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There was a time when Dede Trimble Griesbauer had a promising job on Wall Street. But once she began competing successfully in IronMan contests, her coach urged her to consider leaving the white-collar world behind in favor of going pro. That decision paid off mightily on Feb. 16 when Griesbauer crossed the finish line of Ultraman Florida with a record-setting time of 22:48:31, becoming the fastest female finishe...

Fight Cabin Fever With Geocaching

By: Alan Pollock

During the COVID-19 emergency, public health officials are encouraging people to enjoy time outdoors, as long as they’re still observing social distancing precautions. But let’s face it...how many walks around the neighborhood can a person take? Enter Geocaching, the outdoor treasure hunt that allows users to explore conservation areas and other public lands, stretching their legs and exercising their brains. ...

ORLEANS — Gregg LeStage’s great-grandfather burned down a barn on his Barley Neck Road property in 1956 because it blocked his view of the water. When his great-grandson bought the place for his own family in 2001, he tore down another barn that was in poor condition and a potential danger for his young daughters. “At that time in my life, it was way too expensive to repair,” LeStage said last week. “From that...

If Cape Cod followed Vermont’s example, all our worries about postponing town meeting would be unnecessary. Up in the Green Mountain State, almost all communities hold their annual budget-setting sessions on Town Meeting Day, the first Tuesday of March. It’s a state holiday. Vermont’s work is done for this year, but Massachusetts towns have been tripped up in the middle of the process by a pandemic disease tha...

Virus Apparently Claims Retired Episcopal Priest

By: Alan Pollock

Though the news could not be confirmed through public health channels, the COVID-19 virus has apparently claimed the life of an 88-year-old Brewster man who was formerly a parishioner at St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church of Chatham. According to the Rev. Brian McGurk, rector at St. Christopher’s, the Rev. Dr. Richard Ottaway, an Episcopal priest and college professor, died Sunday night at Cape Cod Hospital as...

Chatham Announces Positive Coronavirus Case

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

CHATHAM -- Town officials were notified Saturday of the town's first positive case of the COVID-19 virus. According to a press release, privacy laws prevented the identification of the individual. Close contacts of the person are being contacted and directed to self-isolate. As testing capabilities increase, town officials said they expect additional cases will be identified in Chatham.  They urged resident...

Harwich Announces Presumptive Case of Coronavirus

By: Staff Reports

HARWICH — Town officials announced this afternoon that a presumptive positive case of COVID-19 has been identified in Harwich. Because of privacy laws, the demographics of the case will remain anonymous, the town announcement reads. “The close contacts of the positive case have been notified by the Visiting Nurse Association and are following CDC guidelines for self-quarantine,” the notice reads. With ...

Tips, Ideas For Keeping Kids Engaged

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Keeping kids both occupied and happy when everyone is stuck at home is a challenge. Even when distance learning kicks in on Monday, there will still be more many hours of the day to fill. Here are some activities, tips and websites for families to consider as they face the prospect of not only days, but weeks of confinement. Get Outdoors While it's best to avoid meeting up with more than a couple people, ...

March is usually one of the local economy's slowest times of the year, but business and community activities have nearly ground to a halt due to the coronavirus pandemic. There's even concern that the impact could reach into the summer season. On Monday downtown Chatham was nearly deserted, with only about half a dozen shops open. Restaurants were closed per order of Governor Charlie Baker, although many were ...

Senior Center Cost Put At $8.27M For 1610 Main St.

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Presenting to a nearly empty meeting room, officials unveiled plans Monday for a $8.27 million senior center at 1610 Main St., West Chatham. It was the coronavirus, not any lack of interest, that kept the gallery empty at Monday’s selectmen’s meeting. The session was televised live and citizens could submit questions and comments by email. Featuring spacious activity rooms, a full kitchen and a lo...

CHATHAM – Redevelopment of the Monomoy Theatre property into a year-round performing arts center could depend on the adoption of a Main Street Theater Overlay District, planning board members were told last week. Michael Ford, attorney for Alexandra Properties, which bought the Main Street property last year, said the proposed overlay district is the best way to allow the uses that would be necessary to make t...

In a response that flexes both their emergency response skills and their ability to improvise, Lower Cape officials are doing what they can to prevent the spread of COVID-19 while keeping essential government services going. As of Friday morning, there were five confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in Barnstable County, but with the increased availability of test kits, public health officials expect that n...

CHATHAM — Volunteers and staff of the Chatham Conservation Foundation have seen plenty of nature in their visits to the conservation lands they protect. But when it comes to wildlife, most of the action happens at night or when nobody’s around. The Chatham Conservation Foundation’s (from left) Julie Baca, Dorothy Bassett and Antonia Porcari ex...

The halls of local schools are largely empty this week after concerns about COVID-19, the virus that causes coronavirus, continue to impact communities at the local, state and national level. In an email to parents from Superintendent Dr. Scott Carpenter, the Monomoy Regional School District announced Saturday that schools would close as of March 16, likely through the end of the district’s April vacation, wit...

Residents Protest Industrial District Expansion

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Residents along the western end of Queen Anne Road made clear their opposition to the expansion of the Industrial Light Zoning District into their neighborhood during a planning board public hearing last week. Residents who live in the residential area protested a proposed zoning amendment put forward by the board seeking to expand the industrial zone by 35 acres. Town Planner Charleen Greenhalgh sai...