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ORLEANS — The Centers for Culture and History in Orleans is focused as much on the future as on the past these days. Last week, board chair Jay Stradal shared the organization’s five-year plan for its East Orleans campus bordered by Main Street, River Road, and School Road. “Our vision,” he told the select board July 14, “is to update the CHO buildings (the historic Meetinghouse and Hurd Chapel) to serve as ...

ORLEANS — The train is ready to leave the station on some big town projects, but the track ahead is lengthy and has some twists. The first stop will be a completed community center feasibility study, where data and ideas will be taken on board to carry to the next destination: a point decision on whether to use the Governor Prence property for housing, a community center, a commercial attraction, or some com...

BREWSTER — In 1921, Cape Cod was a rural place. The canal was only five years old, and the Cape’s first hospital had only opened the year before. But there was already concern about animal welfare, and the Animal Rescue League of Boston stepped in to meet the need. The first part-time agent, William Irwin of Cotuit, helped countless animals, including community cats and livestock, and visited schoolhouses to t...

Town To Seek Source Of PFAS Contamination

By: Alan Pollock

Select Board Lays Groundwork For Potential $10M Water Investment CHATHAM — Responding to the shutdown of a public water supply well contaminated by “forever chemicals,” the select board Tuesday threw its support behind an effort to identify the specific source of that pollution. Whether or not the search for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) proves fruitful, the board is also fast-tracking a multi-...

CHATHAM — Monomoy teachers, nurses, specialists and other instructional faculty members will soon be working under a new contract. The three-year pact, which takes effect Sept. 1, was recently ratified by the school committee and the Monomoy Regional Education Association. It provides for salary increases and special stipends for certain instructional assistants who work with youngsters with special needs. ...

CHATHAM — Having lost his satellite communications equipment to a severe storm, transatlantic rower Guirec Soudée is managing to pass along word that he remains well and is continuing to make headway in his bid to row to France. Following a storm earlier this month, Soudée’s satellite equipment went silent, with no voice or text communication and no automatically updating GPS location for his 26-foot ocean row...

Former Cumberland Farms Building Sold

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – The former Cumberland Farms store at 859 Main St., which has been vacant since 2016, has been purchased by a local homeowner who plans to upgrade and lease the property. The site has been considered an eyesore since the building was boarded up after Cumberland Farms moved to new quarters near the downtown rotary. Located at the busy intersection of Main Street and Crowell Road, the property's rundown...

CHATHAM – Mary Phelps' family still lives in the house in Chatham's Old Village where her ancestor Marcellus Eldredge was born. “We're very proud of all this and what he did,” she said, referring to the man that her mother called “Uncle Cel” and to the building that bears his name, the much-beloved Eldredge Public Library. On a sunny Sunday afternoon, as the Chatham Band played, Phelps cut a ribbon strung a...

HARWICH — Several allegations of liquor license violations were leveled against the Seal Pub and Cafe in police department reports during a show-cause hearing on Thursday. The allegations included serving after hours, serving intoxicated individuals, and allowing excessive noise. The allegations were contained in police reports filed by a number of Harwich officers. The owners will present a response to the...

Wise Sues Planning Board Over Hall’s Path Plan Denial

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – Developer Christopher Wise filed suit against the planning board last week over the board's refusal to approve a five-lot plan for land along Hall’s Path. The board determined at a June 22 hearing that division of the 8.64-acre parcel would have to be done under the town’s subdivision control regulations, not as a by-right “approval not required” (ANR) plan, usually granted for lots that meet current...

Residents: Reopen The Treasure Chest

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The town’s Treasure Chest, a community swap shop at the transfer station, has been closed for 16 months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While there is considerable interest in seeing the facility open once again, there are some mixed feelings about doing so. Selectman Larry Ballantine, the board's liaison to the Treasure Chest committee, said the board has received 40 to 50 emails from residents wantin...

In the wake of a confirmed case of raccoon rabies in Hyannis recently, wildlife officials are now distributing nearly 70,000 oral rabies vaccine baits in Harwich, Chatham, Orleans and surrounding towns. Some of the bait will be thrown from trucks, but most doses will be dropped by helicopter. A previous vaccination effort on the Cape held raccoon rabies at bay for nearly a decade, but a raccoon tested positive...

New Stewardship Director Will Manage HCT Land Projects

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — When he was serving in AmeriCorps taking down red pines in the town of Sandwich, Connor O'Brien learned that his grandfather worked with the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s planting the trees. “I was taking down the trees he possibly planted,” O’Brien said. Growing up in Dennis, O'Brien always loved the Cape's natural environment. Now the former AmeriCorps of Cape Cod program supervisor g...

CHATHAM – It’s not always easy for Cape Cod Baseball League teams to come together. With an ever-changing carousel of teammates coming and going as players are added and subtracted to and from rosters, each week can feel like a new round of the name game for players and coaches. For the players, the process of meeting and learning about their new teammates can be similar to arriving at college as a freshman. T...