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CHATHAM — It’s been a wet winter and spring, with Chatham receiving almost three and a half inches more precipitation than average since the start of the year. Still, starting on June 15, the town will once again impose voluntary restrictions on water use, even as it considers tightening rules on residential irrigation systems. Town officials say the need for conservation isn’t about a lack of rainfall, but ...

CHATHAM — On a recent morning, Sgt. Bill Massey stood outside Chatham Elementary School, greeting children as they stepped off the bus. Most gave him friendly fist-bumps, and one young girl flung her arms around him. Not a bad way to start the work day. Sgt. Massey is already a familiar face for students at Chatham Elementary and Monomoy Regional Middle School, but soon they’ll be seeing him just about ev...

CHATHAM – When Mac and Alex Hay opened their seafood company in Wellfleet in 1995, Mac drove to Chatham every day to buy freshly landed fish from Chatham Fish and Lobster. As it expanded to include several restaurants and seafood markets on the Outer Cape, Mac's Seafood continued to source much of its product from the Chatham company. Now, 23 years later, the Wellfleet Harbor Seafood Company, which owns the Ma...

History Abounds In Elmer Crowell Decoy Exhibit

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The Elmer Crowell barn relocated to the grounds of the Brooks Academy in Harwich Center is ready to relate the story of the world's most renowned decoy carver. The Crowell exhibit tells the story of two generations of wood-carvers, Elmer and his son, Cleon, who also had a hands-on role in the craft. “Today Crowell is considered the greatest of decoy makers. His early work, as well as the special orde...

HARWICH – Nearly 50 years ago, Army Lt. Richard Rogers, who grew up and attended school in Harwich, was killed in action in Vietnam in Long Binh province. Last Saturday morning, in the bright sunshine with a light breeze fluttering the large and small American flags on display, dozens of Harwich officials and residents, old and young, turned out to recognize the service of this decorated hometown soldier by re...

HARWICH — Expansion of the town's art community has been quite noticeable with the activities in the Harwich Cultural Center over the past year. Now the Guild of Harwich Artists is taking it a step further, voting to open up its membership to artists from across the Cape. “The goal here is to expand art in our community,” Guild of Harwich Artists President Chris Banks said. “With the Harwich Cultural Center...

Friends Of Brooks Library Get Major Donation

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The Friends of Brooks Free Library has received a $100,000 donation in the name of Helen P. Athens. The money will be used for programs and equipment outside the municipal library's regular budget. “The board of directors of the Friends of Brooks Free Library are deeply grateful for this very generous gift and all that it will enable the Friends to do to benefit the Brooks Free Library and our commun...

Clark Names Melillo New Assistant Town Administrator

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — There should be a new assistant town administrator in the next couple of weeks. Town Administrator Christopher Clark announced this week that Evan N. Melillo has been chosen to fill the position. Melillo, one of 52 candidates for the job, has been working as the assistant to the town manager in Middleborough for the past two and a half years. He has also served as an administrative analyst in the tow...

Memorial Day Message Honors Sacrifice And Commitment

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The damp weather did not deter participation in the Memorial Day Ceremony held in Brook Parks on Monday. Speaker Major Gregory Quilty emphasized honoring the sacrifice of soldiers and the importance of commitment to country. Quilty served in the U.S. Marine Corps for 20 years as an officer and helicopter pilot. His foreign service included Beirut, Lebanon in 1982-83, where he received the Sikorski He...

HARWICH – Solid pitching and timely hitting led the Monomoy girls varsity softball team to a big shutout victory against Barnstable on May 23, with the Sharks routing the Raiders 11-0 in seven innings. Caroline DiGiovanni had a big day for the Sharks, going 3-for-3 at the plate with an RBI and a triple, while teammates Emma Thacher went 2-for-3, Julie Slade 1-for-2 with three RBIs, Sam Barr 1-for-3 with one RB...

Triumphant Teams Putting Monomoy On The Map

By: Kat Szmit

HARWICH – Tournament season is fast approaching and this year Monomoy fans will have more than a few teams to cheer for, a testament not only to the strength of school programs but also its Shark athletes. Softball leads the way for the Sharks with an overall record of 18-2 and a Cape and Islands League Championship record of 12-0, making it likely the Sharks will earn a top seed come June 5. This season saw t...

Photographer Christopher Seufert of Chatham says he considers the drone he uses to photograph the beautiful landscapes of Cape Cod to function like a very tall ladder or flexible tripod. Seufert has just released his seventh book of photographs, “Cape Cod and the Islands: A Drone’s Eye View” (Schiffer Publishing, 2018). Thumb through the book and what will strike you immediately are the gorgeous greens and blu...

When wrinkles start to hit your face instead of freckles, it gets to be seriously time to dance. That’s the lesson of “Wrinkles,” the musical produced by the Cape Cod Theatre Company, the home of the Harwich Junior Theatre. It will be performed through June 17. Based on stories of Cape Cod women told to writers Naomi Turner and Wilderness Sarchild, the book for this musical was a 60th birthday project for them...

Letting Go: Total Strangers Call It Quits

By: Tim Wood

It may not be quite as momentous as the breakup of the Beatles – although they do play some of their songs –but the decision of The Total Strangers to call it quits is certainly a blow for local music fans. The band will play its final gig at the Chatham Squire's upcoming 50 th anniversary bash, which is fitting, since they reformed back in 1998 to play at the restaurant's 30 th anniversary. Prior to that, i...

Tim Wood: Down On Negativity

By: Tim Wood

I'm done with negativity. It's something that's not easy to avoid these days. It's everywhere. It permeates our lives like an incubating virus, hiding inside otherwise innocent seeming words and phrases in everyday conversation, on the news and TV, in newspapers and on websites. And I'm not just talking about politics, world, national and local. Although if leaders set the standard for the rest of us, no wo...

Letters to the Editor, May 31

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Don't Give Up On Monomoy Bill Editor: I’ve done some research on H.R. 1157 regarding the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge.  Here is my take on it.  It’s on “death watch.” Although Congressman Keating sponsored and submitted the bill, he has not “championed” it.  There are no co-sponsors.  Not even Niki Tsongas, Massachusetts Third District, who sits on the Natural Resources Committee! It was disappointin...