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Enterprise Funds To Reveal True Costs Of Services

By: Ed Maroney

ORLEANS — Town meeting will see a different budget approval process this May. Services such as the transfer station and beaches will be presented as separate, mostly self-funding enterprise funds outside the annual operating budget. The new approach is intended to show the true costs of the operations, including indirect costs, and the amount of subsidy needed from property taxes as the funds transition to full...

Nature Connection: Winter Wonders

By: Mary Richmond

There’s a Carolina wren hollering outside my window on this bright, sunny but freezing cold morning. For such small birds they sure make a lot of noise. Cardinals have been starting to call and a few chickadees have been trying out their “fee-beeeee” songs, usually reserved for later in the year. The sun and the light seem to be making everyone feel a little giddy, in spite of the frigid temperatures. It may be o...

Thomas Kromer Myers

By: Contributed

Thomas Kromer Myers, a long-time summer resident of Chatham, passed away January 2, 2021 in Ridgefield, Connecticut. Tom was born in Pasadena on June 9, 1932, to Norval and Elizabeth Myers, joining big brother David Myers. He spent his first years in California, most notably in Oleum, California, where his father was the local oil refinery manager. In 1941, the family moved to Short Hills, New Jers...

Tempers Flare Over Cape’s Vaccine Scarcity

By: Alan Pollock

State Opens Registration To People 65+, But Supply Still Lags The state’s COVID-19 vaccination roll-out is now focused on senior citizens, but local and regional leaders are crying foul, saying the effort isn’t bringing needed doses quickly enough to serve the aging population of Barnstable County. “Cape Cod clearly is being left behind here in the Commonwealth’s vaccine roll-out,” said State Sen. Julian Cy...

Select Board Endorses Middle Road Land For Housing

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — The select board Tuesday unanimously threw its support behind the idea of using 19 acres of town land off Middle Road to create affordable and attainable housing. Town officials say two parts of the property, 5.2 acres on the west site and 3 acres on the east, are suitable for building. The western side of the parcel could sustain units with a total of between 20 and 25 bedrooms, with another 12 to...

Harwich's share of the Monomoy Regional School District budget has risen steadily over the past several years while Chatham's has dropped, a consequence of plunging enrollment due to a lack of young families, mainly in Chatham. There's no quick and simple fix to that problem, but there is a short-term solution to the financial inequity that has resulted in the district's two elementary schools, and Harwich offici...

CHATHAM – Marcellus Eldredge was born and raised in Chatham. At the age of 14, he moved to Portsmouth, N.H., where his father ran a shipping company. In 1858, at the age of 20, he became a clerk at a small Portsmouth brewery. Within a few years he was general manager, and his 1870, he and his father Heman bought the brewery and renamed it “H. Eldredge and Son.” What eventually became the Eldredge Brewing Company ...

CHATHAM – Year-end statistics gathered from town departments bear out some of the anecdotes about the way the pandemic impacted the community during 2020. More people stayed in town longer in the fall, water department usage figures indicate. There's also been an uptick in the number of residents and registered voters. However, other figures showed slowdowns that may be indicative of less activity due to th...

HARWICH – When Monomoy Regional High School technology and engineering teacher Rich Oldach was notified about the Massachusetts Ninth Congressional District’s annual Congressional App Challenge, he quickly thought of Jessica Brown, a senior in his advanced placement computer science class. “When it came to my attention, I thought of her immediately,” Oldach said. Oldach was aware that one of his co-teachers...

McGalliard Brought The Music To Brooks Park

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Cynthia McGalliard brought the music into Harwich Center and the smile on children’s faces as recreational programs in this community expanded under her tutelage. Mrs. McGalliard, passed away on Feb. 9 at the age of 90. Mrs. McGalliard was the secretary for the parks and recreation commission for 31 years and was instrumental in expanding recreation programs over those years. One of those initiatives...

Selectmen To Conduct Hearings On Port And Ember Liquor Licenses

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Town Administrator Joseph Powers, serving as hearing officer for the board of selectmen, has found the Port Restaurant and Bar and Ember Pizza, Inc. violated state laws during the COVID-19 State of Emergency. Powers in his findings concluded the Port Restaurant and Bar committed three violations and Ember Pizza, Inc. committed one violation. Powers stated in his findings he would hold his disciplinar...

McManus Takes Out Nomination Papers, But Not For Selectman

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Selectman Ed McManus will have served as a selectman for 14 years when his term ends in May and he says it’s time to change hats. He took out nomination papers this week to run for a two-year term on the new water/wastewater commission. “I think I can be of more use concentrating on water/wastewater projects,” McManus told The Chronicle last Wednesday. “I’ve had a fair amount of experience on lar...

HARWICH — Thanks to hedges and other landscaping, as well as a slight bend in Route 28, entering traffic from Freeman Street or Snow Inn Road in Harwich Port can be a white-knuckle experience. The traffic safety committee has asked the selectmen to make changes to improve visibility at the intersection. Traffic Safety Committee Chair Gerald Beltis said the crossroad has been the site of 13 accidents in r...

ORLEANS – Although hundreds of students are enrolled at Cape Cod Regional Technical High School, Anna Bartolomey holds the distinction of being the school’s only student-athlete. Well, for this season anyway. Cape Tech opted out of interscholastic sports for both the fall and winter seasons due to upticks in COVID-19 cases, however, Bartolomey, a junior at the school, was given permission to compete for the...

HARWICH – Sometimes all it takes is a good start to set the tone for an entire game. On Friday, the Monomoy Regional High School boys basketball team’s quick start was all the team needed. The Sharks never looked back after scoring the first 13 points of the game, as they cruised to a lopsided 66-23 victory over visiting Falmouth Academy behind a season-best 28 points from senior Aidan Melton, who also grab...