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ORLEANS — Reuben Hopkins held a full house in thrall last week as he shared his eyewitness account of the July 21, 1918 German U-boat attack off Nauset Beach, the only World War I attack on U.S. soil. The Coast Guardsman's voice was clear, his memory sharp. After he spoke, Hopkins was unable to join a panel of historians to take questions at the initial event of the Orleans 1918 Commemoration Committee. That...

Museums Hold ‘Free Locals Day’ Saturday

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — What do the Atwood House, the Chatham Shark Center and the Marconi Center have in common? On Saturday, you can get in with nothing more than proof that you live on Cape Cod. Already popular with visitors to the Cape, the three museums are collaborating on the first-ever Free Locals Day in a bid to encourage visits from year-rounders. Danielle Jeanloz of the Chatham Historical Society said the...

CHATHAM – Two familiar faces and one newcomer were elected to the board of selectmen Tuesday. Incumbents Dean Nicastro and Cory Metters each won their second three-year term on the board, while planning board chairman Peter Cocolis captured a one-year seat left vacant by the resignation of Amanda Love. Metters topped the voting for the two three-year terms with 1,251, followed by Nicastro with 1,006, and fo...

On Plover Patrol

By: Tim Wood

By Protecting Nesting Shorebirds, Monitors Help Maintain Beach Access NORTH BEACH – Both the birds and their nests are difficult to spot, since they're the same color as the sand. And in the wide overwashes created by this winter's storms, there's a lot of territory to cover. It's prime piping plover nesting season, and Assistant Conservation Agent Paul Wightman and Shorebird Monitor Tom Olson are spending ...

Chatham Fleet Blessing May 26

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

CHATHAM – The Women of Fishing Families (WOFF) will sponsor the annual Blessing of the Fleet at the fish pier on Saturday, May 26 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Rev. Brian McGurk of St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church and Amy Middleton of the First Congregational Church will lead the ceremony with a blessing for fishermen, their crews and their boats for a safe fishing season. There will be performances by bagpiper Sa...

CHATHAM – Despite Thursday's annual election having the highest number of contested races in several years, fund raising by candidates fell below the three previous elections. According to campaign finance reports filed last Wednesday, candidates raised a total of $9,873 this year. That's roughly half of last year's $19,601 total raised by two candidates running for a single seat on the board of selectmen. Thr...

Chatham Bans Balloons, Pot Shops

By: Tim Wood

Retirement Funding, Library Improvements, Senior Center Study OK'd By Town Meeting CHATHAM – Environmental awareness triumphed over the decades-old tradition of brightly colored balloons decorating Kate Gould Park during summer Chatham Band concerts Monday, as annual town meeting voters approved a ban on the sale of inflated balloons beginning in September. Voters also embraced a bylaw banning marijuana est...

CHATHAM — With sand choking the main inlet to Chatham Harbor across from the lighthouse, most of the commercial fishing fleet is now using the north inlet by Minister's Point to access the Atlantic. But the narrow channel there needs to be widened, and fishermen are hoping that state and federal dredging restrictions don’t leave them high and dry for the 2018 season. Except at peak high tide, the Chatham Bar...

A mass shooting on the Lower Cape is a possibility that is almost too painful to ponder, but one that’s impossible to ignore. To that end, local paramedics are teaching school nurses battlefield techniques for controlling severe bleeding, and they’re also sharing those skills with the public. Last Wednesday, Harwich and Chatham paramedics trained a group of nurses from the Monomoy Regional School District, as ...

HARWICH — Memorial Day weekend signals the start of the summer boating season. With work continuing on the new docks and buildings at Saquatucket Harbor, however, there may be some delays and inconvenience to boaters. Harbormaster John Rendon said this week the dock construction project is going well, but he added BTT Marine Construction Inc., the waterside project contractor, is continuing to work on the east...

Selectmen Approve Transfer Of Freedom Ferry Permits

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Selectmen on Monday night paved the way for the sale of the Freedom Ferry when they voted to allow the transfer of the ferry slip at Saquatucket Harbor to the proposed new owner, Jack Sheeran of Chatham. Sheeran also received the approval to transfer the vessel's Class F permit. An opinion from town counsel Matthew G. Feher of KP Law stated the Harwich Harbor Management Plan makes “clear that any tra...

McManus Wins Selectman's Seat By 21 Votes

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Ed McManus squeaked past a serious challenge from political newcomer Thomas Sherry in Tuesday's annual election, winning a seat on the board of selectmen by just 21 votes. Sherry, asked Tuesday night if he was considering a recount, said he was not sure and would have to mull it over. “Right now I just want to thank the people who worked so hard for me,” he said. McManus received 901 votes with...

HARWICH — The town and the First Congregational Church of Harwich are working through a memorandum of agreement regarding activities in the Harwich Center Cemetery related to litigation over the cemetery ownership. The dispute centered around a Memorial Garden established in the cemetery for the cremated remains of parishioners. The cemetery commission said there were historical unmarked graves in the same loc...

HARWICH – When a principal's phone rings in the early hours of the morning, it always gives a moment of pause. Fortunately for Monomoy Principal Bill Burkhead, a recent 7 a.m. call meant good news, even if it was something he had to keep mum about for a bit. Now the secret is out and being celebrated: Burkhead was named the Massachusetts Principal of the Year by the Secondary School Administrators' Association. ...

HARWICH PORT — In a unique partnership with the fledgling Cape Cod Toy Library, Lighthouse Charter School students have had a practical lesson in the power of play. As part of the library’s “Partners for Play” outreach program, the middle school students borrowed toys from the toy library and then visited the youngest students at the Partnership School in Orleans on two successive Fridays earlier this month....

HARWICH – The Monomoy boys varsity lacrosse team was celebrating Monday night not only their big Senior Night win against Sturgis West but an even bigger victory against the D-Y Dolphins that gave the team its first-ever spot in the playoffs. Fresh from their commanding Senior Night win against Sturgis West, the Monomoy Sharks played host to the D-Y Dolphins, seeking to avenge an earlier season loss, and boy d...