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John Payson

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John Payson     John V. Payson, of Chatham, formerly of Roxbury, Conn.  died of cancer peacefully and in the presence of family on September 5, 2017 just short of his 95 th birthday.  John entered the Navy in 1943 serving as an Air Operations Officer on the USS Franklin D. Roosevelt aircraft carrier (CV-42). He was a Communications Officer, Aerial Navigator and multi-l...

Voters To Consider Purchase Of Boat Landing

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Town meeting voters next May will be asked to spend around a quarter million dollars to purchase a boat ramp on the Mitchell River. And some of those voters might be surprised to learn that ramp, in use by the public for decades, wasn't owned by the town all along. Just west of the Mitchell River drawbridge, the landing is popular among shellfishermen and users of small recreational boats. The land...

CHATHAM – With support from neighborhood residents, the town's historical commission plans to move forward with a National Historic Register District nomination for South Chatham. Neighborhood residents asked “a lot of good questions” at an informational session as part of the South Chatham Village Association's annual meeting Saturday, said commission chairman Frank Messina. Chad Yates, president of the South...

CHATHAM – Beach nourishment, mooring regulations and parking at the fish pier are among the subjects members of the summer residents advisory committee see as top priorities for the board of selectmen. Chairman Michael Waters presented the board with six recommendations developed by the advisory group over the course of its 11 meetings this past summer. The committee met with town staff, selectmen and committe...

Chatham Selectmen Back Ban On Recreational Pot Shops

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Selectmen Tuesday moved ahead with plans to draft new bylaws which, if approved by voters, would snuff out any chance of recreational marijuana shops opening in town. Leading the charge was selectman Dean Nicastro, who noted that 57.6 percent of Chatham voters rejected last year's petition to legalize recreational marijuana, though a majority of voters across the state approved it. The new law allo...

Payson Remembered As Detail-driven Water Advocate

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — John Payson, who consistently challenged the town's approach to managing drinking water and wastewater, died last Tuesday after a brief bout with cancer. He was 94 years old, and had been doggedly researching water management issues until just a few weeks before his death, according to his family. Mr. Payson was a regular contributor to the development of the town's comprehensive wastewater managem...

New Senior Center Could Cost $7-10 Million

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – While there's still a lot of refining to do, options for a new senior center presented to the council on aging board Monday estimated it will cost between $7 and $10 million to build the facility. Three different size buildings, each with numerous program options – including an adult day center – based on needs assessments and demographic studies of the town's population were outlined by Joel Bargman...

Last year, Harwich residents Sarah and Steve Swain considered climbing aboard the 47-foot ketch Steve had restored and, along with their three children, accompanying friends on a months-long cruise along the Atlantic coast. They didn't end up going. “We just weren't ready,” recalled Sarah, a musician and founder and CEO of the Cape Wellness Collaborative. That turned out to be the right decision. Over the w...

Adjustments Considered For Harwich Cultural Center

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The success of the Harwich Cultural Center in the former Harwich Middle School was evident Monday night when selectmen discussed some potential adjustments there. Community Center Director Carolyn Carey told selectmen there is a 21-person waiting list to access space in the facility. Carey said she is working with Facilities Maintenance Director Sean Libby to upgrade the three portable classrooms to ...

Selectmen Approve Debt Exclusion Ballot For Cape Tech Project

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Voters will face two separate election ballots when they go to the polls on Tuesday, Oct. 24 for a special election that will determine whether a new school will be built to replace the aging Cape Cod Regional Technical High School. Selectmen voted Monday night to allow a separate, second election. Voters will first act on the Cape Tech school building question on one ballot. Then they will have to r...

Fireworks, Music And Crafters Will Ignite Festival Weekend

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The Harwich Cranberry Arts and Music Festival will be in full swing this weekend, with a crafts fair, the CranJam concert, business expo and fireworks all centered around the community center on Oak Street. The move from Brooks Park to the community center, across Oak Street from Monomoy Regional High School, will provide additional space for festival activities and more parking in the vicinity of th...

Harwich Selectmen Vote To Prohibit Marijuana Sales

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The was no smoke clouding the message from public safety officials here Monday night during a discussion with selectmen on whether to prohibit or allow the sale of recreational marijuana. “If we bring retail marijuana sales into this community it's going to get worse. It will have a negative impact on the youth of this community, the community itself and pubic safety,” Police Chief David Guillimette ...

Monomoy Girls Soccer Opens Season With Big Wins

By: Kat Szmit

HARWICH ─ It took 10 minutes for the Monomoy girls soccer team to find its way onto the scoreboard in their home opener on Sept. 7. From there the battle against Sturgis West was on, with the Sharks playing to a 3-2 victory over the defending Cape and Islands League champs thanks to stellar teamwork. “That was a big home opener,” said Monomoy head coach Jenn Peterson. “I thought the girls responded really we...

Sharks Shut Out Crusaders 21-0 In Season Opener

By: Kat Szmit

HARWICH ─ Last year when the Monomoy football team stepped onto the field at Cape Cod Tech, they left stung by an unexpected 28-20 loss. The Sharks weren't going to repeat that this year and made that clear in their season opener by handing the Crusaders a 21-0 defeat in what new head coach Brandon Perry dubbed “a great team win.” “You saw everybody contribute, and that was the best part,” said Perry after t...

Monomoy Boys Golf Driving Toward Strong Season

By: Kat Szmit

HARWICH ─ The Monomoy boys golf team is officially on par for a stellar 2017 season, especially if they continue with the winning ways seen in their first three matches. The Sharks kicked off their season even before school began, competing against Nantucket on Aug. 31, earning a 116-77 Cape and Islands League victory in which Matt Veary shot two under par. David Van Sickle also had a solid outing. Then, ...

Film Celebrates World War II's Women Pilots

By: Debra Lawless

In an era when many women did not possess a driver’s license, over 1,000 women became Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP), flying with the U.S. military for two years during World War II. In 1999, when these women’s stories were still little known, award-winning filmmaker Laurel Ladevich wrote and directed the fascinating one-hour documentary “Fly Girls” about WASP. The film is in the PBS series American Expe...