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ORLEANS — Fewer Orleans residents died in 2017 than in the previous two years, an even 100 as opposed to 114 in both 2015 and 2016. That's one of the facts in the Annual Town Report for year 2017, now available at town hall and worth a look-through before the May 7 town meeting. One of the 100 deaths in 2017 was that of Jean Finch, the founder of Cape Cod's first skateboard park, which is still located at...

ORLEANS — The list of what didn't happen at 353 South Orleans Rd. over the last two centuries could be shorter than the list of what did. The property at the corner of Namequoit Road and Route 28 has been home to a sea captain, a selectman, a state representative, a lay preacher, a salt maker, a farmer, and a cultivator of trees – and that's just the life of John Kenrick, Sr., who lived there for the first h...

Orleans Prepares To Recognize WWI Attack Centennial

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

ORLEANS – On July 21, 1918, the German submarine U-156 surfaced about three miles off Nauset Beach and shelled the tugboat Perth Amboy and the four barges it had in tow. The barges were sunk, the tug was badly damaged, and two people were injured. Several shots fired from the U-boat’s 5.9-inch deck guns hit the Orleans shore, making the town the only place on U.S. soil to receive enemy gunfire during World War ...

CHATHAM – A demolition delay application has been filed for the stately, iconic home at the corner of Shore Road and Seaview Street that once belonged the late noted geographer Harm de Blij. Owners Ronald and Ann Cami of San Francisco, who bought the 233 Seaview St. property in 2012 for $3.6 million, will go before the historical commission on Tuesday, May 1. According to application filed by Harwich attorn...

Since the Cape Cod National Seashore was created in 1961, there’s been one official conduit through which citizens and town governments could share concerns about the national park: the National Seashore Advisory Commission. Silenced for more than a year by a federal review, the commission has at last been given permission to hold a meeting. But experts say the future of the commission remains unclear, caught ...

Local Events Mark Earth Day 2018

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Next Sunday, April 22, is Earth Day, the 48 th year of the celebration of the planet. A number of events are being planned in the area to mark the occasion. On Saturday, April 21, “Love Thy Nature” will be screened at the Chatham Orpheum Theater. Narrated by Liam Neeson, the film explores how we’ve lost touch with nature and looks at how a renewed connection with nature is key both to good health and to solvi...

Orleans, Chatham Reach Beach Management Agreement

By: Alan Pollock

ORLEANS — Barring any tricks from Mother Nature, off-road vehicles will have access to North (Nauset) Beach this summer under a joint management agreement between Chatham and Orleans. After months of stalemate, and with less than three weeks remaining until the current agreement expires, Chatham and Orleans selectmen approved a one-year beach management agreement last Wednesday. With Chatham selectmen in ...

CHATHAM – The German occupation of the Netherlands in 1940 seemed civilized, initially. The Dutch continued, at least superficially, to run the country, and life on many levels continued as before. “At first we hardly knew they were there,” Jerry Karter said. Other than hunger – there was never enough to eat – for a child, it was “an exciting time,” added Arend Vos. But as the war wore on, life became more and...

HARWICH – After more than six months sailing the high seas, the Swain family is safely back in their home on the shores of Long Pond, returning to the routines of work, school and the daily life of landlubbers. While the family – dad Steve, mom Sarah, and kids Lucy, Jessie and Stanley – are happy to see their relatives, friends and two rescue dogs Mayday and Turtle, there's a bit of a wistful longing for the o...

World Fish Migration Day Celebration At Herring Run

By: William F. Galvin

WEST HARWICH — A lot of activity will be taking place around the town's herring run, but the cold spring weather has slowed the migration of the anadromous fish moving into headwater ponds to spawn. “It's been slow and the last week has been very cold, but we're starting to see them in small numbers,” Brad C. Chase, a diadromous fish biologist with the state Division of Marine Fisheries, said on Friday. “The C...

Herring River Fish House Getting Needed Attention

By: William F. Galvin

WEST HARWICH — The fish house that sits in the Herring River will be getting a facelift. No appeal was filed of a Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection decision upholding DEP and the conservation commission orders of conditions that allow the reconstruction of the structure. The project has been mired in appeals for nearly two-and-a-half years. Abutters Gwynne and David Daks initially seeking a ...

HARWICH — With old-timers getting older, and with the town’s demographics changing, there’s a real danger that parts of Harwich’s history could fade from memory. The new Cape Verdean Heritage Oral History Project, a video documentary series produced by Angelina Raneo Chilaka, aims to keep that from happening. “I’ve got a list of people we want to interview,” Chilaka said. Their stories will help form a perma...

Tickets Moving Fast For 'Toast Of Harwich'

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Ticket sales for the Toast of Harwich are going well and people are very happy the event is returning to the Wequassett Resort and Golf Club this year, Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Cyndi Williams said this week. “Ticket sales are on pace or ahead of where we were last time we held the Toast here in 2015,” Williams said. That year 295 tickets were sold. This year there is a 350-ticket lim...

New East Harwich Fire Station Wins Plan Board OK

By: William F. Galvin

$6 Million Project To Go Before Town Meeting HARWICH — The proposed new East Harwich fire station building met with unanimous site plan and special permit approval by the planning board last week. Voters will be asked in the annual town meeting in May to approve funding for the project. The plan calls for a 9,500 square-foot facility on the same site as the existing 42-year-old fire substation, with the new...

HARWICH – The rivalry between the Monomoy Sharks and the St. John Paul Lions was evident on April 12 when the Sharks hosted the Lions in baseball action. Though the home team fell 2-1 at Whitehouse Field, they did all they could to keep the visitor's score low. “Yesterday was a real pitcher's duel,” said Monomoy head coach Steve Wilson, adding that this season his team is working with just two regular starting...

BOSTON – The 122 nd Boston Marathon included a familiar face among the runners, but this time around Larry Cole didn't take part in the race itself. Instead, the longtime Harwich runner rode along the route in a spiffy SUV as an Honorary Relay Team Captain. “This is the 100 th anniversary of the World War I-era Boston Marathon in 1918, which was all military,” the 84-year-old Cole said. “Last winter an annou...