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Louise Virginia Petrasko, 93

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              Louise V. Petrasko of Centerville &  Cheshire, Conn. , passed away peacefully at Cape Cod Hospital on August 20, 2016.  Born Louise Doane on July 21, 1923 in Milton, she was raised in Weymouth. She was married to her beloved husband Charles & lived most of her life in Cheshire, Conn. where she raised two children, vacationing frequently in Chatham with other family members at their hom...

Mary Ellen (Andros) Clarke

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Harwich – Mary Ellen (Andros) Clarke, 58, of Harwich passed away on Saturday, August 27 th surrounded by her family following a 2½ year battle with cancer.  She was born on December 31, 1957 in Lynn to the late James S. Andros and Ellen (Canaris) Andros.  Mary graduated from Lynn English High School in 1975 and from the University of Lowell in 1979.             Mary was the loving wife of John H. Clarke of Ha...

Health: Back-to-school Tips From A School Nurse

By: Alan Pollock

The new backpacks are packed, pencils are sharpened, and most kids will soon be back at school. But there are steps parents can take now to help make the school year injury- and illness-free for their kids. Kathy Riley, the Harwich Elementary School Nurse and the nurse leader for the district, said the start of school is always a busy time in her office. “A lot of kids have trouble with transitions,” she sa...

Orca Pod Spotted Off Chatham

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – A video taken by a group of tuna fishermen about a dozen miles east of Chatham shows a pod of orcas swimming alongside the boat. It's the second sighting of a killer whale off the town's coast this summer. The video was shot by Alex Wyckoff aboard the Fish Box out of Pleasant Bay on Tuesday. At least four orcas, females and juveniles, can be seen in the waters around the boat and swam along the boat ...

CHATHAM — In the faded photographs on the walls and on the plaques listing names of past members and commanders, the Brown-James-Buck VFW Post holds history. “We're stewards,” Operations Manager Carl Rostek said. “We refuse to let this place go under.” But the building on George Ryder Road isn't a museum. For nearly 60 years, it's been a refuge for local veterans as well as an important community resou...

CHATHAM – Before moving any further with a proposed agreement, Chatham officials want assurances that both the town and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will have equal responsibility for management of the waters west of the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge. Language in a draft memorandum of understanding proposed by the Fish and Wildlife Service commits both parties to working “cooperatively” to protect the res...

Removal Of Osprey Nest Ruffles Feathers

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — They're among the first seasonal residents to arrive each year, and they're a fixture on the local waterfront until fall arrives. Ospreys are a familiar, often beloved part of the local landscape. So when utility crews removed an osprey nest from a utility pole off Morris Island Road earlier this month, it left a number of neighborhood residents concerned and angry. In an email copied to The Chroni...

CHATHAM – Seth Rolbein, a long-time Cape journalist and former senior advisor to Cape and Islands Senator Dan Wolf, was named director of the Cape Cod Fisheries Trust last week. Rolbein will work with the trust's current director, Paul Parker, through the end of the year, when Parker will head up a new organization that will seek to bring the trust's model of community ownership and management of fishing quota...

Sharks In The Park Auction Nets More Than $50K

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – Despite the theft of four of the 43 sharks in the park – one of which has yet to be recovered – an auction of the whimsical sculptures exceeded last year's total by nearly $8,000. The online auction, which ended last Friday, earned $50,079, half of which goes to the sponsor, the Chatham Merchants Association, and half to the individual artists whose work attracted thousands to the downtown display ov...

CHATHAM – Planned improvements at Old Mill Boatyard have been scaled back after bids for the work came in above the available funding for the project. The most significant element of the work – replacement of the bulkhead at the town-owned Stage Harbor facility – remain in new bid documents issued last week. Other items have been removed and a few included as alternatives which could be added into the project ...

William Shakespeare had a connection to Chatham. Sort of. That’s according to Bernard Cornwell of Chatham, the internationally best-selling author of nearly 60 novels, including the televised Sharpe series and the recent Lost Kingdom series. Cornwell, 72, spoke for 60 minutes last Sunday in the Eldredge Public Library during the annual meeting of the Chatham Historical Society. His topic was “Shakespeare’s ...

Drones Can Fly Over Harwich Beaches

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The town has only limited power over the use of drones within the community, town counsel has ruled in a legal opinion relating to a local regulation seeking to keep the devices away from public beaches. In early April members of the recreation and youth commission and Recreation Department Director Eric Beebe came before selectmen with a proposed regulation seeking to ban the use of drones and other...

Area Firefighters Battle Hawksnest State Park Fire

By: William F. Galvin

EAST HARWICH — Firefighters from four towns and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation were busy this weekend battling a persistent fire in Hawksnest State Park. The fire started deep in the woods, making it difficult for firefighters to get to the fire and stage equipment to battle it. Deputy Fire Chief David LeBlanc said the department received a call about 3:30 p.m. on Saturday afternoo...

Good News For Saquatucket Landside Project

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — While there was some bad news for the Saquatucket Harbor waterside reconstruction project last week, the landside project received good news this week in the form of a $187,500 Coastal Resilience Grant Program award from the Massachusetts Coastal Zone Management. The funds will be used to assist with planning, engineering and permitting landside improvements proposed at the harbor and on the newly pu...

Commission Gives Final Approval To Harwich Wastewater Plan

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The town of Harwich became the sixth municipality on the Cape to receive approval from the Cape Cod Commission on its comprehensive wastewater management plan last Thursday. “It's a great milestone,” said David Young, P.E. of CDM Smith, Inc., the town's consultant, when the commission unanimously voted to adopt the draft decision from its subcommittee. Young pointed out the town has been working on t...