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Two Injured In Helicopter Crash In Crow's Pond

By: Tim Wood Location: 204 Crow's Pond Rd.

CHATHAM PORT – Two people were seriously injured Friday afternoon when a helicopter crashed into shallow water at the edge of Crow's Pond. The pilot, John Ryan, 48, of Scituate, and a passenger, Tyra Pacheco, 48, of Acushnet, were extricated from the wreckage at the edge of the tidal pond and taken by ambulance to Hyannis.  Ryan was in serious condition at Cape Cod Hospital, while Pacheco was flown to Massachu...

Allan S. Howard, 85

By: Carmon Funeral Home

Allan S. Howard, 85, of Canton, beloved husband of Barbara (Whitmore) Howard for 56 years, passed away Thursday, June 2, 2016. Born in Avon, Conn. son of the late John and Anna (Haberern) Howard, he was a lifelong resident of the Avon/Canton, Conn. area spending summers for many years in Chatham. He attended Unionville schools and graduated from the Farmington High School in 1948. He received his BS in accoun...

CHATHAM -- There's no doubt now: the sharks are here. A male great white shark named "Scratchy" that was tagged last year was detected Thursday off Monomoy. Shark researchers detected Scratchy Thursday in Shark Cove, off South Monomoy Island. Named for the scratches on its body probably inflicted by seals, Scratchy was tagged by Dr. Greg Skomal and his team last August as part of a five-year population stud...

Keating To File Monomoy Legislation

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM -- Congressman William Keating told town officials Wednesday that he would file legislation to change the western boundary of the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge to mean low water. Selectman Seth Taylor said he and Town Manager Jill Goldsmith met with Keating in his Washington, D.C. office and asked him to file the legislation to roll back what many feel is an overreach by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife S...

Police Called to Airport Com Meeting

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – Police were called to Monday night's airport commission meeting after the chairman determined the audience had become too disruptive. Chairman Peter Donovan said he asked Airport Manager Tim Howard to summon the police after an audience member took the podium against his direction and refused to sit down. The commission had just voted to approve a financial interest disclosure from Howard when the...

Middle Schoolers Lauded For Carbon Initiative

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Besting kids from other top schools in Massachusetts, a group of Monomoy Middle School students has earned top honors in an energy conservation initiative. They did it by helping their classmates kick the bottle. Seventh graders in Nancy Gifford's class tallied how many single-use water bottles were used in the school – more than 1,000 in about two weeks – and then conducted serious research about th...

Beach Managers Prepare For 2016 Shark Season

By: Alan Pollock

ORLEANS — Researchers, first responders and beach managers gathered last week for their last white shark working group session before the start of the 2016 beach season. They talked about a new internal communication network that will allow officials to instantly share reports of shark sightings, and also discussed the progress on launching the new “Sharktivity” app that will allow citizens to receive and report ...

CHATHAM – It's being billed as “A walk back to the future – Chatham’s newest oldest wooden drawbridge.” On Monday, June 20 at 4:30 p.m., a ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at the new Mitchell River Drawbridge. Underway for the past two years, the $14 million project was done under the direction of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) with funding through the Federal Accelerated Bridge P...

CHATHAM – It is possible that we may soon know precisely where the 17 th century homestead of Chatham’s first European settlers William and Anne Busby Nickerson is hidden. An archaeological survey of the Nickerson Family Association (NFA) grounds on Chatham History Weekend, June 18, may help solve the longstanding mystery. Archaeologist Craig S. Chartier will explore the NFA grounds using a metal detector and...

CHATHAM – The town has a new conservation agent, its third in six months. Molly Edson began work last Wednesday, taking over the post vacated earlier this year by Paul Wightman, who moved over to part-time assistant conservation agent. Wightman became conservation agent last December following the resignation earlier in the year of Kristin Andres. Originally from Newburyport, Edson comes to the job from Flo...

CHATHAM – The town's museums will throw open their doors Friday, Saturday and Sunday to celebrate Chatham History Weekend. Sponsored by Historic Chatham, a cooperative group of the town's museums and history organizations, Chatham History Weekend aims to acquaint locals and visitors alike with the rich historical assets Chatham has to offer. The event includes a mix of new exhibits, demonstrations, book sig...

HARWICH PORT — More than 150 people came together Monday evening to comfort one another, to reflect, and to pray for peace in the wake of the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando early Sunday. The pews were full at Pilgrim Congregational Church for the nondenominational service, which was organized by members of the Harwich Clergy Association. It was a time of healing and an opportunity to openly ...

Plastic Bag Ban Goes Into Effect

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The town's plastic bag ban is now in effect. Businesses selling goods, articles, food or personal services to the public will no longer be allowed to use single-use plastic bags with a thickness of 2.5 mils. Voters in town meeting in 2015 promulgated the bylaw and it took effect on June 15. “In simple terms, this bylaw prohibits an establishment from distributing or selling any single-use plastic...

Selectmen Give Nod To Saquatucket Landside Plan

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The Saquatucket Harbor landside development concept plan received unanimous support from selectmen Monday night. The plan seeks to improve pedestrian access, improve efficiency of harbor operations and enhance the character and beauty of the harbor for boaters and non-boaters alike. The development concept plan has been in the works for more than a year, with the Saquatucket Harbor development commit...

Little Consensus Among Selectmen On Middle School Use

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — After more than an hour of discussion on interim and future uses of the Harwich Middle School Monday night, it is clear there is no consensus among the board of selectmen on how to move forward with a long-term plan for the facility. The board did, however, vote to ask Town Administrator Christopher Clark to put together a two-year interim use plan for the structure. The non-binding ballot question s...