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Nonresident Taxpayers Gain Insight Into Town Projects

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The turnout was thin Monday night for the annual non-resident taxpayers meeting. Those in attendance learned about building and road projects on the horizon and the financial health of the town. Public access to Beach 22 off Shore Road in West Harwich continued to be a topic of discussion as it has for a number of years. Town Administrator Christopher Clark said the number one priority for beach nour...

HARWICH – “It is a very big deal for the museum!” Thus did Janet Cassidy, executive director of the Harwich Historical Society, describe the event held last Friday afternoon in the Brooks Academy Museum in Harwich Center. With some 25 Society members present, Chad Tragakis, president of the Potomac Decoy Collectors Association, presented the organization with an original and pristine A. Elmer Crowell duck deco...

Harwich Conservation Trust Begins Cornelius Pond Campaign

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The Harwich Conservation Trust is embarking on a fund-raising campaign to protect Cornelius Pond, a “coastal plain pond” that is considered a rare habitat. The trust has an agreement to purchase a 15-acre parcel that includes 1,000 feet of shoreline on the pond. “We're very excited about this project,” HCT Executive Director Michael Lach said. An anonymous donor has issued a challenge gift of $425,00...

Orleans COA Director To Head Harwich Senior Center

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The town of Orleans will be looking for a new executive director of its council on aging after Harwich Selectmen confirm the appointment of Judi Wilson as the town's new director of the council on aging. Wilson replaces Barbara Anne Foley, who retired on July 3 after 18 years as director. She and her husband are taking over management of the Commodore Inn in West Harwich. Wilson is scheduled to start...

Route 28 West Harwich Design Funding Approved

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The town has approved a design contract for road improvements along Route 28 from the Herring River Bridge to Upper County Road in Dennis. Selectmen voted to issue the first of a three-phase contract Monday night. The goal of the project is to create pedestrian connectivity, develop a consistent roadway cross-section, and provide Americans with Disability Act accessibility and bicycle accommodations....

HARWICH — A warm greeting and familiar face will be noticeably absent from the community center as Emily Mitchell trades her seat at the front desk for one at Cornell Law School. Mitchell has spent a lot of time in the community center going back to her days attending Halloween parties, participating in recreation programs and even attending her Junior Prom. The building played a central role in her life growi...

Price Tag Drops For Cape Tech Building Project

By: Alan Pollock

PLEASANT LAKE — There's no escaping the fact that a new building to replace the aging Cape Tech school will be costly. But according to projections released last week, it will be a bit less costly than initially thought. Owing to more detailed design information and some constructive pencil-sharpening, cost estimates for the new school have dropped from about $141 million to around $128 million. Speaking at la...

CHATHAM/ORLEANS ─ To every beginning there is an ending, and on Aug. 7, many days after the arrival of new players, the first pitch, and the first home game of the summer, the Chatham Anglers 2017 season drew to a bittersweet end when the Orleans Firebirds claimed a 3-1 victory in the playoffs. After the final out, the softly falling rain mingled with more than a few tears on the faces of fans as longtime he...

HARWICH ─ What do you do when it's your last home game of the 2017 Cape League season and you want to give fans something to celebrate? If you're the Harwich Mariners you groove to the music playing over the PA system, give the game your all, and come away with a 7-4 victory against Brewster. In his final appearance with the Mariners, top-notch hurler and Cape League All-Star Tyler Baum earned the win by thr...

Feminists unite! George Bernard Shaw, the Nobel Prize-winning playwright, heard your voices before your time had come. Is it a matter between two men to debate the passions of romantic love versus the complacency of a dignified marital relationship? Or might the woman in question learn to speak for herself? Is it her right to choose her own destiny? "Candida" at the Monomoy Theater formalizes the discussion of...

That first time you see your child shine it takes your breath away. It’s also the time you realize that this human being you brought into the world is a person, a person who can achieve incredible things. Billy Elliot’s father is drowning; drowning in grief over his wife’s death and drowning in worry because of the imminent coal miners’ strike. Jackie Elliot is trying so hard to give his sons, Tony and Billy, ...

Our View: Step Up To Ensure Parade Steps Off

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Would Chatham still be Chatham without its iconic Independence Day parade? Sure. Would the absence of the event make the July 4 holiday just a little bit duller for a whole lot of people? For sure. The recent resignation of all five members of the Independence Day parade committee, however, leaves a large void that needs to be filled. No doubt, it's a lot of work putting together the event, which has ...

Letters to the Editor, Aug. 10

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Overpass For Harwich Port? Editor: All summer long, we encounter interminable traffic delays driving through Harwich Port center due to frequent pedestrian crossings, resulting in 10, 20, even 40 cars burning gasoline to allow one pedestrian to cross the street.  I would  propose one or more overpass walkways in the center of Harwich Port, thus allowing people to cross safely and quickly, and making for ...

Donna Tavano: Spirited Away

By: Donna Tavano

To say I was swept or blown away by the recent events at the old “vintage” Harwich Middle School does not do justice to the transformations occurring there. Those words almost connote a violent action or a negative removal. It was, more accurately, a case of being “spirited away” to another dimension, a world of imagination, creativity and flight of fancy. Not only was the event the second appearance of Bu...

Colonel John J. Wessmiller

By: Contributed

Colonel John J. Wessmiller               Colonel John J. Wessmiller 98, of Chatham, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on August 5, 2017.             Colonel Wessmiller was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., April 29, 1919.  In 1940, he was drafted into the U.S. Army and participated in the invasions of Africa, Sicily, and Normandy. In 1945, he was commissioned in...

Celestia “Peggy” Vallie

By: Contributed

Celestia “Peggy” Vallie                   CHATHAM – Celestia “Peggy” M. Vallie, 92, of Chatham, passed away peacefully August 2, 2017 at Liberty Commons.  Peggy was born March 30 th , 1925, the daughter of Arthur Clark and Celestia (Eldredge). Her mother passed away after giving birth to Peggy and was raised by Cyrus and Roxana (Gould) Eldredge of West Chatham.                 Growing up she attend...