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William DeWitt Hitchcock

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  William DeWitt Hitchcock  ORLEANS—William “Bill” DeWitt Hitchcock, under the care of his loving daughters and hospice, passed away peacefully at home on January 17, 2021, at the age of 93. Bill was predeceased by his wife Joan (Fancy) Hitchcock in March 2020 after 59 years of marriage. Bill was born in 1927 at Schenectady, N.Y. to William Jamieson Hitc...

Benjamin Kelley Goodspeed

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Benjamin Kelley Goodspeed    Benjamin Kelley Goodspeed (96) passed away peacefully at Liberty Commons Rehabilitation & Skilled Care Center in North Chatham on January 26, 2021. He was listening to Chatham Band music quietly playing, had a family visit and died of natural causes.      Ben was the son of the late George W. Goodspeed Sr. and Dorothy E. Kendrick Goodspeed. He was born on March 12, 1924 in Chat...

Mary Frances Carey-MacDonald

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Mary Frances Carey-MacDonald      5/9/40-1/24/21 Mary Frances Carey-MacDonald passed away Sunday, January 24th in Chatham. She leaves her three children: Jennifer Olsen of Homer, Alaska, Sean Carey of Chatham and Jacqueline Carey of Hood River, Ore.; her sister in law Joanne Tweed; nieces and nephews, including Jonathan Rafuse, Heather Higgins and Amanda Rafuse. She was pre-deceased by her...

Florence Gwendoline Sheppard

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Florence Gwendoline Sheppard   June 4th, 1926 to January 23rd, 2021 Florence “Gwen” Sheppard of East Harwich passed away on January 23rd, 2021 after living life to its fullest for 94 years. She was born in Belleoram, Newfoundland on June 4th, 1926 to Reginald and Annie Keeping.  She was raised and went to school in Newfoundland, where she became a teacher.  Some of her students were returning servicemen ...

CHATHAM – Sometimes, you just know when the timing is right. That was the case when Suzy Nickerson decided to close her iconic Main Street shop Pentimento. “It was just timing,” she said. “Everything kind of came together at the right time.” Named for the Italian term used to describe the reappearance in a painting or other work of art of elements that the artist had previously covered, Pentimento opened...

The Monomoy Regional School Committee and the select boards in Chatham and Harwich will hold a joint meeting next week to discuss funding inequities in the district's elementary schools. The joint meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 10, at 6:30 p.m. In a unanimous vote last week, the school committee recognized the differential in the per pupil cost between the Chatham and Harwich elementary schools, a...

CHATHAM — Benjamin Goodspeed was a devoted family man, a town father, a skillful businessman and a classic Cape Codder. But most people will remember him as a trumpeter in the Chatham Band who shared his love for music for more than 80 remarkable years. Mr. Goodspeed died last Tuesday at the age of 96. A member of the Greatest Generation, he graduated from Chatham High School in 1941, working in an aircra...

The faltering roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccine to residents 75 and older this week has left many senior citizens aching from a dose of frustration, but state officials hope a new telephone hotline will help. As of early this week, state officials were urging people to visit www.mass.gov/CovidVaccine to check their eligibility to receive the vaccine, to choose a convenient clinic, and to sign up for an ap...

CHATHAM — Voters at the next annual town meeting will be asked to consider investing $7 million in wastewater improvements, and at least $4.5 million for stormwater treatment, all as part of the slow and steady drive to reduce pollution in town waterways. The select board unanimously endorsed the request to borrow $7 million to rebuild the pump station at the corner of Queen Anne Road and Oyster Pond Fu...

COVID-19 Numbers Paint Mixed Picture

By: Alan Pollock

While COVID-19 case numbers, hospitalizations and other metrics offer hope that the pandemic is finally starting to ebb, other figures show the virus continues to spread easily in areas where people congregate. Speaking at last week’s meeting of the Cape Cod COVID Response Task Force, Barnstable County Human Services Deputy Director Vaira Harik observed that numbers of new cases had dropped somewhat, wit...

CHATHAM – Last March, artist Steve Lyons began noticing flashes of light on the left side of his peripheral vision. An exam revealed spots on his brain, and he was eventually diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer. Lyons, who lives in Chatham and has a gallery and studio on Main Street, began treatment at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. After learning about clinical trails ...

Mary Anderson To Run For Selectman In Harwich

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — A second candidate has taken out nomination papers for the one seat on the board of selectmen on this year's town election ballot. Mary Anderson, who served as the executive director of The Family Pantry of Cape Cod for 11 years, threw her hat in the ring on Tuesday. Anderson joins Thomas Sherry, who took out nomination papers for the seat more than a week ago. Incumbent Ed McManus said on Tuesday he...

CPC Recommends Brooks Foundation And Jenkins Bogs Purchase

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The community preservation committee voted last week to recommend that voters support two major funding projects for historic preservation and open space at the annual town meeting in May. The committee is endorsing funding for the Brooks Academy foundation and basement addition project and funds to assist the Harwich Conservation Trust with the purchase of the 31-acre Jenkins bogs property. The C...

Powers Gets Long-term Contract As Town Administrator

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Town Administrator Joseph Powers has entered into a new contract agreement with the board of selectmen that extends his tenure for more than three years. Powers has been serving as interim town administrator for a little more than a year. Last August, after interviewing four finalists for the town administrator’s position, selectmen were unable to obtain the super-majority vote required by the town c...

School To Use Iconic '60s Photos To Educate Students About Race

By: Susanna Graham-Pye

HARWICH – Educators at the Cape Cod Lighthouse Charter School are eagerly exploring ways to use a recent gift of photographs, many depicting iconic moments from the civil rights movement. In one photo, the leaders and organizers of the August 1963 March on Washington sit at the feet of the sculpture of Abraham Lincoln in his memorial; in another Marlon Brando stands with his arm slung over James Baldwin’s shou...

Allen Harbor Marine Plans Route 28 Maintenance Facility

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Allen Harbor Marine Service is seeking permits to locate a 4,000-square-foot marine repair and maintenance facility on the lot just east of Villa Roma restaurant on Route 28 in West Harwich. The board of appeals approved a variance for the building in December. Owner Craig LeBlanc of Cool Change, LLC was before the planning board last week seeking a site plan review special permit and use special per...