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As thousands celebrated the glorious Fourth at Chatham's recent Independence Day Parade, Helen and Irwin Sitkin of Chatham were celebrating their glorious Eleventh. The self-proclaimed snowbirds rose the morning of the parade and donned their red, white and blue Uncle Sam and Mrs. Uncle Sam costumes for the 11th consecutive year and helped spread patriotic cheer before, during and after the parade by posing for...

CHATHAM—Honeybees are big in the tiny country of Slovenia. Known as the “Beekeeper of Europe,” Slovenia is unrivaled in its apiculture. Not only does the small nation boast an exceptionally high percentage of beekeepers — one in every 250 Slovenians is a beekeeper — the country is home to the Carniolan bee and some of the most famous names in beekeeping history. Among the most well known beekeeping aca...

CHATHAM – If voluntary water use restrictions don't curb increasing pumping from town wells, mandatory restrictions may not be far off. Public Works Director Tom Temple told selectmen last week that after a dip in water pumpage in May, usage shot up in June 14.6 percent higher than the same period last year. Wells were running 17 to 18 and a half hours a day, longer than the recommended 16 hours per day. “I...

CHATHAM – The Chatham Orpheum Theater will mark its 100 th anniversary Sunday at its annual “A Summer's Evening” fundraiser. The exact date of the theater's opening is uncertain; even the year is a bit of a question. There's evidence that it may have opened in 1915, after Captain A.H. Bearse bought Lowella F. Smith's home on Main Street and built a “first-class” theater with a seating capacity of 400 and “ele...

CHATHAM – Ahoy, maties. The Buccaneers have taken over the town's Fourth of July parade Monday. The Bridge Street Buccaneers, a neighborhood group making their debut in the parade, captured the Chatham Cup prize as the best overall entry out of more than 100 participants. That's the largest number of entries ever, according to Independence Day parade committee Chairman Brad Schiff. Officials also estimated ...

CHATHAM – When he walked through the former Chatham Bowling Alley building on Chatham Bars Avenue with a real estate broker in 2013, it was clear to David Oppenheim that the structure hadn't been used in some time. Windows were broken, there was heavy mold and mildew, and standing water, dead mice and vermin feces covered the floor. “It was a pretty disgusting sight,” Oppenheim told the zoning board of appeals...

Orca Seen Off Chatham

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CHATHAM – An orca, also known as a killer whale, the only creature known to prey on great white sharks, was spotted off Chatham Monday by a charter fisherman. Bruce Peters of Capeshore Charters was about 11 miles east of the Cape on a tuna charter when one of his customers spotted the orca's distinctive dorsal fin. “I was like, no way,” Peters said Tuesday. “But it was definitely a killer whale.” ...

CHATHAM — Two Hyannis teens pleaded not guilty to felony charges Tuesday after they allegedly robbed the Corner Store Friday evening, brandishing a semiautomatic handgun and a Taser and making off with an undetermined amount of cash. Thanks to fast thinking by victims and witnesses at the restaurant and cooperation with the Harwich police, the two men were arrested a short time later. No one was hurt. “We a...

Shark Safety Tips

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Great white sharks have been photographed recently feeding close to shore, so this is a good time to remind beachgoers of the need to keep safety in mind when swimming off the Cape’s eastside beaches. While shark attacks on humans are rare, one did occur off Truro in 2012, so authorities urge caution whenever swimming in the ocean. These safety tips were issued this week by the Cape Cod National Seashore: •...

New Plaza Could Alter The Face Of Harwich Port

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH PORT— Change is coming to the center of the village with plans to develop Harwich Port Plaza in the location where Dino's Harwich Port Grille and several other shops previously served the community. The planning board has scheduled a pre-application conference on the new plans for July 12. The plans on file in the planning department show a mix of commercial and residential uses for the new 12,400-sq...

Town Planner Spitz Honored By Fellow Employees

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Approximately 40 people turned out Thursday afternoon at the Cranberry Valley Golf Course clubhouse for a farewell party for Town Planner David Spitz, who will retire on Friday. Spitz has been town planner for more than seven years and is well respected among his peers in the community development department in town hall. “It was a joy to work with him, he is a gentleman and a scholar,” Planning boar...

HARWICH — The other foot has fallen on the effort to rebuild the Lucas fishhouse on the Herring River and use the structure as a shellfish nursery. The abutting property owners have filed suit in Barnstable Superior Court challenging the conservation commission's approval of the project under the town's wetland protection bylaw. The property owners, Gwynne and David Daks of 18 Harbor Way, had previously filed ...

Housing advocate Bob Murray left some big sneakers to fill. He pounded the pavement – literally – for more than a dozen years, walking from Provincetown to Falmouth during a week each summer to raise funds for the Housing With Love Walk. Now, three years after Murray's death, the next generation of activists is lacing up to continue the tradition. As in past years, the nine partner organizations supported b...

CHATHAM ─ The first time the Chatham Anglers faced the Harwich Mariners this season, the game belonged solely to Harwich. The second time proved the charm for the Anglers, when a home run in the eighth, followed by a 1-2-3 ninth led to a 4-2 victory for Chatham on Saturday. Things got off to a tense start at Veterans Field when Chatham starting pitcher Tanner Chock allowed Ernie Clement and Pavin Smith to get ...

Demanche Back At Helm Of Monomoy Football

By: Kat Szmit

HARWICH ─ The Monomoy football program has seen its fair share of changes in recent years, which is why players, parents, and fans will likely be glad to see a familiar face on the sidelines this coming season. Paul “Spanky” Demanche, a man who comes with a long history of local football, will once again don the coach's cap after being named the new head of Monomoy football. If the name seems familiar, it is b...