CHATHAM – Last year, a total of 2,415 recreational shellfish permits were issued to residents, nonresidents and seniors. The permit sales generated nearly $120,000 in revenue, but the amount of shellfish harvested by those folks is a big question mark. While commercial shellfishermen are mandated to report their catch by state law, recreational shellfishers reporting is voluntary. “Some people are very dili...
By: Alan Pollock
HARWICH — The fish were flapping onto the deck of the Division of Marine Fisheries vessel from the new artificial fish reef constructed 2.8 miles outside Saquatucket Harbor last Thursday as state officials took a measurement of the success of the benthic structure built to create new fish habitat. “I'm very impressed, it's verification of it working,” Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Matthew Beato...
By: William F. Galvin
EAST HARWICH — The 3.3 acre parcel on Route 39 to the west of Harwich East Plaza has been sold to Eastward MBT, LLC, Trustee of Eastward Homes Business Trust of Chatham. The purchase ties this parcel together with a 7.4-acre parcel also owned by Eastward Homes, which extends to Route 137. A year ago, Agway of Cape Cod had a purchase and sales agreement on this property and was planning to build a 9,932-square-...
By: William F. Galvin
HARWICH — Brooks Free Library is open again to the public after two weeks of the main library being closed due to a failed electrical component that darkened the building and shut down its emergency lighting system. The cause for the failure in the transistor inverter board is still not clear, but the town has had to shell out $10,582 for a new unit and for installation. This is the second time in less than a ...
By: William F. Galvin
HARWICH — The Harwich Conservation Trust took time in its annual meeting to honor The Compact of Cape Cod Conservation Trusts as the organization's Conservationist of the Year. HCT also honored the local Tour de Trash organizers as Volunteer Group of the Year. HCT held its 28 th annual meeting at the Wequassett Resort and Golf Club on Aug. 1 and as part of that gathering the trust announced a $125,000 pledge ...
By: William F. Galvin
HARWICH — Approximately 25 non-resident taxpayers attended the annual session with selectmen Monday night receiving a number of positive reports from department heads and a citizen's presentation on the successful re-nourishment of Grey Neck Beach. There were a few questions relating to plans for improvement to Saquatucket Harbor. Harbormaster John Rendon updated the group citing 25 cases of marine assistance ...
By: Debra Lawless
Joshua Dykens, 23, was taking a semester off from Cape Cod Community College (CCCC), working in a West Chatham gas station, when he had an epiphany. “By the summer I realized I didn’t want to be doing this for the rest of my life, the next 40 years,” Dykens said during a recent interview in the West Chatham Dunkin’ Donuts. Up until then Dykens, a personable young man with infectious enthusiasm and drive, ha...
By: Rowan Wood
Chatham resident Elizabeth Rudnick Hessler recently published a new novel, “Pete's Dragon: The Lost Years,” a kind of prequel to Disney's 2016 remake of “Pete's Dragon,” which will be released in theaters, including the Chatham Orpheum Theater, this Friday. On Saturday, Aug. 13, Hessler will be at the Orpheum at 6 p.m. to sign copies of the new novel. We recently spoke with the author at the Lazy Lobster, whic...
By: The Cape Cod Chronicle
It has been a difficult time for Brooks Free Library, the municipal library in Harwich Center, with technical problems that have nearly crippled the institution over the past couple of weeks. With failed lighting circuits, the library has had to shut off access to the building at a time of year when that library is the center of this community, serving more patrons that other libraries of similar size on the Cape...
Democracy Means Working Together Editor: Nestled in the Kansas prairie sits a small land grant college older than the state itself, a Methodist institution named Baker University. In its ivy-covered buildings, I learned that democracy required me to study, research and interact with others. At Baker, John Dewey’s Democracy and Education followed the Father, Son and Holy Ghost in importance. "Democrac...
James C. Spence Jr., 91 HARWICH PORT - James C. Spence passed away on Thursday, July 28, 2016, at Cape Cod Hospital following a major stroke. He was the husband of the late Doris Anderson Spence, who passed away in 2012. Jim was born in Chicago, Ill., on Aug. 10, 1924. The son of Miriam and James C. Spence Sr., he spent his childhood in Chicago along with his sisters, Nancy a...
By: Jennifer Sexton
“We are either related to or we know probably 90 percent of the people here,” laughs Chatham native Winnie Lear. Winnie and husband Bob, full time residents of Chatham's Old Village, are about as deeply involved in the community as two people can be. From the Chatham Conservation Foundation to the Chatham Historical Commission, the Eldredge Library board of trustees to the board of the Orpheum Theatre, from t...
CHATHAM - Kenneth S. Drew, Jr., 65, passed away on July 29 2016. Kenny was born in Hyannis, he was the son of the late Kenneth and Ethel (McIntyre). He graduated from Barnstable High School, class of 1969. He was number 1 on the high school golf team. He attended Arizona State University. He was an avid golfer, bowler, and pool player. He loved socializ...
By: Tim Wood
CHATHAM – Again, one of the Sharks in the Park – now the Sharks on the Lawn of the Eldredge Public Library – has been stolen, just two weeks before an online auction of the artwork is slated to end. The Chatham Real Estate's shark was painted by artist Heather Labbe. Another shark painted by Labbee, sponsored by Minglewood Homes, was taken from Kate Gould Park in June but found in a nearby parking lot. The ...
After a season of struggle, the Chatham Anglers stunned fans from both Chatham and Harwich by defeating the Harwich Mariners in two of the three East Division playoff games to advance in the Cape Cod Baseball League tourney. On Friday, the East Division Champion Mariners hosted the Anglers, with the visitors claiming a 3-1 victory in nine innings to take Game 1 of the best of two series. Bringing in the runs f...