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On the Solstice

By: Andrew Buckley

The sun is barely up when I arrive at the overlook at Lighthouse Beach. It doesn’t even seem to glare like it did in the fall, back in September and October. That’s when the sun would blaze down on my forehead and into my eyes, seeming to make the pushing of the mower a more wretchedly hot ordeal than in the depths of July and August. But now our star is at its greatest distance from us, and even though it mig...

Letters to the Editor, Dec. 21

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Help Along The Path To Eagle Editor: The people I would like to thank for helping in the completion of my Eagle Scout project are: My Mom and my Dad, Scoutmasters Alex Carlson, John Donlan and Jarrod West, the Scouts of Troop 77 Brewster, especially Daren Kapolis, Mike Lach and Colin Leonard of Harwich Conservation Trust, and Jason Gourdine of Mid Cape Home Centers. Carl Furner Harwich   Retain ...

Nick Nickerson, owner of Chatham Coastal Creations, has a problem that most business owners would probably envy: His new line of handcrafted ornamental sea scallop shells has taken off to the point that he can barely keep up with orders. “If I was 40 years old again I’d be in this head-over-heels,” he says. This morning Nickerson, 70, is standing out in his new 14-by-24-foot barn where tools hang along a wa...

ORLEANS — Selectmen will invite the finance committee and the Orleans Water Quality Advisory Panel (OWQAP) to their Jan. 10 meeting for the unveiling of a revised financial model for paying the capital costs of a downtown sewer system. That decision came at the end of a discussion Dec. 13 on whether the consensus-building OWQAP process, which brought eight community organizations together as stakeholders for...

Poetry Pushes Back In Wake Of Hurricanes' Havoc

By: Ed Maroney

ORLEANS — As storm after storm battered the Caribbean this year, a sense of hopelessness was part of the reaction to the horrific destruction. But hope, as Emily Dickinson knew, is “the thing with feathers,” and hope took wing on the islands and in the classrooms of Orleans Elementary School. Eager to help, especially after two children from the storm-ravaged British Virgin Islands started attending OES, stu...

FAA: Skydiving Safe At Chatham Airport

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – A Federal Aviation Administration skydiving safety risk assessment released Tuesday concludes that with some minor mitigation efforts, Chatham Municipal Airport is safe for skydiving. The four-page report dated Dec. 18 comes at a time when the town is engaged in two ongoing lawsuits over skydiving at the airport. In a statement, selectmen said it was time to “close the book on the debate regarding th...

House Committee Approves Monomoy Boundary Bill

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources approved legislation Wednesday to restore the western boundary of the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge to mean low tide. In last year's comprehensive conservation plan for Monomoy, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service declared as the western boundary an administrative line in Nantucket Sound that essentially added nearly 4,000 acres of wa...

Chatham Resident Succumbs To Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — A well-known resident and longtime fixture at the Chatham Senior Center, Nancy Olson died Saturday, several days after she suffered accidental carbon monoxide poisoning in her home. Mrs. Olson’s death is renewing calls for seniors to take advantage of various programs designed to help elders live at home safely. “This is a terrible tragedy and it’s shocking, and it hits close to home for people,” C...

CHATHAM – Letters have gone out to Stage Harbor Road property owners to gauge support for declaring the neighborhood a National Historic Register District. The straw poll was sent Dec. 4 to 47 property owners within the proposed district, which would run from Cross Street to Bridge Street. The approximately 29-acre area includes 34 structures determined to contribute to a potential National Register District, ...

CHATHAM – Until about 15 years ago, the Friends of the Eldredge Library held an annual book sale, usually in July, on the front lawn of the historic Main Street building. Books would be stored all year long in the attic, recalls Library Director Irene Gillies. To get the books to the sale area, a “bucket brigade” of volunteers hefted heavy boxes from the third floor storage area and sent them down a slide to grou...

Town Restricts Parking At Eldredge Garage This Winter

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Town officials have not yet decided on long-term uses for the former Eldredge Garage property at 365 Main St., or even intermediate uses next summer. But they’ve got a plan for the short term: secure the property with a split-rail fence, and prohibit overnight parking there until at least the spring. There’s a key exception: the property will be available for parking during First Night Chatham, whi...

CHATHAM – The June 2016 crash of a helicopter into Crow's Pond was the result of inadequate maintenance, exacerbated by an error in a maintenance log entry that delayed an overhaul beyond its mandatory timeframe, according to a report by the National Transportation Safety Board. Had the error not been made, timely maintenance would likely have led to the overhaul of sections of the engine that failed. Pilot...

Is Historic District Plan Impacting Values?

By: Tim Wood

Assessors See Drop In Sales Prices In Stage Harbor Road Area   by Tim Wood CHATHAM – The sale of homes in the Stage Harbor Road area for considerably less than the assessed value has caught the attention of the town's assessing department. Homeowners in the neighborhood are being polled on how they feel about a National Historic Register District nomination. The Massachusetts Historical Commission has...

CHATHAM – Surprises keep popping up during the renovation and restoration of the foundation of the Atwood House. The most recent discovery by Antique Buildings Specialist David Ottinger was a long, wide swath of 200-year-old wallpaper in very good condition for its age, according to museum officials. “As he was inspecting the parlor, he pulled back a section of wainscoting and there it was,” said Danielle J...

Chatham Seeks Private Land For New Senior Center

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – The town has put out a solicitation for private land that might serve as a location for a new senior center. A request for proposals seeking parcels of land for sale suitable for a council on aging facility was issued last week. Bids are due Jan. 12. The move was made at the request of the board of selectmen. During a presentation of a COA space needs study Nov. 14, staff indicated that only a few...