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Harwich Selectman Stephen Ford Dies

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Staff

HARWICH – Stephen Ford, vice chairman of the board of selectmen, has died, according to a statement issued Saturday by board chairman Larry Ballantine. “Stephen’s love for his hometown of Harwich was exceeded only by his love of family,” Ballantine said in the statement. “His presence at board meetings and his efforts on behalf of so many organizations and causes within Harwich, Cape Cod and the Commonwealth w...

Lynn Thurston Brountas

By: Contributed

Lynn Thurston Brountas, of Weston and Chatham, died peacefully at age 83 on Tuesday, March 22, 2021. She was the loving wife of the late Paul P. Brountas, to whom she was married for 54 years. She was the devoted and endlessly beloved mother of Paul P. Brountas, Jr. of Waltham, Jennifer V.W. Brountas of Boston, and Barrett Brountas and husband Christopher Biddle of Wayland. She also leaves the absolute lights ...

Community Pitching In After Fire Displaces Family

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — A single mom with three kids is scrambling to find housing after their apartment was damaged by fire on March 24, and the community is lending a helping hand. “No one was hurt,” Kate McCoy said. But two of the apartments in the building are uninhabitable because of the fire damage, and the whole building will remain uninhabitable until repairs can be made and the building is brought up to building an...

April Fools Swimmers Jump In For Jennie

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — On Saturday, the water off Harding’s Beach was a frigid 40 degrees. But it was still a couple degrees warmer than the air temperature. Neither one deterred the April Fools of Chatham, who made their annual swim for a good cause. The event was postponed from April 1 because of a gusty rainstorm. This year’s plunge was made in honor of 36-year-old Jennie Porter, who is recovering from the effe...

CHATHAM — One of the things Christie Beckley likes best about her hometown is, of course, its beaches. But with the effects of climate change already becoming clear, the Monomoy Regional High School sophomore wants Chatham to take steps to preserve those beaches in the face of sea level rise and erosion. She recently outlined her plan for the parks and recreation commission. “It’s so important that our beaches...

Elementary School Community Forum April 15

By: Staff Reports

CHATHAM – A community forum to gather public input on the operation of the town's elementary school will be held by the select board next Thursday, April 15, at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom. The board is looking for direction as it addresses the concerns of the Monomoy Regional School Committee about decreasing enrollment at Chatham Elementary School (CES), its impact on elementary students' educational experience, the ...

CHATHAM – The finance committee is putting its money where its mouth is. Or, rather, the town's money. Acting on conclusions reached by a committee working group a year ago, the committee is recommending the voters approve four town meeting articles that take significant steps in the drive to increase the availability of attainable and affordable housing in town. The committee backed the acquisition of prop...

CHATHAM – While the chief of Coast Guard Station Chatham defended the replacement of the station's surf boats with the agency's standard patrol boat, the chairman of the Aunt Lydia's Cove Committee said the change would be disastrous for the town's commercial fishing fleet. “We're being left high and dry” by the move, said fisherman Doug Feeney. Chatham Harbor has one of the most dangerous bars on the east coa...

Cape Battles Third Wave Of COVID-19

By: Alan Pollock

While more and more people are getting COVID-19 vaccinations each day, Barnstable County is still struggling with a surge of cases linked to the Mid Cape. The county’s 14-day incidence rate, expressed as cases per 100,000 people, stands at 40.2, pushed high by the town of Barnstable’s rate of 78.5 cases. On the Lower Cape, the rate stands at 27 cases per 100,000 in Chatham, 31.8 cases in Harwich and 22.9 cases...

“We’re really looking down the barrel of what’s going to be the strongest summer I’ve ever seen.” That’s the evaluation of Mac Hay, owner of Chatham Fish and Lobster and several other restaurants, fish markets and other businesses. Sign after sign point to the same conclusion: The 2021 summer visitor season will be one for the books. Chambers of commerce are reporting a heavy volume of inquiries, rentals are b...

Main Street Bogs Eyed For Agricultural Education

By: William F. Galvin

NORTH HARWICH — There may not be much of a future for farming on Cape Cod, but teaching students about agriculture imparts skills valuable in other environmental fields that do have a future on the Cape. That's one of the chief concepts behind a proposal to create an agricultural education center at the 33-acre town-owned Main Street cranberry bogs in association with Cape Cod Regional Technical High School. ...

PLEASANT LAKE — Cape Cod Regional Technical High School students have a history of helping Habitat for Humanity of Cape Cod, and now they’re looking to take the people who live in Habitat homes for a ride. A bicycle ride, that is. Students at the Pleasant Lake school are repairing and restoring bicycles to give to Habitat residents. The project is part of a SkillsUSA Week community service initiative the schoo...

HARWICH — The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted everyone in different ways. For many people, the stay-at-home and reduced socialization directives have created a sheltered atmosphere. But not for Kate Seeley. Seeley is using her time to assist people struggling to obtain COVID-19 vaccine appointments. The West Harwich resident said she took a leave of absence from her job at the Outer Cape Health Service Women...

HARWICH – For as long as the sport has been played, football coaches have rattled off clichés about the importance of executing in all three phases of the game: offense, defense and special teams. On Saturday, the Cape Cod Tech football team learned just how critical it is for an offense to play well. Although the Crusaders’ defense was stellar throughout the team’s home opener, turnovers plagued the offense...

Kaleigh Powell is no stranger to the Nauset Regional High School volleyball program. She was the coach for the freshman and junior varsity teams the past three years and served as an assistant for the varsity squad, so she had been on the sidelines for past Warriors victories. But this one was special. Nauset’s varsity volleyball team earned its first win of the Fall II season on March 30, a 3-2 victory at ...