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ORLEANS – A surfer and swimmer, Karl Hoefer was getting fed up with the presence of sharks at Nauset Beach. Shark attacks this summer, which severely injured one man and killed another, “tipped me over the edge,” he said. Sharks and seals, he believed, were being treated better than people. He decided to try to do something about “conserving” humans. “The Cape used to be a lot safer,” he said. “It's changin...

CHATHAM – Last Friday's downpours from the remnants of Hurricane Michael once again caused flooding at the intersection of Morris Island and Little Beach roads, but while a nuisance, homeowners are far more worried about the possibility of a repeat of the winter storms that caused severe damage in the low-lying neighborhood. The newly former Little Beach Association hopes to prevent the flooding that occurred ...

Cash-only Plan At Transfer Station Put On Hold

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – A plan to stop taking cash at the town's transfer station has been put on hold. Officials originally planned to switch to a credit card and checks only system for payments at the transfer station gate as of Nov. 1. It wasn't clear exactly why the move was halted; there was some push back from residents, officials said, but they still hope to move ahead with the plan at some point. Department of Pu...

CHATHAM – Training local residents to respond to shark bite emergencies is the goal of a series of “Stop the Bleed” workshop that will be held at the Chatham Shark Center over the next few weeks. The first session will be held today (Thursday, Oct. 18), with additional workshops on Nov. 1 and 8. Each session will run from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Shark Center on Orleans Road and will be led by Orleans Fire and Rescu...

Neighbor Demands Cranberry Valley Address Errant Golf Balls

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Errant golf balls from the Cranberry Valley Golf Course, a municipal facility, are causing a disturbance in one adjacent neighborhood. Apparently a hook or a slice that lands a ball on private property can be construed as trespassing. Town Administrator Christopher Clark informed selectmen last week that the town has received a claim for damage on a residential property from golf balls hit from the m...

Selectmen Adopt Green Communities Energy Reduction Plan

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Selectmen on Monday night took a major step toward becoming a Green Community with the adoption of an energy reduction plan. The plan seeks to reduce energy consumption by the municipality by 20 percent in the next five years. With the adoption of the plan, assistant town administrator Evan Melillo told selectmen, all five of the criteria for the Green Communities program have been completed and by n...

Historic West Harwich Schoolhouse Could Have New Life

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The historic West Harwich Schoolhouse may have inhaled another breath of life Monday night as selectmen express support for issuing proposals for the vacant building's use, likely through a licensing agreement. The board also voted to support a Preservation Massachusetts application to place the building on the organization's “most endangered” list. Over the past two weeks selectmen have been disc...

High School 'Jawsome Hour' Dropped

By: Kat Szmit

Stalled Teacher Contract Talks Blamed HARWICH – Jawsome Hour, an academic support period that saw success during its trial run last year at Monomoy Regional High School, is no more, and likely won't return until a favorable agreement can be reached in the Monomoy Regional School District's ongoing contract negotiations between teachers and administrators. Monomoy's teachers have been working without a contr...

HARWICH – Monomoy proved a dominating force in their rainy Oct. 13 game against Rising Tide, but while the rain fell, the goals didn't and the Sharks had to settle with a 1-1 tie against the Herons in Cape and Islands League play. “I feel like we absolutely dominated possession and shots and corner kicks and every other conceivable category other than the scoreboard, so we need to put the ball in the net,” sai...

Monomoy Boys Roll Past Sturgis East 3-1

By: Kat Szmit

HARWICH – Logan Routhier netted his first and second varsity goals for the boys soccer team on Oct. 13 as the Sharks triumphed against Sturgis East 3-1 in Cape and Islands League play. The win boosted Monomoy's record to 7-5-2 overall and 7-3-2 in the league, giving fans attending the rain-soaked outing something to smile about. The Storm found its way to the scoreboard first when Aidan Smith sent in a free...

HARWICH – Abby Wallace, Katie Ganshaw and Abby Higgins might play soccer for Monomoy High, but they're pretty darned good at flag football, too, as evidenced by their respective performances in the annual Powderpuff Game, held Oct. 10 in honor of Homecoming week. While the junior girls gave the game their best effort, with Kelsey Olson, another top MRHS soccer player, leading the way, the seniors owned the gam...

HARWICH – It just wasn't Monomoy's night. First the Sharks lost captain and key player Kyle Charlot to injury in the opening drive. Then the visiting West Bridgewater Wildcats unleashed a scoring fury on the home team en route to a 36-6 victory that left the Sharks feeling more than a little deflated. The majority of West Bridgewater's touchdowns came in the second quarter, during which they scored 24 points i...

Going Out Empty Handed

By: Mary Richmond

Most of the time when I head out for a day of exploring outdoors I pack a small bag with a sketchbook, some drawing pens, sunscreen, bug spray and my camera. I also bring my binoculars and water bottle. In the car I keep an assortment of field guides and something to nibble on. These simple things prepare me for a day of observation, wandering and simple enjoyment. I rarely have a plan but rather let the d...

Mission Paved The Way For Moon Landing CHATHAM – “It was 0430 when the helicopter pilots and Navy SEALSs gathered in the ready room of the USS Essex to be briefed for their mission. By 0630 four helicopters lifted off the aircraft carrier. The CSM splashed down at 0711. At 0820 its three astronauts landed back on the Essex.” In the den of his home in the Riverbay section of town, Don J. Broderick recalled t...

It was a “light bulb moment,” an “aha!” thought that sparked Bill Wilson to take the first step to create a program that would save so many people, relationships and even entire families. That spark was so simple yet so innovative: “Who knows how a drunk thinks more than another drunk?” He knew he needed to talk to another alcoholic to stay sober. The idea that in order to maintain sobriety if you are afflicte...

Andrew Buckley: The Commonwealth

By: Andrew Buckley

The Monday after Labor Day, when I found my father’s truck missing from his driveway, I had been planning on spending the day editing video mostly. The car that was parked in front of his house when I arrived was unfamiliar. Late model import sedan – an import – dark blue. Not the white Ford Ranger used in the family landscaping business that sits right outside his kitchen table window in West Chatham. The Mea...