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A new study aims to project in close detail the flood risk facing communities across the Cape over the next 30  years, but one local expert says the findings should be looked at with skepticism.  The First Street Foundation study, titled “Infrastructure on the Brink,” says that Orleans, Chatham and Harwich are at low to moderate risk of serious flooding over the next three decades. The study, released Oct. 11,...

Twin Brothers Team Up To Create Audio Drama

By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley

Just in time for Halloween, Cape Noir Radio Theater is back for a second season with another original audio drama. This time it's a family affair. Cape Noir creator J Hagenbuckle has joined forces with twin brother Geoffrey Cruickshank-Hagenbuckle, a writer living in New York City, to create “Ick-A-Body,” an adaptation based on a longer work by Cruickshank-Hagenbuckle. Hagenbuckle describes the work as a dark c...

Nature Connection: Becoming A Bird Or Nature Watcher

By: Mary Richmond

These days I see a lot of articles and social media posts giving people all sorts of information about how to “become” a bird or nature watcher. I have a personal opinion about this which doesn’t involve a single penny, so it won’t be popular with those selling books, podcasts, videos, etc. but here it is. Get outside. Look and listen. Tada! You are now a bird and nature watcher. Can you learn more with books,...

CCCO's 'Ghost Hunters' Blends Music, Local Lore

By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley

Has the Halloween season got you feeling haunted by a desire to contemplate spooky local legends while listening to the enchanting tones of the Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra? Brush off the cobwebs, put on your spooky season finery and get ready for a concert which is sure to satisfy the shadowy yearnings of even the most enthusiastic of Halloween-loving music fans. Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra’s upcoming pair of perf...

Cape Codders Transported To Antietam In Murder Mystery

By: Debra Lawless

Author Lee W. Doty is back with her second mystery novel “Last Casualty” (Publisher Page, 2021) — this one revolving around Cape Codders transported to their new home near the Antietam Battlefield in Maryland. During an email interview last week, Doty, a former Chatham summer resident, talked about what it is like to become a fiction writer after retiring from a career as an attorney. “I’ve tried to underst...

Letting It All Fall Away

By: Mary Richmond

The morning dawned cloudy and gray with just a tinge of light over the trees. It was so faint I had to blink a few times to be sure I was really awake and seeing clearly. The mockingbird that claimed the sprawling holly tree began to call, followed moments later by a house wren that mumbled an off key tune. The crickets and other insects that sing in the dark were bringing their chorus to a close and I knew that ...

Nature Connection: No Empty Lots

By: Mary Richmond

Recently I’ve been doing a lot of walking in various towns and neighborhoods in addition to my regular treks along the beach or through the woods and meadows. I highly recommend this as you get to see so much more on foot than you do when driving by.  I walk in all sorts of neighborhoods, some poor, some not so poor, and some very well off. It’s been a very educational few months. Unlike many walkers and jogge...

'Rise Above' Sings Praises Of Harwich's Sarah Swain

By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley

HARWICH – Local photographer, author and documentary filmmaker Kim Roderiques has done it again. Roderiques is known for her photography in such books as “I Am of Cape Cod,” “I Am of Chatham,” “Dogs on Cape Cod” and others. She is also known for her documentaries, made with local cinematographer Geoffrey Bassett. “Pirouettes, Pliés, and Pets” features the relationship between dancers and animals, and “The Way H...

Peggi Joseph, long dark hair tied in a ponytail, blue sweatshirt and matching rubber gloves peeking out of orange Grundens, makes quick work of packing thousands of pounds of haddock.  Her image was captured by photographer Shareen Davis at Stage Harbor as Joseph moved hefty haddock into totes beside a bin of ice. Joseph seems unaware of the camera. Davis catches her intent on doing a job she loves. The ...

Nature Connection: Taking Stock

By: Mary Richmond

Here it is, October, and I feel like I haven’t quite finished with my summer chores. Sure, it’s a chilly morn and I have my fuzzy socks and warm sweatshirt on while I sip my coffee, but my head is still swimming in a summer breeze of birds, butterflies, and tomatoes blushing on the vine.  Like many others, I’ve seen my schedule amp up day by day until I sometimes feel busier that I was pre-COVID. Artists and w...

An illustrated cookbook by a Chatham artist and a modern-day thriller, both by nonagenarian authors, prove that it’s never too late to paint, write and publish. Oil painter Nancy Whalen Rude, 92, has created a charming cookbook, “Cooking and Dining with Friends: The Art and Favorite Recipes of Nancy Whalen Rude” that is both a showcase for her own beautiful oil paintings and a tribute to 50-years of friendship...

Nature Connection: Taking A Deep Breath

By: Mary Richmond

Sometimes life just hands you a random bouquet of flowers and says, here, just enjoy this. It’s surprising and lovely and when it involves a friend offering a place away from it all in an incredibly beautiful location with no strings attached, the only thing you can do is pinch yourself and say thank you over and over again. This very thing happened to me last week and in less than two days I’d packed my sleep...