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ORLEANS — If you thought the presidential election was a close one, take a look at the race between Coastal Engineering and Orleans Bowling Center/Big Dogs Barbecue for Business of the Year. The board of the Orleans Chamber of Commerce couldn't decide between the two nominees, so for the first time, the vote was opened to the general membership. After three weeks of voting, a tie was declared. Coastal CEO an...

ORLEANS — Mixing business and politics isn't everyone's cup of tea, but state Sen. Dan Wolf had plenty to say about both at last week's annual meeting of the Orleans Chamber of Commerce. The Cape Air founder, a Democrat from Harwich, received an award from the Chamber Nov. 15 at the Captain Linnell House for his “years of dedication to our community.” He chose not to run for another term and has been spoken ...

Fire Destroys Harwich Garage

By: Kat Szmit

HARWICH ─ The garage of a Harwich home was destroyed in a fire Monday evening. Neighbors walking past 20 Fresh Water Rd. noticed smoke and flames coming out of the back of the garage of the property, which is owned by William Gildersleeve of Baton Rouge, La., and called in the fire while also alerting resident Kimone Harakh to the fire, allowing her to evacuate safely. David LeBlanc, deputy chief of the H...

CHATHAM – A Sears Road couple has sued the conservation commission over its denial of a request to build a 192-foot revetment to protect their $3 million home on the Oyster River. The commission denied the revetment in June, stating that owners Richard and Sandra MacDonald of Dover failed to show that there is no other way to protect the 4,800-square-foot home on the property from storm damage. The house, buil...

Honor Flight Helps Senior Vets Visit D.C. Memorials

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — For aging veterans, a visit to the nation's war memorials in Washington can be a poignant experience. But for those who served in World War II and Korea, the most senior veterans, travel can be a challenge. On Monday, local vets heard from the founder of Honor Flight New England, which provides all-expense-paid trips to D.C. for senior veterans. Joe Byron spoke at the annual Veterans Day luncheon, ...

CHATHAM – A proposal to only allow registered voters to make agenda requests at selectmen's meetings was rebuffed by a majority of the board last week. Selectmen voted 3-2 to embrace inclusion and continue with the long-standing policy of allowing anyone to make an agenda request under the “Public Announcements and Agenda Requests” segment of the board's regular weekly meetings. “To exclude voices in politi...

Appeals Court Hears Chase Cottage Case

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – The fate of the three Avis Chase cottages in the Old Village is now in the hands of a three-judge panel from the state's appeals court. On Monday attorneys from the Avis Chase Women's Association of Philadelphia and the Young Women's Christian Association of Boston delivered their arguments over ownership of the cottages, which were bequeathed by Chase to the Young Women's Christian Association of Ph...

New Senior Center Needed, But Where?

By: Alan Pollock

Selectmen Mull Multiple Options To House COA CHATHAM — Selectmen agree that the council on aging building on Stony Hill Road is a bad fit for seniors, with ill-suited program spaces located on three floors. But when it comes to where a new senior center should be built, or what size it should be, board members say they need more information. Principal Projects Administrator Terry Whalen analyzed several...

Saving Money And Improving Water Quality

By: Tim Wood

Volunteer Water Watchers Program Has Benefited Town For 18 Years CHATHAM – Without the town's coastal water monitoring program, which depends on volunteer “water watchers,” it's unlikely that the town would be as advanced as it is in improving its coastal water quality. The work done by the water watchers, a program run in conjunction with the Friends of Chatham Waterways, would cost hundreds of thousands...

Aspiring Arson Investigator Sifts The Ashes For Truth

By: Alan Pollock

HARWICH — Being a fire investigator means having a light touch, both with evidence at the fire scene and in interviews with witnesses and suspects. And as firefighter and aspiring arson investigator Justin White is learning, the heat of the blaze is nothing compared to the legal grilling that can come later. White and 17 other firefighters and police officers recently completed advanced fire investigation tr...

Selectmen Consider Containing The Sound Of Music In The Port

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Weighing the sound of music in a mixed commercial and residential district is not an easy task, as selectmen learned Monday night during a hearing on better controlling entertainment in Harwich Port. The purpose of the hearing was to discuss adopting the town's noise bylaw standard for entertainment licenses as well as uniform hours for entertainment in the Port. The bylaw states it is unlawful for a...

Chatham, Harwich At Odds Over Treatment Plant Fee

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — There's a big difference between the amount of money Chatham is seeking to allow Harwich to use its wastewater treatment plant and the figure put on the table by Harwich selectmen Monday. While Chatham was seeking a $9.4 million contribution, the Harwich proposal is for $4.1 million. Selectman Peter Hughes said the higher figure came “before we go the details of their numbers from them.” Wording in a...

Armstrong: Honor Veterans By Listening

By: Alan Pollock

HARWICH — “We live in a superficial time,” Massachusetts National Guard Sgt. Jeremy Armstrong told this year's Veterans Day observance last Friday. Lots of people put yellow ribbon magnets on their car bumpers or thank servicemen and women by posting on Facebook. But few really take the time to listen to veterans' stories. “Engage. Ask questions. Listen,” he said. A 2003 graduate of Harwich High School an...

HARWICH PORT — A couple of miles off Harwich Port, school is in session at Harwich High. On Nov. 3, divers inspecting the new artificial reef made from debris from the demolished Harwich High School were pleased to find the site crowded with schools of tautog, black sea bass and cunner. “It was gratifying,” said Mark Rousseau, the artificial reef coordinator for the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisher...

Monomoy Outlasts Bourne 28-26

By: Kat Szmit

HARWICH ─ The Monomoy football team might not have the best record around, but at 4-6 after a thrilling 28-26 victory over the Bourne Canalmen last Thursday, the Sharks are now the winningest football team in Monomoy Regional High School history. “It's definitely one of the greatest feelings ever,” said senior Nick Malone, one of four seniors on the football team who were celebrated prior to the start of the...

HARWICH ─ Hannah Potter started playing field hockey when she was about five years old, and still has the tiny stick she originally learned the game with. Now, as her senior season with the Monomoy Sharks comes to a close, Potter is setting her sights on continuing her career with the St. Anselm College Hawks after formally signing her letter of intent. In an intimate but enthusiastic celebration held in the...