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ORLEANS – As Nauset Regional High School makes plans for graduation ceremonies in July (see related story), planning is under way for the fall semester. “We’ve already started conversations about next year,” Principal Chris Ellsasser told the regional school committee May 14. “My feeling is we will need a remote version (of instruction), a blended version, face-to-face, and one that does all three. We’re estab...

ORLEANS – Questions about building size, traffic to be generated, and whether the operation is retail or wholesale were raised by the selectmen last week as they discussed the F. W. Webb building proposed for the Underground Mall site off Route 6A near the Brewster line. The board wants to hear more from all parties before making a decision about a discretionary referral of the project to the Cape Cod Commissi...

Gov. Charlie Baker today announced the start of a careful process of reopening shuttered businesses and restarting public activities, with the goal of reaching a “new normal” state by the end of July. But for that schedule to hold, COVID-19 cases need to continue declining, which means continuing social distancing, hand washing, face covering and other personal precautions. Essential businesses that are alread...

HARWICH – For weeks, administrators at Monomoy Regional High School have been brainstorming ideas on how to hold a meaningful graduation during a time of quarantine due to COVID-19. Pending Gov. Charlie Baker’s decision on May 18 regarding crowd sizes, not only does MRHS have a plan, but they’ll be doing all they can do celebrate their seniors. Principal Bill Burkhead revealed the commencement plan during the ...

ORLEANS - Town meeting may be asked to add $12 million to the $47 million it authorized last year to complete the downtown sewer system and build a treatment plant and effluent disposal system. Five bids each were received for the sewer collection system and for the treatment plant and disposal system. Robert B. Our, of Harwich, was apparent low bidder for the sewer collection system and Daniel O'Connell's Son...

Open-Air Town Meeting Set for June 20

By: Ed Maroney

ORLEANS - There's no word yet on whether picnic lunches will be encouraged, but the selectmen have decided that the 2020 annual town meeting will be held alfresco. The town's annual legislative session will be held outdoors Saturday, June 20, at 10 a.m. in the center of Nauset Regional Middle School's running track.  The open-air session will be postponed if it rains. Town meeting usually takes place in the...

First Chatham COVID-19 Death Reported

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

CHATHAM -- A local resident has died of COVID-19, the first person in Chatham to succumb to the coronavirus, town officials reported late Wednesday. The individual was not identified. In a two-paragraph announcement, Director of Health and Natural Resources said town officials offered condolences to the individual’s family and wold not release further information out of respect for their privacy.  ...

Ambrose (Birt) Birtwell, Jr.

By: Contributed

Ambrose (Birt) Birtwell, Jr. Born in Accrington, Lancashire, England on September 24, 1922 to Ambrose Birtwell, Sr. and Sarah Longden Birtwell. He is survived by his wife of 75 years, Louise Holman Birtwell, Hingham. Daughter Jean Williams (Roger), Chatham and sons Ken Birtwell, Harwich and Allan Birtwell (Veronica), Standish, Maine. Sister, Dorothy O’Brien, Bradenton, Fla. Seven grandchildren, fourteen great gr...

Mary Theresa Grant

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                WALLINGFORD – Mary Theresa Grant, 93, passed away on April 27, 2020, at Regency House Health & Rehabilitation Center. She was the beloved wife of the late Harold O. Grant.                   Mary was born in Wallingford, Conn. on May 4, 1926, the third child of seven to the late Stephen and Mary Yencsik Mushinsky.                   Mary, or "Flo", as she was fondly known by family a...

Amid mounting pressure to reopen the state’s dormant economy, officials are warning that with COVID-19, caution remains the watchword. Gov. Charlie Baker this week announced a strategy for gradually reopening businesses, though the timing has yet to be decided. With the Memorial Day weekend just over a week away, business and civic leaders on the Lower Cape are all ears. An economic reopening advisory board...

CHATHAM – Groundfish quotas and allocations began anew May 1, marking the technical start of the commercial fishing season. But with restaurants still closed and other markets limited, local fishermen have fewer outlets for their catch. “The good thing is our fishing season really hasn't ramped up yet,” fisherman Doug Feeney said recently. “But we don't know what the next three months holds.” Feeney is a me...

CHATHAM — Though it’s still too early to predict the exact financial impact of COVID-19 on the next town budget, officials are bracing for significant reductions and are finding new ways to trim spending and lighten the burden on taxpayers. Even so, the town's property tax rate will increase for the first time in three years. At last Thursday’s board meeting, selectmen reviewed the latest revision of the fi...

CHATHAM — Even a few months ago, a summer without band concerts, the July 4 parade and crowded beaches seemed unimaginable. But in a heavily attended virtual forum Monday, speaker after speaker supported just that kind of approach in the fight against COVID-19. The board of selectmen and board of health will hold a joint meeting Monday, May 18 at 6 p.m. to discuss comments made at the forum and updates on the ...

CHATHAM – For the second time in two years, the historical commission has imposed a delay on a proposal to demolish a portion of an iconic home at the corner of Shore Road and Seaview Street. Commission members weren't happy with new plans to renovate and add on to the 93-year-old bow roof Cape at 233 Seaview St., which they said would be much larger than the existing building and would alter the historic stre...

HARWICH — Selectmen are awaiting legislation making its way through Beacon Hill that includes provisions on how municipalities in Massachusetts can address town meetings and funding a budget moving into FY21. Interim Town Administrator Joseph Powers said legislation has been approved in the Senate that will allow town meeting actions just on financial issues. But there has been no clear definition on what “fin...