Applaud Ban On Nip Bottles
I think the last thing that folks want, who drink and drive, is to be caught driving impaired with an open container in their car. Nips provide a convenient way for so many drivers to avoid that. I applaud those communities on the Cape who recognize that and have instituted a ban on the sale of nips. Let's hope Harwich joins them.
Question Orleans Road 'Enhancements'
Not everyone has "warm feelings" about the Main Street reconstruction and Village Center Streetscape project in Orleans. Parks, benches, and bike racks are fine, but the "bump-outs to increase visibility for pedestrians" are a hazard for motorists. I'm always afraid I'm going to run into one. And the entrance to Friends' Market may "channel traffic more efficiently," but I find it much more awkward than before. Changes that look nice in pictures are not always true enhancements.
Turning Loss Into Something Positive
A big shout out and kudos to Jan Hopkins and her “Memory Bears” highlighted on page 1 of the Dec. 10 issue of The Chronicle. It is so wonderful that Jan, after suffering devastating losses of two adult sons within the span of six months, can put such a positive spin on her grief to help make memories for others who have lost a loved one. The world needs a lot more people like Jan, and my heart and hands go out to her and her “Memory Bears.”
Airport Conflict Unresolved By Town
The past year saw an increase in the number of large, loud commercial planes flying low over Chatham homes and businesses. For a quick 15-second view of one – a Pilatus PC-12 charter – go to this YouTube link: youtu.be/i2KGycPZJJw, with your speaker turned on. Would you or anyone want to repeatedly hear such a plane at any time of the day or night, especially in bad weather?
The Chatham Airport Commission has been pushing through a plan for more commercial air traffic, jet fueling, service and profits, all at the expense of residential quality of life and safety. Who benefits from this plan? Definitely not Chatham residents, who supplement airport costs with tax dollars.
This plan increases the perceived and actual danger to homes and businesses around the flight path, given the airport’s lack of a tower and already occupied crash zones. Unfortunately, the town as the owner and legal sponsor of the airport has declined to resolve this growing conflict between the airport and the quality of life in Chatham.
Move Over Middle School
Is there room in the Monomoy Middle School to accommodate the elementary school classes? This would free up the elementary school to be the new senior center, thus saving the town maybe $8,000,000.
Chatham and Tiburon, Calif.
Orleans Holiday Contest Winners
The elves at the Orleans Chamber of Commerce have finished judging the holiday decorating contest and are ready to announce the winners. We would like to thank the Orleans Improvement Association for their continued dedication to funding the contest prize money. Our gratitude goes out to all businesses who participated in the contest and decorated their building for the holidays. Your displays made the town look even more beautiful.
The winners are: First place, Earth House; second place, Snow’s Home and Garden; and third place, N.Y. Hair Co. and Spa. The People's Choice Contest, selected by community members who votes for their favorite, was won by the Artist Cottages in Orleans Market Square.
Happy Holidays everyone!
Noëlle Pina, executive director
Orleans Chamber of Commerce
Doesn't Matter Which Side You're On
Many thanks to Fran Geberth for providing us readers with her informative articles on bygone times in Harwich. Her research into the Brooks Academy archives is remarkable, as is the narrative she pens. I particularly enjoyed her recent column on "The Old Timers" of Harwich circa 1644. Thanks to the town's early settlers and the conservation efforts of today, north-siders and south-siders enjoy the land that stretches from the bay to the sound.
Orleans Enhancements Are Confusing
To remark upon the Dec. 17 letter about the confusing ins and outs that are part of the enhancement for Main Street in Orleans, the feeling is like going in the wrong directions while entering a roundabout. To do so you have to drive head on to the vehicle wanting to exit from the Post Office Square onto Main Street, meanwhile cutting this person off and then making a drastic left turn. It's sheer madness, a crippling area for foreseeable congestion.