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CHATHAM – The historic Coast Guard boathouse that once sat on the shore of Stage Harbor is now the subject of a legal battle in the town of Hull. The 30-by-60-foot boathouse once sheltered the famous CG36500 motor lifeboat used to rescue the crew of the Pendleton on Feb. 18, 1952, still considered the greatest small boat rescue in Coast Guard history. Like the CG36500, which ended up under the ownership of the...

A Frustrating Milestone For Fish Pier Deck

By: Alan Pollock

A Year Since Project Began CHATHAM — A year ago, when the town signed a contract with Sciaba Construction Corporation for the construction of a new fish pier observation deck, there didn't seem to be any reason the job wouldn't be done well before Memorial Day. That gave plenty of time for the pier and packing house to be ready for high season for commercial fishing, and for the deck to be ready for the annual...

Lee Culver Remembered For Commitment To Harwich

By: Alan Pollock

HARWICH — For Lee Culver, wearing a Harwich Police Department badge for nearly 30 years wasn’t the sum of his service to the town he loved. It was just a start. Mr. Culver, who retired from the department in 2008, died Sunday morning at the age of 72 after what friends describe as a courageous battle with cancer. Though the disease was debilitating, Mr. Culver remained civically active as long as he was physic...

Sisson Road Site Suitable For Affordable Housing

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The affordable housing committee is looking to put its first housing project in place to demonstrate the abilities of the recently installed affordable housing trust to develop housing. The group received some good news from a due diligence assessment conducted by Bohler Engineering on behalf of the Massachusetts Housing Partnership. The company conducted an assessment of the 265 Sisson Rd. property,...

Selectman Howell To Seek Fourth Term On Board

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Selectman Donald Howell took out nomination papers to run for a fourth term on the board this past week. His term and that of Selectmen Chairman Larry Ballantine expire in May. Ballantine has said a couple of times on the past month he has not reached a decision yet on whether he will run for another term. Town spending and its impact on taxpayers is the major issue facing the community, Howell to...

Selectmen Want Movement On Bank Street Demolition

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The former fire station on Bank Street could be demolished in the near future. Selectmen last week instructed Interim Town Administrator Joseph Powers to take the steps necessary to begin the process. Powers said Selectman Michael MacAskill requested moving ahead with the demolition plans and a site visit was held with Town Engineer Griffin Ryder and Harbormaster John Rendon. The building has not bee...

HARWICH — The community preservation committee saw the need for a community playground adjacent to the Harwich Elementary School, but wrestled with funding the entire project when deliberating on how the town’s Community Preservation Act funds should be spent in the May town meeting. The committee ended up reducing the playground request from $641,035 to $500,000, and also reduced the affordable housing trust ...

ORLEANS – Between interrupted breakaways and pucks that simply refused to slide into the net, the annual Codfish Cup between the Monomoy/Nauset/Cape Tech Furies and the D-Y Dolphins just didn't go the Furies' way. No doubt given the level of intensity the home team Furies brought to the ice at the Charles Moore Arena, the 2-0 loss carried a bit more of a sting, as did several questionable calls by on-ice offic...

HARWICH – After the Sturgis West Navigators took a 13-11 lead into the second quarter of their Jan. 17 game at Monomoy, the Sharks regrouped in a big way, ultimately playing to a 53-39 victory in the Cape and Islands Lighthouse League. It was the first time the Sharks entered into competition with the Navigators and it took a little time for the home team to really get rolling, but once they did there was no l...

HYANNIS – The lucky number was seven in the Monomoy-Mashpee Monarchs boys ice hockey game against Wareham/Carver on Monday, but it wasn't the Monarchs who were lucky. Instead, the home team fell 7-2 to the Vikings in an outing that left head coach Chris Peterson shaking his head. “It was just a really tough game,” said Monarchs head coach Chris Peterson. “We didn't show up. We've been having a hard time gettin...

Through its long history, Chatham has been known by many monikers, and now it may be acquiring a new one. “Without doubt, Chatham will be the organ town,” says the Rev. Joseph Marchio, pastor, director of music and organist at the First Congregational Church of Chatham. The church, celebrating its tercentennial this year, is joining St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church and the First United Methodist Church in...

McPherson Shines In 'Driving Miss Daisy'

By: Ellen Chahey

It’s a star turn for Chatham’s Karen McPherson as she reprises her favorite role—the title role—in the 1988 Pulitzer Prize winning play “Driving Miss Daisy” by Alfred Uhry. This time, it’s at the Barnstable Comedy Club, on Route 6A in Barnstable Village, and it’s playing through Jan. 26. McPherson first played Daisy Werthan in 2011 at the Academy of Performing Arts in Orleans, and it’s obvious she’s not tired ...

Our View: Keep Chatham Harbor On The Map

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

If you’re not a mariner, you’re not apt to care about buoys. Here’s a worthy exception. The Coast Guard, which maintains large, offshore aids to navigation, has proposed removing the lighted whistle buoy “C” off the entrance to Chatham Harbor. Doing so would be a mistake. Landlubbers can think of the “C” buoy as a highway exit sign. The offshore waters are like a long, featureless highway, and in the dark o...

Letters To The Editor: Jan. 23, 2020

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Support From Wonderful Community Editor: Sincere thanks to everyone for all your support especially during the many months before, and after the passing of Richard Clifford. Rich was my husband/best friend, a devoted father/grandfather, and a personable friend to all who knew him. Our family and I thank all those who touched our lives. Especially to Rich’s remarkable “Woodworker Buddies” to whom I ...

Budget Season Picks Up With News Of Tax Rate Cut

By: Ed Maroney

ORLEANS — The town’s projected budget for fiscal year 2021, which begins July 1, includes a 2.9 percent decrease in the tax rate and no property tax increase. On the other hand, the first look at operating expenses for the non-school budget shows a 4.7 increase, a bit over the board of selectmen’s 4 percent cap. But there could be good news there, too, if the Cape Cod Municipal Health Group sets coverage rates lo...

ORLEANS – That the problem of mass incarceration is alarming is seen not only in the statistics but in the strong and passionate commitments of those aware of and concerned about over-incarceration in America today. Many know there is a problem, but how it came to exist and how to address it are often less clear. The Honorable Donald L. Cabell, the guest speaker at this year’s Martin Luther King Day Breakfast at ...