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Plastic Bottle Ban, Boathouse Funding Approved CHATHAM – Housing dominated both the Saturday and Sunday sessions of the town's annual town meeting, with many warning that without taking significant steps to make housing more affordable, the town will lose the opportunity to become an inclusive and diverse community and risk becoming an enclave for the wealthy. “Affordable and attainable housing is a keyston...

CHATHAM – The prospect of The Squire selling cold beer in its Main Street shop did not sit well with members of the select board. Concerned that customers might drink the Squire-branded beer in public, the board voted unanimously last week not to grant a beer and wine package store license to the shop, which is across the street from the popular tavern and restaurant. Squire owner Todd Hearle said he wanted...

Bon Voyage; Rower Departs For France

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Under squally skies Tuesday afternoon, with a tropical storm churning offshore, French adventurer Guirec Soudée pulled the first of thousands of oar-strokes that he hopes will deliver him back home. Soudée grinned and waved to well-wishers as the launch from First Light Boatworks towed his ocean rowboat down the Mitchell River, through Stage Harbor and out the South Cut to a starting location about...

Town Seeks Clarity On Water Contamination

By: Alan Pollock

PFAS Numbers Raise Questions CHATHAM — Town officials are seeking more data to determine the degree of PFAS contamination in certain public wells, even as they’re struggling to understand some of the test results they’ve already received. Town officials shut down a well off Training Field Road after PFAS levels were recorded at 40.7 parts per trillion, over the 20 ppt threshold set by state regulators for...

Senior Center Goes Down To Defeat

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – It's back to the drawing board for the council on aging. The proposed $8.3 million senior center at 1610 Main St. in West Chatham failed to muster the two-thirds vote necessary to pass at Saturday's annual town meeting at Veterans Field. The vote, 358 in favor and 326 opposed, fell 98 votes short of the 456 required for approval. The select board was scheduled to review the results of town meeting...

HARWICH – Every graduating class is unique. Each group of seniors has its own collection of students who excel in the classroom, on the field, stage or in their own respective area of interest. Each class has its own inside jokes; the students share happy memories and even some sad ones, too. Cape Cod Tech Regional High School’s class of 2021 will always hold the exclusive distinction of being the first class ...

Prepstr Goods' Pride Shirts Benefit Monomoy GSA

By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley

June is Pride month, and to celebrate, a pair of Harwich Port business owners have decided to support the Monomoy Regional High School Gender-Sexuality Alliance (GSA) by sharing the profits from sales of their colorful Pride T-shirts and tank tops with the club. Six dollars from the sale of each shirt, featuring Prepstr Goods' signature sailboat image with a bright rainbow-colored sail, will be donated to the ...

HARWICH — There was much dissatisfaction among town meeting attendees in May when an article seeking to purchase a segment of the Hinckley’s Pond Water Preservation Project land was postponed. But the Harwich Conservation Trust is now planning to move forward with the acquisition on its own. Harwich Conservation Trust Executive Director Michael Lach said on Monday that the trust will be seeking the necessary f...

Harwich Gets Presentation On Sewer Pump Station Locations

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — One of the first steps in adjustments that are being made to the town’s comprehensive wastewater management plan is developing a system of pump stations to manage the flow of effluent to a treatment facility. Selectmen on Monday night received a detailed presentation from Russ Kleekamp of consultant GHD, the engineering firm hired to conduct a computer-aided design for the town’s sewer system, showin...

HARWICH – During the pandemic lockdown, some people learned a new skill, such as playing a musical instrument; others baked or took on home improvement projects. The Schuyler family made a feature film. Shot entirely in their South Harwich home with the four family members acting as cast and crew, “Red River Road” will be featured at the Provincetown Film Festival Saturday and will be making the film festival ...

Cape League Opens ’21 Season This Weekend

By: Brad Joyal

The wait is down to the last couple days. For the first time since Aug. 9, 2019, when the Cotuit Kettleers defeated the Harwich Mariners to capture the Cape Cod Baseball League title, the top collegiate summer baseball league in the nation will return this weekend after the 2020 season was canceled due to COVID-19. There will be a full slate of opening day games on Sunday, with all 10 of the league’s teams ret...

SOUTH YARMOUTH—Baseball dreams run deep for some kids on Cape Cod. Growing up watching future big-league ballplayers shine in the Cape Cod Baseball League, it’s easy for young boys to envision themselves running onto their local Cape League diamond to play the game they love in front of their families and friends. Kurt Thomas is no different. He has those same baseball dreams. Thomas first began imagining w...

SOUTH DENNIS – It isn’t always easy for new teammates to come together, especially when even the players who are familiar with each other haven’t played together for a couple years. Despite missing their 2020 season due to COVID-19, the Monomoy Regional High School boys tennis team benefited from the strong team chemistry the squad developed this spring. Although the Sharks dropped their final match of the sea...

Nature Connection: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

By: Mary Richmond

With a nod to the old 1966 movie and theme song that were ubiquitous in a time long ago and far away, this phrase has popped into my head more than a few times this past week. Nature is tough, man. It sure has its good, but there’s plenty of what we may think of as bad and ugly, too, like the dead baby bunny left on my sidewalk yesterday by one of the neighborhood feral cats. Wild animals, birds, and plants...

The Crafty Chics celebrated their 15th anniversary during a luncheon on Harding’s Beach last week. About 25 of the roughly 75 members basked in the sun on a windy 68-degree morning to make plaster-of-Paris sandcastles, share their latest projects, swap craft supplies, enjoy a catered lunch and just, well, be together in person after over a year of meeting mainly via Zoom during the pandemic. “I have to dres...

Cape Cod Baseball League At The Center Of New Novel

By: Debra Lawless

Just in time for the opening of the Cape Cod Baseball League on June 20, Orleans summer resident Kristin Waring has published her first novel, “On the Mound.” “I am and always have been a Red Sox fan,” Waring recalled in an email interview from her home in Houston last week. “I would always ask to attend a game at Fenway for my birthday in late June with my father, who taught me so much about baseball and foot...