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ORLEANS — Voters agreed Tuesday to proceed with a renovation/expansion feasibility study of the fire station, the purchase of a new pumper truck, and the expenditure on design and permitting for dredging work in Nauset Estuary and Pleasant Bay. Turnout was 25 percent for the special election held to exempt the measures, which had been backed at the Oct. 31 town meeting, as debt exclusions from the tax levy l...

ORLEANS — After just his first meeting as a member of the state’s Marine Fisheries Advisory Commission, commercial fisherman Bill Amaru had good news for fellow supporters of dredging Nauset Estuary. “We are going to discuss a new survey of fish stocks in the estuaries where dredging will be taking place to see if the window for dredging can be expanded,” Amaru wrote in an email. “Certain species that were abu...

ORLEANS — Today (Dec. 3) at 4:30 p.m., the community preservation committee will begin sifting through more than 20 requests for funding, including $2 million to help acquire the former Cape Cod Five operations center for community housing. Among other requests on the list is the recreation advisory committee’s “Orleans Outdoors” initiative, a $189,636 package covering amenities from bike and kayak racks to ba...

Conrad: Pandemic Made Nauset Schools Stronger

By: Debra Lawless

“When life gives you lemons, make lemonade,” is how Nauset Public Schools Superintendent Thomas Conrad might sum up the past few months in the school system that has been profoundly changed by the coronavirus pandemic. “With change comes change. Do not be afraid of it,” are words that Conrad frequently speaks to his staff. Conrad gave the keynote speech during the Orleans Chamber of Commerce’s 31st annual m...

“We are in a moment right now where it has never been more apparent that housing equals health care,” Andrea Aldana, director of Housing Advocacy for Community Development Partnership (CDP), said last week during an Orleans Citizens forum on affordable housing. “Our ability to control the pandemic is really closely tied to access to safe, decent and affordable housing that allows people to shelter in place and pr...

William Anthony ‘Bill’ Kretschmer Jr.

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Harwich - William Anthony “Bill” Kretschmer Jr., “N2KNL,” 63 of Harwich passed away on November 6, 2020 in Milton after suffering from a stroke. Bill was born in Syracuse, N.Y. to William and Ursula Kretschmer.  He graduated from Liverpool High School in 1975.  Before retiring, he was a Water Technician for the Town of Yarmouth.  He was an expert ham radio operator, historian of radio stations from the 1950s to ...

Norman F. (Fred) Tansey

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TANSEY, Norman F (Fred), 88, of Chatham, passed peacefully on 11-9-2020 after a long illness, at home with family at his side. Born 1-4-1932 in Brooklyn, N.Y, son of the late Margarethe Amelie Paetzel, the late Eugene Tansey and stepson of the late Leslie Paetzel. After graduating from high school in N.J., Fred served four years in the USN, serving during the Korean War. He was very proud to be a veteran.After ...

Olive Bogue

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Olive F. Hart-Bogue passed away peacefully on November 17th, in her home of 60 years, surrounded by loved ones. She is the daughter of Rachel (Horton) and William Forrest. Born in North Truro on August 20th 1930, she and her family moved to Chatham in 1942. She graduated from Chatham High School in 1948 and moved on to Framingham State College, where she graduated with a B.S. degree in Home Economics in 1953. ...

Michael ‘Mickey’ Joseph Reynolds

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September 15, 1944 - November 16, 2020 Michael “Mickey” Joseph Reynolds, 76, of Sweet Home, passed away Monday. He was born in Attleboro to Joseph E. and Rita C. (McCracken) Reynolds.    Michael grew up in Massachusetts and attended Boston School for the Deaf in Randolph and American School for the Deaf in Hartford, Conn. He worked in Tennessee, Florida, Virginia, California and has lived in Sweet Home, Ore...

Dr. Josephine Piekarz Ives

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CHATHAM – Dr. Josephine Piekarz Ives, 99, of Chatham, passed away peacefully at home on Nov. 16, 2020.  She was born in Colchester, Conn.; the daughter of the late Joseph and Anna (Przybos) Piekarz.  She was predeceased by her husband, Sumner Albert Ives, who died April 24, 1984. Josephine graduated from the Teachers College of Connecticut in 1943 and taught first grade in West Hartford, Conn. for three years.  ...

Jo Ives Broke Town Gender Barriers

By: Tim Wood

First Woman Elected To Board Of Selectman Dies At 99 CHATHAM – For more than 275 years, half of the town's residents lacked representation on the board of selectmen. That changed in 1988, when Josephine Ives became the first woman elected to the board. “It was huge to have a woman represented on the board,” said Shareen Davis, the board's current chair. “She certainly did pave the way for others to step int...

AG: Monomoy School Com Violated Open Meeting Law

By: Tim Wood

The Monomoy Regional School Committee violated the state's Open Meeting Law in March when it discussed a topic that was not included on a posted meeting notice, the Attorney General's Office ruled this week. In a Nov. 23 letter, Assistant Attorney General Elizabeth Carnes Flynn of the office's Division of Open Government wrote that an investigation found that the committee did not intentionally violate the law...

When the pandemic hit last spring and the hunkering down began, Peter and Bonnie Brenner decided to make lemons out of lemonade. Peter had retired from a 40-year career in the ministry, including two decades as a Navy chaplain, and Bonnie knew that there were boxes of his professional material stored in their basement. Bonnie also knew that Peter, who had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2013, would ...

Plunging Enrollment Threatens Chatham Elementary School

By: Alan Pollock

And Puts Unfair Burden On Harwich Taxpayers A precipitous drop in enrollment, driven by the loss of young families from town, is threatening the future of Chatham Elementary School. That also has big implications for Harwich taxpayers and the pact between the two towns that form the Monomoy school district. In the short term, Chatham taxpayers will likely be asked to pay a larger share of the budget for the...

HBDC Denies Demo Of Monomoy Theatre Buildings

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – Lacking a plan for redevelopment of the former Monomoy Theatre property, the historic business district commission last week denied requests to demolish five of the seven buildings at 766 Main St. and 70 Depot Rd. “I feel very uncomfortable approving a demolition of anything down there without a comprehensive plan,” said Chairman Dan Sylver. There were previous plans for redevelopment of the prope...