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CHATHAM – Town officials will be reviewing plans to renovate and upgrade facilities at Old Mill Boatyard after bids for the project came in over budget. The low bid for the work was $1,694,950, according to Coastal Resources Director Ted Keon. The cost of the project had been estimated at about $1.55 million. “We obviously have to review where we go from here,” said Keon. Last week, Lt. Governor Karyn Po...

CHATHAM – When local shellfishermen wanted help setting up a meeting with officials from the state division of marine fisheries to discuss changes in regulations governing quahog size, they turned to an unlikely source: The Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen's Alliance. Until fairly recently, few would have made a connection between the Alliance and shellfish. Last year, however, the West Chatham-based organization...

Marconi Center Acquires Important Artifact

By: Alan Pollock Location: Chatham Marconi Maritime Center

CHATHAMPORT — For decades, wireless station WCC sent critical information to ships around the globe, 365 days a year, around the clock. Many of those messages were repeated many times, often serving as a kind of homing beacon for mariners from faraway Chatham. When live traffic wasn't being transmitted, the wireless operators used an ingenious mechanical device known as a Creed keyer to repeatedly send strin...

Chatham summer resident Lisa Brown’s captivating “The Airport Book” (Roaring Brook Press, 2016), is a handsome, large format picture book about a family of four that goes on a trip. And the more time you spend with book's beautiful illustrations, the more they give you. One airplane’s pilot is a woman—a great message for very young girls. And then there are mysteries. What’s in the weirdly-shaped package wrapp...

CHATHAM — Harbormaster Stuart Smith was not showing preferential treatment when he allowed his brother's boat mooring in Ryder's Cove to be used by Selectman Seth Taylor. That's the opinion of Town Counsel Douglas Louison, who investigated the matter at the request of resident George Myers. Louison said Smith was following established practice last May in issuing the third party permit to Taylor, allowing...

HARWICH ─ There are plenty of sharks in the waters off Cape Cod, and then there's the one on Jay Hannon's front lawn. No, it's not real, but it has had many passers-by slowing down for a second look, which suits Hannon just fine. “He loves the attention,” said his wife, Michele. The shark's name is Bruce, based both on the character in “Finding Nemo” and the legendary mechanical beast in “Jaws,” and he's ...

Crowell Barn Is Harwich History, Restored

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Decoys and bird carving were center stage at the Elmer Crowell barn last week as carvers and collectors came to examine the workshop in which Crowell, considered the father of modern bird carving, conducted his work. “This is so beneficial for the town of Harwich. There is so much history here,” said bird carver Paul Phillips, a West Harwich resident. Phillips has assisted with setting up the new loc...

HARWICH PORT — After three and a half years under the leadership of an interim minister, Pilgrim Congregational Church has hired a full-time pastor, The Rev. Dr. Susan Cartmell. Church leaders carried out a national search, but in the end, didn't have to look very far. An author and scholar, Cartmell is also the wife of the interim minister, the Rev. Peggy O'Connor. “The people in this church have been ju...

New Conservation Trails Complete Ring Around Reservoir

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The Bell's Neck ring was completed on Friday with a chainsaw-cutting ceremony which removed a wooden barrier along the Cape Cod Rail Trail, creating a passage way to the former Hall property and connecting the loop of public trails around the West Reservoir. The Bell's Neck Conservation Area is one of the town's premiere nature preserves and encompasses a large stretch of the Herring River, which lea...

Lucky Boaters Safe After Going Overboard

By: Alan Pollock

HARWICH PORT — Two boaters are lucky to be alive after a fishing trip off Allen Harbor went badly awry last Wednesday afternoon. Shortly after 3:30 p.m., a man aboard a 28-foot center console boat radioed the Chatham harbormaster to report an empty inflatable motorized boat south of Allen Harbor. Chatham's 21-foot patrol boat, which was patrolling off Harding's Beach, diverted to the scene. Assistant Harbormas...

CHATHAM ─ The West Division All-Stars were on fire in the 2016 Cape Cod Baseball League All-Star Game on Saturday, but it wasn't from the hot, humid weather. Instead, it was their bats that were blazing as the best of the West defeated the beasts of the East 8-0 at Veterans Field. BJ Myers of the Harwich Mariners took the mound for the East at the start of the annual event, shutting down the first three West...

CHATHAM ─ Don't be fooled by the significant collection of soccer balls tucked around Caroline Kennard's house. While the 10-year-old from Chatham definitely possesses a love of the game, there's another sport she also loves that recently earned her a big win: competitive jump rope. Forget what you remember from your playground days. Competitive jump rope is a sport that takes skipping rope to new heights th...

Team ReeLax'N Takes 2016 Harwich Headhunt

By: Kat Szmit

HARWICH ─ Team Jackal was so close to winning their first Harwich Headhunt since its inception 13 seasons ago, but the team of tourney creators once again missed the mark as a bigger fish once again took the top prize. For Ryan Burke, co-creator of the Headhunt with brother Sean, not winning (again) just means they'll have to keep the tournament around another year, which suits its participants just fine. Th...

There’s nothing like watching a dysfunctional family in crisis to put one’s own problems into perspective. The Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater lures the audience into a world of family secrets in their new musical “Unexpected Joy.” This world-premiere musical brings together some acclaimed talents, and the net result is impressive. The book and lyrics are by Tony Award-nominated playwright Bill Russell...

The aptly named song “Greased Lightnin’” captures the spirit of the Academy of Performing Arts’ production of “Grease,” with its enticing energy emanating from the stage and the natural chemistry apparent between cast members. From the start, “Grease” revved up its engine to break records. It was the longest-running Broadway show of its time, opening in 1971 and running for nine years. It was eve...

Children find magical worlds all the time in literature. Dorothy found hers over the rainbow, Alice fell down a rabbit hole and the Darling children literally flew there. In C.S. Lewis’s “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” (and in the adapted play by Joseph Robinette), four siblings stumble upon the fantasy world of Narnia through the back of a wardrobe. Just as in Oz and Wonderland, there’s an evil queen, ani...