Chatham News

CHATHAM – The building opened to the public on July 11. But all the pomp and circumstance took place a few days earlier, on July 4. Flags and bunting decorated the brand new brick building, and at 3 p.m. a band played and school children marched in procession down Main Street. All of the girls wore roses, a gift of Marcellus Eldredge, who had spent $30,000 of his own money to build the town's new library. The ...

Battered By Storm, Rower Is Safe

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — For French adventurer Guirec Soudée, it’s been a difficult couple weeks. Winds and currents have kept his ocean rowboat swirling in circles south of Newfoundland, wasting precious time and supplies. After finally reaching the Gulf Stream, he encountered an ocean storm whipping up 45-knot winds with 25-foot breaking waves. For three days, Soudée was out of contact with his support team. While his em...

Latest PFAS Numbers Down, Source Remains Unknown

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — The latest round of water tests show a decline in the concentration of PFAS contaminants in a public supply well off Training Field Road, but officials aren’t celebrating yet. “There’s more questions in these numbers than answers, unfortunately,” Chatham Health and Natural Resources Director Robert Duncanson said Tuesday. In April, town officials shut down a well off Training Field Road after PF...

CHATHAM — With evidence that microplastics are showing up in local waters, salt marshes and wildlife, the contamination from discarded plastic waste is clearly no laughing matter. But a new anti-littering campaign hopes to reach Cape visitors and residents with a light touch and a bit of humor. The posters, to be displayed in digital media, convenience stores and other public locales, are a cooperative proje...

CHATHAM – A few years ago, Graeme Milley was on Block Island when he learned about the Glass Float Project. Each year since 2011, a glass blower has created glass “floats” – solid glass balls – that he hides around the island for anyone to find and keep. “I thought that was the coolest thing out there,” said Milley. “Just the idea that there are things out there for anyone to find.” If it can work on Block ...

Chatham Tops Cape In Value Of Fish Landings

By: Doreen Leggett

Chatham is the third most lucrative port in the state and first on the Cape, with close to $19 million paid to fishermen in 2018. Captain Greg Connors says the success is partly a testament to the versatility of the fleet, which harvests lobster, scallops, and when groundfish like cod are less abundant, fills the gap with skates and dogfish. “Geographically we are very fortunate,” Connors, captain of the F/...

Fireworks Rescheduled To Aug. 5

By: Staff Reports

CHATHAM – A soggy forecast forced the cancellation of an Independence Day fireworks display planned for Veterans Field Thursday, and organizers say they'll try again Aug. 5. Northstar Fireworks of Montpelier, Vt., made the decision to cancel the event late Thursday morning based on the prediction of heavy rain in the evening, said Steve West of the Chatham Athletics Association, which was sponsoring the firewo...

NORTH CHATHAM — White sharks are just offshore virtually all summer long, but when are they actively hunting and when are they just cruising? More than a matter of scientific curiosity, the answer is key to improving beach safety, officials say. The first research done on white sharks off Cape Cod began to show how many individuals might be in the area, and revealed that they’re here in greatest numbers in Aug...

An Era Ends With The Closing Of Drew's Sports Shop

By: Debra Lawless

CHATHAM – One day Sheryl Proctor, owner of Drew’s Sports Shop, was sitting in the bait shop with the windows open when she overheard three or four college-age men talking in the parking lot. “Oh, God, there’s a woman in there,” she recalls one saying. “We’ll never find out where we’ll go fishing.” But Proctor was ready for them. “They think that, oh God, a woman, I don’t know much. And I’d think, I’m gonna ...

Chatham To Host Short But Lively Parade

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – With first responders, health care workers and teachers leading this year's parade, we're not likely to forget the reason this is the first live Independence Day celebration since 2019. Although it won't be quite as long as recent parades, the July 3 event will feature six bands, dozens of old cars and many returning favorites, including the Phillips Farm Family, local yacht clubs and boatyards, Firs...

CHATHAM — Saying the owner hasn’t made good on pledges to do so, town officials are preparing to clean up what they say is an unlicensed salvage yard at 32 Mill Hill Rd., placing a lien on the property until owner John McGrath foots the bill. In a rambling statement to the board of health on June 21, McGrath blamed the mess on illegal dumping by others, but defended his right to do as he pleases with his lan...

By all projections, and based on the crowds seen already this week, it’s going to be a very busy summer at local beaches. While not all Cape towns have fared as well, local beach managers say they’re glad to have filled out their roster of lifeguards for the coming season. “We have a full crew. Unfortunately, there’s a few who just aren’t here yet,” Chatham Parks and Recreation Director Dan Tobin said Tuesday....