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BREWSTER — Septic systems are the greatest contributor to groundwater and freshwater pond degradation, Susan Bridges, Brewster Ponds Coalition president, told about 100 residents attending the 2022 Ponds Summit June 17 at the Brewster Baptist Church. While Brewster has been very forward-thinking about protecting the watershed around town wells, portions of town not protected by land purchases – including most ...

Mark August on Main Street, Chatham offers “something for everybody,” says co-owner Corinne Blakeney. “We really try very hard to keep our jewelry lines very contemporary and very affordable.” The store is commemorating its 30 th anniversary in business on Saturday, June 18 with a 20 percent off sale and a trunk sale. Mark August was established in 1992 by Mark West and Steve DeLeonardis. West and DeLeonar...

BREWSTER – The Cape Cod Rail Trail spans 27 miles across six towns for biking, running and walking. Bernie Meggison, the 79-year-old summer bike ranger, has the task of patrolling the path each day. Meggisson, or ranger Bernie as he is referred to on the bike path, bikes 41 miles on average per day, ensuring that each of the Rail Trail’s customers have a safe and enjoyable biking experience. Since starting ...

Our natural environment here on Cape Cod is a gift, and what could be better than getting fit in the beautiful outdoors? This is the idea behind a Healthy Parks, Healthy People collaboration between Cape Cod Healthcare and the Cape Cod National Seashore. On an as yet to be scheduled Saturday in July, Cape Cod Healthcare cardiologist Elissa Thompson and a park ranger will again team up for a two-mile ranger-...

The moment that her boyfriend proposed to her, she knew that she would be modifying her mother’s 1979 wedding gown and wearing it to her own wedding in 2012. “It was the first vintage redesign I ever did,” Jessica Kidd said during a telephone interview last week. “I redesigned it to fit and modernized it.” Although Kidd’s mother Carol Tallant passed away before Kidd’s wedding, “she was there in spirit. It was ...

You have probably seen the stunning Cape Cod statistics detailing how few houses are on the market for under $1 million — just 149 in March, down from 1,000 two years ago. The median price for a single-family home on the Cape is $650,000 — up $214,000 in just two years. In other words, it’s a sellers’ market, and problems with tight and expensive housing have been exacerbated by the pandemic. “We’ve sort...

Cape Cod Healthcare (CCHC) wants to know what you think about healthcare and related issues on Cape Cod. To that end, the group has issued a Community Health Needs Assessment. It must be completed by May 13. “It really gives you a lot of great data, specifically for Cape Cod,” Jennifer Cummings, CCHC’s associate director of development and community benefits, said in a telephone interview last week. “It rea...

When Luke Chapman, CEO and founder of Del Mar Vacations, was a teen, he had a summer job cleaning rental houses between renters. Chapman’s parents, Wes and Susan, were teachers who bought several small cottages in the 1990s to rent out in the summer. Susan Chapman also ran a B&B with three suites in Wellfleet, and Chapman, helping with those guests, observed up-close what it means to be gracious in the hos...

Senior Page: Upcoming Activities At Local Senior Centers

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Chatham The following council on aging programs and events are scheduled in the coming weeks. Most require registration. For more information, to register for a program, to get help with Zoom or Teams or find out about transportation, contact the senior center at 508-945-5190. On Thursday, April 14 from noon to 1 p.m. celebrate spring’s arrival with a free Hello Spring drive-through luncheon at the Stony ...

A humorous staple of old TV shows is a character who, after he indicates he has a pain in his neck, is grabbed by a chiropractor who then cracks his neck and immediately relieves the pain. A more modern version of this are YouTube video compilations of “greatest cracks.” Chatham chiropractor Troy Niezgoda, who will celebrate the one-year anniversary of opening his practice at 60F Munson Meeting Way on May 1...

Fishing: Man Overboard

By: Bill Amaru

Going to sea for 50 years you get to experience some remarkable events. Of equal importance are the stories you hear of others. I was just starting commercial fishing in 1972 and listened a great deal to what was said around the dock. There were many middle aged and older fishermen who had come up in the 1940s and '50s. Some of the best were from Nova Scotia, Canada, and had come to the Cape for a better life fro...

Imagine this: You’re running a small business or non-profit and someone posts a devastating review online. What do you do? Your instinct might be to defend your business in front of the world, thus providing entertainment for anyone who reads that platform. Or do you keep quiet? Or is there a third way? As well as dealing with online complaints, you may find that branding your group and keeping up with toda...