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Cape Battles Third Wave Of COVID-19

By: Alan Pollock

While more and more people are getting COVID-19 vaccinations each day, Barnstable County is still struggling with a surge of cases linked to the Mid Cape. The county’s 14-day incidence rate, expressed as cases per 100,000 people, stands at 40.2, pushed high by the town of Barnstable’s rate of 78.5 cases. On the Lower Cape, the rate stands at 27 cases per 100,000 in Chatham, 31.8 cases in Harwich and 22.9 cases...

“We’re really looking down the barrel of what’s going to be the strongest summer I’ve ever seen.” That’s the evaluation of Mac Hay, owner of Chatham Fish and Lobster and several other restaurants, fish markets and other businesses. Sign after sign point to the same conclusion: The 2021 summer visitor season will be one for the books. Chambers of commerce are reporting a heavy volume of inquiries, rentals are b...

Main Street Bogs Eyed For Agricultural Education

By: William F. Galvin

NORTH HARWICH — There may not be much of a future for farming on Cape Cod, but teaching students about agriculture imparts skills valuable in other environmental fields that do have a future on the Cape. That's one of the chief concepts behind a proposal to create an agricultural education center at the 33-acre town-owned Main Street cranberry bogs in association with Cape Cod Regional Technical High School. ...

PLEASANT LAKE — Cape Cod Regional Technical High School students have a history of helping Habitat for Humanity of Cape Cod, and now they’re looking to take the people who live in Habitat homes for a ride. A bicycle ride, that is. Students at the Pleasant Lake school are repairing and restoring bicycles to give to Habitat residents. The project is part of a SkillsUSA Week community service initiative the schoo...

HARWICH — The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted everyone in different ways. For many people, the stay-at-home and reduced socialization directives have created a sheltered atmosphere. But not for Kate Seeley. Seeley is using her time to assist people struggling to obtain COVID-19 vaccine appointments. The West Harwich resident said she took a leave of absence from her job at the Outer Cape Health Service Women...

HARWICH – For as long as the sport has been played, football coaches have rattled off clichés about the importance of executing in all three phases of the game: offense, defense and special teams. On Saturday, the Cape Cod Tech football team learned just how critical it is for an offense to play well. Although the Crusaders’ defense was stellar throughout the team’s home opener, turnovers plagued the offense...

Kaleigh Powell is no stranger to the Nauset Regional High School volleyball program. She was the coach for the freshman and junior varsity teams the past three years and served as an assistant for the varsity squad, so she had been on the sidelines for past Warriors victories. But this one was special. Nauset’s varsity volleyball team earned its first win of the Fall II season on March 30, a 3-2 victory at ...

Nature Connection: Listening To Spring Arrive

By: Mary Richmond

It was dark when I got up on this dreary, rainy morning. I could hear the splatter of raindrops against the glass of the windowpane but mostly I was listening to the cardinals. Song sparrows and cardinals are always some of the first birds we hear singing in the spring in our own backyards, and their songs are a welcome sound come April. “My” pair of song sparrows is already nesting beneath the forsythia, but ...

Marconi Talk Explores The World Of Autonomous Vessels

By: Elizabeth Van Wye

When you hear the words "robot" and "autonomy" applied to boat operations, what do you think? If the image of Captain-less boats moving on Nantucket Sound springs alarmingly to mind, you are on the wrong track, according to Captain Lauren Lamm. Lamm, the speaker at last week's Chatham Marconi Maritime Center online program titled "Seagoing Robots," is a graduate of the Mass Maritime Academy, an experienced Cap...

Family Fun Fair Saturday At Monomoy High

By: Tim Wood

HARWICH – If there's one thing most people agree on, it's that after a year of social isolation, the time is right to get out and have some fun. Doing that, albeit within health and safety protocols, is one of the aims of the Family Fun Fair, a free drive-by event being held at Monomoy Regional High School on Saturday, April 10, from 10 a.m. to noon. “It's been a really tough year for parents with young chi...

Letters To The Editor: April 8, 2021

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Clarifying Word Choice Editor: I write in the hope that James Coyle might allow himself a deep breath and a review of what he presents as fact. Then-president Trump never banned flights from China. He restricted travel of some non-Americans, but planes from China arrived here every day in the month following his Jan. 31 “travel ban,” and they carried tens of thousands of passengers. Most of these were Ameri...

Our View: Really, Mitch?

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

This week, the US Senate's top Republican, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, came down hard on Major League Baseball and other corporations that have either pulled their business from Georgia in reaction to the state's newly passed voting law or criticized the new restrictions the legislation imposes. He accused businesses of using “economic blackmail” in reaction to the “Outrage-Industrial Complex.” Didn't McConne...

In less than two weeks, most adults will be eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccines. There are a lot of people betting that, once they get their shot, life will return to normal. Think for a minute before you lay down that wager. It will be a real triumph when everyone eligible to receive a vaccine gets one. The speedy development and deployment of COVID-19 vaccines is a public health victory the likes of whi...

When Karen McPherson’s husband qualified for the first round of COVID-19 vaccinations because he is six years her senior, McPherson thought back to the days of faking ID cards when she was not yet of age. McPherson, who lives in Chatham, didn’t qualify for the first round of vaccine appointments that opened up in February because she was just three weeks shy of 75. As she joked to a friend, “I hadn’t faked an ...

Orleans Boards Back Gov. Prence Purchase

By: Ed Maroney

ORLEANS — The select board and the finance committee are recommending that the town buy the Governor Prence Inn properties for $2.8 million and kick in another $125,000 for maintenance, insurance, and design services for demolition. "The basic message is to secure the property," Select Board Chair Kevin Galligan said. "It's so important we control this so we can plan for the property in an inclusive way t...

ORLEANS — Both affordable housing developments have been in the news for years. One was poised to receive a comprehensive permit from the zoning board of appeals last night (April 7), while the other is a few months away from identifying a developer and a plan. Both the former (Pennrose, LLC’s plan for 62 rental units at the former Cape Cod 5 operations center on West Road) and the latter (ongoing work to cr...