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Sometimes even in our high tech world the closest bonds are formed through the simplicity of handwritten letters. One hundred and eighteen, to be exact, which arrived at Monomoy Regional High School last spring in a tattered manila envelope that, once opened, began a correspondence between students from vastly different parts of the world who have since been learning that in spite of their unique home countrie...

Tropical Storm José, with maximum sustained winds around 60 mph, is churning southeast of Nantucket, bringing prolonged gusty winds to the region.     Because the center of the storm is expected to loop south of Nantucket, stormy weather is forecast to remain in the area potentially through the weekend. Monitor real-time wind conditions at our weather station at Pleasan...

Gov. Baker Sides With Chatham In Refuge Boundary Dispute

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — The town's effort to reclaim more than 3,000 acres of shellfish flats and submerged lands appropriated by the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge has just received some important political support. On Friday, Republican Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker sent a letter to the House Committee on Natural Resources expressing support for a bill filed by Congressman William Keating, a Democrat, which would r...

CHATHAM – The developer of a proposed 14-lot subdivision off Barn Hill Road is willing to talk with neighbors about their concerns with the project, but said some things are not negotiable, such as a 40-foot buffer along the southern property line. “That's a nonstarter,” William Marsh of Eastward Companies said during last week's planning board meeting. The Hunter's Rise subdivision, proposed for the seven-...

About 80 Nickersons flocked to Chatham recently to celebrate three milestone anniversaries during the 120 th annual reunion of the Nickerson Family Association, Inc. At the same time, the Nickerson clan sent an archaeologist and crew into the tangled honeysuckle and grapevine behind the association's North Chatham property to continue searching for the location of the c. 1664 homestead of ancestors William an...

Ryder Resigns From School Com

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – It wasn't unusual for Monomoy Regional School Committee member Karen Ryder to find herself in the minority in discussions and votes. At times she was even criticized for asking questions and not accepting the recommendations of the administration. To Ryder, one of four Chatham representatives on the committee, that's what a school committee member should do. A rubber stamp was not to be found in her ...

CHATHAM – It's long and complicated, and it's taking the waterways advisory committee weeks – make that months – to review, but officials say a long-awaiting revision of the town's waterways regulations will make mooring and boating rules clearer and easier to understand and comply with. Committee members say they often hear complaints about the inscrutable nature of the current regulations. “I hear it all ...

CHATHAM — Selectmen will soon appoint a nine-member committee to examine the possible uses of the Eldredge Garage property at 365 Main St. “It is clear we are going to have parking as a component at some level. We understand that and we've known that from the beginning,” Selectmen Chairman Cory Metters said last Tuesday. But various other ideas have been floated for the property, including a park, rest rooms...

Neighbors Not Satisfied With Farm Compliance Efforts

By: Alan Pollock

HARWICH — Resilient Family Farm continues to have two outstanding issues to address after a cease and desist order was issued by the board of health last April. Those issues relate to the operation of an unlicensed piggery and manure management noncompliance. Last week the health board declared commercial piggeries a noisome trade and will licensing them on a site-by-site basis (see story, page 1). The farm ow...

Health Board To Regulate Piggeries

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The board of health has declared piggeries to be a “noisome trade” and will require site assignments for such commercial enterprises. The board defined a commercial piggery as three or more animals, allowing up to two pigs on residential properties. The health board conducted a public hearing on the piggery issue last week with Board of Health Chair Pamela Howell stating the board wanted input on whe...

Brooks Library, Pond Restoration, Open Space Pitch For CPA Funds

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The town will once again seek Community Preservation Act funding to restore the health of Hinckley's Pond. Town Administrator Christopher Clark was before the community preservation committee last week and made it clear the project is important, citing another fish kill at the pond this year. The CPC public hearing last Thursday was a requirement under state statute that the group conduct a public in...

New Location Revitalizes Harwich Cranberry Festival

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The weather, for the most part, cooperated for the annual Harwich Cranberry and Arts Festival last weekend. The new location behind the community center provided plenty of space and the surrounding fields added room for parking, making access to the festival easier. The parking, an expanded number of crafts fair vendors, food trucks, the CranJam Music Festival, business expo and the return of firewor...

Local Teen Alexis Comeau Starts Cross-country Adventure

By: Alan Pollock

HARWICH — Driving across the Great Plains, 18-year-old Alexis Comeau of Harwich can look all around her and see wheat fields all the way to the horizon. On Sept. 9, she loaded up a customized van and embarked on a cross-country odyssey that's already broadened her perspective in other ways, too. Comeau has been planning the trip since she was 14 and dreaming of this kind of travel adventure for much longer. Ha...

Cape Rep's 'New Brain' A Zany Delight

By: Amy Tagliaferri

Who will miss you when you’re gone? How will they react when you die? Family, friends, co-workers, and even the people on the street you see every day? Ever wonder that? Gordon Michael Schwinn, songwriter for a children’s show starring a frog named Mr. Bungee, has a severe case of writer’s block and a brain disorder. Will he survive either? “A New Brain,” an imaginative and madcap musical/operetta by William F...

Celebrating Orleans Waters By Going For A Sail

By: Ellen Chahey

Earth and fire would come later in the day, via a great bonfire, but Saturday morning of Orleans’ Celebrate Our Waters weekend was all about wind and water. A photographer and a reporter (coincidentally husband and wife), completely inexperienced with sailing, had volunteered to board a sailboat, courtesy of Pleasant Bay Community Boating (PBCB), to skim the bay’s gentle waves. We’re so inexperienced, in fact,...