Letters To The Editor: Nov. 24, 2022

Letters to the editor.

Great Pumpkin Sale


Thank you to all who made the pumpkin sales such a great success this year at the First Congregational Church in Chatham.

Thank you to all who helped unload the truck full of pumpkins and to those who sat in the pumpkin patch selling pumpkins. A huge thank you to Scott Hamilton for his tireless efforts in organizing the fund raising and keeping track of the sales.

The proceeds from the sales will be donated to the Chatham Children's Fund which helps local children in need.

The Missions Ministry of The First Congregational Church
(The Pumpkin church)


Remembering Environment Defenders


There were two men who lived in West Brewster that liked to walk. I would see them occasionally walking by my house in the neighborhood. They were both writers of many books. They were both defenders of the natural world. I knew them well and admired them both. They are now deceased but still present in my mind, and also during last Monday night's Brewster Town Meeting. The defense of Wing Island was front and center, and their spirits guided us to the correct outcome. Their names were John Hay and Malcolm Wells.

Carl Ahlstrom
West Brewster


Bake Sale Benefits Animals


The Animal Welfare Club of Monomoy Regional High School would like to thank managers John Willis and Laurie Lombard at the Harwich Stop and Shop for their help with our bake sale. We raised hundreds of dollars for the New England Society for Abandoned Animals, a no-kill shelter in Centerville. A special thank you to Ms. Lombard, a Monomoy parent, for announcing our sale several times over the PA system! Thank you to all the generous people who helped us help animals!

Beth Howe and Lisa Forte-Doyle, co-advisors
MRHS Animal Welfare Club


Trees Are Green Infrastructure


Sometime in the last two weeks, there were three significant trees, decades old, cut to the ground in Chase Park by the town. Trees have also been removed from in front of the middle school for no apparent rhyme or reason.

The Chase Park trees provided shade and character to the grounds, not to mention all of the other inherent values of trees — carbon sequestration and storage, water infiltration, uptake of nutrients, wildlife habitat, cleansing the air of impurities, release of oxygen and cooling water vapor in the heat of the summer.

Trees are a community’s green infrastructure. Trees are what contribute to the character and environmental health of our community. They should not be removed just because they are, perhaps, “in the way.” After all, for the last nine years, Chatham has had the Arbor Day Foundation’s designation as a Tree City USA!

Kristin Andres


Questions Tree Removal


Signs around town tell us Chatham has been designated a Tree City for at least nine years. To merit such designation, the town must commit to caring for its trees. Yet it seems the town has been removing trees for no publicly stated reason. I refer to the mature trees recently cut down in Chase Park which did not appear damaged, diseased or represent a safety concern. Also a dozen or so trees were removed from the front of the middle school this summer.

This seems to be alarming destruction of healthy, beneficial trees. Has the Tree Warden provided appropriate notice before authorizing these removals?

Tom Quill


Laments Loss Of Shade Trees


What happened to the shade trees in Chase Park and the middle school? Asking the town has not produced an answer. Last week there were four large mature trees south of the Shattuck Place parking lot and today there is nothing. Why are trees being cut down with no discernible reason?

The trees in Chase Park provided needed shade but now it's gone, and even if the trees are replaced it will be years before the shade cover approaches what was lost. We need to recognize the benefits of trees including carbon storage, wildlife habitat and food, and cooler temperatures in the summer's heat.

Removing mature trees that aren't safety liabilities is not a sustainable practice, especially with climate change. Chatham has been designated a Tree City by the Arbor Day Foundation for the past nine years. Let's work to keep Chatham's green infrastructure rather than destroy it.

Sherrie Burson
South Chatham

Editor's note: According to Tree Warden Gary Glazier, the trees removed from Chase Park – three scrub pines and a white oak – were dying and will be replaced by more resilient species. The trees removed at the middle school were also scrub pines in poor condition, done as part of a training exercise on safe removal of trees.