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HARWICH — Life has its twists and turns, but the beat goes on. That's a lesson that Michael Dunford knows well. He joined the Harwich Town Band at the age of about 12 in 1975, and went on to a successful career as a banker, professional drummer and record exec. On Tuesday, he'll be back in the bandstand, where it all started. Following the lead of his mother, who had played in an all-girl drum and bugle cor...

Blotter: Police Nab Alleged Burglars

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Staff

  HARWICH — Two men pleaded not guilty this week to charges connected with two separate burglary cases in West Harwich and Harwich Port. On Friday, police were called to the Bell's Neck Conservation Area to meet with a woman who said the back window of her truck had been broken and tools had been stolen. While there, officers received a second similar call from the conservation area, but this alleged vict...

Community Center Committee Approves New Room Rental Fees

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The cost for using rooms at the community center may be going up an average of 15.3 percent based on a vote of the community center facilities committee. This is the first fee increase since 2011 and will require approval from selectmen. While the room use fees have remained unchanged since 2011, the cost of operating the building continues to rise, members of the committee emphasized in a public hea...

Ridley Presents Overview of Pleasant Bay Alliance Efforts

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — It has been almost 20 years since Pleasant Bay received its Area Of Critical Environmental Concern designation, a state action designed to protect the sensitive nature of the embayment. Two decades later the health of the bay can be largely attributed to the efforts of the Pleasant Bay Alliance. Carole Ridley, the Pleasant Bay Alliance coordinator, was before selectmen Monday night providing a histor...

Beach Soccer Scoring Points With Local Kids

By: Kat Szmit

HARWICH ─ What do you get when you combine one ball, one long stretch of beach, and an enthusiastic group of kids? Perhaps one of the most fun summer activities around – beach soccer! The excitement, courtesy of the Harwich Police Soccer Club, with support from Harwich Recreation, is happening each week at Red River Beach. “It started the end of last summer,” said Harwich Detective Segeant Bob Brackett...

Anglers And Mariners End In A Deadlock

By: Kat Szmit

CHATHAM ─ Those who think a tie game can't be exciting weren't at Sunday's outing of the Chatham Anglers and the Harwich Mariners. Though it ended in a 1-1 deadlock, it was a game worth watching. It was a game in which many of the stats were identical. Each team had eight hits, and within those hits, each team had one run, both of which came from well-hit home runs, both in the fourth inning, and while each ...

Readers often wonder how novelists find ideas for their tales—for one author, her plot came to her in nature. “I was on a walk on Wellfleet's Great Island, on a path out to where the Smith Tavern once stood,” Judith Manchester of Eastham, author of “Sisters of the Stone,” recalled in an email interview. “I started thinking, ‘imagine the history this path has seen. Imagine the people who have walked it. Imagine...

When Laura “Poppy Grace” Wanamaker’s films are shown at the Chatham Orpheum Theater next week, don’t expect to get a front row seat. Those seats will be taken up by “Laura’s Moms” – Ginny Nickerson, Karen McPherson, Nina Schuessler, Jennifer Sexton, Jamie Niethold Nash, Lynette Walker, Carrie Fahle, Erica DeZitter, Tamara Harper and myself. When Robin Goellner, Wanamaker’s mother, passed away from breast cance...

Spot on, Monomoy Theatre, for presenting George Bernard Shaw's fanciful story "Arms and the Man," distinctively set in the bedchamber of a beautiful young woman to the sounds of military soldiers exchanging gunfire, unlikely as that seems. First produced on Broadway in 1894, the play continues to invoke discussions on the cold-blooded wisdom of war, women's rights, defining the worth of an individual by their "pl...

Guardians Of The Gilded Cups

By: Donna Tavano

Months after our recent move, I am still unpacking bins and boxes. I thought I had adequately weeded out unnecessary doodads and nonsense a year ago and seem to have survived quite well without any of the still-packed baggage we continue to haul down from the attic and up from the basement. Once in a while an old workhorse appears, like the crock pot or blender, which inspires me to concoct a savory stew or healt...

Letters To The Editor, July 14

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Harbor Run/Walk Tradition Returns Editor: The Chatham Harbor Walk/Run resumed on Sunday, June 26 after a two-year absence, with the help of its three main sponsors, Sealaw.org, The Chatham Squire and The Cape Cod Chronicle. The race opened back with over 200 runners and 70 walkers, a small but quality field. The winner, on vacation from Montana, blistered the course in 33:42. The top 10 runners included two O...

Petit Enough For Us

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Staff

Chatham is already engaged in a skirmish with the federal government that basically comes down to retaining local control over fishing, and more importantly shellfishing, in local waters. Now the state, which is partnering with the town in the fight with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over jurisdiction over the waters and flats west of the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge, is proposing to change state-wide re...

As thousands celebrated the glorious Fourth at Chatham's recent Independence Day Parade, Helen and Irwin Sitkin of Chatham were celebrating their glorious Eleventh. The self-proclaimed snowbirds rose the morning of the parade and donned their red, white and blue Uncle Sam and Mrs. Uncle Sam costumes for the 11th consecutive year and helped spread patriotic cheer before, during and after the parade by posing for...

CHATHAM—Honeybees are big in the tiny country of Slovenia. Known as the “Beekeeper of Europe,” Slovenia is unrivaled in its apiculture. Not only does the small nation boast an exceptionally high percentage of beekeepers — one in every 250 Slovenians is a beekeeper — the country is home to the Carniolan bee and some of the most famous names in beekeeping history. Among the most well known beekeeping aca...

CHATHAM – If voluntary water use restrictions don't curb increasing pumping from town wells, mandatory restrictions may not be far off. Public Works Director Tom Temple told selectmen last week that after a dip in water pumpage in May, usage shot up in June 14.6 percent higher than the same period last year. Wells were running 17 to 18 and a half hours a day, longer than the recommended 16 hours per day. “I...