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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...

CHATHAM — Today's firefighters don't need to be reminded of the horror and heroism at the World Trade Center 15 years ago; it's part of their collective identity. But for the next generation of firefighters, born too late to remember the terror attacks, just outside the front door of the Chatham fire house there's a concrete reminder. Steel, actually. The torn and twisted floor beam from one of the Twin T...

Harwich Police Make Opiate Epidemic A Department Priority

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Illegal drug use has had a major impact on the community, resulting in 20 deaths from overdoses between 2000 and 2015. The problem is not unique to Harwich; Barnstable County has the highest overdose rate per capita of any county in Massachusetts. “This is a serious concern Capewide,” Dt. Sgt. Robert Brackett said this week of the opiate epidemic. “Harwich is no different than other Cape communities....

Electrical Problems Again Close Brooks Free Library

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — For the second time in a month and the fourth time since the equipment was installed four years ago, a failed transistor inverter has closed public access to Brooks Free Library. Word of the latest failure came early last Friday morning. This is the second time in a month the town has gone without full access to its public library, and frustration levels are high. Selectmen on Monday night expressed ...

Parade, Arts And Music Fest Set For This Weekend

By: Alan Pollock

HARWICH — It's almost cranberry harvest time, and Harwich is celebrating this weekend with a parade and a festival of arts and music. The Harwich Hometown Parade is back this year, bringing floats, marching bands and family fun through Harwich Port and Harwich Center. A longtime staple of the Harwich Cranberry Festival, the parade is now an anchor event for the chamber of commerce's Fall for Harwich series. ...

Selectmen Change Position On Library Preservation Oversight

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The board of selectmen has altered its decision to reduce the funding for the architectural services associated with the restoration and preservation of Brooks Free Library. The board had voted a couple of weeks ago to cut services, reducing funding for the work by more than $16,000. But the board received some negative feedback from the architectural firm being considered to oversee the project, McG...

Volunteer Breathes New Life Into The Tip O'Neill Rose Garden

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — When Toni Hollingsworth walked into the community center in June, she couldn't help noticing that the rose garden honoring former resident Thomas P. “Tip” O'Neill had fallen into deplorable condition. Seeing that the garden needed some TLC to survive, Hollingsworth agreed to develop a volunteer program to see to its continued care. In 2002 the town was recognized by The American Rose Society as an...