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CCF is pleased to introduce our new Executive Director Lauren R. Arcomano who joined us on May 2nd. Lauren brings a wealth of nonprofit experience to the CCF, including serving as an Executive Director of a community center and serving on the boards of numerous nonprofits. From this experience, she has honed her community outreach and organizational skills which she will put to good use here at the CCF.

Lauren is an avid outdoorswoman and enjoys paddling on the cape's waterways, hiking in the mountains throughout New England and biking on the rail trails. She grew up on the Jersey shore where she roamed the Pine Barrens, lived in the Catskill Mountains for 30 years and now resides in Eastham with her youngest child and rescued mutt. When not busy at work, Lauren loves to travel and explore near and far.

Please stop by Mayo House to welcome her to our community!

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Cape Cod Chronicle Article

December 31, 2020

By Honorary Trustee Kristen Andres

One of the best informative nature writers we have on Cape Cod is Kristin Andres, who we are
proud to have as an Honorary Trustee of the foundation. She is currently the Director of
Education at APCC and writes articles for the Cape Cod Chronicle entitled “Conservation


In the December 31st issue of the Chronicle she wrote an article entitled “An Invitation” which was one of the clearest and well-stated arguments for conserving open spaces and wild lands on Cape Cod. She begins by stating how varied and valuable open space is to people for recreation, food and reflection especially in this time of Covid-19.


Sponsored by My Generation Energy

Video By Matt Hamilton

Our favorite wildlife camera clips from 2020 are here for you to enjoy. A spring fawn following its mother, coyote packs, raccoon families, and more! 


Interview of Non-Profits through Covid-19 Pandemic

Celebrating Philanthropy on Cape Cod (Part II)

Three local philanthropy leaders, Dorothy Bassett of the Chatham Conservation Foundation, Inc., Chris Ellis of the Community Health Center of Cape Cod, Kathy Zagzebski of the National Marine Life Center, and Jackie Lane of @NAMI CAPE COD & The Islands, share their stories on how our Cape Cod community came together during the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020.


Sponsored by My Generation Energy

CCF has a Wildlife Camera which helps us better understand the habitats we preserve! Check out our first wildlife photos, and a constantly updating feed of pictures from our Facebook Page:

Photos will be released monthly on Facebook, follow our page for updates!


Honorary Trustee, and Former President of CCF

William F. Schweizer, a longtime resident of Chatham, Massachusetts, passed away on Wednesday, November 13, 2019 in Brewster. Bill was born in New York City on September 4, 1927, to the late William W. and Anna (Hamel) Schweizer. He graduated from the McBurney School for Boys in Manhattan in 1945 and received a B.C.E. in Civil Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1949. He served in the U.S. Army from 1954 to 1956. Bill was predeceased by his wife of 63 years, Barbara (O’Brien) Schweizer, in 2018.

During Bill’s early career as project manager for the Morrison-Knudsen Company, he and Barbara lived for short periods in California, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Wyoming. During a family vacation to Chatham in 1964, he decided to quit his job and move his young family to Chatham. Along with a business partner, Bill established the Sea-Lake Corporation, a real estate development company which built many homes in Sandwich, most notably, the Lakewood Hills and Lakefield Farms developments. Bill later formed his own company, Barnstead Builders, where he continued to build residential properties.

Bill was an active member of the Chatham community, serving as a member of the Chatham Finance Committee and as Director of the Chatham Water and Sewer Department. Bill was also actively involved with the Chatham Conservation Foundation and with the Chatham chapter of AFS, hosting students from California, Illinois, Italy, and Austria. He was an avid skier until he was nearly 80 and he enjoyed sailing on his boat, Good Medicine. Bill was most proud of the home he built for his family overlooking School House Pond, where he and Barbara hosted many guests and family reunions.

Bill leaves his son, John Schweizer and his wife Shelly of Ashland, MA; his daughter Ann Schweizer of Chatham; his grandson Eric Schweizer and his wife Julie of Boston; and his granddaughter Hayley Schweizer of New York City. He also leaves many brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews, with whom he was close. He was predeceased by his eldest son, William Schweizer and his sister, Anita Wilkens.

Visiting hours will be held on Monday, November 18, from 1:00pm to 2:30pm at Nickerson Funeral Home at 87 Crowell Road in Chatham. A memorial service will follow the visiting hours at 2:30pm, followed by internment at Peoples Cemetery in Chatham. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Chatham Conservation Foundation, Inc. and the Eldredge Public Library in Chatham. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Nickerson Funeral Home, for online condolences, please visit

Bill’s full obituary and a video of remembrance can be found by clicking here.

September 4, 1927 - November 13, 2019
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