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CHATHAM — In the short term, new electrical equipment being installed in downtown Chatham aims to help town officials charge their new electric vehicles. But in the longer term, it’s designed to reduce the number and duration of power outages in the downtown area. John Ventura, Eversource Manager of Distribution System Engineering, spoke to selectmen last week to secure permission to install two new transforme...

CHATHAM — Voters at the next annual town meeting will be asked to reserve the town-owned house at 127 Old Harbor Rd., formerly the water department offices, for affordable housing. But it’s not clear whether any specific plan is on the table for doing so. In 1971, a special town meeting voted to accept the property as a gift from the late Marion Nickerson Ellis, with the provision that the property be designat...

Delays In East Harwich Sewer Project Impact Development

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – The decision to put off a request for additional funding to complete phase two of the comprehensive wastewater management plan is creating problems for one local developer. Eastward Homes Business Trust of Chatham was issued planning board approval for the eight-lot Bascom Hollow subdivision off Route 39, to the east of the commercial district, in May 2018. Among the conditions imposed by the board o...

Test Kits And Supplies Thin At Outer Cape Health Services

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Outer Cape Health Services will be conducting all its COVID-19 testing from its Wellfleet health clinic, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Andrew Jorgenson said in a teleconference on Monday afternoon. But he expressed frustration with the lack of test kits and protective supplies available to the clinic. He explained the reason for using only one of OCHS’s three clinics is to prevent the other clinics from ...

Food Demand On The Rise At Pantries

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — With more businesses either closing their doors or reducing staff, more people are reaching out to The Family Pantry of Cape Cod and the Lower Cape Outreach Council to feed their families. Family Pantry Director Christine Menard said Monday the pantry is seeing an increase in the number of people in need of food for their families, many of whom were just laid off. There are others who have utilized t...

As the COVID19 crisis continues to impact people across the globe, students in local districts got back to the business of learning thanks to modern technology and dedicated educators in the Monomoy and Nauset school districts, as well as at the Cape Cod Lighthouse Charter School. Monomoy Superintendent Dr. Scott Carpenter said he began working with district administrators on remote learning several weeks ago ...

The East Harwich Neighbors Are Ready To Help

By: Kat Szmit

If you see a handful of kids on bicycles out and about in East Harwich, they’re not just having a good time. They’re called the East Harwich Neighbors and they’re on a mission—helping those that need it most during the region’s COVID19 crisis. For the past few weeks, roughly since schools closed, Mercy McLardy, Abby McLardy, Paul McLardy, Caleb Escher, and Autumn Escher have been dropping off fliers around the...

There was a time when Dede Trimble Griesbauer had a promising job on Wall Street. But once she began competing successfully in IronMan contests, her coach urged her to consider leaving the white-collar world behind in favor of going pro. That decision paid off mightily on Feb. 16 when Griesbauer crossed the finish line of Ultraman Florida with a record-setting time of 22:48:31, becoming the fastest female finishe...

Fight Cabin Fever With Geocaching

By: Alan Pollock

During the COVID-19 emergency, public health officials are encouraging people to enjoy time outdoors, as long as they’re still observing social distancing precautions. But let’s face it...how many walks around the neighborhood can a person take? Enter Geocaching, the outdoor treasure hunt that allows users to explore conservation areas and other public lands, stretching their legs and exercising their brains. ...

ORLEANS — Gregg LeStage’s great-grandfather burned down a barn on his Barley Neck Road property in 1956 because it blocked his view of the water. When his great-grandson bought the place for his own family in 2001, he tore down another barn that was in poor condition and a potential danger for his young daughters. “At that time in my life, it was way too expensive to repair,” LeStage said last week. “From that...

If Cape Cod followed Vermont’s example, all our worries about postponing town meeting would be unnecessary. Up in the Green Mountain State, almost all communities hold their annual budget-setting sessions on Town Meeting Day, the first Tuesday of March. It’s a state holiday. Vermont’s work is done for this year, but Massachusetts towns have been tripped up in the middle of the process by a pandemic disease tha...

Virus Apparently Claims Retired Episcopal Priest

By: Alan Pollock

Though the news could not be confirmed through public health channels, the COVID-19 virus has apparently claimed the life of an 88-year-old Brewster man who was formerly a parishioner at St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church of Chatham. According to the Rev. Brian McGurk, rector at St. Christopher’s, the Rev. Dr. Richard Ottaway, an Episcopal priest and college professor, died Sunday night at Cape Cod Hospital as...

Chatham Announces Positive Coronavirus Case

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

CHATHAM -- Town officials were notified Saturday of the town's first positive case of the COVID-19 virus. According to a press release, privacy laws prevented the identification of the individual. Close contacts of the person are being contacted and directed to self-isolate. As testing capabilities increase, town officials said they expect additional cases will be identified in Chatham.  They urged resident...

Harwich Announces Presumptive Case of Coronavirus

By: Staff Reports

HARWICH — Town officials announced this afternoon that a presumptive positive case of COVID-19 has been identified in Harwich. Because of privacy laws, the demographics of the case will remain anonymous, the town announcement reads. “The close contacts of the positive case have been notified by the Visiting Nurse Association and are following CDC guidelines for self-quarantine,” the notice reads. With ...

Tips, Ideas For Keeping Kids Engaged

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Keeping kids both occupied and happy when everyone is stuck at home is a challenge. Even when distance learning kicks in on Monday, there will still be more many hours of the day to fill. Here are some activities, tips and websites for families to consider as they face the prospect of not only days, but weeks of confinement. Get Outdoors While it's best to avoid meeting up with more than a couple people, ...