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Town: Truck Troubles On 28 Are Temporary

By: Alan Pollock

WEST CHATHAM — The new roundabout at the corner of Main Street and George Ryder Road is taking shape, and there have been reports that particularly long tractor trailers have had trouble navigating the traffic circle. The news seems to support longtime concerns raised by critics of the new traffic plan, but officials say the tractor trailer problem is temporary. Last Tuesday, a truck pulling a car carrier tr...

CHATHAM — Though it will be without the crowds, the holiday season won’t be without Christmas cheer in downtown Chatham. In lieu of the Christmas Stroll, the merchants’ association and chamber of commerce are planning a more subdued holiday celebration that will encourage holiday shoppers to spend their dollars locally while observing the necessary precautions during the pandemic. “The focus begins Thanksgi...

A Front Seat To History

By: Debra Lawless

In New Memoir, Chatham's Charles Daly Recalls Korea, Kennedy And Life Of Service One rainy Sunday a couple of years ago, Christine Daly of Chatham was sorting through a century-old box of photos of her husband’s family in Ireland when she made an astonishing discovery. Beneath the “piles and piles” of photos, she found a “big old tattered Manilla folder” marked “WH.” In it were 200 or 300 typed four-by-six ...

COVID-19 Cases Surge, Child Care Program Shuttered

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — After a community center staff member tested positive for COVID-19, town officials announced that the PARK after school childcare program will be shut down until Nov. 30. As of early this week, there was no indication that any of the children in the program had contracted the illness, but parents had been warned to watch their youngsters for symptoms. Last Friday, town officials learned that the comm...

Clues Emerge, But No Answers, About Ill-fated Humpback

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — For researchers hoping to understand the death of a stranded whale, sometimes the answer is simple: There is no answer. That’s not yet the case with the young humpback that stranded on shoals outside Stage Harbor earlier this month, since researchers are still waiting for lab results from tissue samples taken during a postmortem exam. But absent any indication of illness, they don’t have much to go o...

Erosion Ends Beach Access At Monomoy Refuge

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – It took just a couple of hours Tuesday for Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge staff to remove the bottom section of the stairs that led to the beach below the agency's Morris Island headquarters. The impact on public access, however, will be felt for months, maybe years to come. Erosion that Acting Refuge Manager Eileen McGourty called “extreme” has clawed away at the bluff that runs along the east and...

State Exemption Could Pave Way For Rt. 28 Sidewalk

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Connecting Harwich Port and Saquatucket Harbor with a sidewalk is a few steps closer to reality. Town Engineer Griffin Ryder said discussions have been taking place between the town and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, and a new directive from the state agency could pave the way for construction of the sidewalk. Officials are also looking for public input into the sidewalk proposal at ...

HCT Meets Funding Goal For Sand Pond Woodlands

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The Harwich Conservation Trust has met its goal of raising $1,225,000 to buy 6.65 acres in the Sand Pond Woodlands. The acquisition puts in place the final piece of a 75-acre land connection puzzle along the Herring River. Purchase of the 6.65 acres will not occur until the spring of 2021, said Harwich Conservation Trust Executive Director Michael Lach, because the trust will have to comply with stat...

Selectmen Reject Request For Liquor License Fee Reduction

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Selectmen Monday night rejected reducing annual restaurant liquor license fees for the coming year. Restaurants had requested the reductions because of lost business due to restrictions under the commonwealth’s emergency COVID-19 orders. For a time, the emergency regulations prohibited serving of alcohol for on-premise consumption. Once restaurants were allowed to serve liquor on the premises, it ...

Harwich Selectmen Weigh Ban On Nip Bottles

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Selectmen are considering banning the sale of 50 ml bottles of alcohol, known as nips. The issue was raised by Selectman Donald Howell Monday night. He said there has been a lot of talk in town about the trash that nips generate. “We’re getting inundated with trash,” Howell said. Over the past few years those involved in the Harwich Conservation Trust’s Tour de Trash annual roadside cleanup hav...

Sarah Swain Honored As Red Cross Community Service Hero

By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley

HARWICH – Sarah Swain, founder of the Cape Wellness Collaborative and the Cape Cod Women's Music Festival, has been honored with The American Red Cross of Massachusetts Community Service Hero Award. Inspired to make a difference in her community after losing her mother to ovarian cancer, Swain, a local music ian, created the annual Cape Cod Women’s Music Festival (CCWMF) in her mother’s honor in 2012. In 2014, S...

"I can't imagine a more challenging time" to try to clarify the state of our politics and the road ahead, said former Massachusetts senator Dan Wolf last week as he addressed more than 40 people in the final Zoom class of the Eldredge Library Fall 2020 Learning Series. Wolf, a resident of Harwich who learned to fly 43 years ago at Chatham Airport, is currently the CEO of Cape Air. A Democrat, Wolf admits his p...

SOUTH YARMOUTH – The Monomoy boys clawed their way back from a 1-0 deficit to a 2-1 lead in the Cape and Islands Lighthouse League finals against Sturgis East on Monday night, and then, with the Sharks just seconds away from their first-ever championship win, the lights above the pitch at Townhouse Field in Yarmouth went out, casting the field in darkness. The glitch was just one more oddity in a season of str...

HARWICH – It was a strange season for the Monomoy girls varsity field hockey team, but the Sharks weathered the changes and their opponents in the Cape and Islands Lighthouse League to earn the championship with a commanding 11-1 victory against Sturgis West on Nov. 14. To make the sport safer to play during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, games were restructured so that play featured 7-on-7 instead of the trad...

HARWICH – Adulting, even under the best circumstances, can be challenging, especially when it comes to trying to find a balance between the personal and professional. It is a challenge Pete Richer knows well as he recently had to step down from his position as head coach of Monomoy girls basketball to attend to his landscaping business. Richer emphasized that the decision to resign did not come easy. “It's ...

New Organ Arrives At Chatham Congregational Church

By: Debra Lawless

If you happened to venture within listening distance of the First Congregational Church of Chatham on Oct. 19, you might have heard a little shouted French. That’s because an employee of Casavant Freres, a pipe organ-building company founded in 1879 in Saint Hyacinthe, Quebec, was directing two of his co-workers and six men from a local moving company as they hauled 1,501 pipes for the church’s new organ up th...