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NTSB: Pilot In Fatal Crash Had No Instrument Rating

By: Staff Reports

ORLEANS — In their preliminary report, federal investigators say the pilot whose plane went down in the waters off Nauset Beach on Oct. 31 did not have an instrument flight rating, and arrived over Chatham more than an hour after sunset. The National Transportation Board reported Tuesday that pilot Roger Mills of Woburn, Mass., was in the second leg of a journey that started in Seymour, Indiana just after noon...

Chatham's Oldest Resident Dies At 108 CHATHAM – One of Juliet Bernstein's most cherished memories was accompanying her mother in a horse-drawn surrey so that she could vote for the first time following the ratification of the 19th amendment in 1920. "I was 7 but it truly impressed me," Mrs. Bernstein said in a 2020 interview. That experience helped shape a dedication to equality and social justice that foll...

CHATHAM – A half dozen years ago, the finance committee, in a report to the select board, rejected raising the local share of the room occupancy tax from 4 to 6 percent, reasoning that a higher tax here could drive visitors to other Cape towns that have a lower rate. Since then, almost every town on the Cape, including Harwich at last month's special town meeting, has adopted the higher rate. Several members o...

CHATHAM — President Joe Biden will be spending Thanksgiving and this weekend on Nantucket, and as part of the security preparations, the FAA has grounded all drones, even toy ones, until the presidential visit is concluded. Chatham Municipal Airport Manager Tim Howard issued a reminder Monday about the federal temporary flight restriction, which is in effect in a 30-mile ring around the Nantucket Airport. That...

CHATHAM – After getting assurance that newly planted trees and shrubs would be maintained for three years, the select board last week approved a request by Eversource to remove 60 trees along Middle Road. The trees must be removed to clear the way for six new utility poles to connect a new solar array on the former Dubis property to the Eversource grid. They will be replaced by 30 trees and 120 shrubs, none of...

Town's Oldest House To Be Preserved

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – What many consider the oldest house in town and a direct link to founder William Nickerson will be preserved. The antique Cape built by Nickerson's son, William, will be moved to a different spot on the waterfront property where it has stood since about 1700 and serve as a guest house for a new home that will be constructed on the three-acre property. The interior of the First Period house will be re...

Group Drops Bid For West Harwich Schoolhouse

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – After failing to come to terms with the town, the board of directors of the non-profit West Harwich Historic Schoolhouse LLC has voted not to pursue purchase of the historic former school building. Selectmen, however, put off a vote on the matter after several members said they continue to support the group's offer. The town has been wrestling with what to do with the historic structure at 5 Bell’...

HARWICH — Zoe Simmons, a student in the Nauset schools, has leveraged the power of her school newspaper to spread environmental awareness. Her good work caught the attention of the nonprofit group CARE for the Cape and Islands, which named her their 2021 Youth Award recipient. When she entered Nauset Regional Middle School as a sixth grader last year, the Harwich resident was looking for a way to put her writi...

Christmas In Harwich Gets Underway Dec. 3

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – The Chamber of Commerce is wrapping up plans for the Christmas in Harwich Weekend on Dec. 3 to 5. The weekend will include a visit from Santa, caroling, tree lighting, music and numerous other events.  The shops in town will offer holiday sales and specials, and businesses and local organizations will be holding open houses, said Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Cyndi Williams. Shoppers will...

EAST HARWICH — The various tracts of land preserved by the Harwich Conservation Trust are home to more than just peaceful walking trails, great views and wildlife habitat. They’re a storehouse of naturally downed trees. A new partnership with the Trust, AmeriCorps Cape Cod and the Harwich Council on Aging aims to put some of that wood to good use heating local homes. The project was the idea of HCT Land Stewar...

Helping Neighbors Sets $100K Goal For Family Pantry

By: Brad Joyal

HARWICH – Between the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the surging price of groceries, many people throughout Cape Cod are struggling to make ends meet as the holiday season ramps up. “It’s crazy this time of year because people are getting laid off, so that bumps the need,” Family Pantry of Cape Cod Executive Director Christine Menard said. “Ten percent of the Cape is food insecure — that’s about 23,000 people, ...

Although the first-of-its-kind Fall II football team gave many Massachusetts high school football teams the opportunity to face their rivals in the spring, those meetings didn’t pack the same intensity and emotion as the Thanksgiving rivalry games that have been of the state’s high school sports traditions for more than a century. For the first time since 2019, Thanksgiving football returns to the Commonwealth...

The Cape and Islands League recently released its All-Star selections for non-football fall sports, and Monomoy and Nauset student-athletes were well represented among those honored. Nauset had 20 fall athletes receive All-Star honors while Monomoy had 16. Nauset’s picks included a Most Valuable Player, and both teams had players receive co-MVP honors in addition to taking home honorable mention and sportsmans...

NORWELL – The word “quit” wasn’t in the Monomoy field hockey team’s vocabulary. The Sharks were among the state’s most relentless teams this season. When they were faced with adversity, they would dig deep, dial up another level of intensity, and get themselves out of trouble. The team’s no-quit persona was on full display until the final game of the season. Despite overcoming a two-goal deficit against fou...

Orleans Author Pens Second 'Cape Cod Foodie Mystery'

By: Debra Lawless

Author Amy Pershing, a summer resident of Orleans, has just released her second fun Cape Cod Foodie mystery, “An Eggnog to Die For” (Berkley, 2021). This follows on the heels of “A Side of Murder,” released last February. Local readers will delight in the town Pershing calls Fair Harbor — a reimagined Orleans with pieces of Chatham and Wellfleet mixed in, Pershing said in an email interview last week. “I...

Our View: Juliet Bernstein

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Over the half century that Juliet Bernstein called Chatham home, she created a legacy that few can match. An activist most of her adult life, she came to town with no plans to make waves, but in many ways she couldn't help herself, and where she saw discrimination and injustice, she spoke out. Mrs. Bernstein, who died last week at 108, left the community a better place. Her many accomplishments have been detai...