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With the Zika virus continuing to generate headlines – and threatening to derail the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio – it's not hard to understand why local officials have had inquiries about the risk on Cape Cod. Public health officials and entomologists say they have received calls from Cape Codders concerned about contracting the Zika virus from mosquitoes. While the two species of mosquitoes that carry Zika a...

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National Honor Society Induction Ceremony Congratulations to all current and new members to MRHS's National Honor Society. A beautiful NHS induction ceremony was held at MRHS on May 18. This is a hard earned, well-deserved honor and we appreciate your efforts. Thank you to all the parents, family members, teachers, community members and administration that turned out for the event. A special thank you to NH...

“Good things happen to those who wait.” Those were the words of Chairman of Selectmen Jeffrey Dykens at Sunday's dedication of the town's new $11 million fire station. Nobody knows that better than Deputy Fire Chief Peter Connick. When he was hired by the department in 1979 and was shown around the then-27-year-old building, he was told they'd be getting a new station. “They were right,” he said, standing i...

'The Finest Hours' DVD Released

By: Tim Wood

Now you can watch the daring adventures of Bernie Webber and the crew of the CG36500 in your own home. The DVD and Blu-ray disc of the Disney Studios Film “The Finest Hour” was released on Tuesday. The disc not only includes the full theatrical version of the film detailing the rescue of the crew of the tanker Pendleton off Chatham's east coast in 1952, but many extras as well. They include “Against All Odds: The...

HARWICH ─ It was a night of stellar lacrosse play, burgers on the barbie, and for some a trip down memory lane as Monomoy Regional High School hosted a special fundraiser last Friday night to support the building of the school's eagerly anticipated concession stand. Monomoy Girls Strong Against Nantucket The Monomoy-Cape Tech girls coop lacrosse team kicked off the evening with a spirited match against Nant...

CHATHAM – Chatham Bars Inn has been ordered to stop using the former Chatham Bowling Alley building on Chatham Bars Avenue that it purchased last year. The conservation commission also issued a stop work order to halt paving work on the south side of the building that was within 100 feet of a wetland and had not been permitted. The inn has reportedly been using the former bowling alley building at 45 Chatha...

CHATHAM — Imagine this logistical nightmare: 18 tons of building supplies need to be delivered to a remote island. Boats are impractical, and federal law keeps you from using forklifts or other heavy equipment on the beach. What do you do? You call in military air support. On Friday and Monday, a Jayhawk rescue helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod made nine trips from a staging area at Har...

CHATHAM – For the families of commercial fishermen, there's always that little trepidation in the back of the mind whenever someone is out on the water. Fishing can be a dangerous occupation, and nature is not always cooperative. Although its practicality can be debated, there's no doubt that participating in a blessing of the fleet helps ease those concerns. “It helps all of us, the families, to know that ...

CHATHAM – Preservation advocates are upset about the demolition of an historic West Chatham home over the weekend. Although under the jurisdiction of the historic business district commission, the 150-year-old home at 1610 Main St. was torn down without any historic review after Building Commissioner Justin Post determined it was unsafe and dangerous. A demolition permit was filed on May 10 by owner Eastwar...

CHATHAM – The controversial West Chatham Roadway Design project along Route 28 is likely to be delayed by at least one year. The project to improve a 1,700-foot stretch of the highway between Barn Hill Road and George Ryder Road was originally included with state highway projects slated for construction for this year. Due to the time it will take to secure rights-of-way, however, the project is being moved to ...

CHATHAM — Two years ago, when 95-year-old retired U.S. Army Col. John Wessmiller of Chatham returned to Normandy to mark the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings, it seemed unlikely that he'd ever again endure the rigors of airline travel. Confined largely to a wheelchair and unable to move great distances without help, Chatham's storied World War II hero nonetheless had one more errand to run. Earlier this ...

CHATHAM – The Surfside Motor Inn on Holway Street may be one of the last of its kind. The rambling, 20-room inn is the sort of comfortable, homey place that people return to year after year, where folks who see each other once a year gather on the porch in the evening to catch up as the cool breeze drifts off nearby Chatham Harbor. It's also the sort of place that is rapidly disappearing due to development pre...

Much to the relief of motorists, the new bridge over Muddy Creek opened to traffic last Friday afternoon, bringing to fruition an important water quality project. On the surface, the new bridge appears to be a roadway improvement, but it was installed to provide better tidal flushing between Muddy Creek and Pleasant Bay. The new $6.5 million bridge includes a sidewalk for pedestrians and, for the first time in de...

Shark Center Opens This Weekend

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – The Chatham Shark Center will open for the season this weekend. The 235 Orleans Rd. center showcases research into the region's great white shark population through exhibits and educational displays. It's new virtual reality experience will be up and running, according to Shark Education Director Marianne Long, allowing visitors to see what it's like to go on a night dive with sharks. Kids will be ab...

Chatham Memorial Day Ceremony Monday

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – The town will hold its annual Memorial Day ceremony on Monday, May 30, beginning at 10 a.m. A procession including members of the Chatham VFW, Coast Guard, town officials and local scouts will visit each of the town's five war memorials before concluding at the Veterans Memorial Traffic Circle (the downtown rotary). At each site, a brief ceremony will include the placement of a wreath, a rifle salute...

CHATHAM – The word for mariners navigating the three inlets on the town's east side this summer is simple: Caution. Harbormaster Stuart Smith recommends that boaters use the middle inlet – the oldest one, opposite Chatham Light – to access the Atlantic. Although more narrow than it was last year, the inlet remains the safest of the three that separate Chatham Harbor and the Southway from the open ocean. “It...