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Ban On Single-Use Plastic Bags Up For Debate

By: Ed Maroney

ORLEANS — Philip Scholomiti calls them “the flotsam and jetsam of our planet.” Writing to the board of health earlier this year, the Orleans resident said that flimsy single-use plastic bags “mar our highways, clog our storm drains, slowly leach their chemicals into the soil contaminating our food chain, and devastate the animals that inhabit our oceans, bays, and ponds.” Scholomiti called on the health b...

ORLEANS — The heavy lifting is right up front in the special town meeting warrant to be acted upon Oct. 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the Nauset Middle School gym. Article 1 asks for more than $3.6 million to begin construction of the downtown sewer collection system, Article 3 for a commitment of $94,000 to complete the Lonnie's Pond aquaculture experiment, and Article 4 for $75,000 for an independent review of the 25 perc...

When white sharks are off the coast of Cape Cod, it's clear that they're here for a single purpose: hunting seals. But tracking data shows that white sharks spend the off-season far out in the Atlantic, often in the dark depths far beyond the edge of the continental shelf. A journal article co-authored by state shark biologist Greg Skomal published Friday considers what they might be doing out there. Analyzi...

CHATHAM – Not all historic homes, it seems, are created equal. Although it was included as a contributing structure to the proposed Stage Harbor Road National Historic Register District, a 1940s-era home along the scenic roadway was recently given the nod for demolition. In a Sept. 19 ruling, the historical commission determined that although the bungalow-style home at 292 Stage Harbor Rd. met the technical...

CHATHAM ─ Wood shavings litter the floor at First Light Boatworks. The air inside one of the building's massive bays is pungent with the scent of cedar. There is something else, as well: a sense of excitement since progress has clearly been made in the build of a double-ended ketch, which is beginning to resemble the beauty she'll be upon completion next June. This is the part of boat building that First Lig...

CHATHAM — After a crack appeared in the ceiling of the computer training room, town officials brought in a structural engineer to check the condition of the council on aging building on Stony Hill Road. The results weren't good, and officials say the repairs could top $100,000. The problem was discovered in March, and the engineer recommended the installation of a steel beam to better support the roof. Witho...

Nickerson Homestead Site Identified

By: Debra Lawless

Archaeological Dig Finds Evidence Of Hearth And Home Of Chatham's Founder CHATHAMPORT – An archaeological team digging in the woods behind the Nickerson Family Association’s property on Orleans Road last week made a spectacular find: the site of the circa 1664 homestead belonging to William and Anne (Busby) Nickerson, the founders of Chatham. “Locating the site of William Nickerson’s original homestead is a...

CHATHAM – The finance committee has joined the board of selectmen in backing the construction of a new Cape Cod Regional Technical High School building. The $127.9 million project will go before voters in all 12 towns in the regional district on Oct. 24. A majority vote will determine if the process of replacing the 42-year-old technical high school located on Pleasant Lake Avenue in Harwich will move forward....

Airport Commission Updates Website Drone Information

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

CHATHAM – The airport commission has updated its website about unmanned aircraft systems – drones – to ensure that the correct information is available the devices proliferate. “We just wanted to put it out there,” said commission member Huntley Harrison. Information previously on the website was outdated, he added, and while there weren't many changes, the group felt it was important to ensure that the town w...

Saquatucket Waterside Project To Begin This Week

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The reconstruction of waterside infrastructure at Saquatucket Harbor is expected to get underway this week, Harbormaster John Rendon said. Contractor BTT Marine Construction is seeking to get an early start on the project. Rendon said the contract award identifies a start date of Oct. 16, but the company plans to mobilizing its equipment this week. His department will be trying to move boats to one s...

Town Will No Longer Maintain Harwich Center Cemetery

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The town has put First Congregational Church of Harwich on notice that it will cease maintaining the Harwich Center Cemetery as of the end of this month. The town had been taking care of the cemetery for many years under the assumption the it was municipally owned. But a recent Land Court decision concluded the historic cemetery, adjacent to the church, belongs to the First Congregational Church dati...

Where The Heck Are The Swains?

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Over the next few months we'll be running periodic updates on the status of the Swain family of Harwich, who are sailing down the east coast with Bahamas as their ultimate destination. Along the way, children Jesse, Lucy and Stanley will be sampling seawater for ocean plastics as well as providing their insights on the sailing life through their blog. In a Sept. 28 blog post, Lucy Swain recounted the family'...

HARWICH — Golfers at Cranberry Valley Golf Course seem to be very pleased with the services provided at the municipal course, judging from results of an annual survey. Director of Golf Roman Greer started the annual survey when he came to the course three years ago to find out from the members “what we do correctly and what we need to correct.” He said the survey is designed to gauge find members' needs and is...

When kids receive a high school diploma after 12 years of public school education, they're academically proficient. But a new program aims to help the Monomoy district generate young adults who are also aware of their own emotions and those of the people around them. Together with eight other districts in Massachusetts, Monomoy has been selected to take part in a planning network addressing social-emotional le...

Selectmen's Budget Message: Slow Down Spending

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — “We need to slow down and stop spending money,” Board of Selectmen Chairman Michael MacAskill said when presenting the board of selectmen's budget message Monday night. Referring to the five-year financial analysis presented last week by Town Administrator Christopher Clark and Finance Director Carol Coppola, the message stated clearly the need of selectmen, administration, finance committee and depa...