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Responders Contain Mock Oil Spill On Herring River

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The threat of an oil spill in local waters is a serious environmental concern, and state, county and local officials trained together in the Herring River on Monday to contain a simulated plume of pollution. The daylong exercise was sponsored by the state Department of Environmental Protection and focused on training for Harwich and Dennis fire departments and harbormasters. But it also included Chat...

Town Seeks New Water Pumping Permit

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The water department is presently pumping more water from the aquifer than the state Department of Environmental Protection allows, and town officials are asking the state to grant permission for the town to increase its annual pumping volume. Water Department Superintendent Daniel Pelletier said they presently have permission to pump 786 million gallons per year and they are seeking to increase the ...

Brooks Academy Museum Featuring New Exhibits

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The Brooks Academy Museum and the Elmer Crowell Barn will open on Father's Day and admission will be free. There are several new exhibits for visitors to enjoy, including an art show titled, “The Exchange Building,” featuring art from local high school students. There are a lot of sights to see in the museum this year, including a new exhibit featuring “magic lanterns.” The exhibit is titled “Cape Co...

Cape Codders Divided Over Rental Tax Proposals

By: Ed Maroney

HYANNIS — Some see it as a dedicated revenue stream that could help Cape communities pay for wastewater infrastructure. Others say it's an unreasonable burden on homeowners just trying to meet mortgage payments and property taxes. There seemed little room for consensus in the SRO hearing room at Barnstable Town Hall June 10, when hundreds turned out to tell state legislators what they thought of plans to tax...

HARWICH ─ Jacob Awalt's mom was right. When encouraging her son to become a three-sport athlete, Darlene took him down to Long Pond for an introduction to rowing. Though Awalt was nervous at first, the sport quickly segued from a possibility to a passion. “He never saw it before. He said, 'I don't know how to row' and I said, 'No one does. You don't keep these boats in the backyard,'” Darlene said. “There we...

TAUNTON ─ The Monomoy girls softball team found themselves stymied by West Bridgewater in the Div. 3 semifinals June 7, the 6-2 loss bringing an end to their 2017 season, but not before the Sharks made history. This team was Monomoy's first softball team to reach the South Semifinals and they were also crowned the Cape and Islands League Champs this season, which ended with an overall record of 19-3. To g...

Kat's Pause: Dear Senior Sharks

By: Kat Szmit

Dear Seniors: Don't worry. This isn't going to be one of those overly clich é-filled “OMG you made it” pieces. Instead, I'm going to say something that I hope you consider paying forward: Thank you. As only the second class of graduates from Monomoy that I've covered, I've had a little longer to get to know many of you than I did members of the Class of 2016, and for that I am immensely grateful. Why? Becau...

Three new books released by the History Press and its sister publisher, Arcadia Books, will thrill those interested in the history of the Cape’s iconic restaurants, the Cape Cod jazz scene and Route 6A. Long after they closed their doors for the final time, beloved restaurants tend to live on in the minds of their patrons. Christopher Setterlund’s “Historic Restaurants of Cape Cod” will take you on a nostalgic...

In 2011, Chatham resident Elizabeth Rudnick Hessler wrote her first novels for Disney—adaptations of the superhero films “Thor” and “Captain America: The First Avenger.” She has been writing books for them ever since, novelizing films such as “Frankenweenie” and the 2017 remake of “Beauty and the Beast,” even writing original novels based on the film such as “Frozen Heart” and “Pete’s Dragon: The Lost Years.” Mos...

Our View: History And Economics

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

It's one of the hallmarks of life in New England. Even the tiniest towns seem to have historical societies and museums, testifying to the value we place on our own heritage. Chatham, Harwich and Orleans are home to lots of preservationists and history buffs. A glimpse in the windows of the workshop at the Coast Guard station shows that finishing touches are being put on the Orleans Historical Society's CG36500...

Erik Hibbard, 25, of South Yarmouth, wants every aspect of his clothing company, from manufacture to sales, to help people and the environment. Steward Outdoor, an “environmentally-conscious outdoor apparel company,” which carries a line of men’s T-shirts and women’s racerback tank tops, will mark its one-year anniversary on July 1. Last month Steward shirts went on sale at the Clothing Bar in Chatham. Two per...

Glamorous Gardens Await On June 24 OIA Tour

By: Ed Maroney

ORLEANS — This town is well known for its stunning seascapes, but its loveliest landscapes, hidden behind hedges, mostly go unseen. For nearly three decades, the Orleans Improvement Association has revealed these concealed gems through its annual garden tour. On June 24, everyone is invited to walk “Along the Garden Path” to experience six private gardens. Details about the gardens and their locations are...

Revenue Committee Prepares Next Steps

By: Ed Maroney

ORLEANS — Facing an expiration date of June 30, the revenue committee has been meeting in recent weeks to shape its June 21 report to the board of selectmen and perhaps ask for more time to advance its ideas to augment the town's coffers. The committee's signal success to date was Town Meeting's agreement in May to accept state law that allows the creation of enterprise funds. Communities use such funds to s...

A few weeks ago my rent was raised. While a financial setback for me, I realized after pondering it for a time that it would be, and is likely, a nightmare for others. It's no secret that Cape Cod has a housing problem, and it's time to fix it. But it starts in a place most might not have considered: the mind. For as long as I've lived on this beautiful but complex peninsula there has been a stigma attached to...

HARWICH ─ It's been quite a run for the Monomoy girls varsity softball team, which played its way recently into the Div. 3 South Semifinals with a commanding 10-0 shutout of Upper Cape last Thursday, followed by an equally stellar 5-1 victory against Bristol-Plymouth on Monday. The wins mark the first time the Sharks have not only won in the post-season, but advanced, with the No. 3 seeded team poised at pre...

Monomoy Girls Tennis Advances To Semifinals

By: Kat Szmit

SOUTH YARMOUTH ─ It was an afternoon of long volleys and lots of anxiety for the Monomoy girls tennis team, but in the end the Sharks prevailed, defeating Bourne 4-1 to earn their way to the Div. 3 South Semifinals for the first time in school history, and it was due in part to the success of a team freshman. Monomoy pulled ahead 2-0 when first singles player Carly Donovan and the second doubles team of H...