HARWICH ─ About eight years ago, when Monomoy Spanish teacher Elizabeth Hoff sought a way for her students to use the language beyond the classroom, she turned to the old school communication method of letter writing between her then-Harwich High students and students from Colegio Miralba in Vigo, Spain. Eight years, many letters, emails, Skype conversations, and day-in-the-life videos later, a group of 15 M...
By: William F. Galvin
HARWICH — Who would have thought a six-foot wide path gifted to the town nearly 100 years ago to provide access to a Nantucket Sound beach from Davis Lane for local residents would become such a chafing issue. In recent years the town has done battle with Davis Lane property owners over ownership of the beachfront at the end of the path, and with that issue settled, litigation now continues neighbor against ne...
By: Kat Szmit
HARWICH ─ When part-time Harwich resident Denise McClung won a pickleball tournament this fall, it wasn't the win that made the event such fun. It was the women from the local pickleball group that elevated the day from special to sublime. “It's the people,” said McClung, who divides her time between Harwich and West Virginia. “I love sports and I love to be competitive, but the bigger drive for me is the pe...
HARWICH ─ There are a lot of amazing memories wrapped up in Paul “Spanky” Demanche's 19 years as head coach of Barnstable Football. Super Bowl championships, snow on Thanksgiving, and scores of amazing athletes. On Nov. 26, Demanche added one more memory when he was inducted into the school's Athletic Hall of Fame as their winningest coach of all time. Demanche said he learned of the induction early this fal...
HARWICH ─ Several years ago, Keith Arnold was preparing to spend winters in Florida with his wife. Fortunately, at least for the Monomoy Regional High School boys basketball program, Arnold's plans changed and instead of flying south, he'll be sticking around Cape Cod as he leads the varsity boys team, ideally to victory. Arnold originally began coaching in 1973 in Provincetown, carrying on a love of basketb...
By: Alan Pollock
First, consider a few numbers. A decade ago, the Family Pantry of Cape Cod had an average of 621 client visits each month, distributing about 20,000 bags of food in the course of a year. Last year, it handed out more than 55,000 bags of food, seeing an average of 1,149 clients every month. Consider just one more figure. As of the end of October, the Family Pantry had seen a jump of more than 13 percent in t...
By: Ellen Petry Whalen
Nostalgia can be a powerful force. It not only drives the storyline in the classic movie “A Christmas Story,” but it’s also the reason so many people watch the film on television annually. In fact, “A Christmas Story” is such a slice of Americana it received the ultimate distinction in 2012 when the film was included in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress for being "culturally, historically, ...
By: Debra Lawless
Amanda Kosloski of Harwich had been ringing with the Handbell Choir at the Pilgrim Congregational Church in Harwich Port for about 13 years when she and a church group went to hear the Back Bay Ringers perform in West Barnstable. That day in August 2014 was the first time Kosloski had heard professional ringers perform, and when she learned the group was holding tryouts for new members, she said, “I have a mus...
The 13th annual Christmas Cavalcade for the Homeless kicks off at 7:30 p.m. at the Mansion Ballroom at Ocean Edge in Brewster on Sunday, Dec. 11. After many years at the Jailhouse in Orleans, organizer/host/master of ceremonies Chandler Travis had to scramble to find a new venue when the Jailhouse turned their old function room into a brewery. Luckily, Ocean Edge came through, says Travis, after a considera...
By: Cape Cod Chronicle Staff
Something we learned this week that surprised us: holiday season is not the most common time for people to take their own lives. Spring is the time of year most suicides occur; experts say it's because the hope that the season evokes can accentuate feelings of despair, and many prone to such feelings may be depleted coming out of the dark winter months. Certainly, however, the holidays are a difficult time for...
By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers
Gun Comment Was No Joke Editor: I was surprised to hear a member of the Chatham Conservation Commission state at a recent meeting that the commissioners needed guns (“glocks,” he said, which are semi-automatic weapons) in order to fulfill their role in dealing with property owners. When an associate questioned his comment, he stated, “It was a joke.” At the school where I teach – and I think this is true of...
By: Donna Tavano
To retire or not retire – that is the question, to which I speedily and emphatically replied, “No brainer – retire!” After 23 years at the Harwich Police Department, and years before working as a waitress, dog groomer, corrections officer, nurse’s aide, Teddy bear maker and child care provider and in newspaper editorial, it was time. Some congratulated me on my decision, some comments were cautionary – wh...
Sophie Wanda (Mastalerz) Szlosek, 96, passed away on November 8th in Chatham. Sophie was born in Wilbraham, the daughter of the late Michael and Antonina (Samel) Mastalerz. She lived for more than sixty years in Ludlow with her husband, Frank, where they built a home, raised a family, and operated a successful contracting business. Throughout her life Sophie was active in her par...
Ethel Grant (Forgeron) Porter, 92 1924 - 2016 CHATHAM - Ethel was born, worked and lived in Chatham her whole life. She married at 19 to Warren Porter and they had five children; David, Steven, Kitty, Danny, and Timothy. Ethel always worked, first as a waitress for 45 years and then as a child care provider in her daughter’s family day care for 21 years. She retired at age 86 wit...
By: Ed Maroney
ORLEANS — Now the Lower Cape can get its locally-grown food faster and fresher. The Orleans Winter Farmers Market at Nauset Regional Middle School has a new, weekly schedule through April. Almost 40 vendors will take turns sharing the school's cafeteria every Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon except Dec. 24 and 31. On Dec. 3, customers were lined up and ready to shop when market manager Elise Waldron rang the tra...