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SOUTH CHATHAM – Author Anne D. LeClaire's first novel in 11 years begins with a line that any writer would be happy to call their own: “Every day is ordinary. Until it isn't.” It's such a good line that fellow Chatham author Bernard Cornwell asked LeClaire if he could use it. At first, she declined. But when Cornwell suggested they both dedicate the book that the line appears in to each other, she relented....

CHATHAM – Unless you have direct interaction with them, the men and women who make up the town's fire and rescue service can be seen simply as figures in uniform glimpsed in parades or at the station washing fire engines. That's no longer the case for the nearly one dozen residents who recently graduated from the department's first citizens fire academy. “These are remarkable men and women who you see as an ab...

Peake, Middle Schoolers Talk About Renewable Energy

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — In Washington, today's leaders are rolling back regulations to fight climate change, providing a big boost to the coal and oil industries. But in Chatham, tomorrow's leaders are talking about renewable energy. “How many of you believe climate change is real?” State Rep. Sarah Peake asked the seventh graders at Monomoy Middle School Friday. Most hands shot up, and Peake, a Provincetown Democrat, nod...

CHATHAM ─ Malcolm Mitchell might be best known as a key player in the New England Patriots' historic comeback win in this year's Super Bowl, but his proudest accomplishment is sharing a love of reading with school children. Last Friday, the champion wide receiver read from his own book to the excited students of Chatham Elementary School. Brought to the venue through the efforts of the Art of Charity, the sc...

Affordable Units In Limbo

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – Mark Bulman sits in the living room of one of two affordable condominium units in his Main Street Village development at 1070 Main St. Aside from a lack of carpet and some bathroom fixtures, the two-bedroom, 1,500-square-foot condo is ready for someone to move in and enjoy the view of Perch Pond from the wide sliding glass doors in the dining room/kitchen. Except, Bulman points out, he's been unable ...

CHATHAM – A decision is expected at the end of this week on whether a Shore Road property can be protected by a rock revetment, a project first approved by the conservation commission in 2014. Approval of a 108-foot revetment at James and Lisa McGonigle's 498 Shore Rd. property was appealed by both the state department of environmental protection and a group of 10 local residents, who claimed the approval viol...

CHATHAM — Saying they are hopeful a legal settlement can be reached with a group of Stage Neck property owners, selectmen last week tabled a town meeting article seeking to reaffirm a controversial 1997 road taking. Following a closed-door session with town counsel, selectmen voted unanimously to indefinitely postpone action on a warrant article which would have confirmed the 1997 taking of easements for por...

Meet Your Farmers Photo Gallery

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The eighth annual Meet Your Local Farmers event drew a crowd at the community center on Saturday. The event was sponsored by the Harwich Conservation Trust and The Cape and Islands Farm Bureau. An opportunity to shake off winter cabin fever and kick off the annual growing season, the event provided a setting for people to meet with local farmers from across the Cape and learn more about locally grown...

Harwich Sets Hearing On Recreational Marijuana Moratorium

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The planning board has scheduled a public hearing on a zoning amendment that seeks to put a moratorium in place on the sale and distribution of recreational marijuana. The moratorium would provide the town with time to study and consider the effects the activity would have on the community. The moratorium is a reaction to the approval by Massachusetts voters last November of The Regulation and Taxati...

SOUTH HARWICH — The preservation and restoration of the South Harwich Methodist Church has been a labor of love for the South Harwich Meetinghouse, Inc. group that has been working since 2005 to restore the historic structure. The fruits of their labor were pleasantly revealing on Monday when selectmen were invited to see the accomplishments of the past year. The church, built in 1836, now belongs to the town ...

HARWICH — A petitioned article that would have asked town meeting to have selectmen authorize town officials to refrain from using town funds and other resources to enforce federal immigration laws has been withdrawn from the warrant. Town Administrator Christopher Clark said he received the request from the petitioner, resident Elaine Dickinson, last week. But the process was not as easy as just removing the ...

Selectmen Give Green Light To Landside Saquatucket Project

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — A revised Saquatucket Harbor landside development plan got the green light from selectmen Monday night. The board was considering pushing the project off for another year following the absence of a presentation on revised plans heading into town meeting. Selectmen heard details of the revised plan Monday, however, and threw their support behind the project. While selectmen received a presentation ...

Habitat Requests Continuance To Address ZBA Concerns

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The Habitat for Humanity of Cape Cod six-home development project proposed along Route 28 in West Harwich hit a snag last week when members of the board of appeals challenged the completeness of the organization's application. After a nearly three-hour session a week ago Tuesday, Habitat representatives requested a two-week continuance to research issues raised by the appeals board. The appeals board...

Kat's Pause: The Ramifications Of Recruiting

By: Kat Szmit

Since joining the fray here in the Lower Cape, I've heard numerous rumors about head coaches that use local youth clinics and programs to “recruit” players to the high schools they coach at. I'm here to encourage that to stop. I have many reasons for this, but let me start with a clear conflict of interest. If you're a coach at a particular high school and are holding clinics or youth programs in the town of a...

HARWICH ─ School spirit is something Riley Demanche and Jason Masiello have in spades, which made the student athletes the ideal duo to serve Monomoy High as MIAA ambassadors. The pair is taking their roles seriously, and along with cheering on teams when not playing, are looking to help their school community through a new and ongoing fundraising effort. At the moment, the Shark Fund is a giant jar that Dem...

HARWICH ─ Summer always brings something new to the teams of the Cape Cod Baseball League. New players. New host families. And this summer at Whitehouse Field, something everyone will love: new restrooms. Construction officially began on the facilities several weeks ago when ground was finally broken, beginning a project decades in the making. “The building has begun. The hole has been dug. The forms have...