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Health officials are sharing encouraging news about COVID-19 case counts, but say it’s too early to loosen requirements for mask-wearing. “The numbers have been going down,” Chatham Health and Natural Resources Director Robert Duncanson told the health board Monday. Twelve cases were reported in the first week of September, then seven and nine cases, and just five cases in the final week of the month. “And tha...

ORLEANS - As town assessor, Brad Hinote is in regular conversation with buyers, sellers, real estate agents and other assessors from across the Cape. When it comes to the local real estate market over the past 18 months, the response from everyone he’s talked to has been consistent. “We’ve never seen anything like it.” The ongoing real estate boom has turned the local housing market on its ear, and Hinote p...

Hackers Bring School Building Meeting To A Halt

By: Ryan Bray

ORLEANS - A virtual meeting of the Nauset High School Building Committee came to an abrupt end last week after hackers interrupted and took control of the proceedings. The meeting, which was held via Zoom Sept. 29, was adjourned after less than 10 minutes when hackers took control of a presentation on plans for the high school renovation project. Representatives from Daedalus/CHA, the owner’s project manage...

Canning Retires As Orleans’ First Health Agent

By: Ryan Bray

ORLEANS — Wednesday, Sept. 29 was by any measure a typical day in the Orleans Health Department. Employees answered phones and helped customers, while Bob Canning, the town’s longtime health agent, sat at his desk in his office overlooking the parking lot outside of town hall. Of course, when Canning was hired in 1984, none of this existed. Looking back on his career in town, he can recall in vivid detail his ...

Cape Cod Chronicle publisher Henry C. Hyora this week announced the hiring of former Falmouth Enterprise and Cape Cod Times reporter and editor Ryan Bray as the paper's new Orleans reporter. Bray will cover Orleans full time beginning this week. He began covering the town in late summer after the retirement of Ed Maroney, who originated the Orleans beat for The Chronicle. “Ryan has been able to step in and ...

Nature Connection: Taking A Deep Breath

By: Mary Richmond

Sometimes life just hands you a random bouquet of flowers and says, here, just enjoy this. It’s surprising and lovely and when it involves a friend offering a place away from it all in an incredibly beautiful location with no strings attached, the only thing you can do is pinch yourself and say thank you over and over again. This very thing happened to me last week and in less than two days I’d packed my sleep...

More Research Needed On Seal-Fishermen Interactions

By: Doreen Leggett

In Sweden, fishermen, regulators, and environmental organizations work with government funding dedicated to developing fishing gear that is safe for seals. In the United States, that doesn’t happen. There is a section of the Marine Mammal Protection Act that provides fishermen with the opportunity to deter seals, but to avoid penalties they are supposed to abide by a list of recommendations produced by National M...

CHATHAM — A detailed study commissioned by the town is recommending the installation of temporary structures likely made of sheet steel in the waters off Crescent Beach as part of a strategy to reduce the need for expensive annual dredging to keep Stage Harbor open. “Our Stage Harbor entrance channel has sort of been under attack, if you will, from the Atlantic Ocean,” Coastal Resources Director Ted Keon told ...

Select Board Clarifies Outdoor Watering Ban

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — On Sept. 14, responding quickly to news that a second town well had been taken offline because of contamination, select board members ordered a ban on all outdoor watering. Last week, they got a bit more specific. “We’ve had a couple of questions come up,” Town Manager Jill Goldsmith told the board. While the original order was intended to bring an end to the watering of lawns, some questioned whethe...

Heart Association Honors Chatham Fire For Cardiac Care

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — There’s no good place to suffer a sudden cardiac emergency. But if it happens in Chatham, take heart: you’re likely to get the best possible emergency cardiac care. The American Heart Association has awarded the Chatham Fire/Rescue Department its Life Line Silver Plus Achievement Award for taking certain specific steps to improve care for victims of severe heart attacks. The annual designation was...

Results from the 2020 federal census show population increases in Chatham and Orleans that will require each town to add a second voting precinct. Harwich also saw its population increase, but not enough to require a fifth voting precinct. The decennial census put Chatham's population at 6,594, a 7.6 percent increase over the 2010 figure of 6,125. Orleans population went from 5,890 in 2010 to 6,307 in 2020,...

CHATHAM – The irony is thick enough to cut with a fillet knife: a local fisherman is being evicted from his rental so the town can build affordable housing on the property. The details are a bit more complicated, but for Randy Saul, it comes down to the possibility that he may have to vacate the cottage he rents at the Buckley property at 1533 Main St. a few months sooner than he expected. Saul, a fisherman...

Area Real Estate Sales Continue To Level Off

By: Tim Wood

Real estate sales in August continued to level off, indicating that that the market is returning to more normal levels after a super-charged pandemic year. In Chatham, single-family home sales dipped last month compared to July and were significantly lower than last August. Sales also dropped Cape-wide, but Harwich and Orleans were outliers, however, with both showing slight increases in closed sales in August...

Human Activity Driving Conservation Commission Changes

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH - Human activity is having an adverse impact on ecological health along town waterways, and the conservation commission is looking to take steps to reverse that. The commission has been pushing for changes to its wetland protection bylaw and the water-dependent structure bylaw over the past year. It was unable to get amendments to the bylaws placed on the annual town meeting warrant last spring b...

The good news is that Lower Cape schools generally scored above the state average in the spring round of MCAS tests. The bad news is that, in several key subject areas and grades, the state average is markedly down since pre-pandemic times. Statewide results show that many more students had gaps in their knowledge of math and English compared to students in the same grades before the COVID-19 pandemic, and few...

Health Board Approves New Sewer Connection Regulations

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – Homeowners have two years to connect to town sewer once it is available, according to new sewer connection regulations approved by the board of health last week. The new provisions, “enacted for the protection of public health, safety, welfare and the environment, wetlands and the public water supply,” were approved on Friday. There was one language adjustment by the board, and no public input was gi...