Cape Cod's housing shortage is a big problem. Some say help could come in the form of tiny houses. Very, very small houses – think about the square footage of a big garden shed or a garage – increasingly have appeal to people who want to live with a modest footprint. It's called the “tiny house” movement, and while they aren't for everyone, these diminutive domiciles have distinct advantages. They also have a ...
CHATHAM ─ Many student athletes view summer vacation as a time to step back and relax a little. Mollie Charest isn't one of them. Rather than chill out during the break, Charest has stepped up her dedication to softball by traveling far off-Cape to practice and play, but if it helps her reach her goals it will all be worth it, especially if she realizes her dream of playing in the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics....
Firebirds fans had much to cheer about this week when their top-notch team took to the road and trounced both Chatham and Harwich in back-to-back outings, with the wins helping to keep the Orleans team poised firmly atop the East Division as the second half of summer baseball gets under way. Strong Pitching, Timely Hitting Lift Orleans To An 8-2 Win Against Chatham A four-run fifth inning and solid pitchi...
By: Kat Szmit
HARWICH ─ When it comes to raising money for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Cape and Islands, it takes a big tournament featuring some small fins, all to benefit the kids involved with the organization, which is why the Big 3 Fishing Tournament is all about the “Littles.” Littles are the little brothers and sisters mentored by the dedicated volunteers of Big Brothers Big Sisters, and this Friday marks the f...
Monomoy Theater's "On Golden Pond" tackles head-on the hopes, fears, and future of Norman Thayer, a retired English professor on his approaching octogenarian birthday. Terry Layman, veteran of more than 20 Monomoy seasons, perfectly becomes the cantankerous curmudgeon spending one more summer with wife Ethel, played by his real wife, actress Ellen Fiske, at their Maine summer camp. Layman and Fiske are well pa...
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Hatred Comes To Harwich Editor: It’s taken me a week to write this letter because I wanted to be very clear about the facts. My husband and I live year-round in Harwich and delight in having our children and grandchildren come to visit, as so many of us do. I want to tell you about an ugly incident that happened to us at the lakeside beach on Cahoon Road off Route 137 on June 26. To set the scene let me ...
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In a recent letter to the Chatham Board of Selectmen, a resident raised the prospect of tinkering with tradition. It's well past time, George Olmsted wrote, to put to rest the title of “selectman,” and instead refer to the town's executives as the select board. “Two women and three men [on the current board] encourages the change,” he reasoned. This is not a new argument. Ever since Josephine Ives became th...
By: Donna Tavano
I saw, I bought, I planted. Then I watered and waited, and waited and watered for days, then, in horror, watched the original healthy looking deep green leaves of the nursery tomato plant I’d purchased devolve to a pale yellow, then crumbling brown, illustrating only too well the biblical scripture “from dust ye came and to dust ye shall return.” I watch skeptically as my nasturtium leaves proliferate, ab...
Jean M. (Griffin) Jahnke, 84, passed away peacefully at her home in Harwich on Saturday, July 8 th . She was born and spent most of her life as a proud Abington resident. She graduated from Abington High School in 1949 and Simmons College in 1953. She was married to the man of her dreams and lived with him in the home they built together across from her parents and next door to her grandparents...
Eileen S. Kraus Eileen S. Kraus, of West Hartford, Conn. and Chatham, born to Janet Maines Shanley and John Shanley and raised in Maplewood and Short Hills, New Jersey, died Saturday, July 1, 2017. Always bound for breaking glass ceilings, Eileen began her life with a batting average better than most of the boys in her school and the dream of becoming the first woman to be a New York...
By: Ed Maroney
ORLEANS — The owners of the Skaket Corners Shopping Plaza have withdrawn their proposal to build a nearly 10,000-square-foot new building for CVS at the corner of Route 6A and West Road. Following a lengthy meeting July 13 with the Orleans Architectural Review Committee, whose members commented extensively and unanimously on why the building did not fit with the community character the town wants to pro...
At length we stopped for the night at Higgins's tavern, in Orleans, feeling very much as if we were on a sand-bar in the ocean, and not knowing whether we should see land or water ahead when the mist cleared away. – from “Cape Cod” by Henry David Thoreau ORLEANS — Townspeople are invited to walk in the tracks of Henry David Thoreau this summer by reading his “Cape Cod” as part of Snow Library's ...
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CHATHAM -- Officials confirm that the minke whale seen feeding in Stage Harbor Thursday has died. Its remains were located Friday morning in the Oyster River. It is not immediately clear what caused the animal's death, though it did sustain injuries apparently while diving under a pier at Old Mill Boat Yard. 18-foot minke whale that apparently didn't want to leave Stage Harbor Thursday. The adult whale was...
CHATHAM – The shark spotting season is off and running, with researchers putting eyeballs on three great white sharks last Thursday. Of the six research voyages as of Monday, sharks have been seen on five of the days. Also, seven previously tagged white sharks have been detected on acoustic receivers in Chatham and Orleans waters. Shark scientists say this is typical of the previous three years they've cond...
CHATHAM – Cockle Cove Beach has been in rough shape for some time. It's been almost two years since a significant amount of sand has been brought in to build up the eroding beach, and officials are worried that its condition could deteriorate further before a planned fall or winter dredging project at nearby Mill Creek can provide an additional buffer between Nantucket Sound and the beach parking lot. Last wee...