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ORLEANS — You won't be breaking the law if you walk down the middle of Main Street between routes 28 and 6A next Wednesday night. If you don't believe us, you can ask all the police officers doing the same thing. From 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Aug. 16, that stretch will be closed for the annual Orleans Police Block Party, a downtown tradition since the town's bicentennial in 1997. “I think I have been to every...

CHATHAM ─ Utter the word “planking” to a millennial and they'll immediately conjure up images of a silly internet photo fad. Utter the word to wooden boat enthusiasts such as Woody Metzger at First Light Boatworks and he knows you're talking about the latest addition to a new vessel being built at the shop, a 34-foot double-ended ketch. For the landlubber, planking is the careful process of affixing long pla...

Body Found Inside Coast Guard Boat

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Investigators say foul play is not likely a factor in the death of a man whose decomposed remains were found inside the rescue boat on display at the Coast Guard station Sunday. But they're eager to learn more about the death, and how it apparently went undiscovered for months under the noses of officials at the most visited, photographed site in town. On Monday, the Cape and Islands District Attor...

Planning Advances For New Senior Center

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Though it's too early to know what it might look like, or even where it would be located, a new senior center is in its earliest design stages. Officials have hired an architectural firm to calculate how much space would be needed in a new council on aging building, and the firm will also present some conceptual floor plans to generate discussion. It remains to be seen whether the existing site on...

Taste Of Chatham: This Town Is Delicious!

By: Kat Szmit

CHATHAM ─ The Taste of Chatham returned this week after a year's hiatus and for its excited patrons it was well worth the wait, with a number of attendees buzzing under the tent about how fabulous the 2017 event was. The annual gathering brings together local eateries, breweries, coffee companies and more for an evening of food tasting and great fun, all to benefit Monomoy Community Services. Popular fare in...

Chatham Hosts 71st Summer Town Meeting Aug. 8

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – Summer residents will hold their 71 st annual summer town meeting next Tuesday, Aug. 8. It may be the longest-running event of its kind on the Cape, and is evidence of the healthy relationship between year round and summer residents. That's also shown by the fact that Chatham has one of the region's only official, town meeting-approved advisory committees composed entirely of summer residents. “I...

CHATHAM – As expected, the break in South Beach created on April 1 has been a boon to boaters this summer. Boat traffic in the area has increased considerably now that there's a more or less direct route from Nantucket Sound to the Atlantic. But that route isn't without its problems. To get to the ocean from Nantucket Sound, boaters must first pass between Morris and Monomoy islands. According to Harbormast...

Chatham Orpheum: A Main Street Success Story

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – In the five years since the first commercial film in 25 years was shown on the town's Main Street, the promise of the Chatham Orpheum Theater has been more than fulfilled. That was evident on a recent rainy morning as a steady stream of moviegoers – heavy on youngsters – came in and out of the theater for the morning matinee. “This is our kind of day,” said John “Kim” Doggett, seated a table in th...

HARWICH PORT — The Wychmere Harbor Shellfish Lab is home to hundreds of thousands of growing soft shell clams, oysters, quahogs and mussels. Every summer since 1994, Assistant Harbormaster and National Resources Director Heinz Proft has hired three high school student interns to help run the lab for six weeks. This year’s interns are Kestrel Powers, Samantha Mahoney and Aidan Kotoski. From 8:30 in the morning u...

Harwich Port Mixed-use Project Modifications Approved

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The planning board has approved modifications to the use and site plan special permits for Camelot, LLC's proposal to build a 12,400-square-foot mixed-use structure in the center of Harwich Port. The project, which now calls for four rental units on the first floor, and four three-bedroom residential units on the second floor, has been in the planning process for more than a year. But it ran into a r...

Harwich Pet Cemetery Nearing Completion

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The town's pet burial grounds to be located on Queen Anne Road are beginning to take shape and could be open in the month of October, providing a tranquil sanctuary for deceased animal companions. The cemetery commission sought and was granted the use of the 2.5-acre parcel of town-owned land to establish the pet burial grounds in town meeting a little more than a year ago. In recent months the lot w...

HARWICH — With cease and desist orders issued by the building department a couple of months ago for mining and other commercial uses taking place on land in the Six Pond Special District, the appeals board had their hands full last week sifting through the details. Clifford DaLuze told the board he and his family own the property in question. He said his father has owned that land since the 1940s and after his...

Walker The Dog Really Digs Baseballs. Really.

By: Kat Szmit

HARWICH ─ If you've ever wondered what happens to all the baseballs launched over the fences at Whitehouse Field in Harwich, wonder no more. It's likely Walker has them. If not, he'll surely find them soon enough, along with lost tennis, lacrosse, and other balls at local fields. Walker is a 10-year-old black lab owned by Bruce Young, an EMT with the Harwich Fire Department. “My wife wanted a dog,” said Y...

Champagne Retires From Health Department After 30 Years

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — “It's with a little joy, a little sadness and a little apprehension,” Health Department Director Paula Champagne said on Monday of her decision to retire after 30 years of service to the town, which included developing that department. Among her accomplishments, Champagne said was “building a department that is seen as a professional model across the county.” Champagne worked for the Barnstable Co...

HARWICH ─ There is an African proverb that says it takes a village to raise a child. When it comes to the Monomoy High golf programs, it takes a community of dedicated duffers to ensure its ongoing success. From the WHGANY tournament to newly donated junior memberships there is resounding support for high school student athletes interested in hitting the links. When longtime golf enthusiast, Monomoy fan, and...