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Robert “Bob” Wilson Ward

By: Contributed

Robert “Bob” Wilson Ward, 81, passed away on Wednesday, September 7, 2016 in Hyannis.   He was born April 3, 1935 to Bernard and Gladys Ward in Springfield, Vt.  Robert went to school in Springfield, Vt. Graduated from Springfield High School in 1954, then went on to school for two years in Scranton, Pa.  On June 20, 1959 he married Judith Anderson and became a resident of Chath...

Skydive Suit Moves Forward

By: Alan Pollock

BARNSTABLE — Opponents of skydiving at Chatham Municipal Airport will have the chance to continue their legal battle against the town, after a Barnstable Superior Court judge Tuesday declined to throw out the case. Judge Robert Rufo denied the town's request to dismiss the suit under the Massachusetts Tort Claims Act, which will now become the focus of the litigation. Rufo decided that the plaintiffs, a grou...

Mitchell River Bridge Closed For Painting

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM -- The Mitchell River Drawbridge will be closed through Thursday while final painting is completed by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. The same detours will be used as were in place during the two-plus years that the bridge was under construction.  The bridge is closed to both vehicular and pedestrian traffic. The work is expected to be completed on Thursday,  The drawbridge span will...

Brooks Free Library Closed Again

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Staff

HARWICH — Plagued by continuing electrical problems, Brooks Free Library is closed again today.  It will reopen with limited service in the building's lobby on Saturday. Library Director Ginny Hewitt reported Friday that the building's emergency light inverter has failed again, the third such failure in the past 10 months. Because the building has no lights or emergency lights, it cannot be occupied. Staff ...

Fifteen Years After The Terror, Franz Helps Tell The Story

By: Alan Pollock Location: Flight 93 National Memorial

It's a tale of unspeakable evil, unbelievable tragedy and unforgettable heroism. And, 15 years after 9/11, it's a tale that needs to be told again and again by people like Rob Franz. Best known in Chatham as one of the organizers of the annual Memorial Day and Veterans Day commemorations, Franz was recently featured on the front page of the New York Times for his work as an interpretive ranger at the Flight 93...

CHATHAM – For the second year in a row, the historic Avis Chase cottages in the heart of the Old Village were vacant this summer. “It's sad that they're not being used,” neighbor Ken Miller said of the cottages, two of which overlook Mill Pond. Ownership of the homes – which have a combined assessed value of nearly $6 million – is currently tied up in a court battle between the former YWCA of Philadelphia, ...

Hermine Dampens Labor Day, But Causes Little Damage

By: Alan Pollock

It provided an interesting diversion for throngs of Labor Day weekend beachgoers and sightseers, but the storm called Hermine left the Lower Cape virtually unscathed. First a hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico, Hermine emerged in the Atlantic as a tropical storm but quickly lost its tropical characteristics, earning it the unwieldy title of “post-tropical cyclone.” It caused sustained winds of less than 50 mph, g...

Chatham Cautiously Moving Ahead With E-permitting

By: Tim Wood

For a number of years now, local boaters have been able to renew their mooring permits online. While the system has worked, in a limited way, for the public, for staff on the back end of things, it's been a nightmare. “We have not realized the efficiencies we had hoped for on the staff side,” is how Robert Duncanson, director of the department of natural resources, which includes the harbormaster's department,...

Shark Week In Review

By: The Cape Cod Chronicle

Great white sharks continue to prowl the shores of the outer Cape, with several alerts issued in the past week for sightings close to shore. Alerts were issued through the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy's Sharktivity app for sharks seen off beaches in Wellfleet, Orleans and Chatham. At one point Wayne Davis, the spotter pilot used by the Conservancy and the state division of marine fisheries for their sha...

Town, USFW Reps Meet On Monomoy Western Boundary

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – Town officials met last week with representatives from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in ongoing talks to work out a solution to the dispute over the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge's western boundary. The agency has proposed that the two parties enter into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) calling for joint management of some of the resources within the western boundary area, which enc...

Methodist Church Exterior Restoration Work Begins

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – Scaffolding went up over the front facade of the First United Methodist Church last week in preparation for a major restoration project on the historic Main Street structure. Work was scheduled to begin this week to remove old vinyl siding, replacing it with more durable material, and install a new front entrance on the 1849 building. The project was funded by $226,000 in community preservation funds...

'Fall For Harwich' Presents Beach Day, Music Stroll This Weekend

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

HARWICH — The crush of summertime visitors is over and there are plenty of leaves on the ground, if only because of Hermine. And it's the first big weekend of the season-long Fall for Harwich celebration. Weather permitting, Saturday's going to be the ultimate beach day. It's the Harwich Cranberry Festival's Beach Day at Red River Beach in South Harwich, starting at 11 a.m. (and in case of rain, it happens S...

Artist's 'Icons' Keep 9/11 Memories Fresh

By: Alan Pollock

HARWICH PORT — Immediately after the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks, artist Pamela Chatterton-Purdy went to her easel to express the deep emotions she was feeling and to try and find spiritual meaning behind the senseless violence. Now, 15 years later, her series of “Icons of 9/11” paintings are once again going on display in an exhibit at the Cape Cod Art Association. “Hard to believe that it has been 15 years...

Town Stops Work At Newly Sprouted Farm

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The Resilient Family Farm is growing faster than a zucchini in the heat of summer, and it has caught the eyes of town officials. Conservation Administrator Amy Usowski last week issued a stop work order on portions of the farm that are within the 100-foot buffer zone of wetlands. The farm is located on 3.14 acres down a shelled driveway at 35 Chatham Rd. Owner Barry Viprino said he has added another ...

Major Changes Coming To Harwich Port This Fall

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH PORT— The center of this village will see some changes in the near future, with Cumberland Farms planning to begin construction of a new convenience store in Mid-October and major plans for the former Dino's Harwich Port Grille property going before the planning board later this month. Even the United Gas station adjacent to the Cumberland Farms site, owned by Bassil Brothers Trust, got a facelift over...

Town Looking At Purchase Of Handler Property On Allen Harbor

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The board of selectmen was scheduled on Tuesday night to go into executive session to consider the purchase of real estate at 397 Route 28, the former Handler's Auto Parts property that sits at the head of Allen Harbor. There is apparent interest in the purchase of the property, as the town's real estate and open space committee has also been discussing the property. That committee met on Aug. 19 in ...