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John Whelan: Down To The Sea In Ships

By: John Whelan

“Somewhere beyond the sea Somewhere waiting for me It’s far beyond the stars It’s near beyond the moon I know without a doubt My heart will be leading me there soon.”   “Beyond the Sea” was a big hit for Bobby Darin in 1959. The lyrics were by Jack Lawrence and the music was from a 1945 French song “La Mer” written by Charles Trenet. Fishing, boat building and intercoastal commerce weighed he...

School News, March 28

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Orleans Elementary School Orleans Elementary School hosted an evening of science fun at STEM night.  Over 200 members of the school community were in attendance to participate in more than a dozen hands-on activities to help students learn about Cape Cod’s waters and how to protect and understand this resource.  This was a program of the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension in coordination with AmeriCorps Cape Cod a...

EASTHAM — Before the scooping, there must be scoping. The selectmen of Eastham and Orleans agreed March 25 that two potential plans for dredging Nauset Estuary have merit. One would dredge the system from Town Cove through the main channel and behind the barrier beach to Nauset Inlet with spurs to the Priscilla and Hemenway landings; the other would not include the spurs. “The (first) provides the most us...

ORLEANS — “No one has ever come to consensus on one person's terms,” said Erik Oliver, one of three candidates for two seats on the board of selectmen. “I like to talk to people who are affected (by decisions on major issues) to find out what their perspective is,” he said in an interview this week. “That often helps me evolve in mine. Talking to different stakeholders or business owners or taxpayers allows ...

EASTHAM — Housing and economic development advocates have a clear message for Lower Cape town meeting voters this spring: “We Can’t Afford to Lose the People Who Can’t Afford to Live Here.” That’s the theme of a public education campaign being launched by the Eastham-based Community Development Partnership. The message will appear in a series of newspaper advertisements and on social media. Jay Coburn, CE...

CHATHAM — In the latest effort to fix the sticky Mitchell River drawbridge, crews will begin major repairs on April 8 which could take nearly two months to complete. During that time, Bridge Street will be closed to through traffic. On Monday, MassDOT officials notified the town that the bridge contractor, SPS New England, will be on site starting April 1, installing detour signs and informational message boar...

When The Wind Blows

By: Mary Richmond

March has blown onto shore with great gusto. This isn’t unexpected. March is known for her windy ways and breezy personality. Standing on a beach on certain days can have a sandpaper effect on my skin. I generally don’t see much on days like that since my eyes are closed most of the time to keep the stinging sand from blinding me. And yet, I continue to walk, turning my back to the wind as quickly as I can, scann...

Diana Glenn (Nickerson) Lapham

By: Contributed

   Diana Glenn (Nickerson) Lapham   Diana Glenn (Nickerson) Lapham, 87, died Wednesday, February 13, at the Liberty Commons Rehabilitation and Skilled Care Center, N. Chatham. She was the wife of the late Paul Harwood Lapham, Sr., for 68 years. A Cape Cod native, Diana was born on December 20, 1931 at the Cape Cod Hospital, the last child of the late Theodore Watson and Lillian Mae (O’Brien) Nickerson.  ...

CHATHAM – The task force appointed by the board of selectmen to identify ways to build a more sustainable, vibrant and diverse community will hold two public forums next month to ask residents for their ideas on meeting that goal. The Chatham 365 task force will host the forums on Saturday, April 6 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. and Wednesday, April 10, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Both take place in the large meeting room at ...

Desperate Mariners Seek Answers

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM  —  With fishing boats and Coast Guard surfboats now frequently bottled up in Chatham Harbor because of severe shoaling – and with peak commercial fishing season less than three months away – mariners are demanding answers. Town officials have very few. “June is coming very close for us,” commercial fisherman and Aunt Lydia’s Cove Committee Chairman Doug Feeney told selectmen Monday. “We’re in need rig...

Voters To Consider $1.3M Goose Pond Land Purchase

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM  —  More than an open space purchase, the proposed acquisition of more than four acres of undeveloped land on the shore of Goose Pond is being described as a chance to freeze in time one of the town’s last unspoiled freshwater shorelines. With support from the Compact of Cape Cod Conservation Trusts, the town’s Land Bank open space committee is recommending that town spend $1,275,000 to buy three adjoi...

CHATHAM  —  Growing up in South Chatham, Dorothy Bassett and her siblings used to play in the woods and swing down into a nearby pond to swim. When the land was suddenly cleared for house lots, Bassett felt a real sense of loss, a feeling that would eventually fuel her decision to study environmental science in college. Her goal was to return to her home town to work in land conservation – a goal she’s just achie...

Selectmen Back Senior Center Plan

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM  —  In a special meeting last Thursday, selectmen officially threw their support behind a plan to build a new senior center at a town-owned site on Middle Road.  Following a presentation by architect Joel Bargmann, the board voted unanimously to recommend passage of the town meeting article that would authorize the project, which is estimated to cost between $6.2 and $6.5 million. Responding to more...

CHATHAM – Crews began prep work for the West Chatham Roadway Project this week, and right in the middle of the section of Route 28 that's being upgraded, another crew was working on a different kind of upgrading project. A half dozen members of the Barnstable County AmeriCorps group were assisting town conservation staff in creating a meadow at the Captain George Harding Conservation Area, directly across the ...