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ORLEANS — They're calling it “one of the costliest purchases in the organization's nearly 50-year history,” but the Orleans Conservation Trust is making the case for buying 4.65 acres over three lots on Portaminicut Road in South Orleans. The property “could forge a vital link between existing conservation lands both south and north of the road,” OCT stated in a press release. Donors are being sought to help...

Town's Boston Post Cane Is In Good Hands

By: Ed Maroney

ORLEANS — Every member of the board of selectmen came to honor Barbara P. White in her home at Jack Knife Point Aug. 1. Presiding from a comfortable chair, the 104-year-old welcomed them with grace as she accepted the Boston Post Cane, traditionally given to the town's oldest resident. “We didn't want to live in Summit, N.J., so we came up here,” White said of a relationship with Orleans that became stronger...

They're Sharing Stories About Sharing Kindness

By: Ed Maroney

ORLEANS — Dr. Kim Mead-Walters had a bit of a shock when she arrived at Truro Central School to pick up her sixth grader. “Jeremy was caught in the act,” someone told her, but it turned out that was a good thing. When the school spotted a student being kind to someone, his or her name was recorded in a book. That wasn't the first or the last act of kindness of Jeremy Walters's life. “He was the kindest kid, ...

Skydiving Lawsuit Dismissed

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

CHATHAM – A lawsuit filed by a group of residents hoping to prevent skydiving from returning to Chatham Municipal Airport has been dismissed. A Barnstable Superior Court judge issued an order Thursday allowing the town's motion for summary judgment in the case, essentially terminating the legal action. Citizens for a Safe Chatham Airport, Inc., filed the suit in 2015 claiming that allowing skydiving at the ai...

Equipment Failure Blamed For Power Outage

By: Kat Szmit

A high-voltage transmission line in Harwich Center caught fire and burned through late Thursday afternoon, sparking a brush fire and causing brownouts and blackouts in Harwich and Chatham. High demand from the hot weather may have played a factor in the equipment failure, which was not related to last week's tornado, officials said.   Video shot by Harwich Fire Chief Norman Clarke, Jr., shows the power...

CHATHAM – The historical commission imposed an 18-month demolition delay on the iconic Champlain Road home known as Starboard Light, but agreed on a shorter delay—six months—for several ancillary buildings and additions. The commission asked owner Robert Mahoney to advertise the availability of the additions, which date from the early 1900s, so that they could be moved and preserved or salvaged. But because sa...

CHATHAM – Chatham Bars Inn and the town have reached a settlement in a lawsuit the inn filed over the town's 2014 taking of inn property adjacent to the municipal fish pier. In an agreement finalized in Barnstable Superior Court last week, the town will pay the inn $400,000 for a permanent easement over 10,566 square feet of land used for parking by commercial fishermen as well as access to the pier's south jo...

CHATHAM – Chase Park neighbors are concerned about what they see as its escalating use, including regular events held at the labyrinth at the rear of the property. In a sometimes contentious meeting July 16, park and recreation commission members countered that the park, located off Cross Street, is not heavily used and is open to all members of the public. “It is a park and it is for the entire community,”...

Each year, more and more people take advantage of the free nutritious food provided by the Family Pantry of Cape Cod. That's partly because the need is growing, and partly because the Pantry has found effective ways to reach out to new clients, people who might otherwise never have considered asking for help. In 2016, a study identified significant pockets of residents on the Lower Cape who suffer from “food i...

HARWICH/CHATHAM – The Old Colony Rail Trail, the stretch of the Cape Cod bicycle path that runs from Harwich to Chatham, is a popular and busy corridor during the summer months and didn't go unscathed during last week's damaging storms. But the good news is that the majority of downed trees, limbs, leaves, and pine needles have been removed from the pavement or swept away. In Harwich, which saw the lion's shar...

CHATHAM — Last week’s historic storm caused serious but short-lived disruptions to life on the Lower Cape. A week later, following a massive effort by local and state officials, utility workers, contractors and private citizens, the cleanup was largely complete. The National Weather Service Monday revised its findings to conclude that three tornadoes struck the Mid- and Lower Cape last Tuesday: one in Harwic...

HARWICH – While his students were enjoying their summer beach days, Monomoy Regional High School History teacher Richard Houston added another piece of historical hardware to his classroom—a shining silver plate he received in July when he was given the 2019 Teacher of the Year Award by the American Battlefield Trust. Houston, nominated by fellow educator Kevin Bates, learned he was a finalist for the award in...

Harwich Facing Municipal Sold Waste Disposal Limitations

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — As landfills close and older waste-to-energy incinerators require more down time for repairs, the disposal of municipal solid waste is becoming a serious concern. The volume of municipal solid waste (MSW) the town can dispose of on a daily basis is limited, according to DPW Director Lincoln Hooper, and local commercial hauler access to the transfer station has been drastically reduced. The town is...

Major Housing Development Proposed In East Harwich

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Members of the affordable housing trust heard a presentation last Thursday from a local developer who is interested in building a major 40B rental development on 12 acres of land off Route 137 in East Harwich. Chris Wise, who developed the Harwich House in Harwich Center and The Melrose in Harwich Port, as well as other housing projects in Chatham and other Cape towns, told members of the trust that ...

PLEASANT LAKE — On Sunday, 24-year-old Alison Donovan touched down in Botswana, marking the beginning of a two-year stint with the Peace Corps. It’s an experience she knows will shape her life, along with her future career in government. “I’m a little nervous, but I’m very excited,” she said. Interviewed by The Chronicle just before her departure, Donovan said the previous days had been a swirl of packing an...

Harwich Tornado Damage Estimated At $3.2 Million

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Damage from the tornado that hit last week has been estimated at $3.2 million, including the loss of more than 3,000 trees along public ways, parks and conservation lands. The good news is there were no major injuries or major structural damage to homes and building, Town Administrator Christopher Clark told selectmen Monday night. The tornado that struck shortly after noon on Tuesday, July 23, br...