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ORLEANS – Outside long-dormant Bayberry Square, grass sprouts up in patches through cracks across the expansive pavement. Meanwhile, the building itself screams vacancy. The storefronts are all abandoned, save for one sign on the building’s far end near Nell’s Way proclaiming “We’ve moved” in florescent green. The unsightly state of the square, better known as the Underground Mall, has left many Orleans reside...

ORLEANS - Neal Ahern put the question plainly to George Meservey, the town’s director of planning and community development, Aug. 4. How long will it take before the Governor Prence Inn is again put to use? Speaking during a joint meeting of the select board and the affordable housing trust board, Meservey said it would be a minimum of two years before the inn, the purchase of which town meeting voters auth...

ORLEANS – Plans to renovate the community center on Main Street are moving forward. The select board on Aug. 4 voted 4-0 to authorize Town Administrator John Kelly to enter into a contract with ICON Architecture of Boston, which will prepare a final design for the project. In January, the select board charged the community building renovation task force with reviewing past studies on the center, i...

Looking for a night out that is different? A night of pure, unadulterated entertainment? Cape Rep’s “Rock the Bard: Midsummer” fits the bill! First of all, Cape Rep may have been ‘dark’ for over a year, but they certainly weren’t idle. The new outdoor courtyard space is lovely and opens up so many possibilities for this innovative theater. For this production audience members are seated at tables underneath the s...

David Wesley Reynolds

By: Contributed

October 23, 1934 – February 16, 2021 After a decline in health related to Parkinson’s disease, David Wesley Reynolds died peacefully on February 16th at Joanne’s House of Hope Hospice, Bonita Springs, Florida. His daughters Andrea and Cameron, wife Catherine, and devoted care managers Audra Lee and Christine Austin were by his side. David was born to Chester Abel Reynolds and Pauline Bradford Taske...

Morton Fairbanks Terry

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Harwich - Morton Fairbanks Terry “Captain Mort,” 73, of Harwich passed away on July 25, 2021, on his boat in Saquatucket Harbor. Mort was born in Boston, Massachusetts, to Matthew Phipps Terry and Nancy Ells Terry on September 7, 1947. He grew up in Hingham and Chatham and graduated from Hebron Academy in Maine in 1966. He attended Northeastern University in the late ’60s and later settled on Cape Cod.   Captain ...

Jane Meincke

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Jane Meincke, 97, of Chatham, passed away peacefully on the 16th of July, 2021. Preceded in death by her parents, Louis Fancher Cody and Jane Steinwedell Cody, her husband Howard D. Meincke Jr. and her brother Bill Cody. Born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1923. Graduated for Hathaway Brown School in 1941. Attended Bennett Jr. College and Western Reserve University. Married in 1943 to Howard D. Meincke Jr. and lived on th...

CHATHAM — Renewing a tradition that stretches 75 years, the town’s summer residents had the chance to speak out about issues important to them in the annual summer town meeting Tuesday. And for about two hours, they covered topics ranging from town finances to groundwater contamination. As nonresident taxpayers, seasonal homeowners contribute the majority of the town’s property tax revenue, without the benefit...

CHATHAM – This summer's less-than-perfect weather has even impacted shark tagging efforts. Dr. Greg Skomal of the state division of marine fisheries and his shark tagging team have only been able to get out on the water a few days. Rain, wind and low-ceiling clouds – which prevented the team's spotter pilot from taking off – have all been factors, according to Marianne Walsh, education director of the Atlantic...

It Can Take Two Years To Catch Up CHATHAM – These days, trying to match real estate sales with the town's property assessments is a bit like comparing apples to oranges. They don't even come close to matching up. Because assessments lag a year or more behind sales figures, there's always a disparity between the two. But in today's red-hot real estate market, that difference has grown wide enough to drive a ...

Walter Meier, Business And Civic Leader, 96

By: Staff Reports

CHATHAM — Walter Meier, a longstanding business and civic leader and philanthropist, died Sunday at the age of 96. Mr. Meier, who grew up in Zurich, came to New York City in 1948 to represent a Swiss import/export company that sold watches. He met Pota Lewis, whose family had a home in Orleans, and the two were married in 1950 and settled in Chatham. Together, they started Chatham Jewelers, building in the emp...

CHATHAM — On its surface, the surge in COVID-19 cases that gained national headlines for Provincetown might just as easily have happened in Chatham. Both places saw huge crowds around the Fourth of July, with influxes of people from around the country. What was different? It might be the fact that Chatham has a much more subdued nightlife. Providing a pandemic update to the health board Monday night, Health...

Rower Passes Halfway Mark

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Though he remains largely incommunicado, transatlantic rower Guirec Soudée has passed the halfway mark in his bid to reach the coast of Brittany under his own power. On Friday, Soudée was about 1,700 statute miles east of Chatham, and about 1,500 miles west-southwest of Brittany. Following a storm that damaged electronic equipment, Soudée’s ocean rowboat has only reported its position intermittent...

Chatham Fire Celebrates Promotions

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Last Wednesday was a red letter day for five of Chatham’s bravest. The fire department introduced two new firefighters and promoted a new lieutenant and two new captains. Ryan Clarke, son of retired Harwich Fire Chief Norman Clarke, was promoted to Captain. A 14-year veteran of the department, Clarke has a degree in fire science and holds certifications in training, leadership and fire investigation,...

Draft Bylaw Incentivizes Historic Preservation

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Having had limited luck with the stick, town officials are hoping to use a new carrot to keep developers from tearing down historic homes. The historical commission has drafted a historic preservation incentive bylaw that would allow property owners renovating certain historic buildings to construct larger additions closer to the property line, in exchange for a pledge to preserve the structure forev...

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to designate a portion of Pleasant Bay and most of the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge as critical habitat for the threatened rufa red knot. The areas are among 120 being considered for the designation, covering some 646,000 acres in 13 states. The red knot migrates between the arctic, where it nests, and southern locations -- as far as Argentina -- wh...