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CHATHAM – For 13 years, Robert Moss admired the old house at 154 Champlain Rd., where the street bends at a right angle and commands a panoramic view of Stage Harbor. He walked past it whenever he was in town, and often encountered people taking photos or just enjoying the view. “It's just such an enjoyable spot,” he said. Five years ago Moss offered to buy the historic home, known as Starboard Light, and f...

CHATHAM — From the trap dock reconstruction to the long-delayed fish pier observation deck, the town has a host of waterfront projects underway. And selectmen are reassuring shellfishermen that, despite delays, their request for a new upweller building is still progressing. Now located underneath the harbormaster’s office at Old Mill Boat Yard, the aging upweller is key to the town’s shellfish propagation prog...

Top Stories Of The Last Two Decades

By: Tim Wood

As we start a new decade, we look back this week at the first 20 years of the 21 st century. Below is our list of the top 20 stories, culled from suggestions by staff and readers. It is in no way comprehensive and certainly not conclusive, but it highlights, we believe, the most significant issues and events of those years.   1. Sharks Sharks have been present, and documented, along Cape shores since ...

Fate Of West Chatham Facility Depends On May Vote CHATHAM – Town officials will begin developing designs and cost estimates for a new senior center at 1610 Main St. after voters at Saturday's special town meeting agreed to accept the donation of the 1.3-acre parcel. The fate of a new senior center will depend on a vote in May on construction funds. Owner William Marsh's last-minute decision to donate the...

Fred Bennett Remembers A Half Century Of Fishing

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

by Fred Bennett, transcribed and edited by Doreen Leggett (Captain Fred Bennett, a Chatham stalwart, has seen a lot, done a lot, and caught a lot of fish. Now 82 years old, we asked him to take a look back and inform us as to what fishing life and times were like around here half a century ago. Here is his tale.) In 1964, I started work at Ryder’s Cove Boatyard as a marine mechanic. Observing a few f...

Cranberry Valley Solar Array Goes To Planning Board

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The planning board will be acting on a site plan review special permit for a major solar photovoltaic facility at two locations at the Cranberry Valley Golf Course. The arrays are expected to generate 282 kilowatts of power annually. The project is proposed by Greenskies Renewable Energy, which was the successful bidder on a package put together by the Cape and Vineyard Electric Cooperative, the orga...

HCT Lands ‘Last Lot’ In Coy’s Brook Woodlands Puzzle

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — “It was a final piece to a land conservation puzzle we’ve worked on for 23 years,” Harwich Conservation Trust Director Michael Lach said this week of the trust’s purchase of a one-acre parcel in the Coy’s Brook/Herring River Watershed. Lach said over those 23 years the trust has managed to purchase and preserve 28 acres in the watershed, establishing the Coy’s Brook Woodlands to preserve water qualit...

Commission Imposes Demolition Delay On Holy Trinity House

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The historic district and historical commission has imposed a one-year demolition delay on the demolition of the historic structure located to the west side of Holy Trinity Church grounds in West Harwich. The Victorian-style house was constructed in 1914 and has been used as a rectory and more recently as the church’s thrift shop, but it has been vacant for the past five years. Spokesperson for the d...

Mini-Golf Proposed Next To Bud’s Go-Karts

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — There are plans to develop a 36-hole miniature golf course on the land adjacent to Bud’s Go-Karts on the corner of Route 28 and Sisson Road. The proposal was scheduled to go before the conservation commission on Wednesday night because a portion of the property is located in the floodplain. The section of Route 28 from Sisson Road to just west of Brooks Road has become the town’s center for summer re...

HARWICH – The last time the Cape Tech boys varsity basketball team faced Avon, the outcome was one heck of a lopsided loss. When the Crusaders hosted the Panthers on Monday afternoon, they still fell, but this time Avon's margin was much narrower at 49-41, something Cape Tech head coach Brent Warren was pleased about after the game. “They beat us by like 20 up in their gym two weeks ago, so this is a huge impr...

HARWICH – Monomoy might have had the home court advantage, but when the Sharks faced the Nauset Warriors for the second time this season, this time the game belonged to the visitors, who, led by a stellar performance from Bobby Joy, played to a commanding 57-35 win Jan. 4. Joy topped all scorers in the Saturday afternoon outing, netting 28 points overall after getting started with a three-pointer in the openin...

HARWICH – The Cape Tech girls varsity basketball team might be small in numbers, but what they lack in depth they make up for in heart, as evidenced by the way they continued battling last Friday in spite of falling to St. John Paul II 69-29. Cape Tech Head Coach Chris Leonard said the Jan. 3 outing marked the first time since the season’s start that he’s had his entire squad together, which was a plus in the ...

Boar’s Head Festival Brings Medieval Pageantry To Harwich

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — A gathering for to mark the medieval holiday of Epiphany will be a first for the South Harwich Meetinghouse this weekend. The historic former Methodist Church has had many different experiences, but never a Boar’s Head Festival. There will be festive pageantry, dance, song, music and animals taking the audience back to England in the 1400s to the medieval village of Harwich-on-Herring to experience E...

New Nonprofit Puts Spotlight On Local Arts Economy

By: Debra Lawless

“Only connect…” the novelist E.M. Forster famously wrote in 1910. ArtsLight, a new nonprofit endeavor spawned by the nonprofit Lower Cape TV dedicated to giving a voice to the local creative economy, aims to do just that. “In a world where information seems evermore scattered and suspect, we need to trust in ourselves and in connections that go deeper and create lasting bonds that transcend surface noise,” ...

Expecting The Unexpected

By: Mary Richmond

My childhood obsession with birds began when I was eight years old. We had a bird feeder attached to the kitchen window and I had a brand new deck of Audubon bird cards. I also had a third grade teacher who shared her own sightings and recommended that I go to the then fairly new Cape Cod Museum of Natural History on Saturdays for class field trips. My parents agreed to take me and after a few weeks of bouncing a...

Our View: Next Step For Senior Center

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Last week, William Marsh, owner of Eastward Companies, generously offered to donate the two lots at 1610 Main St. in West Chatham that officials have identified as a possible location for a new senior center. In talks leading up to Saturday's special town meeting, selectmen reportedly appealed to the long-time developer's sense of legacy; in a statement issued the day before the meeting, Marsh said the donation, ...