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New Signs: Leave Seals Alone

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Each year, police and wildlife officials are called to area beaches by people concerned for the safety of stranded seals. The trouble is, the seals typically aren’t in trouble at all. The Yarmouth-based International Fund for Animal Welfare is providing informational signs for area beaches to boost public understanding of these marine mammals. “As tourism begins to increase here on Cape Cod and on ...

Mondays On Main Returns In July CHATHAM – Unable to rehearse for the past year, the Chatham Band won't begin its traditional Friday night summer concerts in Kate Gould Park until August. But the popular band will still manage to squeeze in five shows before summer's end, half their usual number. The town's other annual music event, Mondays on Main, will also be going forward this summer, with a planned debu...

CHATHAM — A major stormwater replacement project is expected to cause traffic detours and delays through early summer. But when the job is done, officials say Crowell Road and Lake Street will be decidedly less lake-like after heavy rains. Health and Natural Resources Director Robert Duncanson updated the select board on the project last week. The job is being done “to address some of the flooding issues tha...

HARWICH — Fire Chief David LeBlanc has been sworn in as the director of the Barnstable County District Fire Chiefs Association of Massachusetts. He was also re-elected to the executive board of the Barnstable County Fire Chiefs Association. “This is a recognition not only for Dave, but for the fire department in total,” Selectmen Chairman Larry Ballantine said. “It shows how well respected the department is on...

Harwich To Return To Separate Recycling June 15

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — For the past 14 months, residents have been engaged in single-stream recycling at the town’s transfer station, but that is about to change. DPW Director Lincoln Hooper announced that as of June 15 the town will once again require that recyclables be sorted separately. Hooper said that with the COVID-19 pandemic, towns were directed to transition to the single-stream collection of recyclables to reduc...

Harwich Organizations Planning Return Of Festive Events

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — There is a sense of normalcy returning to the community as pandemic threats diminish and local organizations begin planning to bring back traditional events, including the Harwich Cranberry Festival crafts fairs and concerts this summer and arts and music festival and hometown parade in September. The Harwich Cranberry Festival committee has met and is planning “a full range of activities” this summe...

The Summer House Cafe Will Replace The Irish Pub

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — There are changes coming to the former Irish Pub property adjacent to the Herring River in West Harwich. The pub is gone, and selectmen have approved a seasonal liquor license for a new restaurant and inn, the Summer House Cafe. The owners of the new business are planning to establish an inn and full restaurant in the 220-year-old Captain Caleb Chase house, and say they are committed to working with ...

HARWICH – Monomoy Regional High School girls tennis coach Bill Burke couldn’t have predicted how well his team would perform this spring. After all, Burke didn’t even know some of the players a couple months ago. “We had some players that I didn’t even know existed that came out for the team,” he said. “Some freshmen and some juniors that came out of nowhere and brought a lot of talent and a lot of spirit. Thi...

The schedule is set, the overwhelming majority of COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted and the countdown to the start of the Cape Cod Baseball League season is underway. The excitement surrounding the league’s return to play has been boiling for more than a year, and it’s finally almost time to play ball once again. “We’re very excited and very anxious to get back and open up the season this year,” said H...

FALMOUTH – It hasn’t been the easiest season for the Nauset Regional High School’s girls lacrosse team. The team’s head coach, Heather Stevens, had an idea that the team might experience some growing pains after a handful of seniors decided to opt out of playing after their entire junior season was canceled due to COVID-19. Although there have been struggles — the Warriors fell to 0-8 following Thursday’s 1...

Cape Rep Kicks Off 36th Summer Season

By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley

Cape Rep Theatre is preparing to kick off its 36th season with a return to live performance under the summer stars. The fun will start on July 6 and will include two outdoor summer shows on Cape Rep's new outdoor stage, as well as children's outdoor programming throughout July and August. After the year we've had, what better way to return to live theater than with a comedy? How about a comedy about live thea...

Gills Talk Podcast Shares Shark Smarts

By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley

If you love podcasts and are fascinated by sharks, you're in luck. The new Gills Talk podcast shines t he light of science on Cape Cod's most charismatic predatory marine megafauna. Living up to its motto, “Smart about Sharks,” Gills Talk is a natural extension of Gills Club, the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy's  STEM-based education initiative dedicated to connecting young shark enthusiasts...

Close to 15 years ago, after researcher Owen Nichols’ first season working with a fishing family, he came up with what he thought was an impressive chart that drew direct connections between wind direction, water temperature and the presence of squid. He remembers being excited it to share it with Ernie Eldredge of Chatham Fish Weirs Enterprises, whose fish weirs he was using to study squid. Eldredge looked at...

Our View: CPA And COA

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Chatham voters head to Veterans Field on June 12 for the annual town meeting, delayed a month due to the pandemic. Scheduled to begin at noon under (hopefully) sunny skies, the session includes a number of significant measures in the 64-article warrant. Among them are nearly two dozen requests for Community Preservation Act funding (half held over from 2020), and a final resolution to the long quest to build a ne...

Letters To The Editor: June 3, 2021

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Plastic Bottle Ban A Moral Imperative Editor: On behalf of the Earth-Honoring Faith Committee of St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church, I am writing in support of the proposed commercial single-use plastic water bottle ban in Chatham. We at St. Christopher’s are deeply concerned about the deterioration in the quality of the town’s natural environment caused in recent years by the steadily increasing volume ...

What would it be like to start your first business, a home health care business, during a pandemic? Karen L. Warren of Harwich and Jean C. Copeland of Chatham found out when they opened Quality Homecare Cape Cod, LLC one year ago, on June 1. “Mostly it made us nervous,” Copeland says. “We had to have a COVID policy.” They have continuously educated themselves on the CDC’s ever-changing guidelines. And they ...