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You Guest It: The Dangers Of Climate Policy

By: Bruce Everett

The fear of catastrophic climate change is everywhere today, including on the Cape. Well-intentioned people are working tirelessly in our schools, local governments and non-profits to promote clean energy and save the planet. What could be wrong with that? Quite a lot, actually.  Let’s start with the science. Carbon dioxide (CO2), erroneously called “pollution” by many, is a benign gas necessary for life on Ea...

Town Advances Five Corners Intersection Project

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Though doing so might draw public ire, might worsen bike congestion downtown – and ultimately might not yield a workable plan – the select board Tuesday voted to continue the redesign of the tricky intersection of Route 28 and Crowell, Queen Anne and Depot roads. If they don’t, the board reasoned, safety problems will remain at the crossroads, and the town risks losing more than $3 million in state and ...

Human Remains Found On Brewster Beach

By: Bronwen Walsh

BREWSTER – Authorities have confirmed finding human remains washed ashore near First Light Beach. “On Saturday, Sept. 24, Brewster Police responded to the Ocean Edge Resort in Brewster regarding the discovery of partial human remains that had washed up on shore,” Tara Miltimore, assistant Barnstable County District Attorney, said Wednesday. “Preliminary indications suggest the body had been in the water for a...

Angus McPherson Laidlaw

By: Contributed

Angus McPherson Laidlaw, formerly a resident of Montclair, N.J., died peacefully at his family home on Sept 16 in Harwich, at the age of 94.  Born in New York City in 1928, he was the son of Frederick B. and Isabel Emerson Laidlaw.  Educated at Phillips Academy, Andover, he earned his AB degree in Philosophy at Brown University.  After his military service, stationed in Germany from 1951-1953, he beca...

Pauline M. Grocki

By: Contributed

Pauline M. Grocki was born in Bedford, England, on October 21, 1939. In her own words: “I lived, I loved, I laughed in Chatham, a place that I have come to love. I cherished the people and friends that have been a part of my life. Thank you all.” She died on September 27, 2022. She leaves behind her beloved husband, Chet Grocki, son, Christian Ryan, four grandchildren: Lily, Drew and Elizabeth of Chatham, and Fre...

Donald Fales Everett

By: Contributed

Donald Fales Everett, 89, of Vero Beach, Florida passed away at the Cape Cod Hospital on  Sept. 16, 2022 after a brief illness. In his last days he was surrounded and cared for by his loving children and their spouses. He was born in Norwood on Oct. 10, 1932 to Shirley and Carl P. Everett. He had been a resident of Vero Beach for 21 years coming from Harwich, Dover and Needham. Don attended Phillips Andover Acade...

Marthabelle (Chase) Fairbanks

By: Contributed

Marthabelle (Chase) Fairbanks a.k.a. Marty passed away peacefully on September 22, 2022, with family members at her side at the Newfield House Nursing Home in Plymouth. Marty was the youngest of two daughters born to Victor and Constance (Eldredge) Chase of Chatham. She was born in Hyannis on December 5, 1938, and lived her entire childhood life in the house her parents constructed on 44 School Street. Upon gradu...

Parking Restrictions Recommended For Cow Yard

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – The waterways advisory committee is recommending that parking along Cow Yard Lane be limited to residents, property owners and mooring permit holders. The proposal will now go to the traffic safety committee, which will decide whether to forward it to the select board or make its own recommendation. Neighbors of the town landing located off Old Harbor Road on Aunt Lydia's Cove requested measures t...

Airport Commission Responds To Turboprop Concerns

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — In its most recent meeting, the airport commission addressed concerns raised by a former commissioner about the use of turboprop aircraft at Chatham Airport, specifically by a charter company working with Chatham Bars Inn. In a letter published in the Chronicle on Aug. 4, former commissioner Susan Wilcox argued that the charter service provides little benefit to the town but will increase traffic at ...

On a bright Boston September afternoon in 2010, my two daughters, husband and I met family and friends at the Jimmy Fund Clinic to walk and raise money for cancer. “Do we have to?” I asked my sister a few weeks before. “We do,” she said. The week before, my 5-year-old had just finished 18 months of treatment for stage IV high-risk neuroblastoma and given a 50/50 chance of survival. The protocol of care was so ...

CHATHAM – Traditionally, witches have had a fraught relationship with water. According to some folklore, witches can't cross running water. And we all know what happened to the Wicked Witch of the West. But this is Cape Cod, where witches take to water more readily than to broomsticks. On Saturday, Oct. 1, a coven of self-proclaimed witches will climb onto their stand-up paddleboards and cross the waters of...

HARWICH – The eight-article special town meeting warrant facing voters on Tuesday, Oct. 18 focuses primarily on wastewater easement and design issues and the return of tax dollars from school budgets. As part of the wastewater easement issues, voters will be asked to authorize the selectmen to acquire the 1.56-acre parcel where the West Harwich Baptist Church is located by gift, purchase or eminent do...

HARWICH – T h e town ’s natural resources department and the Watershed Association of South Harwich (WASH) will file an application with the community preservation committee seeking $92,000 in Community Preservation Act funds for an alum treatment to abate toxic algae blooms in Skinequit Pond. The pond, located on the south side of Route 28 west of Uncle Venie’s Road in South Harwich, has a 25-yea...

HARWICH – The state has announced two major grants that will help to secure land that will protect water quality in several local ponds.  The town will receive $400,000 from the Local Acquisition for Natural Diversity (LAND) grant program, and the Harwich Conservation Trust will get a $175,000 grant from the Conservation Partnership grant program. Both grant programs are administered through the state Executiv...

Brooks Academy Renovation Project Expected To Get Underway

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – The shoring up of historic Brooks Academy could begin soon. Selectmen are scheduled on Monday night to act on the contract for the project. Campbell Construction Group of Peabody was the only one of four bidders within the town’s appropriation for the renovations. “Campbell Construction Group has successfully completed numerous projects with us over a period of about 20 years. We know them and their ...

YARMOUTH — Rhiannon and Gareth Vos have been near the front of the pack for the Monomoy cross-country teams for the past couple years. Rhiannon, a senior on Monomoy’s girls team, and Gareth, a junior for the boys, have routinely earned first-place finishes while running their own races independent of each other. When they aren’t competing for the Sharks, however, they are pushing each other to improve while...