The Harwich Cranberry Festival Committee is cancelling all of this year's events, including the fall Cranberry Arts and Music Festival, due to the coronavirus pandemic. The summer Courtyard Music Concert series, crafts fairs and the September Beach Day are also cancelled, the committee announced Saturday. In an email, HCF President Ed McManus said that social distancing requirements make it imposs...

Video: Harwich Protest

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Hundreds of Cape Cod residents gathered in Harwich Center today to support Black Lives Matters protests across the country. A similar demonstration was held in Orleans Friday.  Below is a video highlighting the Harwich event; watch this week's paper for photos and stories about all the protests.

HARWICH – A peaceful procession in Harwich planned for Saturday afternoon has seen a change of hands after the event received negative attention on social media. The gathering will happen Saturday at 2 p.m. at Brooks Park. A pair of eighth graders from Monomoy Regional High School, concerned about heightened racial tensions nationally in the wake of the murder of George Floyd at the hands of police officers...

HARWICH – School budget planning is typically a challenging yearly task, but the planning of the FY21 budget for the Monomoy Regional School District has been further complicated by COVID closures and reschedules, forcing the district to opt for a one-twelfth budget as administrators await funding approval from town meetings. With Chatham’s town meeting not scheduled until June 22 and Harwich having postponed ...

It’s A Loud World Out There

By: Mary Richmond

Recently I’ve been doing a lot of walking out in the woods or on the beach and I’ve discovered that no matter where I go, the sounds of cars, sirens, planes and boat motors are ever present. Even in this time of reduced traffic, a certain level of noise has continued unabated. There may be stretches of time where the natural sounds of nature alone can be heard but they are rare and short, if you really stop to li...

Town Bands Stay Tuned For Future Concerts

By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley

“ What did you miss the most during the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020?” Someday in the future, someone will ask you this question. For many Cape Codders, the answer will be easy. We missed warm, breezy evenings spent gathered with our friends, families and neighbors on blankets or in beach chairs. We missed the sound of laughter, the sight of suntanned children chasing each other across the green grass...

ORLEANS — Things looked grim to Sid Snow, CEO of Snow’s Home and Garden, when he wrote to Health Agent Bob Canning May 22. “I have already missed nine weeks of revenue (sales down 74 percent), two of my four best months, and Memorial weekend, which is bigger than Christmas for most all Cape businesses,” he wrote. “I totally expect the governor to extend phase 2 opening way past June 8… Like all busine...

Ralph R. Crowell

By: Contributed

Ralph R. Crowell  1926-2020             Ralph R. "Eph" Crowell of Chatham, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, May 30, 2020 at Cape Cod Hospital.  Eph, as he was known by everyone, was born June 3, 1926, son of the late Frederick W. Crowell, Sr. and Helen Eldridge Crowell.  He was immensely proud of his lineage, being a 12th generation Cape Codder, and being a direct descendant to John Crowell, one of the...

Beverley E. (Perry) Ricci

By: Contributed

Beverley E. (Perry) Ricci, 90, of Chatham passed away peacefully at Liberty Commons Nursing Home on May 30, 2020.                 Beverley was born in Taunton on July 28, 1929. She attended the Kathleen Dell Secretarial School in Brookline after graduating from Taunton High School. Bev worked at Harodite Industries in North Dighton before moving to the Cape in 1976 where she started her second career as Town C...

Diane E Karel

By: Contributed

Diane E Karel, 73, passed away peacefully in her sleep at home on Wednesday, May 20, after succumbing to her illness of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.  She is survived by her loving husband, J. Sargent “Sarge” Slicer, whom she married in 1989, and her three sisters:  Lindy Ralphs of Idaho, and Laura Karel and Lisa Cavicchia, both of Florida.  She is also survived by her three stepchildren:  Eric (Laura) Slicer of...

CHATHAM — When it comes to safely managing the town’s bathing beaches this summer, officials are weighing more than just the public health implications of COVID-19. They have to consider a key source of town revenue and a major driver for the town’s economy. “The number one thing that everybody wants when they come here is the beaches,” said parks and recreation commissioner Kimberly Robbins, who also operates...