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SOUTH DENNIS – It isn’t always easy for new teammates to come together, especially when even the players who are familiar with each other haven’t played together for a couple years. Despite missing their 2020 season due to COVID-19, the Monomoy Regional High School boys tennis team benefited from the strong team chemistry the squad developed this spring. Although the Sharks dropped their final match of the sea...

Nature Connection: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

By: Mary Richmond

With a nod to the old 1966 movie and theme song that were ubiquitous in a time long ago and far away, this phrase has popped into my head more than a few times this past week. Nature is tough, man. It sure has its good, but there’s plenty of what we may think of as bad and ugly, too, like the dead baby bunny left on my sidewalk yesterday by one of the neighborhood feral cats. Wild animals, birds, and plants...

The Crafty Chics celebrated their 15th anniversary during a luncheon on Harding’s Beach last week. About 25 of the roughly 75 members basked in the sun on a windy 68-degree morning to make plaster-of-Paris sandcastles, share their latest projects, swap craft supplies, enjoy a catered lunch and just, well, be together in person after over a year of meeting mainly via Zoom during the pandemic. “I have to dres...

Cape Cod Baseball League At The Center Of New Novel

By: Debra Lawless

Just in time for the opening of the Cape Cod Baseball League on June 20, Orleans summer resident Kristin Waring has published her first novel, “On the Mound.” “I am and always have been a Red Sox fan,” Waring recalled in an email interview from her home in Houston last week. “I would always ask to attend a game at Fenway for my birthday in late June with my father, who taught me so much about baseball and foot...

Bluebirds Of Happiness

By: Susanna Graham-Pye

I read a thought-provoking quote recently in a Brain Pickings’ article on hummingbirds. Author/publisher Maria Popova wrote: “...[W]hat we call magic is the eternal instinct of the human mind to mistake the boundaries of its understanding for the boundaries of reality.” I’m a firm believer in magic – ask anyone who knows me. I find connections in most everything I do. I have a complicated theory about the inte...

Our View: No Senior Center Solution

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

The failure of the Chatham senior center proposal to win the two-thirds votes necessary to pass at Saturday's annual town meeting was disappointing, but in many ways not surprising. The process of finding a place for a new senior center has been fraught with controversy for years, since even before town-property on Middle Road was chosen back in 2019. Town meeting also rejected that proposal, with many decryin...

Letters To The Editor: June 17, 2021

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Cape Cod Deserves Better Editor: I am sending many kudos to Mary Richmond for the pre-summer wake-up call. Her “Broken Connections” is a feisty reminder that despite progress and artificial accomplishments, nature is in charge and that nature dwarfs all human achievement. She raises legitimate concerns that affect all of us and our surroundings. It’s evident that plastic containers, lawn pesticides, beac...

A nonprofit agency and three local businesses won recognition and awards last week for their outstanding work and innovative business practices during the coronavirus pandemic year. The Lower Cape Outreach Council in Orleans was named the nonprofit of the year during the 28th annual SCORE Small Business Awards forum on June 10. (A Zoom meeting took the place of SCORE’s annual breakfast.) In addition, Consignin...

ORLEANS — B\Well Holdings filed a complaint in Barnstable Superior Court Monday accusing the select board of committing legal errors or acting arbitrarily and capriciously in not inviting the company to negotiate a host community agreement to open a retail marijuana establishment. Although B\Well achieved the second-highest ranking from the select board on a matrix of criteria regarding the two available lic...

ORLEANS — Perhaps by the end of the decade, Crystal Lake’s name will no longer be ironic. “Crystal used to be so unbelievably clear,” marine and freshwater quality committee chair Judy Scanlon told the select board last week. “As young teenagers, we’d throw a rock into the deepest waters and retrieve it. You did not need masks to find it.” But 21 years of scientific measurement “show a significant trend i...

ORLEANS — Reaching out comes naturally to MaryEllen Reed: to Orleans Elementary students who need their school nurse’s medical care, to colleagues trying to respond to a worldwide pandemic, to staff and parents seeking reassurance – even, via an unexpected handshake, to welcome a reporter interviewing the Nauset District’s nurse leader. “I kind of stumbled into school nursing,” Reed said last week. “I had a ...

CHATHAM – The proposal to build an $8.3 million senior center at 1610 Main St. failed to muster the two-thirds vote necessary to pass at Saturday's annual town meeting. Discussions about affordable housing dominated most of Saturday's session. Voters approved several measures designed to help boost both affordable and attainable housing in town, including a so-called “mansion” tax on home sales of more than $2...

Betsey Ann Buck Bloomer

By: Contributed

   Betsey Ann Buck Bloomer of Chatham passed away peacefully at the Orleans Nursing and Convalescent Home at the age 88 on October 19th, 2020.   A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday June 19 at 10:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church Main St. Chatham with a time of fellowship to follow in the church hall. Notes of comfort may be made to Betsey’s family at  www.chapmanfuneral.com ...

Joseph W. Sweeney

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Joseph W. Sweeney, 86, of South Harwich, formerly of Bedford and Bonita Springs, Fla, passed away peacefully on May 31, 2021. Joe was born in Boston and was a graduate of Babson College and earned his MBA from Boston College.  He was a very active member of the Bedford community where he lived and gave his time for many years.  Joe was a lifelong athlete and enjoyed golfing at Cranberry Valley Golf Course in his ...

Laurel Ann Tileston

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Laurel Ann Tileston passed away peacefully, May 30 2021, on her 61st birthday, surrounded by her family. Laurel was a graduate of Chatham High School and attended Vermont College.  She worked in retail and also was employed as a home health aide.     Laurel had a fondness for animals, especially her pets that went before.   Laurel is survived by her mother, Phyllis Tileston, brothers David (Andria), Malcolm (Wend...

Joseph W. Griffiths

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Joseph W. Griffiths   February 14, 1942 – May 21, 2021 It is with deep sorrow and much love that we mourn the passing of Joe on May 21st, 2021, after being stricken with a rare complication related to lung cancer. He leaves behind his beloved wife of 58 years, Janice (Collins), his children, Lauren of Key Biscayne, Florida, Joseph Jr. and his wife Olivia of South Boston, and Jon of Harwich Port. He is also surviv...