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CHATHAM – A plan to restore and renovate a 170-year-old Greek Revival house in the Old Village ran into opposition from the historical commission last week over the size of a proposed addition. Though they appreciated the effort to save the main house at 305 Main St., known as Breathwood, commission members said the addition to the rear would overwhelm the original structure. “To me it dwarfs the historic s...

CHATHAM – Although it was billed as a discussion on the future of elementary education, last Thursday's forum kept veering into the budget lane, much to the dismay of some parents. The benefits and drawbacks of small class size is the direction that the discussion should be heading, said several of those who attended the virtual session. “My hope is that we don't get so pulled into the budget inequity that ...

CHATHAM – When the call went out, local residents answered, contributing more than half a million dollars to help neighbors suffering financially due to the pandemic. After distributing most of that money, the Chatham Coronavirus Impact Fund (CCIF) is winding down and will phase out March 19. “We had a goal, we had a mission, we had a focus on trying to get assistance to those in need,” said Stephen Daniel,...

CHATHAM — The select board voted Tuesday to sign an agreement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that preserves the town’s right to manage fishing and shellfishing on the flats west of the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge. The action caps a legal and legislative battle that took more than a decade and cost taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars. While it does not legally resolve the dispute over the...

On Feb. 5, 2020, The Chronicle’s health page revealed that 362 people globally had died as the result of a new virus that had emerged in Wuhan, China. It quoted a local health official who said, “People living on the Cape do not need to be concerned about getting the coronavirus at this time.” More than a year later, the global death toll has topped 2.58 million, including more than 400 Cape Codders. The pan...

CHATHAM — The town’s assessment for the fiscal 2022 Monomoy Regional School District budget is expected to drop by $272,845 over the current year’s assessment, even as Harwich’s share rises by $847,761. But setting the apparent inequity aside, the Chatham select board says there’s still reason to celebrate. At a projected $41,669,545, the district’s spending plan is only $408,411 higher than the current year...

CHATHAM — Though the controversial Chatham Airport Master Plan Update is now in the hands of state and federal regulators, a vocal group of critics has launched a website warning of dire consequences if the plan is implemented. Now, both airport opponents and the airport commission are fighting a battle for public opinion. “Among the things that keep getting lost in translation here is that the master plan i...

With COVID-19 case numbers continuing to decline, the new single-dose vaccine helping to improve availability, and new CDC guidelines allowing vaccinated people more freedom to meet with friends in person, one would think all the pandemic-related headlines were all positive this week. But the state’s beleaguered online registration system continues to frustrate those seeking to sign up for a vaccine appo...

The Family Pantry Gets Creative With Food Distribution

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The Family Pantry of Cape Cod is always looking for new ways to reach out to Cape residents, especially now, with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic still being felt. The latest initiative will launch Sunday, March 21, when the pantry holds a drive-through “Food Grab and Go” event at Monomoy Regional High School on Oak Street between 10 a.m. and noon. The Family Pantry truck will be stationed at...

A Decade Long Battle To Develop Sea Street Lot Continues

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — For a decade, the conservation commission has been doing battle over a proposed construction project at 5 Sea Street Extension along Nantucket Sound. Project proponents are back once again with a proposal to build a house on the 22,000-square-foot lot. The long, narrow lot reaching out toward the beach is constrained by a coastal dune, and where that dune begins and ends is a contentious issue. After...

MacAskill Challenges Lengthy Warrant

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — With town meeting being held outdoors because of the continuing pandemic, should measures likely to draw considerable debate be included on the warrant? Selectman Michael MacAskill doesn't think so. MacAskill has been a strong supporter of limiting the articles presented in an outdoor town meeting setting, saying the sessions draw fewer town meeting participants. “I see no urgency to add to the wa...

HCT Volunteer Woodworker Lends A Hand To Wood Ducks

By: Harwich Conservation Trust

HARWICH – Harwich native Jeremy Wiley recently assisted local wood ducks and the Harwich Conservation Trust (HCT) by installing two waterfront nest boxes at Cornelius Pond Woodlands, a 15-acre HCT preserve and walking trail destination. His volunteer work to attract wood ducks helps support the ecological health and biodiversity of Cornelius Pond. Wood ducks are a colorful, uncommon, cavity-nesting duck specie...

Eventually somebody clever will come up with a name for that week in March 2020. You know the one, that stretch between Sunday, March 8, and Saturday March 14 — the week COVID-19 took hold of our nation and the world. The week everything changed. Monomoy Regional High School athletic director Karen Guillemette and Nauset Regional High School athletic director John Mattson remember that week well. They were ...

HARWICH – One by one, the players on the Monomoy Regional High School football team filed onto the field. They were carrying their shoulder pads and helmets, as well as gym bags and extra sweatshirts – an article of clothing that has become a necessary piece of equipment to battle the harsh bite of the March cold. Make no mistake about it: There are challenges associated with playing football during a global p...

Nature Connection: Living Off The Land

By: Mary Richmond

With the advent of spring comes hope of growth and renewal. It seems as if every living thing is feeling it, just waiting to bust out of winter doldrums and get going and growing. Plants are anxious to break through the soil and push out leaves and blossoms. Animals and birds are thinking of courting and reproducing and even we humans are feeling that natural sap rising within us. Our time of dormancy and hanging...

Radio Telemetry Used To Track Shorebird Migration Routes

By: Elizabeth Van Wye

How do we know what routes are taken by migrating birds? We may know where they start their migration and where it ends, but exactly how do they get there? These were some of the questions answered by Wildlife Biologist Pamela Loring of the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service last Thursday evening when over 90 people tuned in to learn more about tracking shorebirds in the Chatham Marconi Maritime Center's Virtual ...