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Writer's Block: How's The Paper Doing?

By: Tim Wood

“How's the paper doing?” That's one of the most frequent questions I'm asked, and I know other members of The Chronicle staff hear it often as well. It came up quite a bit in the past year thanks to two things: COVID and increasing publicity about the loss of local newspapers and news coverage nationwide. The short answer is that the paper is doing just fine, thanks. We were certainly nervous in March 20...

Our View: Saving Housing

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

It doesn’t seem to make sense, people being evicted from cottages where working folks have lived for years so that the town can assume ownership of property that is going to be developed into affordable housing. That’s what’s happening in West Chatham, but of course the situation is more complex than it appears. Three residents may lose housing on the Buckley property, which town meeting voted to buy for affor...

Letters To The Editor: Sept. 30, 2021

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Find Different Fire Station Site Editor: The other day, I was standing at the front door of my home on a beautiful sunny day looking across Eldredge Park Way at the skateboard park and further into the beautiful green ball fields. I was feeling very fortunate to have been living here in Orleans for over 20 years surrounded by an emerald in the heart of Orleans. Suddenly, it was shattered when I realized ...

Elvera A. Russo

By: Contributed

Elvera A. Russo, age 85, of Chatham passed away peacefully on September 24, 2021. She was the beloved wife of the late Pasquale F. (Pat) Russo for over 54 years. A loving mother and grandmother, she is survived by five children: Paul (Denise) of Harwich, Patricia (Robert) Stadolnik of Norfolk, Stephen (Lesley) of Westford, Peter (Maureen) of Westborough and Julianne Britt of West Newton and North Truro. She is su...

Jeffrey C. Frank

By: Contributed

Jeffrey C. Frank 77, of Chatham died on Monday, September 20, 2021 at Cape Cod Hospital, Hyannis. Jeffrey was born on February 24, 1944 at Cape Cod Hospital. He was the son of the late Joseph Clarence Frank and Susie (Eldridge) Frank.  Jeffrey worked for Chatham Public Works for over 30 years. He then started, with his twin brother Jerry, their own landscaping company, called Frank Brothers Landscaping Company, f...

Beverly McVickar

By: Contributed

CHATHAM – Beverly McVickar died on Thursday, September 9, 2021.  She was the devoted wife of Ron McVickar for 54 years (predeceased August, 2011).  She is survived by her sons Glenn McVickar (Rebecca) of Harwich, Mark McVickar (Chris) of Saco, Maine, grandsons Mathew McVickar (Lauren) of Portland, Oregon, Brenden McVickar (Ally) of Easton, Ben McVickar (Shea) of Portland Maine, Tim McVickar of Manchester, N.H.  S...

Frederick Leland Rhodes

By: Contributed

Frederick Leland Rhodes, 82, of Chatham, died peacefully on September 18. He was born May 18, 1939, to Leland and Thea Rhodes in Summit, N.J. He was raised in Short Hills, N.J. where he lived for the next sixty-eight years. He is survived by his wife, Laura Sibley Rhodes, and his daughter and son-in-law, Thea and Patrick Dolan of West Barnstable. He was preceded in death by his son, Leland Chandler Rhodes in 1990...

Main Street Housing Article Dropped From Warrant

By: Ryan Bray

ORLEANS — Lacking the support of the community preservation committee, an article to secure $1 million for a proposed 14-unit affordable housing project at 107 Main St. will not go before voters at next month’s special town meeting. Alan McClennen, chairman of the affordable housing trust board, asked the select board Sept. 22 to withdraw the article from the warrant for the Oct. 25 session. The affordable hou...

ORLEANS — The select board on Sept. 22 gave their approval to rate and fee increases for the town’s water and recreation departments, including a 4 percent water rate increase. Under the new water rates, which will go into effect Oct. 1, users will be issued a basic service charge of $54 per quarter, up from the current basic quarterly rate of $52. Assistant Water Superintendent Susan Brown said that apart ...

Orleans Select Board Endorses New Sewer Regulations

By: Ryan Bray

ORLEANS – The select board voted 4-0  Sept. 22 to recommend in favor of sewer use rules and regulations, although board members pressed Tom Daley, the town’s public works director, to provide more specific information for residents preparing to connect to town sewer. The board of water and sewer commissioners voted to adopt the rules and regulations ahead of the select board’s meeting. The rules and regulation...

The Big Wedding

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

The talk of the town last week was the Chatham Bars Inn wedding where Troy Brown and Kristin Ryan tied the knot in a ceremony on a specially built structure behind the inn's beach house and held a reception in a 20,000-square-foot “tent” near Claflin Landing (in the background). The groom's family are longtime Chatham homeowners, and since his father, Greg Brown, is CEO of Motorola, there was a lot of speculat...

Nancy ‘Smiling Dove’ Elizabeth Eldredge

By: Contributed

Nancy “Smiling Dove” Elizabeth Eldredge passed early morning July 14th at Cape Cod Hospital with her children around her, at age 81. A true Cape Codder, she was born August 7th, 1939 at Cape Cod (cottage) Hospital and raised in Chatham.  She lived in Brewster in her last years. Daughter of Everett “Gunny” R. Eldredge Jr. and Esther Catherine (Muldowney) Eldredge, she was the eldest of four children, and proud to ...

Raymond A. Parker

By: Contributed

Raymond A. “Ray” Parker, 94, of Hernando, Fla. and W. Chatham, passed away September 14, 2021 at his home. Ray bravely served his country as a member of the United States Army during WWII. Graveside services for Ray will be conducted on Monday, October 11, 2021at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Fla.  Full military honors will be rendered. Arrangements are under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funer...

Mary K. Hartley

By: Contributed

A celebration of KK’s life will be held at the Village Green in Orleans, next to Snow Library ~ she loved the library ~ on Saturday, Oct. 2 between 1 and 3 PM. If the weather is non-compliant we will try for the following day, Sunday, at the same time. Please bring stories, poems, memories, what have you. Masks preferred, but not required.

Masks Required For Meetings In Town Buildings

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — If you’re headed to an indoor town meeting, or maybe for a workout at the community center, be prepared to mask up. The board of health Monday unanimously issued an emergency order requiring even vaccinated people to wear face coverings while attending any indoor town meeting or any gathering of two or more people in a town meeting room, including the community center gymnasium and fitness room. T...