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CHATHAM — For Monomoy Regional Middle School science teacher Nancy Gifford, learning isn’t just something she inspires. It’s a way of life. “I apply for every program for science teachers that sounds interesting and fun, and jump in with both feet. I am hoping my students will learn from this and not be afraid to take risks and try new things,” she said. “I attend interesting programs every summer. Last summ...

Digging Shellfish

By: Doreen Leggett

Elementary School Students Bolster Lessons With Real-world Experience Nancy Goward stood in a room dwarfed by clear tanks filled with water of varying earth-tone colors at the A.R.C. Hatchery in Dennis. “This whole entire room is just food,” said Goward, an algae supervisor at the shellfish facility. About half a dozen children, clipboards pressed against their chests, watched as she lifted a heavy tire ...

Letters to the Editor, June 20

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

An Open Letter To Harwich Editor: Our town is rich in history: 325 years of community development, culture and commerce. Today, West Harwich needs your support. Route 28 in West Harwich has over 20 buildings identified by the Massachusetts Historical Commission as potentially eligible for state registry listing, individually or collectively. These include many sea captains’ homes. Two buildings are already o...

Andrew Buckley: Right Spot, Wrong Way

By: Andrew Buckley

Hanover Street in Boston’s North End. It was summer, and Matt Griffin and I had stopped on our way back from a horrifically hot day in Salem filming an interview with Emily Murphy under the shade of the trees behind her offices at the National Maritime Historical Site. Then, once in Boston, the humid mid-90s Saturday afternoon was threatening a shower by 4 p.m. Still, we needed a little footage of Paul Revere ...

Our View: Losing History In Real Time

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

As Chatham celebrates its heritage with History Weekend this coming Friday, Saturday and Sunday, it's worth noting that while institutions in town have done a great job of preserving our past, doing so remains a challenge, and may even become more difficult in the coming years. This is demonstrated in two stories in this week's paper. An historic, nearly 160-year-old home at a scenic bend in Champlain Road, ov...

Barry Albert Knowles

By: Contributed

  Barry Albert Knowles died on June 4 th 2019 at the age of 81, following a rapid decline in health due to complications from pulmonary fibrosis.  He is survived by his former wife and dear friend Shirley Knowles along with their two children Bryan and Greg Knowles, daughter-in-law, Scotti Shafer and granddaughter, Radli Knowles.  He is also survived by a daughter from a pre...

Business: Sonny's Back!

By: Debra Lawless

Popular Florist Joins The Nickerson Family At The Stony Hill Exchange Let’s make one thing clear from the get-go. The new business, Stony Hill Exchange at 136B George Ryder Rd. in Chatham, does not stock shovels, gardening gloves, soil or manure. “We didn’t want to be a garden center, we thought it was too narrow,” business owner Joe Nickerson said last week. He emphasizes he is not competing with local ...

ORLEANS — There's at least one moment in the town's history that the historical commission would prefer not to preserve. On May 14, 1996, town meeting considered amending the town bylaws to create the East Orleans Main Street Historic District for “the preservation and protection of the distinctive characteristics of buildings and places significant in the history of the town of Orleans and the Commonwealth ...

ORLEANS – Having devoted many hours to developing and advocating changes for the downtown village center, the planning board has shifted its focus to the potential of the Route 6A corridor through town. “We want to understand what happens along Route 6A,” Director of Planning and Community Development George Meservey said at the board's June 11 meeting. “There are implications for the whole town.” To do tha...

Recalling a Local 'Cape Cod Canal'

By: Ed Maroney

In an Era of Climate Concerns ORLEANS — Cape Cod can be an awfully practical place these days. Imaginations are stretched not by recalling romantic legends but by trying to make ends meet or coming up with solutions to other pressing problems. Every so often, though, an earlier Cape will poke its head up. Such is the case with Jeremiah's Gutter, a watery marshland between Cape Cod Bay and Town Cove via Bo...

JoAnn G. Pratt

By: Contributed

              CHATHAM - JoAnn G. Pratt, 84, passed away peacefully on Monday, June 3, 2019. She was the daughter of the late Jean Gordon and Hillard Gordon of Chatham. She is survived by her husband Kenneth “Herb” Pratt, Jr. of Chatham, her brother Hillard Gordon, Jr. and wife Marcella of St. Louis, Mo., her daughters Teri Pratt-Masson and husband Tom of Centerville, Sharon Bidwell and husband Howard of Yarmou...

Residents Speak Out Against West Harwich Development

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Harwich Retail made two presentations on Tuesday on its plans for property on Route 28 in West Harwich, one to residents of the community and the other to the planning board, but in both sessions residents made it clear they do not want the 7,489-square-foot retail store the company is proposing located in their village. The project proponents held a 4 p.m. meeting in town hall with 20 people in atte...

State Backs Chatham Harbor Dredging

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – With the state ruling in the town's favor in a dispute over dredging in Chatham Harbor, officials are investigating expanding the footprint where dredging is allowed to include most of the northern section of the harbor in the expectation that the main navigation channel will be shifting over time. “Things are changing so quickly,” said Natural Resources Director Robert Duncanson. “North Beach Island...

CHATHAM – There's actually some good news for boaters: The town's dynamic, shoal-ridden waterways are no more difficult to navigate this summer than last. In fact, some spots have improved. A little. But local knowledge still remains critical, and conditions are subject to change at any time, Harbormaster Stuart Smith told a capacity crowd at an informational meeting at the community center Saturday sponsored ...

CHATHAM – Construction of a new observation deck at the municipal fish pier won't be completed until after the July 4 holiday. “The deck may be up, but it won't be open to the public in time for July 4,” said Natural Resources Director Robert Duncanson. The $1.6 million construction project at the pier, which includes a new deck and replacement of underground fuel tanks, has been delayed by wet weather, con...