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HARWICH ─ Cape Tech's Sept. 17 football game against Tri-County came to a frightening end when a player from the opposing team was left unconscious after a defensive hit. An eerie silence fell upon the field when Tri-County linebacker Colin Cicchetti lay motionless on the field after a hard hit. He was unconscious, according to Cape Tech head coach Chris Leonard, for nearly 20 seconds. Though the clock read ...

Baiting Hooks A Smelly, Messy And Enjoyable Business

By: Rob Conery

Les Kovacs enjoys the "ease of working with these guys. It's a great group." Kovacs is in his seventh year as manager at P&B Shanty, tucked into bay 1 at 95 Commerce Park South, deep in the heart of the Chatham industrial park. On my first visit, I found the place partly by smell. Bait on a hot day can't hide. It hits the nose first and unmistakably. Kovacs admits that it can be a "brutal environment." But...

“ They have to be told; it must be told.” Arthur Kipps, a solicitor, feels an obligation to gather his family and friends to finally reveal a ghostly secret that has terrified him into silence for years. To add to the suspense and the importance of his story, Kipps decides to hire an actor and rent a theater as an unorthodox means to disclose all the details. What could be so important about his secret? Wha...

An old man enters a room that clearly overlooks a beautiful pond, he putters and mutters as he maneuvers around the sheet-covered furniture. There’s a knock at the door, and it startles him. “Who’s there?” “It’s me, you old poop!” yells the voice behind the door. It’s Ethel Thayer, and the old man is Norman, her husband, a man only she can love. Their only daughter, Chelsea has had trouble loving him and ha...

Shorten Hometown Parade

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Staff

Harwich's Hometown Parade is a delight. It's everything a small-town parade should be: local, quirky, quaint and fun. But it is also too long. The more than two-mile route the parade took last Sunday – from Harwich Port to Doane Road to Sisson Road, to Route 39 through Harwich Center to Oak Street – was exhausting, according to many marchers, which perhaps explains why so many of the participants were ridin...

Letters to the Editor, Sept. 22

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Bill Could Ruin Neighborhoods Editor: In the proposed National Register District called Captains’ Row in West Harwich, it was advocated for affordable housing to be included. The model was to use the existing homes to create affordable housing and/or adding on to the homes. This would keep the neighborhood livable without changing the footprint to any great degree.  Currently our state proposes to take c...

This Land Is Your Land

By: John Whelan

Way back in 1944, Woody Guthrie wrote:   “ This land is your land, this land is my land From California to the New York Island From the Redwood Forest, to the Gulf stream waters This land was made for you and me.”   The folk song has become a great anthem for America and has been recorded by dozens of artists. Guthrie and his friend Pete Seeger often wrote songs describing the plight o...

Elaine R. Senter

By: Contributed

Elaine R Senter, 82 passed away peacefully on September 10, 2016 while in the loving care of the dedicated staff at Eagle Pond. She was born in Framingham on February 12, 1934.             In 1952, she met and married Shep Senter and together they ran The Chatham Shop for 42 years. An avid Red Sox fan she was delighted when they won the World Series in 2004, 2007 and 2013.             Other pastimes she enj...

School News

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Harwich Elementary School   New Staff Chris Roberts will be music teacher this year. He is a native of Coedpoeth, North Wales. He has been involved in vocal and instrumental music since the age of seven, singing in Church as well as in local “eisteddfodau” (music competitions). He began teaching music in 1978 in Wrexham, North Wales. He has been a music teacher on Cape Cod since 1993. He previously t...

CHATHAM – Paul Harrington plans to run “a very unconventional campaign” for the Ninth Congressional District seat. Harrington, a West Chatham resident who is running as an independent, acknowledged that he is entering the race late in the game, with less than two months before election day, but said he will knock on doors and do whatever else it takes to get his message out to the residents of the district. ...

Skydive Suit Moves Forward

By: Alan Pollock

BARNSTABLE — Opponents of skydiving at Chatham Municipal Airport will have the chance to continue their legal battle against the town, after a Barnstable Superior Court judge Tuesday declined to throw out the case. Judge Robert Rufo denied the town's request to dismiss the suit under the Massachusetts Tort Claims Act, which will now become the focus of the litigation. Rufo decided that the plaintiffs, a grou...

CHATHAM – While the windmill at 66 Briggs Way can't be seen from street, for those passing by on Chatham Harbor, it's a familiar landmark. “When you sail out of the cut, it's iconic,” historical commission chairman Frank Messina said of the waterfront building, which sits above a high stone revetment at the crest of a wide, green lawn. The windmill now serves as the center of a long, rambling home, most of ...

CHATHAM – In an example of how the town's historic heritage is being whittled away, only one of three homes subjected to demolition delay will be saved in its entirety. Some historic elements of the other two homes will be salvaged, but they'll likely become floors or mantles in other houses, possibly not even in Chatham. The historical commission invoked the town's demolition delay bylaw on several homes i...

CHATHAM – Based on spending approved at the May annual town meeting, town officials estimated that the tax rate would increase by about 16 cents. But after factoring in new growth, revised property values and increased local revenue, the rate increased by just one cent. As they do every year, selectmen last week voted to retain a single tax rate for all property classifications. Later in the week the state dep...

CHATHAM – The planning board will hold a series of planning sessions in the coming weeks focusing on affordable housing and the West Chatham Roadway Project. The housing discussions are aimed at developing zoning bylaw amendments for the West Chatham, Cornfield and Crowell Road village centers, where mixed uses, including housing and businesses, are to be concentrated, according to the town's comprehensive lon...