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You Guest It: A Promise Made Is A Promise Kept

By: Bill Bystrom

Anyone who has lived in Chatham for more than 10 years will remember the heated controversy surrounding the merging of the Chatham and Harwich school districts, which narrowly passed in Chatham. This wasn’t the first time the concept of regionalization was proposed, but at the time Chatham was faced with serious declining enrollment, and Harwich was in need of a new high school facility estimated to cost $40 m...

Wanted: Candidates For Elected Boards In 2021

By: Ed Maroney

ORLEANS — Who isn’t running for town offices next May is as interesting as who is. After many years on the elementary school committee, Josh Stewart won’t run again. He’ll remain on the regional committee. The three incumbents whose seats on the library board of trustees are up for election – Carolyn Dowd, Mary Beth Fincke, and Mary Reuland – will have served two consecutive three-year terms and will have to...

Orleans Stays On Course Through A Stormy Year

By: Ed Maroney

ORLEANS — “The story of 2019 is how different it was from 2018.” Darn. We should have saved last year’s lead for this year’s annual round-up. In 2020, a pandemic swept the world like a nor’easter that wouldn’t quit. Every day, it blew down another familiar part of the landscape: in-classroom learning, committee meetings at town hall, the day program at the senior center, the annual police block party, the...

Historic CG Boathouse May Be Lost

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CHATHAM – The historic Stage Harbor Coast Guard boathouse may not make it off the shore in Hull, where it has been sitting derelict for more than a year. David Doherty, who spearheaded the effort to bring the boathouse back to Chatham, said he was informed late Tuesday by the attorney for the structure's current owners that an agreement to purchase the building was off and that his deposit check would be retur...

Marion Lawson

By: Contributed

Marion Lawson of Chatham passed away at the age of 95 on December 13, 2020 at Cape Cod Hospital, Hyannis. She had been a recent resident at Mill Hill Residence Memory Care in W. Yarmouth after a few years of declining health.             Marion was born at home in West Haven, Conn. on February 25, 1925 to the late Louise Broggi Lynch and Harvey Thomas Lynch. She was predeceased in 1999 by her devoted husband W...

Thomas Brewer Nickerson

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Thomas Brewer Nickerson, of Orleans, died Saturday, December 12th in his winter home in Punta Gorda, Florida, at the age of 87. Nickerson was the beloved husband of Carol Nickerson and father of Bethany Nickerson and Thomas Brewer Nickerson, Jr. Originally from Eastham, he was the son of Otto Eli Nickerson and Albina Brewer Nickerson. He attended his father’s one room schoolhouse through grade 8 and graduated fro...

Florence “Flo” Bassett

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Florence “Flo” Bassett of Chatham passed away on Tuesday, December 15, 2020.               Born Florence Whitehead on July 26 th , 1927 in Westport MA, she is survived by her husband of 73 years Ivan Bassett, Chatham Deputy Fire Chief, Retired and her 3 sons and their families. Jeffrey Basset and wife Christine of Brunswick, Maine, James Bassett and wife Marie Sestile of Las Vegas, Nev., Jon Basset and his ...

CHATHAM – Something wasn’t right. The screaming pain Paul Borde could feel in his lower back was starting to affect his daily life. The discomfort was really unbearable for Borde, who struggled to sleep and walk throughout the summer of 2019. Perhaps worst of all, the pain hammering away at the bottom of his vertebrae was hindering Borde’s golf game, which really sounded alarms for the avid golfer. “I thoug...

CHATHAM – The owners of the former Monomoy Theatre will return to the historic business district commission next month with a concept plan for redevelopment of the Main Street property, in order to convince the commission to reverse its vote to prohibit demolition of four buildings formerly associated with the theater. Because Chatham Productions LLC lacked a plan for the redevelopment of the 2.7-acre theater ...

Selectmen: Chatham Needs Its Elementary School

By: Alan Pollock

Enrollment Drop Shows Need For Sustainability Initiatives CHATHAM — Selectmen acknowledged Tuesday that something must be done to address plummeting enrollment at Chatham Elementary, but shied away from any plan that calls for the closure of the school. Any long-term fix must be considered in the context of efforts to attract and retain young families in town, they said. As he previously did before the sc...

Storm Washes Over North Beach Island

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – Last week's coastal storm may have spared the area the heavy snow that fell elsewhere in the state, but the churning ocean took a toll on North Beach Island. The storm knocked down several substantial dunes and washed over a narrow section of the barrier island approximately opposite Chatham Bars Inn. “We've been watching that narrow section, fully expecting exactly what happened,” said Coastal Re...

Marconi Talk Details Efforts To Protect Atlantic Battlefields

By: Elizabeth Van Wye

CHATHAM – If you want to explore the closest World War II battlefield to the continental U.S., where would you go? If you said Pearl Harbor or Omaha Beach, you would have missed that war's closest battlefield by thousands of miles. More than 80 people turned out Thursday night for a Zoom lecture sponsored by the Chatham Marconi Maritime Center (CMMC) to hear Joseph Hoyt of the National Ocean and Atmospheric Ag...

Helping Neighbors Donations Vital As Thrift Shop Closes Doors

By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley

The COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 has been difficult for everyone, but for those who rely on The Family Pantry for access to nourishing food for themselves and their families, things have been especially hard. Job loss, housing insecurity and juggling bringing home a paycheck with helping school-age children to navigate virtual classrooms have made a tough time even tougher. Now, with diagnosed cases of the virus ac...

Harwich Weighs $20 Million In FY22 Capital Plan

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Town officials are weighing the cost and impact of the FY22 capital plan, which contains approximately $20 million in requests and is driven by wastewater projects for which decisions have yet to be fully vetted. The capital plan had been carrying $8.4 million in wastewater funding FY22, representing the projected cost of a third contract for sewer construction to complete the system installation in ...

Displaced Workers Train For New Careers At Cape Tech

By: Alan Pollock

Hot Job Market For Dental And Veterinary Assistants PLEASANT LAKE — Whether it’s because of the pandemic or just because of the Cape’s unique economy, some people are looking to hit the reset button on their careers, moving from one type of job to an entirely different line of work. T he Community School at Cape Cod Tech is helping to meet that need, offering adult education training in a vari...