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HARWICH — The selectmen and finance committee got an up-close look at the proposed Monomoy Regional School District budget Monday night. The school district is seeking a total of $40,901,482, with Harwich being asked to contribute $26,754,276, close to a 4.5 percent increase over the current year. With student enrollment down by 58 since FY16, a reflection of the overall decline in school-age children in the d...

Harwich Selectmen Weigh Change To Select Board

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — There is a trend in Massachusetts to change the title of executive boards in municipalities to more gender neutral terminology. Selectmen were asked to follow that trend on Monday night. Resident Amy Harris requested selectmen change the title of the executive board from “board of selectmen” to “select board.” She said 80 towns in the commonwealth have made the adjustment, including Brewster, Wellfle...

Petition Seeks To Bury Pet Cemetery

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The town has received a petitioned article for the annual town meeting warrant seeking to rescind an article approved in 2016 which authorized selectmen to transfer the 2.25 acres at 276 Queen Anne Rd. to the cemetery commission to develop a pet crematory and cemetery. “I love this town, this is not personal, I'm just against the waste of this land,” lead petitioner Tom Birch said on Tuesday. Birch w...

HARWICH – If ever there was a week to defeat the Rams, this was it. Not only did the Patriots win their sixth Super Bowl, in Harwich on Monday night it was the Cape Tech Crusaders who bested the Upper Cape Tech Rams in a thrilling 59-55 victory. While the Crusaders might not get any rings as a result of the win, they certainly deserve bragging rights after their tireless performance, which included clawing bac...

HARWICH – The three sailboats resting upside down on the dock at Stage Harbor Yacht Club might appear to be no more than vessels awaiting the coming summer, but to the Monomoy Regional High School sailing program they are a symbol of generosity and of hope for a successful 2019 season. The three boats, Vanguard 420s, were donated recently to the sailing program by the Stage Harbor Yacht Club Sailing School. Ac...

When Kami Lyle of Harwich was trying to think herself into the character of Auntie Em in the upcoming production of “The Wizard of Oz,” she at first could not identify with the sometimes-grouchy aunt. “I was terrified of being Auntie Em because it’s the opposite of who I feel like in general,” Lyle said during a telephone interview last week. But when she gave it some thought, she realized she did know Aunt...

School News, Feb. 7

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Cape Cod Tech Auto Tech News Auto technology students at Cape Cod Regional Technical High School in Harwich and Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical High School in Bourne were given a unique training opportunity recently thanks to Orleans Auto and its partnership with Federal Mogul’s Garage Gurus. About 50 students from each regional technical school studying to be auto technicians got a break from thei...

Mixology, A Perfect Course For The Winter

By: Jan Sidebotham

There’s a blaze in the fireplace of the south lounge at the Chatham Bars Inn. The decor is tasteful and boasts big comfy chairs and lots of wood. It’s quiet except for the murmur of low voices in conversation. There is a small portable bar which seems to be the focus of the room. About 15 people drift in, a waiter unobtrusively serves a cocktail or two, strangers greet one another. The mood is “casua...

Our View: Keep Your Distance

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Chatham police received several calls Monday from residents worried about a seal that had hauled itself up on the ice at Harding's Beach. Even though the animal was probably just resting – basking in the sun on an unusually warm winter day – the human instinct is to conclude that something is wrong; this is a marine mammal and it's out of the water. It must need help. While injured or sick seals sometimes do h...

Letters to the Editor, Feb. 7

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Chatham Helps With Shoe box Project Editor: I am writing to thank Chatham residents for sharing the true meaning of Christmas with children in need this past holiday season. Because of the generosity of donors in Chatham and across the United States, Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse, collected more than 8.8 million shoe boxes in 2018. Combined with those collected from partnering...

Russ Allen: Bright Lights In The Dark Of Winter

By: Russ Allen

There is no doubt – we are in the midst of the dark, cold, quiet season of winter. Our weather has become unpredictable. Two years before I moved here the Cape’s snowfall made the national news – my first winter nary a flake fell. January 2017 was so mild that the snowdrops were blooming in my yard before being covered by six weeks of snow. Wind and ice last year damaged trees and fences and shut down our power t...

Health: Cold Weather Gives No Respite From Ticks

By: Alan Pollock

With this week’s spring-like temperatures, people are peeling off layers of clothing and venturing outdoors for some fresh air. And on the bike paths, in the yard and on conservation trails, they’re not alone. Unfazed by the deep freeze last week, ticks are once again active, looking for a mid-winter blood meal. “People think, with that cold freeze, it must be safe out there,” said county entomologist Larry Da...

Stan Snow Retires After Six Decades At Family's Store

By: Debra Lawless

ORLEANS – Talk to Stan and Bonnie Snow and topics range from ship and train models to historic Orleans houses to the history of Snow’s of Cape Cod. Stan, 86, who retired on Dec. 31 after 61 years of employment at his family business, Snow’s, is a passionate and skilled creator of model ships, trains, houses and buildings. (He made his first model ship when he was 11.) Bonnie is a well-known local historian who...

ORLEANS — The future of adults with autism was as bright as the sunny skies during the Feb. 4 groundbreaking ceremony for Cape Cod Village. A crowd gathered inside Mid-Cape Home Centers to celebrate the shovels-in-the-ground stage of a dream nurtured for almost eight years by parents of severely autistic children who were concerned about a lack of programs for them as adults. Now, just months away, is the so...

ORLEANS — A local man has agreed with the seller on a price for Sipson Island, and a purchase and sales agreement is expected to be signed this month. The price is confidential until then. The resident has been working with the Friends of Pleasant Bay and The Compact of Cape Cod Conservation Trusts regarding the purchase, serving as a buyer/backer to take the property off the market. The Friends intends to r...

CHATHAM – The Monomoy Theatre is under agreement to be sold, the firm listing the Main Street property confirmed Wednesday. The identity of the buyer remains a mystery, however. Slater Anderson of LandVest, a Boston real estate firm, said in an email that he could not disclose confidential terms of the agreement. The buyer is apparently not affiliated with the theater. Mary Ann Harwood, chairwoman of Monomo...