Dredge update

The state Department of Environmental Protection, issued an amended order of conditions that allows Chatham to go forward with its North Inlet dredging plan, provided all other permits are in place.

The ruling came in response to resident Gerald Milden’s appeal of the town’s plans for dredging, which he contends would cause further erosion to his waterfront property at Minister's Point.

“In the department’s opinion, the project as proposed and conditioned herein adequately protects the interests of the Wetlands Protection Act,” the state department wrote in a letter to Milden.

Robert Duncanson, Chatham’s director of natural resources, told selectmen Monday that although the order is in the town’s favor, there is an appeal process through which Milden can request an adjudicatory hearing on the decision and that could take up to a year to be resolved. Milden had until Thursday to file an appeal; according to reports, he did file an appeal Tuesday.

Also still active is Milden’s suit in Superior Court under the Chatham Wetlands Protection Bylaw, contesting the town’s conservation commission’s granting of the amended order. That process could also take up to a year, Duncanson said.

With constantly shifting sands and a myriad of environmental factors in play, Duncanson said the town is conducting more studies and trying to figure out the best way to move forward.

Maritime reception

The Chatham Marconi Maritime Center will hold its annual benefit reception on Friday, June 21, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Chatham Beach and Tennis Club, 12 Main St.

The reception will offer hors d’oeuvres and a raw bar, beverages, live music by the Alan Clinger jazz ensemble and a special auction and wine draw raffle.

Net proceeds of the event, which costs $175 for benefactors, $125 for patrons, benefit CMMC’s STEM education programs and future wireless museum exhibits. A limited number of tickets are still available. For further information about the event, email gala@chathammarconi.org.

Student musicians

A highlight of the Chatham Music Club concert, Vive La France, held on May 19 at St. Christopher’s Church in Chatham, was the awarding of scholarships to three young musicians. CMC Scholarship Committee co-chairmen LeeAnn McKenna and Matthew Scinto introduced the winners, who performed the pieces that won them the awards.

First Prize was given to baritone Matthew Newcombe of Falmouth High School class of 2019, a student of Fred Johnson. Second Prize was given to cellist Andrew D. Juan, Sturgis Charter Public School East class of 2022, a student of Karin Loewen. Third Prize was given to pianist James DellaMorte, Barnstable High School class of 2020, a student of Sylvia Furash.

A video of the Vive La France concert, including the performances of the three winners can be seen at ChathamMusicClub.org. Now celebrating the 20th anniversary of its founding, the club promotes the appreciation of classical music through performance and education.

COA daytrip

Join the COA on Wednesday, June 19, on a visit to the Thomas Dexter Grist Mill, in Sandwich. Attendees will leave with a bag of corn meal.

After the tour, attendees will go to lunch at the Daniel Webster Inn Tavern, located in downtown Sandwich.

The bus departs at 9:30 a.m. from the COA, and the tour begins at 10:30 a.m. Admission to the museum is $8 per person and lunch is at the cost of the diner. Transportation to the COA is available and free; reservations are required. Call the COA at 508-945-5190 to reserve a spot.

At the library

Author David Van Wye will visit the Eldredge Public Library on Monday, June 17, at 3 p.m., to discuss his second book “Vietnam Blues.” 

Author Anne D. LeClaire will visit the library on Thursday, June 20, at 3 p.m. She'll talk about her new book “The Orchid Sister.”

Meetings

Monday, June 17 Board of health, 4 p.m. Board of selectmen, 6 p.m.

Tuesday, June 18 Historical commission, 9 a.m. Charter review committee, 5 p.m. Park and recreation commission, 5 p.m.

Wednesday, June 19 Committee for the disabled, 10 a.m. Finance committee, 2 p.m. Barnstable County assembly of delegates, 4 p.m. Conservation commission, 4 p.m. Historic business district commission, 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, June 20 Golf advisory committee, 3 p.m.

Friday, June 21 Summer residents advisory committee, 9 a.m.