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Family Pantry Gets Fresh With Clients

By: Alan Pollock

Support ‘Helping Neighbors’ NORTH HARWICH — If the goal of a food pantry was just to fill bellies, the shelves would be stocked with starchy foods like instant mashed potatoes and stuffing. But the Family Pantry of Cape Cod focuses on providing nutritious foods as a means of helping clients get healthier and live better. Key to that philosophy has been a concerted effort to increase the amount of fresh ...

HARWICH PORT — It took first responders many hours to control the public safety threat after a tanker truck flipped over and spilled gasoline on Sisson Road last month. But it will take cleanup crews much longer to try and reverse the environmental damage caused by the accident. A New Hampshire environmental engineering firm has completed an immediate response action plan following the July 18 spill, outlini...

Selectmen Approve Changes To Caleb Chase Fund

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — In 1904 Caleb Chase, a West Harwich businessman, provided the town with a $10,000 grant in his will to assist residents in need. More than 100 years later that gift has grown to nearly $500,000, and the trustees who oversee the fund say it is underutilized and its guidelines should be changed so its use can be expanded. Grants to local residents are administered by the board of selectmen after screen...

Biden’s Visit To Harwich Port Draws A Crowd

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH PORT— There was a surprise meet and greet on Saturday as people walking the sidewalk ran into former Vice President Joe Biden. Biden, a front runner in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020, was in town for a fundraiser. It was meant to be a relatively quiet event, but Biden exited his vehicle about a block and a half away from the gathering point of his supporters, Perks Coffee S...

Fire Station Site Will Be Used For Wastewater Staging

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – The old East Harwich fire station will be taken down by late September. There were plans to leave the old station in place after the new one is finished in mid to late September so that it could be used by the contractor on the East Harwich wastewater project, but those plans have changed. “That was the plan until about an hour ago,” Fire Chief Norman Clarke, Jr said on Thursday. Clarke stated ...

Harwich Housing Trust Switches Priority To Sisson Road

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The affordable housing trust is switching its priority for development of affordable housing from land on Oak Street to a 1.11 acre parcel on Sisson Road where the Cape Cod Theatre Company/Harwich Junior Theatre currently leases the former schoolhouse. The decision was made last Thursday after a review of the Oak Street site by local officials and Massachusetts Housing Partnership (MHP) staff. The tr...

Vandals Target Harwich Beaches

By: Alan Pollock

HARWICH — Vandalism at parks and beaches is nothing new, but this year’s activity is worse than the occasional upturned bench or overturned trash can. “I’ve been here for 14 years, and I’ve never seen it as bad as this,” Harwich Recreation Director Eric Beebe said. Late at night on Aug. 12, vandals struck the bathhouse at Bank Street Beach, plugging sinks, ripping a urinal from the wall and apparently try...

CHATHAM – Since the beginning of June, Veterans Field has been home to summer baseball, but on Aug. 18 the outfield was temporarily transformed into two soccer fields where seven scrappy teams got their kicks in the 10 th Annual Kenny Kup Soccer Jamboree. The event, held in honor of the late Ken Owens, a Chatham High School graduate who died in a skydiving accident in 2009, featured a day of soccer between pl...

*This article has been updated to include corrected information as not all of the results information provided was accurate* PLEASANT BAY – There are many sailing vessels in the world, but the catboat is about as Cape Cod as it gets, and on Aug. 17 catboat enthusiasts set sails aloft as they took to the waters of Pleasant Bay for the 2019 Arey's Pond Cat Gathering. The 27 th annual event was sailed by 72 c...

Nature Connection: Savoring Summer

By: Mary Richmond

These are the days, my friends, when we feel summer’s end sneaking up on us. The insects are singing, strumming and drumming away as daylight fades. Birds are gathering in flocks to feed and gather strength for long trips ahead. Young mammals are out and about, learning the ropes, and in the ponds, lakes and sea little fish are becoming big and bigger fish. The hardy yellow blooms of goldenrod are taking over ...

'Wind In The Willows' Is A Rollicking, Hilarious Ride

By: Amy Tagliaferri

You would have thought Harwich saw enough wind this summer, right? But “The Wind in the Willows” is a different kind of wind; it’s a whirlwind of delight. The only trees harmed in this production at the Cape Cod Theatre Company/Harwich Junior Theatre are the ones Mr. Toad hits with his car. “The true purpose of life?” he screams. “Cars!” Yes, Mr. Toad loves cars and his love for cars will prove to be his downfall...

CHATHAM – Twenty-three years ago today, photographer and wildlife naturalist Chris Fallows made a discovery that would catapult his work and the great white sharks of Seal Island, South Africa, into the limelight.  On Aug. 22, 1996, Fallows set out with a small crew of friends to observe the South African great white sharks in False Bay at Seal Island, where 64,000 Cape fur seals share a mere 450 meters of roc...

The Wellfleet Drive-In

By: John Whelan

“Saturday night at the movies Who cares what picture you see When you’re huggin’ with your baby In the last row of the balcony?”    - The Drifters, 1964   I’ve driven by it for years. And for all those years, I have thought to myself that I had better make plans to go to the Wellfleet Drive-In soon. We all know that Cape Cod is changing and the Wellfleet Drive-In is one of very few Drive-In Theaters...

Our View: Chase Park, An Underutilized Gem

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Chatham selectmen should move quickly to address neighbors' complaints about the use of Chase Park. We say “use” and not “ever-increasing use,” as it’s worded in a recent petition park neighbors submitted to the park and recreation commission, because in our view, Chase Park is one of the most underutilized public spaces in town. The land, off Cross Street, was donated to the town in 1953 by Avis Chase “as a p...

Letters To The Editor: Aug. 22, 2019

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

West Chatham Site Close To Home Editor: I read with interest in your paper recently that a location on Main Street in West Chatham could be the new site for the senior center currently located on Stony Hill Road. The West Chatham site has many things going for it, including:  1. On a main highway accessible for all types of vehicles in all types of weather.  2. Public transportation available. 3. Medic...

Margaret Ellen Borthwick Chase

By: Contributed

Margaret Ellen Borthwick Chase, 77, of Glen Allen, Va., passed away March 13, 2019.                Margaret is survived by her daughters Kimberly and Gail, stepchildren Bernd and Ute, grandsons Brandon, William and Jacob, great-grandson Liam, brothers Robert (Deborah), Gilbert (Marilyn) and Arnold (Sharon), and a host of nieces and nephews.             She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert Bor...