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HARWICH — When Monomoy senior Caitlin Bouvier was in seventh grade, longtime area field hockey coach Cheryl Poore held an informational meeting about joining her Reach Field Hockey Camp. Bouvier was intrigued and told her parents she wanted to give the sport a try. Fast forward a few years, and Bouvier has signed on to play for the St. Joseph's College Monks in the fall. Bouvier's love of the sport began not l...

'Memory Bears' Bring Comfort During The Holiday Season

By: Debra Lawless

On the afternoon of Nov. 13, a Friday, Jan Hopkins of Harwich logged into a Facebook group called “Chatham Spread the Word,” and made an unusual offer. She said she would make “memory bears” from a lost loved one’s clothing as keepsakes. She would not charge for her services but she asked that the recipient donate time or money to the Chatham Angel Fund or the Chatham Food Pantry. The reaction to her offer ...

Season Of Giving Shines On With New $10,000 Matching Grant

By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley

The spirit of giving is going strong this year at The Family Pantry, and Executive Director Christine Menard couldn't be more pleased. “I'm so psyched!” she simply said, expressing what every Family Pantry supporter feels as the generosity of the season ensures access to healthy, nutritious meals will continue for those in need in our community. Just as November's generous $20,000 matching donation given by a...

Chatham Man's Novel Explores Psychology Of PTSD

By: Debra Lawless

Rob Ritchey of Chatham, who has just released his debut novel, “Marriette” (West Barnstable Press, 2020), has an unusual background for a novelist: he is a podiatrist who recently returned to painting portraits. “I grew up in the Boston area being an artist, but then life pushed me along other paths,” he said in an email interview last week. “I was a machinist for a while after college and then on to medical s...

Letters To The Editor: Dec. 10, 2020

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Orleans Charter Com Needs Input Editor: How well is Orleans town government working for you? Do you have any ideas to improve it? This is your opportunity to share those ideas and tell us what you think. Orleans has a home rule charter, a framework for its governance. Once every seven years a charter review committee (CRC) is appointed by the select board “to review the provisions of the charter and repo...

Our View: Light At The End Of The Tunnel

By: The Cape Cod Chronicle

The pages of this week’s paper are filled with distressing news about the pandemic. We’re in the midst of what public health officials call a “surge upon a surge,” with new cases spread at Thanksgiving gatherings being added to the seasonal surge associated with the onset of cold weather. But at long last, after months of bleak uncertainty, there’s light at the end of the tunnel. Vaccines are being rushed t...

Local COAs Help Seniors Get Through The Holidays

By: Debra Lawless

Nine months ago when the coronavirus pandemic began, few could have predicted that medical experts would recommend that families not travel or get together during the holidays to avoid spreading the virus. “For nine months we’ve been seeing increasing isolation,” says Emily Mitchell, director of the Harwich Council on Aging. “There’s no worse time to be isolated than at the holidays.” “This is hard, this is...

COVID-19 Challenges Mounting In Orleans

By: Ed Maroney

ORLEANS — As December began, COVID-19 cases climbed to 31 confirmed and 13 probable, “quite a jump for Orleans,” health agent Bob Canning told the select board. Fire Chief Geof Deering reported that three members of the department were exposed to the virus during an emergency call and are quarantining; tests are negative. “We have seven active cases in Orleans today,” Canning told the select board Dec. 2. “We’...

ORLEANS — Even as contractors are digging into downtown streets to install sewer pipes and excavating the foundation for a wastewater treatment facility, town officials are digging into the details of the second phase of the massive project: designing and building a collection system to remove all the nitrogen in Meetinghouse Pond. The town is under a mandate to reach a Total Maximum Daily Load of zero in the ...

ORLEANS — “Nearly every usable piece of land owned by the Town of Orleans is being used for a public purpose,” Director of Planning and Community Development George Meservey reported in a letter to Town Administrator John Kelly last month. At the select board’s Nov. 18 meeting, the planner reviewed three of those properties: the former American Legion Hall across from town hall at 139 Main St., the former highway...

Handmade Mats Recycle Old Lobster Trap Line

By: Doreen Leggett

On a recent Saturday, John Morgan drove his battered red F350 pick-up onto a long dirt road that runs along the Chatham Municipal Airport. The bed of the truck was full of lobster trap line of varying thickness and colors; a lobsterman getting rid of some of his old gear from a storage spot there had helped sling it aboard. The gear, no longer fit for a life on the ocean, travelled to Sandwich where it join...

Nature Connection: Beginning The Season Of Giving

By: Mary Richmond

As the turkey leftovers become grandma’s best soup ever, many thoughts are turning to the December holidays. Houses and yards are getting decorated with lights, greens and ribbons and gift giving has become the priority for those with the means to do so. As I spread bird seed on the ground for the sparrows, doves and squirrels this morning I found myself thinking about the gifts we give and receive, many...

On Monday, one day after alerting parents to a positive COVID-19 case at Monomoy Middle School, Superintendent of Schools Scott Carpenter sent a second email announcing another case at Harwich Elementary. “Based on what has been shared with the school from both the family and public health officials, the student was not in the building while infectious, and we do not need to quarantine any classrooms,” Carpent...

CHATHAM – Who has the ultimate authority over Chatham Municipal Airport? The airport commission? The board of selectmen? The Federal Aviation Administration? All three, to one degree or another. For three hours Tuesday evening, officials hashed out the various levels of airport oversight, delving into state statutes, obscure town bylaws and term definitions. They didn't quite get down to the level of defini...

Nantucket Sound Stabilization Methods Examined

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – For years, the town has taken every available opportunity to add sand to Nantucket Sound beaches, especially in the Cockle Cove area. Erosion nonetheless remains a major problem along the south shore, and addressing it in a comprehensive way will take more than just beach nourishment. “While that's very valuable, it's not sufficient to really maintain the beaches as we'd like,” said Coastal Resources...