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CHATHAM — Though the controversial Chatham Airport Master Plan Update is now in the hands of state and federal regulators, a vocal group of critics has launched a website warning of dire consequences if the plan is implemented. Now, both airport opponents and the airport commission are fighting a battle for public opinion. “Among the things that keep getting lost in translation here is that the master plan i...

With COVID-19 case numbers continuing to decline, the new single-dose vaccine helping to improve availability, and new CDC guidelines allowing vaccinated people more freedom to meet with friends in person, one would think all the pandemic-related headlines were all positive this week. But the state’s beleaguered online registration system continues to frustrate those seeking to sign up for a vaccine appo...

The Family Pantry Gets Creative With Food Distribution

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The Family Pantry of Cape Cod is always looking for new ways to reach out to Cape residents, especially now, with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic still being felt. The latest initiative will launch Sunday, March 21, when the pantry holds a drive-through “Food Grab and Go” event at Monomoy Regional High School on Oak Street between 10 a.m. and noon. The Family Pantry truck will be stationed at...

A Decade Long Battle To Develop Sea Street Lot Continues

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — For a decade, the conservation commission has been doing battle over a proposed construction project at 5 Sea Street Extension along Nantucket Sound. Project proponents are back once again with a proposal to build a house on the 22,000-square-foot lot. The long, narrow lot reaching out toward the beach is constrained by a coastal dune, and where that dune begins and ends is a contentious issue. After...

MacAskill Challenges Lengthy Warrant

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — With town meeting being held outdoors because of the continuing pandemic, should measures likely to draw considerable debate be included on the warrant? Selectman Michael MacAskill doesn't think so. MacAskill has been a strong supporter of limiting the articles presented in an outdoor town meeting setting, saying the sessions draw fewer town meeting participants. “I see no urgency to add to the wa...

HCT Volunteer Woodworker Lends A Hand To Wood Ducks

By: Harwich Conservation Trust

HARWICH – Harwich native Jeremy Wiley recently assisted local wood ducks and the Harwich Conservation Trust (HCT) by installing two waterfront nest boxes at Cornelius Pond Woodlands, a 15-acre HCT preserve and walking trail destination. His volunteer work to attract wood ducks helps support the ecological health and biodiversity of Cornelius Pond. Wood ducks are a colorful, uncommon, cavity-nesting duck specie...

Eventually somebody clever will come up with a name for that week in March 2020. You know the one, that stretch between Sunday, March 8, and Saturday March 14 — the week COVID-19 took hold of our nation and the world. The week everything changed. Monomoy Regional High School athletic director Karen Guillemette and Nauset Regional High School athletic director John Mattson remember that week well. They were ...

HARWICH – One by one, the players on the Monomoy Regional High School football team filed onto the field. They were carrying their shoulder pads and helmets, as well as gym bags and extra sweatshirts – an article of clothing that has become a necessary piece of equipment to battle the harsh bite of the March cold. Make no mistake about it: There are challenges associated with playing football during a global p...

Nature Connection: Living Off The Land

By: Mary Richmond

With the advent of spring comes hope of growth and renewal. It seems as if every living thing is feeling it, just waiting to bust out of winter doldrums and get going and growing. Plants are anxious to break through the soil and push out leaves and blossoms. Animals and birds are thinking of courting and reproducing and even we humans are feeling that natural sap rising within us. Our time of dormancy and hanging...

Radio Telemetry Used To Track Shorebird Migration Routes

By: Elizabeth Van Wye

How do we know what routes are taken by migrating birds? We may know where they start their migration and where it ends, but exactly how do they get there? These were some of the questions answered by Wildlife Biologist Pamela Loring of the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service last Thursday evening when over 90 people tuned in to learn more about tracking shorebirds in the Chatham Marconi Maritime Center's Virtual ...

Letters to the Editor, March 11

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Embers Manager Explains Editor: My name is Scott McMahon. I'm the manager at Ember coal Fire Pizza and Wings. I was working Memorial Day weekend 2020. Hence I know for a fact that the inside bar was closed and the outside bar was strictly used for customers to order takeout. We had arrows that showed customers where to step up to safely do so. The food was rung in and then the customers would wait safely on t...

Our View: Our Pandemic Year

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

On March 10 of last year, Donald Trump told us COVID-19 “will go away. Just stay calm. It will go away.” Two days later, he repeated those words, presaging his failure to take seriously the most deadly pandemic in a century. How much his administration's reluctance, or inability, to address the situation contributed to the deaths of more than half a million Americans will be judged by history. Today, we look b...

HARWICH — Albert Raneo is a man of community. He served the town of Harwich in an official capacity for 25 years, and following retirement has continued serving for an additional 25 years through volunteer efforts. “I try to do as much as I can to help people,” said Raneo, 88. “I do it because I want to, it’s in my heart.” Long-time Harwich residents know Raneo through for his work running the town's hig...

ORLEANS — The goalposts for scoring a state contribution toward a Snow Library building project have been moved again. Estimates are that it will be fiscal year 2027 or 2028 before the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners has the funds to initiate a new round of design grants, Snow Library facilities advisory committee chair Steve Gass told his colleagues March 3. “When I first joined the trustees...

ORLEANS — This was news, from the Orleans Record, in 1902: An automobile “came to the Hotel Shattuck and stopped over night, Friday week, and then passed down to East Orleans, opposite Mrs. Freeman’s dwelling, when it went back. Report says the party intended to go to Provincetown, but was discouraged on account of the sandy road.” Over the next century, that road and many others were paved and the region be...

ORLEANS — The Nauset Regional School Committee approved an assessment of $25,305,688 last week for the fiscal year beginning July 1, a 2.49 percent increase that “has the potential of meeting the desires of our sending selectmen and finance committees in terms of expectations for the budget,” Superintendent Tom Conrad said March 4. The budget, which includes expenditures for the middle school, high school, a...