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Health Page: Pony Club Imparts Horse Sense At True North Farm

By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley

Kay Slater, owner of True North Farm in Harwich, trotted out an entire herd of answers when asked what makes Pony Club special. After several tries, she finally settled on something unexpected. “I love that the testing is oral,” she responded. “Getting especially young girls to speak out loud confidently about what they know is life changing.” Pony Club provides a comprehensive horse education curriculu...

ORLEANS — Sometimes, floating an idea means just that. A Massachusetts Institute of Technology faculty member is testing an experimental solar-powered data buoy known as PEARL that's anchored in Deep Pond. Last month, Professor Olivier L. de Weck answered questions from the conservation commission about the device, which is a prototype of a larger version to be deployed in the ocean. The floating p...

ORLEANS — A preference survey of potential new uses for the Governor Prence Inn property is open for responses until Jan. 9 and available online here . Results of the brief opinion poll created by the town’s consultant, Barrett Planning Group, will be available Jan. 12 at 5:30 p.m. during a joint public meeting of the affordable housing committee, affordable housing trust board, planning board, and select b...

Monomoy Schools To Be Remote Through Jan. 11

By: Tim Wood

Because of the increase in COVID-19 cases in area towns, the all schools in the Monomoy Regional School District will operate remotely through Jan. 11.  Classes in the district will resume on Tuesday, Jan. 5, to provide time to distribute computers and other material for remote learning, Superintendent Scott Carpenter announced Saturday. There will be no sports or extracurricular activities during the remote p...

Historic USCG Boathouse Demolition Delayed

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – Demolition of the historic Stage Harbor Coast Guard boathouse, scheduled for Monday, has been put on hold. Officials in Hull, where the structure has been for more than a year, agreed to hold off on enforcement orders requiring the removal of the boathouse from a shorefront property by Jan. 1. Earlier this week it appeared that the boathouse, built in 1936 and once sheltered the historic CG36500 G...

The COVID-19 Vaccine Comes To Chatham

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – Nancy Ryder Petrus had no misgivings about getting the COVID-19 vaccine. “I'm 100 percent positive,” she said. “At my age, I'll take my chances.” On Tuesday, a team of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians took over the dining hall at the Victorian Assisted Living facility in North Chatham and set up check-in and inoculation stations so residents and staff could receive the vaccine. Along with the ...

First Night Offers Celebration Without Congregation

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — It’s more than a COVID-safe way to celebrate New Year’s Eve. This year, First Night Chatham is a tribute to ingenuity. For public health reasons, the town’s traditional family-friendly New Year’s party couldn’t happen as usual this year, but First Night volunteers and the artists they celebrate found some creative ways to provide at least a sampling of the usual festivities. To help set the scen...

Pandemic Cast A Pall Over Chatham In 2020

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – There's no escaping the pall the COVID-19 pandemic cast over everything during 2020. Despite a relatively low number of positive cases, Chatham did not escape the impact, economically, socially and politically. Main Street was shut down for weeks, events and celebrations were canceled, and schools went remote as officials wrestled with how to keep residents safe without rending the fabric of the comm...

Historic CG Boathouse May Be Lost

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – The historic Stage Harbor Coast Guard boathouse may not make it off the shore in Hull, where it has been sitting derelict for more than a year. David Doherty, who spearheaded the effort to bring the boathouse back to Chatham, said he was informed late Tuesday by the attorney for the structure's current owners that an agreement to purchase the building was off and that his deposit check would be retur...

ORLEANS – The COVID-19 pandemic is altering First Night Chatham, but it isn’t stopping the Lower Cape Figure Skating Association from holding its annual Holidays on Ice show at the Charles Moore Arena in Orleans.   However, this year’s show will look a little different — it’s going to be a virtual event featuring masked participants.   Forty-three figure skaters ranging from ages 6 to 17 participated ...

Students Sponsor Legislation To Rename Route 137 Bridge

By: William F. Galvin

To honor 'Hidden Wound' Veterans HARWICH — The Route 137 bridge over Route 6 could take on another purpose than just carrying vehicles over the state highway. An eighth grade civics class at Monomoy Regional High School wants to have the bridge honor veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and other lingering effects of their service. The state Senate is weighing that idea now. The idea was s...

COVID-19 Testing Comes To Harwich Port

By: Alan Pollock

Baker Launches Small Business Relief Effort HARWICH PORT — Outer Cape Health Services is now providing COVID-19 testing for asymptomatic people at its Harwich Port health center. Appointments are required to receive a test; to reserve a space, call 508-905-2888. Tests are also available at Outer Cape Health Services’ sites in Wellfleet and Provincetown. Asymptomatic people will receive an Abbott BinaxN...

Helping Neighbors Campaign Raises $85K, Surpassing Goal

By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley

We're finally at the end of 2020, a year that has been challenging at best. Despite a pandemic and all of the complications that came with it, the Helping Neighbors Campaign hasn't merely met its goal to raise $65,000 for hungry individuals and families on Cape Cod. It sailed on past it and raised an incredible $85,010 and still counting. With so many in our community experiencing job loss, housing insecurity ...

2020 Was The Year Of COVID-19 Disruption

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Looking back to 2019 and the tornado that cut through Harwich Center that July, the sense was abnormal events couldn’t get much more bizarre. That was quickly set aside in 2020 when the coronavirus made its way to our shoreline, disrupting every aspect of normal life. In early March, the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed on Cape Cod. By March 10 the pandemic was taking hold across the state and Go...

'Igloos' Help Extend Outdoor Dining At Harwich Restaurant

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Restaurants are struggling to make ends meet. With the latest announcement from Gov. Charlie Baker limiting seating capacity to 25 percent, there seem to be two decisions being made: shut down for the winter or recreate yourself. How does a restaurant recreate itself in winter on Cape Cod.? One answer is igloos. If anyone has driven by Jake Rooney’s restaurant on the curve on Route 28 separating H...

ORLEANS – One of the crown jewels of the Lower Cape will now shine even brighter. On Monday, Orleans Firebirds president Bob O’Donnell presented Orleans Select Board Chair Kevin Galligan and Department of Public Works Facilities Manager Ron Collins with a $40,000 check to offset the town’s costs to fully recondition the lights at Eldredge Park, the Cape Cod Baseball League’s oldest field. The Firebird...