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Letters to the Editor, March 11

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Embers Manager Explains Editor: My name is Scott McMahon. I'm the manager at Ember coal Fire Pizza and Wings. I was working Memorial Day weekend 2020. Hence I know for a fact that the inside bar was closed and the outside bar was strictly used for customers to order takeout. We had arrows that showed customers where to step up to safely do so. The food was rung in and then the customers would wait safely on t...

Our View: Our Pandemic Year

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

On March 10 of last year, Donald Trump told us COVID-19 “will go away. Just stay calm. It will go away.” Two days later, he repeated those words, presaging his failure to take seriously the most deadly pandemic in a century. How much his administration's reluctance, or inability, to address the situation contributed to the deaths of more than half a million Americans will be judged by history. Today, we look b...

HARWICH — Albert Raneo is a man of community. He served the town of Harwich in an official capacity for 25 years, and following retirement has continued serving for an additional 25 years through volunteer efforts. “I try to do as much as I can to help people,” said Raneo, 88. “I do it because I want to, it’s in my heart.” Long-time Harwich residents know Raneo through for his work running the town's hig...

ORLEANS — The goalposts for scoring a state contribution toward a Snow Library building project have been moved again. Estimates are that it will be fiscal year 2027 or 2028 before the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners has the funds to initiate a new round of design grants, Snow Library facilities advisory committee chair Steve Gass told his colleagues March 3. “When I first joined the trustees...

ORLEANS — This was news, from the Orleans Record, in 1902: An automobile “came to the Hotel Shattuck and stopped over night, Friday week, and then passed down to East Orleans, opposite Mrs. Freeman’s dwelling, when it went back. Report says the party intended to go to Provincetown, but was discouraged on account of the sandy road.” Over the next century, that road and many others were paved and the region be...

ORLEANS — The Nauset Regional School Committee approved an assessment of $25,305,688 last week for the fiscal year beginning July 1, a 2.49 percent increase that “has the potential of meeting the desires of our sending selectmen and finance committees in terms of expectations for the budget,” Superintendent Tom Conrad said March 4. The budget, which includes expenditures for the middle school, high school, a...

Isabel M. LaPorte-Lamberg, 94

By: Contributed

Isabel M. LaPorte-Lamberg, 94, of Chatham, died peacefully at her home on Friday, February 26, 2021, after a brief illness. Isabel was born in the Bronx, N.Y. on April 22, 1926.  Daughter of the late Irene & George Stone, wife of the late Ingolf Lamberg. Educated in NYC public schools at Walton High School, graduated from Hunter College, NYC. Spent her summers in Chatham. Moved to Brewster in 1946. Taught 3 &...

Walter F. Schultz

By: Contributed

HARWICH – On February 24, 2021, Walter F. Schultz passed away at the age of 88. Walter was born in 1932 and raised on his family farm in Newington, Conn.  Walter married his high school sweetheart Alison (Stevens) in 1951 and together they moved around the country raising four children, making many long-lasting friendships, and eventually settling on Cape Cod. Walter and Alison left Connecticut in 1957 with child...

Kenneth “Herbie” Pratt, Jr.

By: Contributed

Chatham – Kenneth “Herbie” Pratt, Jr. passed peacefully on February 23, 2021 at the age of 93. Herb was born in Chatham in 1928 and remained there for the rest of his life. He graduated Chatham High School in 1946 and served in the US Army from 1946-1948, stationed in Panama. After the Army, he returned to Chatham, married JoAnn in 1952, built her their first home and began to raise their family. After sharpening...

Theodore Paul Fritsch

By: Contributed

The Rev. Theodore Paul Fritsch of No. Chatham, a United Church of Christ pastor who served parishes from the desert of California to coastal Maine, died peacefully on February 24 at age 91. Ted was the youngest and last surviving of three sons born to Rev. Carl Fritsch and Helen Morrill in Maplewood, Missouri. With his passing, cousin Mathias Fritsch of Friedberg In Hessen becomes the last in an unbroken line of ...

CHATHAM – Incumbent Select Board member Dean Nicastro will run for a third term, and Tom Wilson, currently the town's representative on the Cape Cod Commission, will also be seeking one of the three seats up for election on the board. Incumbent Cory Metters is also seeking a third three-year term. Wilson, retired from IT and sales management at Pepperidge Farm, currently serves on the town's charter review ...

CHATHAM – Erosion has increased along Chatham Harbor between the fish pier and Claflin Landing, across from a new washover on North Beach Island, and Chatham Bars Inn is hoping to stave further loss of its beach with an infusion of sand dredged from nearby Aunt Lydia's Cove. Changes along the stretch of shoreline began before the major washover blew out dunes and sent water cascading over the barrier beach and...

Proposed Budget Will Include Two New Firefighters

By: Alan Pollock

FinCom Identifies Housing As Town’s Top Priority CHATHAM — In the spirit of holding the line on expenses during the pandemic, Fire Chief David DePasquale did not ask for new full-time firefighters in the fiscal 2022 town budget, even though he’s made it clear that the extra hands are needed. Last week, having heard that the finance committee could support the idea, the select board asked Town Manager Jill Go...

NORTH CHATHAM – When the pandemic mandated that Liberty Commons Nursing Home lock all its doors in order to funnel all staff and visitors through the front entrance, where they were screened for symptoms, people began walking from the lower parking lot up a hill to the front door. In normal times, they'd use other, more conveniently located entrances. “It was fine all summer,” Broad Reach President and CEO Bil...

CHATHAM – The planning board approved a preliminary seven-lot subdivision plan for the former Monomoy Theatre property last week. It's the latest step in the redevelopment of the 2.7-acre property by owner Chatham Productions LLC. The proposal will require final subdivision approval by the planning board as well as a special permit from the zoning board of appeals to develop single-family homes on six of the l...