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Middle Schoolers Lauded For Carbon Initiative

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Besting kids from other top schools in Massachusetts, a group of Monomoy Middle School students has earned top honors in an energy conservation initiative. They did it by helping their classmates kick the bottle. Seventh graders in Nancy Gifford's class tallied how many single-use water bottles were used in the school – more than 1,000 in about two weeks – and then conducted serious research about th...

Beach Managers Prepare For 2016 Shark Season

By: Alan Pollock

ORLEANS — Researchers, first responders and beach managers gathered last week for their last white shark working group session before the start of the 2016 beach season. They talked about a new internal communication network that will allow officials to instantly share reports of shark sightings, and also discussed the progress on launching the new “Sharktivity” app that will allow citizens to receive and report ...

CHATHAM – It's being billed as “A walk back to the future – Chatham’s newest oldest wooden drawbridge.” On Monday, June 20 at 4:30 p.m., a ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at the new Mitchell River Drawbridge. Underway for the past two years, the $14 million project was done under the direction of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) with funding through the Federal Accelerated Bridge P...

CHATHAM – It is possible that we may soon know precisely where the 17 th century homestead of Chatham’s first European settlers William and Anne Busby Nickerson is hidden. An archaeological survey of the Nickerson Family Association (NFA) grounds on Chatham History Weekend, June 18, may help solve the longstanding mystery. Archaeologist Craig S. Chartier will explore the NFA grounds using a metal detector and...

CHATHAM – The town has a new conservation agent, its third in six months. Molly Edson began work last Wednesday, taking over the post vacated earlier this year by Paul Wightman, who moved over to part-time assistant conservation agent. Wightman became conservation agent last December following the resignation earlier in the year of Kristin Andres. Originally from Newburyport, Edson comes to the job from Flo...

CHATHAM – The town's museums will throw open their doors Friday, Saturday and Sunday to celebrate Chatham History Weekend. Sponsored by Historic Chatham, a cooperative group of the town's museums and history organizations, Chatham History Weekend aims to acquaint locals and visitors alike with the rich historical assets Chatham has to offer. The event includes a mix of new exhibits, demonstrations, book sig...

HARWICH PORT — More than 150 people came together Monday evening to comfort one another, to reflect, and to pray for peace in the wake of the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando early Sunday. The pews were full at Pilgrim Congregational Church for the nondenominational service, which was organized by members of the Harwich Clergy Association. It was a time of healing and an opportunity to openly ...

Plastic Bag Ban Goes Into Effect

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The town's plastic bag ban is now in effect. Businesses selling goods, articles, food or personal services to the public will no longer be allowed to use single-use plastic bags with a thickness of 2.5 mils. Voters in town meeting in 2015 promulgated the bylaw and it took effect on June 15. “In simple terms, this bylaw prohibits an establishment from distributing or selling any single-use plastic...

Selectmen Give Nod To Saquatucket Landside Plan

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The Saquatucket Harbor landside development concept plan received unanimous support from selectmen Monday night. The plan seeks to improve pedestrian access, improve efficiency of harbor operations and enhance the character and beauty of the harbor for boaters and non-boaters alike. The development concept plan has been in the works for more than a year, with the Saquatucket Harbor development commit...

Little Consensus Among Selectmen On Middle School Use

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — After more than an hour of discussion on interim and future uses of the Harwich Middle School Monday night, it is clear there is no consensus among the board of selectmen on how to move forward with a long-term plan for the facility. The board did, however, vote to ask Town Administrator Christopher Clark to put together a two-year interim use plan for the structure. The non-binding ballot question s...

CHATHAM ─ Nearly 40 years ago a quartet of running enthusiasts, fresh from their participation in the renowned Falmouth Road Race, decided that another Cape venue needed a similar event, and the Chatham Harbor Run was born. But in 2014, construction began on the aging Mitchell River Bridge, and the beloved Chatham run went on hiatus. At noon on June 26 the race returns and runners will once again be able to t...

Anglers Off To A Bumpy Start

By: Kat Szmit

CHATHAM ─ The Chatham Anglers are off to a bumpy start in their 2016 season, but manager John Schiffner is keeping it realistic, knowing that his roster is still evolving. “It's in flux,” he said following the team's home opener against Falmouth last Friday, a game that started off strong for the A's, but ended in a 7-4 loss, the team's first opening day loss since 2008. The trouble, it seems, might be part...

HARWICH ─ If the start of the Harwich Mariners' 2016 season is a harbinger of games to come, this could be a very good summer for Mariner fans. So far, the Harwich crew has gone undefeated in their first four games, beginning with their season opener last Friday against Cotuit that ended in an 8-3 victory for Harwich. The Mariners matched their runs with their hits on opening day, recording eight in total, and...

CHATHAM – Why, after 31 years, is “Back to the Future” still popular enough that people travel long distances to see it on the big screen and hear its co-creator and one of its stars talk about making the film? “Everybody wonders what were my parents like when they were kids; everybody wonders what was my parents' first date like,” said the film's co-writer and producer Bob Gale during a question and answer se...