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ORLEANS — “Don't change the onion rings recipe.” That's what Liam's at Nauset Beach owner John Ohman heard when he took over Philbrick's snack shack there almost three decades ago. But, as Ohman realizes more than most, there's no stopping change when an ocean and a shoreline meet. On Monday at 5 p.m., selectmen and other town officials will talk about whether to tear down Liam's in the wake of the weekend's...

ORLEANS — What do you like about Snow Library? What would make you like it more? Two public forums about the “strengths and weaknesses, opportunities for improvement, and specific aspirations that community members might have for their library” will be held March 14 at 7 p.m. and March 21 at 2 p.m. They'll be hosted by consultant Mary Braney at the library. But you don't have to wait to share your thought...

Cleanup Begins After Powerful Storm

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Staff

The nor'easter that downed trees, flooded roadways and left thousands of Cape Codders without electrical service is now in the history books, leaving piles of debris in its wake.  Eversource crews from around the Northeast worked through the weekend to restore power, and as of Monday morning, fewer than 20 percent of customers were without service in most Lower Cape Towns.  See an updated outage map here .   ...

ORLEANS — The growing support for more housing options manifested itself last week when the selectmen asked the planning board to take a look at expanding its proposed apartment development bylaw amendment to include areas outside the village center district. On Tuesday night, the planning board voted unanimously to hold a public hearing on the idea March 27. The extraordinary series of events was set in mot...

Monomoy's Season Comes To A Bittersweet End

By: Kat Szmit

HARWICH – The Monomoy Sharks gave it their all Tuesday night in the first round of the MIAA Div. 3 South Sectional tournament, but came up short against Dedham in a tough 52-41 loss. The starters on the boys varsity basketball team got off to a solid start against the Marauders, trading points with the visitors en route to a 10-9 lead after the first quarter on shots from Isaiah Stafford, Nick Meehan and Eli N...

CHATHAM – Four new osprey perches installed around Chatham recently not only will offer a warm welcome to returning birds searching for a place to nest, but also allowed local Boy Scout Carlisle Nash the opportunity to fulfill his Eagle Scout requirements in true Cape Cod style. “At one point I was reading something in the paper about how there were so many ospreys and not enough perches, so they were nesting ...

The recent failure of efforts to establish a National Historic Register District in the Stage Harbor Road area in Chatham and talk about establishing a historic district in Orleans raised questions about the benefits of historic districts, exactly what they protect and how to go about establishing one. There are dozens of historic districts Cape-wide. There are two main types of historic district: National Reg...

FinCom: COA Project 'Too Big, Too Ambitious'

By: Ed Maroney

CHATHAM — The ghost of the controversial fire station project hovered over selectmen and finance committee chair Stephen Daniel last week as they discussed a new senior center. “The sense of the finance committee is that we've seen this movie before,” he said Feb. 20, recalling the escalating construction costs of the station. “A $2 million to $4 million project 18 months ago is now $8 million to $10 million...

Selectmen: Long Term Erosion Solution Needed

By: Tim Wood

Board Supports Beach Nourishment, Balloon Ban, Library Upgrade Town Meeting Articles CHATHAM – Fighting erosion along the town's Nantucket Sound shoreline is worth sinking $450,000 worth of sand into, but selectmen said Tuesday they'd like to find a more permanent solution to the problem. “This is going to be an ongoing cost to the town of hundreds of thousands of dollars,” said Selectman Jeffrey Dykens. “W...

HARWICH – When former pro football player Ray Rice received a shorter suspension for the domestic abuse of his wife than New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady did for allegedly deflating footballs in the AFC Championship, the disparity in punishment prompted the creation of Game Change: The Patriots Anti-Violence Partnership. The program came to Monomoy High school recently, offering students the chance to l...

Parents, Educators Rally For Toy Library

By: Alan Pollock

HARWICH PORT — With any luck, kids and their parents could be spending some fun, quality time together at a new Cape Cod Toy Library as early as this summer. But it’ll take more than Play-doh to make the toy library a reality. Deb Wilsea of Chatham, who is organizing the effort, is spreading the word about the need for children and their families to spend time engaged in creative play. Doing so strengthens f...

Harwich Making Headway In 'Green Communities' Bid

By: Alan Pollock

HARWICH — While town meeting will have the final say on a couple of the requirements, town officials are ticking off the boxes that will allow Harwich to receive grants and incentives under the state Green Communities initiative. Town Planner Charleen Greenhalgh said that, when she worked for the town of Truro, the town met the five criteria to qualify as a Green Community and qualified for a grant of $125,0...

HARWICH — When it comes to supporting local theater, providing studio space for artists, and giving local musicians public performance venues, Harwich deserves to take a bow. But by all accounts, the show’s just getting started. On Monday, the town and the Harwich Cultural Council signed a formal agreement with the Harwich Chamber of Commerce and the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC). In so doing, it beco...

Remembering The Icy Regattas Of The Past

By: Debra Lawless

They were mad for it. One commentator called it “ice boat fever.” In the late 19 th century, when temperatures dropped below freezing in December, residents had reason to rejoice: Harwich’s Long Pond and Chatham’s Oyster Pond froze solid with a foot of ice that could linger through March. During the 1870s, ’80s and ’90s, frozen ponds lured residents onto the ice in droves in both daylight and moonlight wit...

Furies Fall In Tough Senior Night Loss

By: Kat Szmit

ORLEANS – It was a tough senior night for the Cape Cod Furies, who skated well in spite of a 3-1 loss to BMW/ORR in what was also the team's last game of the season. It was a game that looked in the beginning as if it would belong to the host team Furies, who kept the puck largely in their possession, weathering a power play in the first period to keep the game scoreless. The Canalwomen struck first in the ...

Live Owls Land In Harwich Saturday

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

HARWICH – Live owls of all sizes are returning to the community enter for three programs (at 10 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m.) on Saturday, March 3 hosted by the Harwich Conservation Trust (HCT).  The live owl program Eyes on Owls is led by naturalist educators Marcia and Mark Wilson who tour the Northeast, offering audiences up-close looks at these secretive raptors. The Wilsons will bring owls that are found locall...