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CHATHAM – Danielle Tolley isn't worried that Chatham Elementary School will close. She's more interested in the way the conversation around the school's future developed, how it snowballed from concern over low enrollment to demands that the town increase its share of the Monomoy Regional School District budget. “It feels like something is on fire, when it clearly isn't,” she said. It's important to get to ...

CHATHAM – Since fourth grade, Nicole Smith wanted to be a marine biologist. Living in the Midwest, splitting her youth between St. Louis and Kansas City, posed a bit of a problem as far as access to the ocean was concerned. When she went to Kansas State University, Smith studied fisheries and wildlife biology, concentrating on conservation and biodiversity, areas where she's ended up spending her career. Smith...

Arrival Of First Of Two Surf Boat Replacements Surprises Officials CHATHAM – The select board hopes to enlist residents and officials here and throughout the Cape to help convince the Coast Guard to reverse its decision to strip Station Chatham of its surf boats. Town officials were surprised when a 45-foot response boat medium arrived at the Chatham Fish Pier last Tuesday, taking the place of one of the st...

Ember Licenses Get Approval

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — After a three-and-a-half hour hearing filled with legal wrangling and objections, selectmen Monday night granted Ember Pizza’s seasonal liquor license and a modified annual entertainment license. The board was also scheduled on Monday to take action on the seasonal liquor and entertainment licenses for The Port Restaurant and Bar, as well as conduct a public hearing on alleged violations of the Commo...

Raymond Thacher Was The 'Heart Of The Cape Cod Cranberry'

By: William F. Galvin

Beloved Farmer, Community Volunteer, Dies At 86 HARWICH — Another cog in the wheel that keeps the community rolling along was lost last week with the passing of Raymond “Link” Thacher. Mr. Thacher, 86, was a central figure in countless areas of Harwich town life. He passed away on Wednesday, April 21, at the Rosewood Manor in Harwich Center. Many people will remember Mr. Thacher as the man who spent much...

HARWICH — The past year has been an emotional one, with feelings of uncertainty and isolation tempered by opportunities for creativity, productivity and reflection. In a new public art project, the community center is encouraging people to get creative in expressing the town’s collective emotions from the past year. “We wanted to do something where we could still be interacting with the members of our commun...

HARWICH — When it comes to activities with a huge carbon footprint, commercial air travel has to be near the top of the list. But thanks to the vision of Harwich’s Dan Wolf and his brother Jim, green air travel could soon be coming to the region. Their company, Cape Air, is making aviation history by purchasing a nine-passenger all-electric plane. The Wolf brothers spoke at a virtual forum held recently by t...

Selectmen To Investigate Hall's Path Clearing

By: William F. Galvin

EAST HARWICH — A subcommittee of the board of selectmen will investigate the work of a contractor who cut a 51-foot swath of trees along a section of Hall Path. Questions about ownership of the land have been raised and there is concern that a portion of the disturbed land belongs to the Cape Cod Lighthouse Charter School. The town issued two cease and desist orders to halt the activity. Selectman Michael MacA...

HARWICH – The roller coaster that was the Monomoy football team’s Fall II season has come to a complete stop. The Sharks experienced highs and lows, twists and turns throughout their six-game season. They had two games canceled due to COVID-19 protocols and saw some players miss action due to injuries. Even their last game, a rivalry matchup against their traditional Thanksgiving opponent, St. John Paul II,...

NORTH EASTHAM – Six hundred and seventy-four days. That’s how much time passed between the Massachusetts high school spring sports seasons. The wait for spring athletes across the state ended Monday when the spring sports season officially began. It was a festive environment at Nauset Regional High School, where various Warriors teams took to the field of play for the first time since 2019 after COVID-19 force...

CHATHAM – Even as the vaccination rate increases, it's likely that large, in-person gatherings will be limited this year. Among the hardest hit by this are local nonprofits, which depend on summer fundraisers for support. Many local organizations are planning to either continue virtual events begun last summer or launch new ones. Next month, the Chatham Marconi Maritime Center will hold its first-ever “Antenna...

Lisa Jason And Friends Create Music Across The Miles

By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley

Almost a year ago to the day, I spoke with local singer Lisa Jason about a project she took part in to record a collaged, socially distanced version of the 1957 Patty Page tune “Old Cape Cod.” The project was the brainchild of Chatham's Tony Raine, general manager and head of production at the Cape Cod Melody Tent since 1994, who found himself thinking of ways to bring local musicians out of isolation and crea...

Our View: Old Harbor Road Property Perfect For Housing

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

We've been trying to puzzle out why a majority of the Chatham Select Board opposes dedicating town-owned property at 127 Old Harbor Rd. to affordable or attainable housing. The .88-acre property was donated to the town in 1971 by Marion Nickerson Ellis to be used “as additional playground and recreation area for the present site of the school located on the abutting property of the town.” It was to be designated ...

Letters To The Editor: April 29, 2021

By: Alan Pollock

Candidate An Effective Leader Editor: I have been a volunteer at The Family Pantry of Cape Cod for the past 10½ years and have had the opportunity to know and volunteer under Mary Anderson as our executive director. The Pantry always ran seamlessly and efficiently, thanks in great part to Mary’s efforts. What I consider even more important, though, was Mary’s passion for the people we served. Her attitud...

ORLEANS – In 2010, J’aime and Christian Sparrow decided to “move back home” from San Francisco. Their goal: to “simplify” and start a food truck.  “City life is amazingly stimulating. It can kick your butt,” Christian said with a broad grin. “Right? Well this was harder. We had no idea.” J’aime laughed and nodded. With a microloan from the Community Development Partnership, the Sparrows purchased their truc...

ORLEANS — Close to 50 people gathered online April 27 for a workshop on the community’s economic strengths and challenges. “The planning board recognizes the need for the town to be more active in planning for the future of our business districts,” board chairman Chip Bechtold said at the outset. “We intend to assemble an overall economic development plan for the town. The board wants to hear your ideas abou...