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Coast Guard Scraps Plan To Decommission ‘C’ Buoy

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

CHATHAM — The U.S. Coast Guard has abandoned plans to remove the lighted whistle buoy “C” that marks the entrance to Chatham Harbor. The news was announced Thursday by the Coast Guard, which had previously argued that the navigational aid was too difficult to keep on its station in high winds and heavy seas. The Coast Guard pledged to “pursue other additional mooring configurations to help better keep the buoy...

CHATHAM – Monomoy Regional Middle School Principal Mark Wilson has thoroughly enjoyed his more than 34 years in education, but the time has come for a new adventure. On June 30, Wilson will retire in order to spend more time with his family. “For half my life I've been an administrator,” Wilson said in a Feb. 11 phone interview. “To do this job well you have to give the gift of time: coming in early, staying l...

CHATHAM – The town has had no word from National Grid regarding the incorrectly buried gas lines within the West Chatham Roadway Project area, and officials say work on the road reconfiguration may not resume until the fall. If that happens, the project may not be completed until December 2022, more than a year later than originally projected. The current schedule posted on the project's website shows utili...

Shifting Sands Drop Bulldozer Into The Drink

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – Shifting sands make for unstable ground, as the operator of a bulldozer working on the Outermost Harbor dredging project found out Saturday. The bulldozer was moving sand at a dewatering pond set up just outside and south of the harbor, the entrance to which is being dredged by Outermost Harbor Marine. “The sand just gave way underneath the bulldozer,” said Harbormaster Stuart Smith, and the machi...

Davis To Seek Second Term On Board Of Selectmen

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – Shareen Davis announced this week that she will seek a second three-year term on the board of selectmen. Davis said she'd like to continue working on several initiatives that are important to her, including Chatham 365 and a new senior center. She also said she'd like to work to try to attract academic institutes to the town as a way to help focus on climate change. “We're really set here in town ...

Voters To Address Alternative COA Site March 7

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – Selectmen set Saturday, March 7 as the date for a special town meeting to address a petition to consider property off Stepping Stones Road as a possible location for a new senior center. The board has yet to take a position on the proposal, submitted by a group of residents who say the site at 1610 Main St. in West Chatham currently being studied as a senior center location will be too expensive to d...

Brutal Attack On Horse Prompts Distress, Outrage

By: Alan Pollock

NORTH HARWICH — The brutal attack on a 7-year-old Welsh pony overnight Saturday has left the horse with life-threatening injuries and local equestrians and supporters angry and afraid. Police say sometime late Saturday night or early Sunday morning, one or more perpetrators entered the barn at CB Equestrian on Derby Lane off Old Chatham Road and let four horses out of their stalls. The subject then apparently ...

Mini-Golf Variance Decision Delayed Until End Of Month

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Despite a hearing room filled with people wanting to comment on a proposal to construct a 36-hole mini-golf course near the intersection of Route 28 and Sisson Road, the appeals board shut down the hearing as the hour neared 10:30 p.m., leaving residents holding their input until the hearing resumes later this month. The board had nine hearings scheduled for the session in late January, and several r...

Harwich Earns Community Wildlife Habitat Certification

By: Alan Pollock

Effort Led By Garden Club Of Harwich HARWICH — There’s plenty of desirable real estate in Harwich, even for wildlife. The town has been officially designated as a Community Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation, making it the first on the Cape and only the second in Massachusetts to earn that recognition. The designation acknowledges that the town and its people have created multiple habitat ...

Draft Budget Slashes Spending; Hiring Freeze In Place

By: Alan Pollock

HARWICH — Responding to clear direction from the board of selectmen, Interim Town Administrator Joseph Powers delivered an austere town budget proposal Monday that holds growth to less than half a percent in FY21. In presenting the draft spending plan, Powers announced that he has imposed a freeze on hiring for any new positions advertised after Feb. 6. Finalized just hours before this week’s board meeting, th...

There is a lot that we do not know when it comes to plastics and their impact on the environment, animals and humans. There is much that still needs to be learned before we can determine what needs to be done to better manage or eliminate this valuable modern resource. Far more scientific data must be collected, and research completed if we are to have a better understanding of plastics, micro-plastics, and nano-...

ORLEANS – The energy on the home team bench was palpable on Feb. 8. Not only was it Senior Night for the Cape Cod Furies, but the Nauset/Monomoy/Cape Tech squad had come to win. Three periods and five goals later, they'd given their seniors something to celebrate. “I was excited. Once we put one in, we got rolling,” Furies head coach Addie Weeks said of the 5-0 game. “We haven't been been able to produce in th...

Whalers Outlast Sharks In Girls Basketball

By: Kat Szmit

HARWICH – A late game rally made the Monomoy girls varsity basketball team's Feb. 10 game exciting, but foul trouble and free throw issues allowed Nantucket to eke out a 39-32 victory in Cape and Islands Lighthouse League play. It was clear from the start that both teams were clambering for a win, with Monomoy looking to avenge a Jan. 2 loss to the Whalers on Nantucket, also by seven points. Unfortunately, in ...

Remember bringing home a brand new record album, dropping the needle on the vinyl disc and poring over the jacket as the tracks unfolded in the sequence chosen by the artist? Often, those songs have a special resonance, an association that brings back memories whenever you hear the music. And hearing them on vinyl, rather than in the digital format more common today, just adds to that experience. Vinyl, onc...

Our View: Standing With Scottie

By: The Cape Cod Chronicle

We’re journalists, but sometimes words just fail us. That was what it was like when we learned about the brutal attack on Scottie, a 7-year-old Welsh pony, early Sunday morning. Working under cover of darkness, one or more cowardly perpetrators attacked the horse, whose docile nature made him an easy target. The animal’s injuries were unspeakably violent. It’s hard to imagine the hatred that must be in the ...