Letters To The Editor: June 16, 2022

Letters to the editor.

Nickerson Association Celebrates 125 Years


The Nickerson Family Association, Inc. (NFA) is celebrating its 125th year in 2022. William Emery Nickerson invited descendants of William and Anne Nickerson to a picnic in 1897, thus inaugurating the association. Behind our North Chatham campus is William and Anne’s recently-excavated circa 1664 homestead. On our campus, the circa 1829 Caleb Nickerson Homestead, is open for tours, and the “Nick House” is open for genealogical research. With the addition of a circa 1695 barn we believe was built by William and Anne’s son William, we are renaming our campus the William and Anne Nickerson Historic Homestead Site (Founders of Chatham).

The NFA wishes to thank all who helped us succeed in our application for $300,000 in Community Preservation Act funds to save, move and reconstruct the barn donated by the Giacalone family. We are grateful to the Chatham Historical Commission, chair Frank Messina and staff liaison Michele Clarke; the community preservation committee and staff liaison Alix Heilala; the Chatham Finance Committee, the Chatham Select Board and the Nye Family Association. And, of course, our sincere appreciation goes to the residents of Chatham who voted to support preserving the barn.

The authentic reconstruction of the barn is an exciting project not just for those who are descended from William and Anne Nickerson, the town’s “father and mother,” but for everyone who lives in or loves Chatham. We will let you know when we set a date for our barn raising at the NFA campus and we hope you will visit us during Chatham History Weekend on Saturday, June 18 for talks on the barn, the dig and Colonial beekeeping.

Robert E. Nickerson, president
Debra Lawless, executive director
Nickerson Family Association, Inc.
North Chatham


A New Chapter For Wequassett


A great big thank you to Mark Novota and Jamie and Stephania McClennen for all they gave to the Harwich and Chatham communities over the last 40 plus years. Wequassett Resort and Golf Club was truly “the little engine that could.” For the many that don’t remember the humble beginnings of this now world class, Forbes Five Star resort, it is the most magnificent story of old fashioned hard work, tenacity, great care and love for the community and of course the beloved staff.

I had the pleasure of being part of this dynasty for 12 years. Those people taught me how to be generous, kind and thoughtful and what it was like to be part of something so incredibly special. Places like Wequassett are a unicorn for more reasons than room to write about. I will say that Mark and the McClennens always lead the charge on important matters such as heading up the fundraising campaign to preserve 40 acres of land on Muddy Creek, now known as Monomoy River, which now ensures cleaner water in that area and gorgeous walking trails. When employees were in need, they were always first to help, when there was a community fund raiser, again it was Wequassett first in line and they always went out of their way to make everything unique and extra special. While I could not be happier that Mark, Jamie and Stephania will now begin a new exciting chapter of their lives, their leadership and friendship in our community will be missed. I know we will see them around town.

The good news is, all the staff we have all come to know and love at the resort are still there. I’m looking forward to with great anticipation to see where Alton Chun the CEO and the team have in store. Wishing them all continued great success.

Tony Guthrie


Where To Put Food Trucks?


Food trucks are going to be a good addition to our town. However, they are a business and not a community service and as such must make a profit. So, considering that, there are few locations in town where they will want to be. The list given in The Chronicle recently certainly begs profitability. Route 137 no, Harding Beach, Oyster Pond Beach, the community center and Eldredge Garage, maybe. That leaves the town hall as an appropriate location, but only in the winter?

I would add the big public parking lot behind the Orpheum and the one behind The Oyster which would really attract some good merchants. How about adding them to the list?

I can't see any food truck hurting town restaurants as their price points are quite different.

Phil Richardson
Chatham and Tiburon, Calif.


Grateful For The Support And Welcome


I have waited a month past the select board election to say thank you so that my appreciation would be genuine and authentic – which they most certainly are. Thank you to the 1,089 citizens who voted in the election. In years following I hope it will be multiples of that number. Special and knowing thanks to Lynne Pleffner and Jeff Dykens who had the courage to cast their hats in the ring seeking to be "people in the arena" – as Teddy Roosevelt once said. Thanks to my friends who gave wisdom, guidance, time and effort in support of what was surely our collaborative campaign. They are too many to name but they know who they are. Thanks to what I will collectively denominate Official Chatham, all of whom have been welcoming, supportive and willing to contribute to my large need for education in what is done, how it is done, why it is done and where help could be useful. Thanks to those Chatham citizens who have already begun to share thoughts, suggestions and ideas for improving the workings of Chatham governance. And thanks finally to the many friends, acquaintances and just plain folks who have reached out and conveyed good wishes for my successful execution of my new official duties. I can quite confidently say I am very glad I undertook the effort. Thank you all.

Mike Schell


Wrong Approach To Gun Violence


It was predictable that the progressively liberal Chronicle would again blame the NRA and inanimate firearms for the deranged actions of a lunatic. Was the shooter a member of the NRA? Talk about going after the low-hanging fruit. The same writers of this editorial would not call for similar restrictions following offenses by arsonists, drunk drivers, or other murderers who employ a litany of other means to carry out their wishes. The editorial staff diminishes the role that quality of mental health plays in someone who indiscriminately kills, especially children in an elementary school. The assertion that weapons create violence is a completely illogical concept. Even if we did live in the liberal fantasy world where guns didn't exist, the underlying issue of unstable people committing acts of violence against others has still not been solved. The Tsarnaev brothers used pressure cookers, Timothy McVeigh used ammonium nitrate and Richard Rojas used a Honda Accord. Were their murderous acts any less significant because firearms were not used?

Gun owners like myself are increasingly wary of Democrat ideas about gun control. Not because we don't care about the atrocities that have occurred but because we believe Democrats are incapable of drawing a distinction between lawful gun owners and insane criminals who shouldn't possess so much as a plastic knife. We feel the screws continue to tighten on our ability to use firearms for sporting, hunting, and self defense, meanwhile criminals continue to procure weapons of any sort, clearly not affected by legislative action. They're criminals!

Finally, if you want to be serious about protecting schools, hire armed guards. School resource officers are a good start and may be all that a district needs, but they have only scratched the surface. We have armed protection for federal buildings, banks, power plants and research laboratories. To slap a decal on any building declaring it a "gun free zone" and to blindly expect an unhinged criminal to respect and obey that order is extraordinarily asinine. Remember that possession of a firearm on school property is already illegal, and the last time I checked, murder, is in fact also still illegal.

Jared Fulcher


Hospice Care Made A Difference


I am writing to express my heartfelt gratitude to the wonderful care givers at Broad Reach Hospice. We could not have asked for more skilled, compassionate, and caring people to help my husband on his final journey.

Jean, gifted RN and case manager, tended to him not just physically but also emotionally. He so looked forward to her visits as she was always ready to share a story or two, lifting his spirits and making him laugh. In dealing with me, she was careful to fully explain what to expect and how to handle the situation as it arose. Lisa, our deft health aide, always had an engaging story to share as she carefully went about her duties. She was kind and efficient but very respectful of his privacy. Both gave hugs freely during their visits. Kalo and Donna, our social worker and administrator made themselves available and went the extra mile to provide comfort and support to us both. We were enveloped in this mantle of care for four precious months.

I would be remiss if I didn’t include a sincere thank you to our private overnight care givers, too. Barbara, Leslie, and Kim, I rested comfortably knowing he was in your care throughout the night. Feeling so very grateful to these wonderful people.

Inez Giles