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ORLEANS — The Academy of Performing Arts and its Academy Playhouse have been riding a roller coaster for more than a year, with all the highs and lows that implies. In recent weeks, there's been an upswing as the institution has worked to maintain its school and transform its theater into an arts center more accessible to its students and the community in general. The theater is enjoying a spring cleaning and ...

CHATHAM – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to allow hunting on the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge for the first time since its establishment in 1944. The refuge is proposing a public use hunt program for migratory waterfowl and coyote, and will hold an information session on the plan on April 30 from 3 to 6 p.m. at the community center. The draft hunt plan, compatibility determinations and env...

David A. Metzler

By: Contributed

David A. Metzler             David Alfred Metzler, formerly of New Canaan, Conn., and Harwich Port, died peacefully at his home surrounded by family and his beloved Slovakian Rough- haired Pointer James, on March 24, 2019.             Dave, as friends and family knew him, was born in Cinncinnati, Ohio, on December 18, 1942, son of the late Dale Alfred Metzler and Barbara Hickey Metzler. He earned a Bachelor...

Irene Cooper

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Irene Cooper                   Irene Cooper, of Harwich, age 82, died on April 1, 2019 due to throat cancer.                 She was born in Yonkers, New York, on December 5, 1936, the oldest child of Abraham and Esther Cooper.  Her father was brought to America from Russia in 1904 by his father, Morris Cooper.  After finding a job and an apartment, his father brought his mother, Sarah Cooper, over to Am...

Rosemarie Denn

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    Rosemarie was born in Brookline, Mass. on Jan. 14, 1953.  She grew up in Arlington, Mass. and attended Arlington Catholic High School, Boston College and Framingham State College. Rosemarie moved to Chatham at 20 years old to join her soon-to-be husband, Robert F. Denn.  They married on Dec. 29, 1973.  Theirs was the last entry in Chatham’s 1973 list of marriages.     She worked at Chatham Town Hall in th...

Chatham 365 Forums Saturday And Wednesday

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – There's an imbalance in Chatham—economic and demographic— that the Chatham 365 task force is working to identify and find solutions to. There's an age imbalance: 14 percent of residents are 19 years old and under; 44.5 percent are 62 and older. The number of school-age students had dropped by 35 since 2010. There's an average of about 25 to 30 births in town annually, and 150 to 190 deaths. There'...

CHATHAM — Shoaling in Chatham Harbor continues to be a serious problem, with sand choking access to both the North and South Inlets. Now, mechanical problems with the new county dredge are threatening plans to dredge Stage Harbor and its approaches. Town officials say that even if dredging is impossible, the Stage Harbor entrance channel will be navigable this summer, though the passage will be narrow. The M...

Fools Rush In: Annual Plunge Draws Hundreds

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

WEST CHATHAM — A few hundred brave souls took a dip in Nantucket Sound Monday afternoon in the annual April Fools plunge at Harding's Beach. The air temperature was 45, the water temperature 41, and the sign mounted on a fire engine declared “Feels like: Cold!” But that didn't seem to bother the folks who stripped down to their bathing suits and jumped in the water. Several swam out to where inflatable...

The Chatham Band is a beloved 87-year-old Chatham summertime tradition.  Now, from Tom Jahnke, the band’s director since 2014, comes a children’s book about town bands. He has just published “Little Town Band: A Musical Tale,” a charming picture book illustrated by Deb Hart-Chase of Centerville. It must be said that “Little Town Band” both is and isn’t about the Chatham Band. ...

Selectmen Like Scaled-back Plan For 90 Bridge St.

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Selectmen are advancing a plan to build a new shellfish upweller, floating docks and a public rest room on the small town-owned parcel at 90 Bridge St., next to the Mitchell River drawbridge. The conceptual plan they reviewed Monday evening would cost about $3.44 million to build, less than the $4.17 million projected for an earlier, more ambitious plan. Consulting engineer David Anderson of Stante...

CHATHAM –When Barbara Matteson applied for a teller's job at the Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank in 1974, she had no experience in banking. At the time she was living and working at the Dolphin Motel, and a friend suggested working “banker's hours” might make it easier for Matteson to take care of her 4-year-old son. Over the next four decades, she rarely worked “banker's hours,” but certainly found a home at...

CHATHAM – With shoaling creating difficulty in accessing the inlets in Chatham Harbor, the Coast Guard is looking for an alternative location for its rescue vessels that will provide greater flexibility. The agency has suggested creating docking space at the town-owned Old Mill Boatyard on Stage Harbor for its two 42-foot lifeboats. Currently, two of the vessels are docked at the municipal fish pier in Aunt Ly...

Selectmen Approve Expansion of Experimental Kelp Farm

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Kelpeher Farms will be allowed to expand its experimental kelp farming operation outside the Herring River to a 2.5 acre site, selectmen voted Monday night. Mark Kelleher was before selectmen seeking approval to expand the experimental kelp project he has been operating this winter in Nantucket Sound. He also asked the board to put in place aquaculture regulations that would assist in making the perm...

Sign Of Spring: Piping Plovers Return To Area Beaches

By: Tim Wood , William F. Galvin

The plovers are back. The small shorebirds have begun returning to the area pretty much on time, according to local officials. The birds have been sighted on Nantucket Sound and Atlantic beaches, and efforts have begun to erect protective measures to help ensure a successful nesting season. Plovers have been spotted on Red River Beach, Bank Street Beach and Merkel Beach in Harwich and at the east end of Har...

Selectmen Approve Operating And School Budgets

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Selectmen on Monday night revisited votes on the annual town and school district budgets, generating debate on the spending habits of the community and whether the board should take a stronger position on reducing taxes. Selectman Michael MacAskill has made his position clear, repeatedly saying the growth in the annual operating budget is unsustainable and the town needs to take a break on funding ca...