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Outdoor Seating, Lane Changes Coming To Harwich Center

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Major traffic and pedestrian access changes, albeit temporary, will be coming to Harwich Center soon. Property and business owners were provided a detailed description of proposed changes to Main Street in Harwich Center by Town Engineer Griffin Ryder last Friday. The changes are being facilitated by a $142,021 Winter Shared Streets and Shapes grant issued to the town by the Massachusetts Departme...

Community Center Provides Take-Home Easter Egg Hunt Kits

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The traditional Easter egg hunt at the community center will be a little different again this year, with the community center staff packaging take-home kits for families to hold their own hunt. Community Center Director Carolyn Carey said people will have to pre-register at the center to get a count of the number of kids who will be participating in the family hunt. The take-home kits will come in va...

HARWICH — Selectmen were pleased to learn that the Monomoy Regional School District reduced its proposed fiscal 2022 spending plan by approximately $300,000, but board members are still not happy with the town’s share of the regional school district budget. Selectmen recently made it clear that they planned to vote against the school budget without some form of mitigation related to the growing disparity in th...

The start of the high school football season will have to wait. Well, for two Lower Cape teams, anyway. Both Monomoy and Nauset paused their preparation for the Fall II season after contact tracing determined members of each team has been in close contact with the COVID-19 virus. The pauses will have differing impacts for the two teams, however, as Monomoy doesn’t expect to miss any games while Nauset will mis...

HARWICH – A few years ago, Sean Deveau never could have imagined he would solidify his college plans while wearing a facemask and remaining six feet apart from his family, friends, teachers and coaches. While the COVID-19 pandemic altered his senior year experience in many ways, Deveau, a Harwich resident and three-sport athlete at Monomoy Regional High School, still feels grateful about all he’s experienced t...

Nature Connection: Doing Nothing

By: Mary Richmond

A red-tailed hawk lives in my neighborhood. Many of you probably also have one for a neighbor, whether you know it or not. Red-tails are large hawks and prey primarily on small mammals such as mice, chipmunks, rabbits and squirrels. I’ve seen a few grab a bird in the lean winter months, but usually they stick to furrier meals. On a recent sunny but cold morning my hawk, as I fondly refer to it, was sitting ato...

Are you ready for an escape down the rabbit hole? Grab your top hat and a cup of tea, as Monomoy Regional High School presents an innovative virtual theatrical performance of “Alice in Wonderland” via Zoom. The production will be livestreamed March 18, 19, and 20 at 7 p.m., and the public is encouraged to attend virtually. The experience of auditioning, planning and performing a high school play is somethin...

After A Challenging Year, Local Theaters Look Ahead

By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley

A year ago, local theaters had to face the same challenges the rest of us did, as COVID-19 arrived and ran roughshod over plans for summer seasons, auditions, events and opening nights. At that time, tough choices had to be made. Auditions were postponed, then canceled. Seasons were suddenly filled with question marks instead of dates. Some venues decided to experiment with virtual versions of their planned offe...

Our View: Beyond The Monomoy Agreement

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

It's important to remember that the Memorandum of Understanding between Chatham and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service does not solve the core dispute between the two: the western boundary of the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge. It also does not provide the town and state with authority over shell and fin fish resources in the area beyond the 2031 expiration date of the refuge's comprehensive conservation plan. ...

Letters To The Editor: March 18, 2021

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Don't Punish Homebuyers With Surtax Editor: Concerning the proposed surtax on properties assessed at $2 million plus: Why do five persons out of a population of approximately 6,000 assume they have the right to punish persons for being successful? Is this what we have come to in Chatham? Money, lots of money, is the override factor in our behavior and practices? How sad! Success – at any level – is ...

Our View: The Aspirational Infrastructure Of Nauset High

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Opponents of the Nauset Regional High School building project aren’t entirely wrong, but that doesn’t make them right. If the four district towns were case studies at the Harvard Business School, grad students could develop abstract scenarios focused on an enterprise reaching beyond its grasp by building infrastructure that exceeds the apparent needs of its local consumer base. But education isn’t a matter of ...

ORLEANS — The elementary school committee voted March 15 to approve a $5,505,818 budget for the fiscal year beginning in July, a 1.47 percent increase that’s well within the cap that the town asked be observed. That decision was almost overshadowed by member Josh Stewart’s response to remarks by planning board member Brian Sosner, which Sosner made as a private citizen during public comment at the select boa...

ORLEANS — The Orleans Conservation Trust is reaching out to donors to help it embrace and preserve the ecological diversity of Henson’s Cove. OCT is just 3.74 acres – and $900,000 – away from completing a 23-acre Henson’s Cove Conservation Area, a long-sought goal. The 4 Braddock’s Way parcel, with 157 feet of saltwater frontage, “was ready to develop,” OCT Executive Director Stephen O’Grady said during a to...

State Appeals Court Dismisses Skydiving Suit

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – A lawsuit that attempted to prevent skydiving from returning to Chatham Municipal Airport was dismissed by the Massachusetts Appeals Court Monday. The decision by a three-judge panel affirms a 2019 ruling by a Barnstable Superior Court judge that federal law requires that the town allow skydiving at the George Ryder Road airport. It's not certain that skydiving will return to the airport, and if i...

Leo G. Farrenkopf Jr.

By: Contributed

CHATHAM - Leo G. Farrenkopf Jr., 70, passed away peacefully of natural causes on Sunday, February 14th (Valentine’s Day) 2021. He was surrounded by his children, family and loving dog.  Leo was born June 9th, 1950 in Chatham. It was here he found the salt of the sea in his veins. From early on in his life Leo was a proud commercial fisherman, working extraordinarily hard on his boat, Kyla Marie. His l...