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I would MUCH prefer anyone wanting to see older posts here to use the History pages that are available via the Site Map page or the white header box on the full Town Common page, which gets you to pages like this for Jan 2005 http://www.chatmroomcc.info/hist/h0501TC.html and which are all linked forwards and backwards to next and prior months at top and bottom respectively.
J. Hallgren (as Moderator)
Clearwater, FL USA - Sun 01/20/2019 - 12:19:51
For amusement, here are some of the earliest posts at the CHAT-M-Room from Jan/Feb 2005: http://bit.ly/early-chat-m-room Be careful, though, that page will look just like this real Chat-M-Room, but don't try to post new things there! I'm not sure whether that would work.
James J Dempsey
W.Chatham+Boxborough, MA USA - Sun 01/20/2019 - 12:10:54
Bonnie Snow and I walked out to the Eldia. Because of its size, it looked close, but it turned out to be a very tiring trek on the beach. She wouldn't let me give up.
Lisa Edge
Cherry Hill, NJ USA - Sun 01/20/2019 - 04:23:01
The post card photo on the cover of the new CC5 Calendar doesn't show the anchor. A post card of the station with the DUKW and the watch tower in front has what looks like daffodils being raised where the anchor is now.
Richard Gould Ryder
Eastham, MA USA - Fri 01/18/2019 - 13:08:29
Dick, by Biblical accounts, the anchor on the old foundation was from Noah's Ark. As the provision was for all earthly creatures to have a mate; so too did the lighthouse.
Jared Fulcher
North Chatham, MA USA - Thu 01/17/2019 - 20:10:43
Anyone out there know when the anchor on the North side of the Coast Guard Station was placed there? Or where it came from?
That is the site of the former North Tower of the Twin Lights, which was dismantled piecemeal and moved to Eastham, apparently by oxen. The new foundation in Eastham was poured without any bolts to hold the tower in position. (The brick cylinder and the conical skeleton combo seems to work.)

Richard Gould Ryder
Eastham, MA USA - Thu 01/17/2019 - 17:50:30
Thank you John. clap clap!!
Sylvia + Barry <barsyl4041@comcast.net>
Naples, FL USA - Thu 01/17/2019 - 12:02:48
If memory serves, the original site was being overwhelmed by SPAM (hacked?) and had to be shut down. Thanks to John H for his years of worthy efforts, making it possible for us to continue to CHAT! Applause, applause!
Melissa
USA - Thu 01/17/2019 - 08:59:53
Richard G Ryder: While MY version of this site began on Jan 27th 2005, the first post from original TeleCam site that I had found was from Jan 1, 2001 and was made by Barry & Sylvia Fulcher!
J. Hallgren (as Moderator)
Clearwater, FL USA - Wed 01/16/2019 - 23:12:22
Barbara - Great comment about the Zoning Board! Same goes for the Planning Board.
JudyP
WChatham, MA USA - Wed 01/16/2019 - 19:23:54
On Sunday, February 10th at 3 PM, the Orleans Historical Society (Bonnie Snow) will host a get together of people who might have visited the Eldia, or watched her go aground. Should be fun! It is at the Meetinghouse, on the way to Nauset Beach.
Richard Gould Ryder
Eastham, MA USA - Wed 01/16/2019 - 11:47:36
Re CG Station Chatham: The volunteers of the CG36500 have turned over 28 $20.00 gift cards to the OIC, one for each member of the crew. That is the limit. Suggest that some of the larger companies like Chatham Boat, The Squire, Realtors, attorneys, etc do the same thing. There has to be a card for each person, with a $20.00 limit. Sort of like compound interest, the 8th wonder of the world.
Richard Gould Ryder
Eastham, MA USA - Wed 01/16/2019 - 11:42:48
Ushered at the Monomoy Theater as a teen-anger and a love of the theater was born. Hoping there will be a way found to save it.
Would also like to remind the ChatRoom readers that the Coast Guard is affected by the government shutdown and the Chatham Coast Guard families might need some assistance.
May I presume to suggest that someone who has the time sit in on the Zoning Board meetings. I did and time after time they okayed plans that did not meet the zoning requirements. If you can't get to a meeting, read the agenda in the Chronicle. Hindsight is 20-20.

Barbara Stevenson <Bejsteve@gmail.mail>
San Diego , CA USA - Wed 01/16/2019 - 11:24:34
How shall we celebrate the birth of this Chat-M-Room, coming up on January 27th?
Richard Gould Ryder
Eastham, MA USA - Tue 01/15/2019 - 18:46:24
Here is a chance for the private citizens of the Town of Chatham to make up for the loss of three icons: The CG36500, The Old Harbor Life-Saving Station, and the Coast Guard Boathouse at Morris/Stage Island. I hadn't realized that the Monomoy Theater property actually went to Depot Road. Of course it does!
Richard Gould Ryder
Eastham, MA USA - Mon 01/14/2019 - 17:41:54
Well said John!
Tony
West Chatham , MA USA - Sun 01/13/2019 - 20:58:32
PLEASE - Let us all band together and Save the Monomoy Theater! This is a wonderful asset
to our town. It is a training ground for talented actors and techs - of various descriptions PLUS
giving us all the ability of seeing Live Theater! Nothing like it. We have been so blessed to
have this Jewel in our town all of these years. PLEASE . HELP - Restoration/Not building.

marie <mdburns1@comcast.net>
CHATHAM, MA USA - Sun 01/13/2019 - 12:38:05
The 3.31 acre Monomoy Theater property would be and is a fabulous site for the Monomoy Theater. The theater is an important cultural asset for the Town of Chatham. It would be my hope that a fund raising effort will result in purchase of the property and that the theater would go on. It would seem that the opportunity for a college drama department should be very attractive. Losing the Christopher Ryder Opera House years ago was a serious blow to Chatham and losing the Monomoy Theater should be avoided.
john whelan <sockpirate44@gmail.com>
chatham, MA USA - Sat 01/12/2019 - 22:55:38
Bob - You're not the first person that has suggested that. It's probably going to go for a hefty bit of money. One of my friends said the Town owns too much land as it is. Middle Road is a ridiculous alternative to the other places that have been before the Board. Judging from the recent LTE's in the Chronicle, folks are against using Middle Road - as am I.
Judy P
W. Chatham, MA USA - Thu 01/10/2019 - 07:52:25
The 3.31 acre Monomoy Theater property would be an absolutely WONDERFUL location for a new Council On Aging facility! Walk into town, near the Fire Dept., close to the Community Center's facilities without the need to overbuild the Community Center, and low impaction the surrounding properties. Meets most of the needs voiced by the public, with almost none of the drawbacks. Now that would be a worthwhile civic investment. How could we get the powers-that-be interested in the idea???!
Bob Fishback <robertef45@comcast.net>
Chatham, MA USA - Wed 01/09/2019 - 21:30:53
How can we save the Monomoy Theater from the greedy developers?
Emily Cunningham <dayonown@yahoo.com>
Rancho Mirage, CA USA - Wed 01/09/2019 - 13:20:13
I added a comment - and it did not appear. there was note saying it was not acceptable/inappropriate(?) . please explain - Marie
marie <mdburns1@comcast.net>
CHATHAM, MA USA - Wed 01/09/2019 - 11:57:53
Thank you, Lisa for your kind comments! I've also very much appreciated the comments about Carl and his passion for sharing his chowder near and far. It is so special that he is remembered in such a wonderful way and it means a lot to me. Thank you all!
carol olson <carololson47@gmail.com>
Chatham, MA USA - Sat 01/05/2019 - 16:35:27
Carl was especially proud of his son in law, who, as best I can recall, is an Air fForce member who's job it is to rescue others.
Sad to know that Station Chatham has been down graded from a Surf Station. The boats they have and the conditions they deal with did not allow them enough chances to train new candidates to be Surfmen (or women).
Still think that a 36 foot motor lifeboat, made of whatever material, and still slow, would be useful for most rescues out of Chatham Fish Pier. Stage Harbor based boats, are a different story. The 42 footer there has been proven to be the right boat for that part of the Station Chatham AOR. Area Of Responsibility.

Richard Gould Ryder
Eastham, MA USA - Thu 01/03/2019 - 17:59:19
Seems like almost yesterday when Carl sent 20 servings of Chowdah at his own expense to the wounded warrior unit here in San Diego - our Old Goats and Kids Who Care had the privilege of delivering at Christmas time - made such a difference in those young amputees lives to have authentic Chatham chowdah delivered from the Chowdahman - his story became known out here in San Diego - Now Carl is gone but we still stay in touch with those same amputees as they transition to their new lives and they all remember the Chowdah from the Chowdahman - Carl sure reached many people and I think he loved knowing he was truly making a difference in their lives
Ben H
USA - Wed 01/02/2019 - 21:25:16
Anna.. Carl would make his yearly visit to our area here on Glover Square for the 4th of July with his car radio at maximum volume playing marching music, plus he would deliver his famous chowder to my wife.. Great guy..
Gordon B Pratt <jgpratt2@comcast.net>
Chatham, MA USA - Wed 01/02/2019 - 10:37:29
Remembering Carl who, because of this very Chat-M-Room, made a point to meet in 2016 and personally handed me a serving of his famous chow-dah. A gracious gesture not to be forgotten.
Melissa
USA - Wed 01/02/2019 - 10:07:50
Lisa: Yes, Carl even made it over here one time for a chowder delivery. Twenty eight years ago, and recently divorced in CT, I met a wonderful woman who casually mentioned she had a summer house on the beach in Eastham. We have been here for 25 years, year round.
Richard Gould Ryder
Eastham, MA USA - Wed 01/02/2019 - 10:05:25
Anna. Every time I eat chowder I think of Carl who so generously drove portions of chowder to all his friends and even some acquaintances. I was lucky to be one of them. And Carol who helped him keep up the custom when his COPD made it difficult for him is also a Chatham treasure.
Lisa Edge
Cherry Hill, NJ USA - Tue 01/01/2019 - 11:55:31
Richard: Bonnie, Judy, Nancy and I still keep in touch. I have even forgiven Bonnie for using her considerable energy and talent to keep Orleans History alive rather than focusing on Chatham. And you; how did you end up in Eastham?
Lisa Edge
Cherry Hill, NJ USA - Tue 01/01/2019 - 11:40:11
Sylvia + Barry,

Regarding the bike path etiquette, I believe your approach is just fine. Here is what the Brewster police posted to their facebook page this summer which seems consistent with what you do.

"For Cyclists: As you approach the road crossings on the bike path you will notice stop signs...those are for you. Cyclists are required to stop. There is no legal requirement that you dismount your bike, however, if you opt to stay on your bike you are treated just like a motorist attempting to cross from a side street. If the approaching vehicles decide to stop and let you cross, that is a courtesy, and it is very important to note, that just because traffic coming from one direction has stopped, does not mean traffic coming from the other direction is going to. Again, imagine yourself driving a car, crossing a busy intersection and you have the stop sign, while crossing traffic does not. Now if you decide to dismount your bike and walk it across...you are afforded all the rights of a pedestrian.

For Motorists: Many of our bike path crossings have a new flashing light warning system (see attached photo). If these are flashing, it means someone may be approaching a crossing. This could be a pedestrian, a cyclist, or maybe even Bambi looking for his family. If you see the lights activated, it makes sense to slow down as you approach the crossing. If you see a pedestrian entering the crosswalk, including someone who is walking their bike, you are required to yield the right of way. If you see a cyclists and you wish to stop for them...that is mighty kind of you. Please, however, do not lock up your brakes to extend that courtesy...unless of course you are on a collision course with someone. Sudden braking could result in you becoming a lot more familiar with the person traveling behind you than you would probably like."

Happy New Year!

James J Dempsey
W.Chatham+Boxborough, MA USA - Tue 01/01/2019 - 11:32:48
Wishing all the chat roomers a Happy New Year.
Crayton Nickerson
Chatham, MA USA - Tue 01/01/2019 - 10:35:59
Happy 2019 to all of my friends, relatives, lurkers and most everyone else that follow this room.
BobR <zut444@verizon.net>
Chatham, MA USA - Tue 01/01/2019 - 09:17:13
Happy New Year 2019!
Benjamin T. Nickerson <btnick2002@comcast.net>
Chatham, MA USA - Tue 01/01/2019 - 06:10:22
Better than a dull line

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