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CHATHAM — With the weather feeling decidedly more spring-like, people are getting out their bicycles, dusting them off and hitting the pavement. But town officials have had bikes on the brain for the last year or so, and have unveiled an ambitious bicycle master plan that recommends millions of dollars of improvements over the coming years. “The heart of the plan is a list of 25 discrete projects,” bikeways ...

CHATHAM – For the first time in the more than two decades it has sponsored candidate forums centered on the annual town election, the League of Women Voters of the Cape Cod Area has cancelled a planned debate. That leaves a single event, a forum sponsored by the Chatham Alliance for Preservation and Conservation scheduled for May 2, for voters to hear the five candidates for the board of selectmen discuss and ...

It’s just after 5 p.m. on a blustery Wednesday in April and director Elsa Bastone’s cast of “A Nostalgic Return to the Golden Age of Radio” is holding a tech rehearsal downstairs in the Forgeron Room of the Eldredge Public Library. The premise for the group's April 29 event at the library is that it is broadcasting from radio station WEPL and the Cape Cod Theatre of the Air. Five actors and two sound effects t...

CHATHAM — Residents will have one more opportunity this week to sound out on the new consolidated waterways regulations before they are finalized and presented to selectmen. A sparsely attended public hearing on March 22 was continued to Thursday, April 26 at 5 p.m. at the community center. After that session, officials will finalize the 54-page document before presenting it to selectmen. The draft reg...

Warren Calls For Stronger Response To Opioid Crisis

By: Debra Lawless

HARWICH – A stronger response is needed to the nation's opioid crisis, beginning with legislation that will target the hardest-hit communities, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren told an audience of over 200 Saturday. “One hundred and fifteen people die every day,” Warren told the group in the auditorium of the Cape Cod Regional Technical High School. She said that those deaths are the equivalent of an airplane crash ...

HARWICH — Like spring flowers, arts and culture are blossoming in Harwich. The seed that was planted a year ago when selectmen approved the use of the former middle school for a cultural center is blooming. This weekend will be the start of ArtWeek, a statewide celebration of the arts in the commonwealth, and Harwich will be center stage with demonstrations, performances and exhibits. But that is just one peta...

Harwich Proposes Quarterly Water Billing, Rate Adjustments

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The water commission will hold a public hearing May 4 on proposals to change to quarterly billing and adjust the rate structure to reflect four billing cycles. The commission supported the changes after weighing a peer review analysis and fee rate study. “The dollar value of the rates stay the same,” said Water Department Superintendent Daniel Pelletier, but the per gallon tier use numbers will be ad...

Pet Crematorium Opposition Grows

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Opponents of the proposal to build a pet crematorium adjacent to the pet burial ground on Queen Anne Road stood before selectmen Monday night requesting that the town meeting article seeking $577,950 to build the facility be withdrawn from the warrant. The statements presented to the board related to government competing with private enterprise and the use of taxes to build the facility when the town...

Fuel-filled Forests Prompt Brush Fire Worries

By: Alan Pollock

If you've taken a stroll through your favorite conservation area lately, you might notice something other than buds on the bushes and birds in the trees. Local forests are littered with trees that were downed by the series of coastal storms that battered the area last month. And that means fuel for forest fires. There were several small brush fires around Cape Cod early this week, thanks to dry conditions and ...

Fish Migration Day A Success At Herring Run

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Saturday's first World Fish Migration Day drew a lot of interest in the herring that migrate to headwaters ponds to spawn. But the fish were not as plentiful at the run as the people who came to observe the them. The event was sponsored by the Barnstable County Cape Cod Cooperative Extension, state Division of Marine Fisheries, Harwich Conservation Trust and the Harwich Natural Resources Department a...

Town Makes Final Sales Pitch On East Harwich Sewer Project

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — As voters head into town meeting next week to act on funding phase two of the comprehensive wastewater management plan, town officials and their consultants last Thursday night sought to answer outstanding questions on the minds of residents. At a cost of $24.7 million, phase two would sewer 640 properties in a portion of the Pleasant Bay Watershed and fund 90 percent of a pumping station that would ...

HARWICH – Stellar pitching, solid defense, and a strong second inning led the Monomoy Sharks to a big 5-1 baseball victory against the Bristol-Plymouth Craftsmen on Monday afternoon, boosting their overall record to 3-2. It was a game that included a number of highlights, such as sophomore Joe Cottle's top-notch complete game performance that saw the right-handed hurler throw 14 strikeouts and 18 first pitch s...

HARWICH – The Monomoy girls varsity softball team played hard April 21, but fell one run short in each of their two games in a weekend doubleheader against Bishop Fenwick. Pitcher Mollie Charest recorded 14 strikeouts in the first game and 10 in the second, while Emma Thacher added two RBIs in the outing, going 2-for-3 in both games. Maddie Crossen and Kathleen Prescott each went 2-for-4. Although the Shark...

Fisherman Mike Russo examined a decades-old clamming rake he had brought from the garage into the kitchen. His soot-colored cat George sniffed it warily. “I paid a lot of bills with that sum’ bitch,” he said with a grin. Russo said the first rake he bought, he tore the teeth right off when he went quahogging. Ron Ribb took one look at that rake, then at burly Russo, and said he’d fix the problem. He built a...

The Hungry Traveler, the popular five-week documentary film series produced by Carol Yindra as part of the Eldredge Public Library Learning Series, whets your appetite again this year as it returns to Chatham’s Orpheum Theatre beginning Wednesday, May 2 at 10 a.m. The five-documentary series is socially informative as it highlights culinary tours of exotic foods, delectable wines, interesting locations and col...

Letters to the Editor, April 26

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

E lection, Town Meeting Deadlines Letters relating to Chatham's annual town meeting and election will be accepted for publication through the issue of May 3. Irrigators Should Pay For Water Editor: I am writing in support of the editorial regarding water rates.  We have owned our vacation home in Chatham for 20 years.  During that time we have seen countless number of McMansions built, all with ma...