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CHATHAM – It is possible that we may soon know precisely where the 17 th century homestead of Chatham’s first European settlers William and Anne Busby Nickerson is hidden. An archaeological survey of the Nickerson Family Association (NFA) grounds on Chatham History Weekend, June 18, may help solve the longstanding mystery. Archaeologist Craig S. Chartier will explore the NFA grounds using a metal detector and...

CHATHAM – The town has a new conservation agent, its third in six months. Molly Edson began work last Wednesday, taking over the post vacated earlier this year by Paul Wightman, who moved over to part-time assistant conservation agent. Wightman became conservation agent last December following the resignation earlier in the year of Kristin Andres. Originally from Newburyport, Edson comes to the job from Flo...

CHATHAM – The town's museums will throw open their doors Friday, Saturday and Sunday to celebrate Chatham History Weekend. Sponsored by Historic Chatham, a cooperative group of the town's museums and history organizations, Chatham History Weekend aims to acquaint locals and visitors alike with the rich historical assets Chatham has to offer. The event includes a mix of new exhibits, demonstrations, book sig...

HARWICH PORT — More than 150 people came together Monday evening to comfort one another, to reflect, and to pray for peace in the wake of the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando early Sunday. The pews were full at Pilgrim Congregational Church for the nondenominational service, which was organized by members of the Harwich Clergy Association. It was a time of healing and an opportunity to openly ...

Plastic Bag Ban Goes Into Effect

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The town's plastic bag ban is now in effect. Businesses selling goods, articles, food or personal services to the public will no longer be allowed to use single-use plastic bags with a thickness of 2.5 mils. Voters in town meeting in 2015 promulgated the bylaw and it took effect on June 15. “In simple terms, this bylaw prohibits an establishment from distributing or selling any single-use plastic...

Selectmen Give Nod To Saquatucket Landside Plan

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The Saquatucket Harbor landside development concept plan received unanimous support from selectmen Monday night. The plan seeks to improve pedestrian access, improve efficiency of harbor operations and enhance the character and beauty of the harbor for boaters and non-boaters alike. The development concept plan has been in the works for more than a year, with the Saquatucket Harbor development commit...

Little Consensus Among Selectmen On Middle School Use

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — After more than an hour of discussion on interim and future uses of the Harwich Middle School Monday night, it is clear there is no consensus among the board of selectmen on how to move forward with a long-term plan for the facility. The board did, however, vote to ask Town Administrator Christopher Clark to put together a two-year interim use plan for the structure. The non-binding ballot question s...

CHATHAM ─ Nearly 40 years ago a quartet of running enthusiasts, fresh from their participation in the renowned Falmouth Road Race, decided that another Cape venue needed a similar event, and the Chatham Harbor Run was born. But in 2014, construction began on the aging Mitchell River Bridge, and the beloved Chatham run went on hiatus. At noon on June 26 the race returns and runners will once again be able to t...

Anglers Off To A Bumpy Start

By: Kat Szmit

CHATHAM ─ The Chatham Anglers are off to a bumpy start in their 2016 season, but manager John Schiffner is keeping it realistic, knowing that his roster is still evolving. “It's in flux,” he said following the team's home opener against Falmouth last Friday, a game that started off strong for the A's, but ended in a 7-4 loss, the team's first opening day loss since 2008. The trouble, it seems, might be part...

HARWICH ─ If the start of the Harwich Mariners' 2016 season is a harbinger of games to come, this could be a very good summer for Mariner fans. So far, the Harwich crew has gone undefeated in their first four games, beginning with their season opener last Friday against Cotuit that ended in an 8-3 victory for Harwich. The Mariners matched their runs with their hits on opening day, recording eight in total, and...

CHATHAM – Why, after 31 years, is “Back to the Future” still popular enough that people travel long distances to see it on the big screen and hear its co-creator and one of its stars talk about making the film? “Everybody wonders what were my parents like when they were kids; everybody wonders what was my parents' first date like,” said the film's co-writer and producer Bob Gale during a question and answer se...

Chatham's Masters Of The Sea

By: Debra Lawless

The Atwood House Museum will kick off its new summer exhibit “Masters of the Sea,” which tells the story of Chatham’s great days as a 19 th century training ground for the best ship’s captains in the world, on June 17. “Masters of the Sea” relates the fascinating tales of danger and excitement faced by eight sea captains and a sailmaker born in Chatham and Harwich between 1838 and 1854. (The sailmaker, Charle...

CHATHAM – You aren't likely to see it going 88 miles per hour down Main Street, but a 1982 DeLorean is taking many people in town back in time this week. The car, a reproduction of the time machine in the 1985 film “Back to the Future,” is in town as part of in a series of fundraisers centered on the popular movie trilogy benefiting the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. A near-exact copy o...

Music has been the focus of Chris Roberts’ life since his childhood in Wales, which is known for its citizens’ talent for music. The small coal mining village in Wales where he grew up was called Coedpoeth, meaning hot wood. “I had a musical upbringing. There was always music in the family,” he said. His mother and father sang, his mother played the piano and his grandfather played the trumpet. He started sing...

Light, In Darkness

By: The Cape Cod Chronicle

Senseless acts of brutality like Sunday's mass shooting in Orlando overwhelm the emotions. Mere words can't describe the anger, frustration and deep sorrow that we are once again enduring as a nation. But spontaneous vigils in Harwich Port and Chatham Monday reminded us not to feel two particular emotions. The first is complacency. More than just the numbness that takes over when we're repeatedly exposed to tr...