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Preston Lee Smith

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     Preston Lee Smith, D.D.S, age 86 of Harwich, died at his home on August 19, 2018 with his loving family by his side. He is survived by his wife Sheila Whiddon Smith, two daughters Meredith and husband Charles Konner, Stephanie and husband Roger Greenwood, his sister Judith McCracken and husband Robert and their three daughters and families, sister-in- law Audrey Smith and her two daughters and son and their ...

Sherill Ann (Geary) Duggan

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  Sherill Ann (Geary) Duggan     Sherill Ann (Geary) Duggan died August 18, 2018 at her home in Harwich Port surrounded by family after a long illness. She was 80 years old.     Sherill was born July 1, 1938 in Leominster to Katharine and Donald Geary. She graduated from Leominster High School, attended Regis College, and earned certification to teach elementary school.  After graduating from Regis she taugh...

CHATHAM — If this summer’s humidity has you down, you’re not alone. Last weekend, the span of the Mitchell River drawbridge was kept in the lowered position because of continued problems related to swelling of bridge timbers during humid weather. Crews made the latest round of stopgap repairs Monday, and are hopeful that the $14 million bridge will remain operational until more extensive repairs can be made ...

Sharks In The Park Raises More Than $72,000

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – After a flurry of last-minute bidding, this year's Sharks in the Park online auction netted a total of $72,004, topping the $62,461 raised last year by more than 15 percent. The top shark went for $5,000, the highest ever, and nine went for more than $2,000. “It's definitely an all-time high,” organizer Janice Rogers said of the auction total. Bidding on the 60 shark sculptures, which have been...

Selectmen OK Emergency North Inlet Dredging

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Once logistical details are worked out, crews will begin widening and deepening a critical channel providing access to Chatham Harbor, despite threats of a lawsuit from a shorefront property owner. In a special meeting last Wednesday, the board of selectmen authorized the county dredge to conduct the work, and a necessary permit was received from state officials later in the week. Together with the...

Aggressive Seals Bite Two At Ryder's Cove

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – Before her family boarded a charter boat for a day of fishing last Wednesday, 17-year-old Beth Fineberg rinsed her hands in the water off the float at the Ryder's Cove town landing. She'd seen seals swimming about 20 feet out and thought nothing of it. Then she felt a sharp pain in her hands. “It came up from under me and bit a couple of fingers,” she said. She immediately pulled her hands away from ...

CHATHAM – South Chatham residents will be happy to learn that they'll soon no longer have to worry about stains from high iron levels in water pumped from a town well in their neighborhood. In September, water from well number seven will begin flowing through the town's new water treatment plant, a $10 million facility designed to remove high levels of iron and manganese from drinking water. Currently, the pla...

Nearly four years ago, some friends out walking their dogs on Lighthouse Beach came across an outhouse that had been tossed up into the dunes during a storm. They righted it, propped a section of picket fence they found nearby against it, took some photos and went on their way. Over time they started to add more beach debris, eventually hauling some tools to the beach to make it more sturdy. “It started to ...

Trap Dock Revitalization Gets $150K Seaport Grant

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — The effort to modernize the town-owned trap dock on Stage Harbor received a $150,000 boost from the state Seaport Economic Council last Tuesday. Officials are finishing development of the conceptual plan for the facility, purchased by the town several years ago for $1.5 million. It is flanked on the east by town-owned land at the former Old Mill Boat Yard, where the harbormaster’s office is located...

Thunderstorm, With A Twist

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — A thunderstorm moving through the area last Wednesday came with a new twist: an apparent funnel cloud. Jonathan Palino of Cape Kayaking was leading a group of paddlers in a tour of Nauset Marsh in Eastham, when, on his return trip, they spotted the cloud formation. Palino said he placed the funnel cloud quite far away, probably in a position in the Atlantic southeast of Chatham. “It formed and...

Selectmen Support Landmark Status For Nantucket Sound

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Selectmen Monday became the ninth town abutting Nantucket Sound to cast support for federal legislation seeking to establish Nantucket Sound as a National Historic Landmark. The legislation is being sought by the Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound, the non-profit organization that fought and succeeded in pulling the plug on the Cape Wind project, which sought to build 130 turbines in Nantucket Sound...

Harwich Selectmen Approve Parking Committee Charge

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Selectmen on Monday night approved a charge for an ad hoc parking committee that will examine municipal parking problems in town which are impacting public ways. The absence of public parking in the Harwich Port village was the impetus behind forming the committee, but it will look at issues town wide. “It's not an egregious problem all year long,” said Selectman Donald Howell, who drafted the cha...

COA Director Resigns, Returns To Orleans Job

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Council on Aging Director Judi Wilson will have been on the job for just over a year when she leaves in mid-September to return to her former position as COA Director in the Orleans. Wilson tendered her letter of resignation to Town Administrator Christopher Clark on Aug. 10. Wilson took the position in Harwich last Sept. 5, replacing Barbara Anne Foley, who served as director for 18 years. “After...

Town Halts Demolition Of Historic Structure

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Historic district and historical commission members expressed disappointment over the demolition of an 1860-era structure on Forest Street, which commissioners said went well beyond the scope of work originally identified in the notice of intent application. “I was very disappointed when I saw the house was completely demolished,” HDHC Chair Mary Maslowski said last week during a follow up hearing be...

CHATHAM – On a balmy summer afternoon, Paul Galop sat on the front porch of his home doing a little Sudoku in his favorite rocker, another Cape League summer in the books, Galop's last as commissioner. Though his retirement from the League approaches, don't expect Galop to take up a more permanent place in that rocker. He's got bigger plans, although baseball will always be a part of his life. Galop first beca...

Chatham Leads End-of-season All League Lineup

By: Kat Szmit

The ball fields are largely silent and the crowds have all gone home, but the 2018 season of the Cape Cod Baseball League still echoes on with the release of this year's All League Team. The full list was announced last week, with a number of familiar players making the annual roster. Chris Thoms, the official statistician for the Cape League, worked with interns Bobby Greeley and James Palazesi to pore over t...