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ORLEANS — Isaac Snow was no Anglophile. The Eastham native, twice imprisoned by the British during the Revolutionary War, returned to America with the help of the French. In 1797, when the south parish of Eastham became its own town and needed a name, Snow urged that the new community be called Orleans in honor of the revolutionary spirit of a Gallic aristocrat who became known as “Citizen Equality.” Just a ...

Nauset Superintendent Tom Conrad To Retire In June

By: Ed Maroney

ORLEANS  — Tom Conrad’s long service to the Nauset Public Schools, first as principal of the high school and then as superintendent, will end with his retirement in June. Conrad shared the news at a joint meeting of the Nauset school committees Feb. 3. “I have been truly blessed to be in public education over 43 years, 29 of which in the Nauset system,” he said. “I am totally grateful to be able to work in a ...

Of Ice And Mice, Naughty And Nice

By: Mary Richmond

It seems that winter has finally found us. For a while, it only flirted with us from the outside; a little frost here, a bit of nasty wind there, some flash black ice for some extra fun and a thin coating of snow that lasted about 10 minutes. All through these little wintry games, the temperatures hovered around or above freezing, which has been downright tolerable, for winter. Even the birds got a little lazy wi...

Nauset Superintendent to Retire in June

By: Ed Maroney

Tom Conrad to Step Down After Three Decades in System Tom Conrad's long service as superintendent of the Nauset Public Schools and principal of its high school will end with his retirement in June. Conrad shared the news with a joint meeting of the Nauset school committees Feb. 3. "I have been truly blessed to be in public education over 43 years, 29 of which in the Nauset system," he said. "I am totally gr...

William E. Manley

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William E. Manley  William E. Manley born 10/13/1927 passed on December 27, 2020 after a long battle with a variety of medical issues over the past few years. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy 1945-1948. Bill grew up in West Medford, the youngest of three brothers.  Bill was a personable man talking with people from all walks of life, making new friends and always willing to lend a helping hand.  He was a cons...

James P. Mellett, Jr.

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James P. Mellett, Jr.  On January 27, 2021, James P. Mellett, Jr. lost his battle with COVID-19. Jim was born in Boston on December 8, 1943 to the late James P. and Margaret Fay Mellett. He grew up with a close knit extended family with his siblings, Maureen, Paula and Ken and many cousins in Roslindale. Jim went on to attend Boston Latin School, Boston College High School, and graduate from Georgetown University...

William DeWitt Hitchcock

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  William DeWitt Hitchcock  ORLEANS—William “Bill” DeWitt Hitchcock, under the care of his loving daughters and hospice, passed away peacefully at home on January 17, 2021, at the age of 93. Bill was predeceased by his wife Joan (Fancy) Hitchcock in March 2020 after 59 years of marriage. Bill was born in 1927 at Schenectady, N.Y. to William Jamieson Hitc...

Benjamin Kelley Goodspeed

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Benjamin Kelley Goodspeed    Benjamin Kelley Goodspeed (96) passed away peacefully at Liberty Commons Rehabilitation & Skilled Care Center in North Chatham on January 26, 2021. He was listening to Chatham Band music quietly playing, had a family visit and died of natural causes.      Ben was the son of the late George W. Goodspeed Sr. and Dorothy E. Kendrick Goodspeed. He was born on March 12, 1924 in Chat...

Mary Frances Carey-MacDonald

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Mary Frances Carey-MacDonald      5/9/40-1/24/21 Mary Frances Carey-MacDonald passed away Sunday, January 24th in Chatham. She leaves her three children: Jennifer Olsen of Homer, Alaska, Sean Carey of Chatham and Jacqueline Carey of Hood River, Ore.; her sister in law Joanne Tweed; nieces and nephews, including Jonathan Rafuse, Heather Higgins and Amanda Rafuse. She was pre-deceased by her...

Florence Gwendoline Sheppard

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Florence Gwendoline Sheppard   June 4th, 1926 to January 23rd, 2021 Florence “Gwen” Sheppard of East Harwich passed away on January 23rd, 2021 after living life to its fullest for 94 years. She was born in Belleoram, Newfoundland on June 4th, 1926 to Reginald and Annie Keeping.  She was raised and went to school in Newfoundland, where she became a teacher.  Some of her students were returning servicemen ...

CHATHAM – Sometimes, you just know when the timing is right. That was the case when Suzy Nickerson decided to close her iconic Main Street shop Pentimento. “It was just timing,” she said. “Everything kind of came together at the right time.” Named for the Italian term used to describe the reappearance in a painting or other work of art of elements that the artist had previously covered, Pentimento opened...

The Monomoy Regional School Committee and the select boards in Chatham and Harwich will hold a joint meeting next week to discuss funding inequities in the district's elementary schools. The joint meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 10, at 6:30 p.m. In a unanimous vote last week, the school committee recognized the differential in the per pupil cost between the Chatham and Harwich elementary schools, a...

CHATHAM — Benjamin Goodspeed was a devoted family man, a town father, a skillful businessman and a classic Cape Codder. But most people will remember him as a trumpeter in the Chatham Band who shared his love for music for more than 80 remarkable years. Mr. Goodspeed died last Tuesday at the age of 96. A member of the Greatest Generation, he graduated from Chatham High School in 1941, working in an aircra...

The faltering roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccine to residents 75 and older this week has left many senior citizens aching from a dose of frustration, but state officials hope a new telephone hotline will help. As of early this week, state officials were urging people to visit www.mass.gov/CovidVaccine to check their eligibility to receive the vaccine, to choose a convenient clinic, and to sign up for an ap...

CHATHAM — Voters at the next annual town meeting will be asked to consider investing $7 million in wastewater improvements, and at least $4.5 million for stormwater treatment, all as part of the slow and steady drive to reduce pollution in town waterways. The select board unanimously endorsed the request to borrow $7 million to rebuild the pump station at the corner of Queen Anne Road and Oyster Pond Fu...

COVID-19 Numbers Paint Mixed Picture

By: Alan Pollock

While COVID-19 case numbers, hospitalizations and other metrics offer hope that the pandemic is finally starting to ebb, other figures show the virus continues to spread easily in areas where people congregate. Speaking at last week’s meeting of the Cape Cod COVID Response Task Force, Barnstable County Human Services Deputy Director Vaira Harik observed that numbers of new cases had dropped somewhat, wit...