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A lot has changed for Tyler Potter since he began playing Pop Warner football at age 7. For starters, he’s grown older and taller and now attends Monomoy Regional High School, where he plays for the Sharks’ football team. As much as some things have changed, however, other aspects of Potter’s life have stayed the same. That includes the dream he’s maintained since he was a youngster — the dream of one day play...

Nature Connection: Connecting Through Stillness

By: Mary Richmond

Golden fingers of sunlight reached up through the trees, beckoning me. I pulled on my jeans and a sweater, packed my sketchbook and binoculars in my backpack, swigged a last gulp of coffee and drove off to see and hear what was happening out in the world. The morning was a cool but clear one at the wetland area where I started my walk. Reflections shone off the pond with little distortion as red-winged blackbi...

CCTC/HJT's Virtual 'Open Mic Night' Is Fun With Heart

By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley

On Friday, April 23 at 7 p.m. Cape Cod Theatre Company/Harwich Junior Theatre will present a new play, “Open Mic Night” written by New York based playwright Justin Jay Gray, filmed and directed by CCTC/HJT technical director Matt Kohler. The play will be broadcast on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Jester51 and on the theater's Youtube channel at CCTC HJT. After five years of highs and mostly lows running the ...

Responding to budget cuts in the mid- to late-1990s, Coast Guard brass decided that Station Chatham would be combined with Station Provincetown under a single command, with a paring-down of resources for the two key stations. On our editorial page, we opined that the move was shortsighted and jeopardized the safety needs of local mariners – and our readers agreed. But we were paid an office visit by the group com...

Letters To The Editor: April 22, 2021

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Candidate's Experience Is What Harwich Needs Editor: The Harwich Board of Selectmen deserves to have a capable, independent, problem solver elected to its board.  Mary Anderson is that person. I’ve known and worked with Mary for many years, in her capacity as the executive director of The Family Pantry. The Pantry, under Mary’s watch, has grown into one of the largest, most successful non-profit organizatio...

ORLEANS — Like many, she stayed close to home the last few months. She picked up a lot of information about Deep Pond, and made sure to get as much sun as she could. Now she’s taking a break before moving to Pleasant Bay for the summer and fall. She (that’s how her creators refer to her) is PEARL, aka Platform for Expanding AUV exploRation to Longer ranges (“Auv” stands for autonomous underwater vehicles). C...

ORLEANS — England and America have been called “two countries divided by a common language.” One might say Chatham and Orleans are two towns divided by a common beach. Geography has made Orleans the gatekeeper for Chatham’s North Beach, aka the southern reach of Nauset Beach, and that has led to disagreements over administration and finances. Each town sells resident oversand vehicle stickers to its own citi...

Carolyn Jane Holmes Swanson

By: Contributed

Carolyn Jane Holmes Swanson passed away peacefully on April 7th, 2021. Carolyn was born on January 31st, 1936, in the town of Harwich where she resided for most of her life with her husband, Allen.  Carolyn loved collecting antique glass, reading, knitting, gardening and especially her Morgan horse, Pharaoh, who she rode late into her 70s.    Carolyn is survived by her three children, Kathryn, Eric and his wife K...

Stephen P. Ford

By: Contributed

Stephen P. Ford August 7, 1952–April 9, 2021 Surrounded by his family, and with an Irish tune playing, Stephen P. Ford died peacefully just as the sunset left his room on Friday, April 9, 2021. He took on life with caring, spirit, commitment, and a side of humor, as all who knew him understood. Born in Virginia Beach on August 7, 1952, he was the loving son of the late Barbara Brett Ford. The youngest of five chi...

Debra Lynn Eldredge

By: Contributed

CHATHAM - Debra Lynn Eldredge, 65, passed away on Friday morning April 9, 2021. She was born in Weymouth, Ma. at South Shore Hospital on June 11, 1955 to Roy and Virginia “Gigi” Eldredge.  Debbie was the couple’s fourth child, and was 12 years younger than their youngest child at the time.  Love surrounded Debbie from her birth with three older siblings and two loving parents.   Though Debbie was born off-Cape, s...

Use of the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine was halted Tuesday in Barnstable County and across the state after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended a pause in its use nationwide. The move came after potentially dangerous blood clots were reported in six individuals who received the vaccine. In Barnstable County, 1,400 doses of the Johnson and ...

CHATHAM – The Coast Guard deliberately kept the public and town officials in the dark about plans to replace Station Chatham's 42-foot near-shore lifeboats with less capable 45-foot response boats, according to the select board. At a March 26 meeting, Coast Guard Commander Sector Southeast New England Captain Christian J. Glander told select board members that the pending action “was kept from the public and t...

CHATHAM – A town meeting article seeking $8.3 million to build a new senior center on Main Street in West Chatham was endorsed by the finance committee last week, but only just barely. The panel voted 3-2, with three members abstaining, to support the measure. It was clear that a number of members were struggling with the decision. Those who voted against the proposal generally thought the two story, 10,000...

CHATHAM – When the historic Stage Harbor Coast Guard boathouse makes its way from Quincy to Bridge Street, the cost of the journey will be covered by community preservation funds, if voters approve a request at the upcoming annual town meeting. In a unanimous vote, the community preservation committee last week endorsed the request for $243,250 to cover the cost of barging the structure to town. The finance co...

CHATHAM — Pending a successful contract negotiation, Chatham Fire Captain Nelson Wirtz, a member of the department since 1996, will become the next fire chief of Oak Bluffs. The selectmen in that Martha’s Vineyard town chose Wirtz Tuesday from a field of three finalists for the chief’s job, which oversees the town’s combined fire and EMS departments. According to the department’s website, the department incl...

Chatham Seeks Bigger Share Of Nauset Beach Revenues

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Under the current pact between the two towns, Orleans retains 75 percent of the proceeds of nonresident sticker sales for Nauset (North) Beach, with Chatham getting the remaining 25. The split acknowledged that Chatham once had only a tiny portion of the barrier beach within its town lines, and that off-road vehicles must travel through Orleans to reach it. But the Chatham select board says the time i...