Harwich News

PLEASANT LAKE — Less than a decade ago, when local fire departments advertised a vacant position, they might get 100 applicants. Today, they sometimes don’t get any. Departments are increasingly short-staffed even though call volume is climbing, and they need a long-term strategy for replenishing the ranks. The answer, or part of it, might be at Cape Tech. On Monday, the regional vocational school held the fir...

New Ladder Truck Arrives At Harwich Fire Department

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – T he fire department’s new quint ladder truck has arrived, and members of the department have been busy training and becoming familiar with the vehicle operations. Every member of the department must have 10 hours of training with the vehicle before it will be put into service, Fire Chief David LeBlanc said. The new ladder truck was built by Sutphen Corporation of Cincinnati, Ohio, and...

Cape Tech Foundation Receives $80,000 Grant For Student Needs

By: William F. Galvin

PLEASANT LAKE  – The Cape Cod Tech Foundation has been awarded an $80,000 grant from T he Cap e Cod Foundation to support capacity building initiatives , educational and men toring programs, scholarships, and other needs of Cape Cod Regional Technical High School students. The Cape Cod Tech Foundation was established in 2019 to support the students, teachers and programs at the Pleasant Lak...

Seven Units Proposed For W. Harwich Schoolhouse

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – T h e new owner of the former West Harwich schoolhouse was before the affordable housing trust last week with a preliminary plan for housing at the historic structure. Although in the conceptual stage, John Carey said he is planning to establish seven apartments at 5 Bell’s Neck Rd. Carey also said there would be very little alteration to the historic facade of the schoolhouse, con...

HARWICH – I f it ’s mid-September, this is the place where you want to be. On Saturday the Harwich Cranberry Arts and Music Festival will be in full swing, so come and get some shopping done while swaying to the music flowing out of the CranJam Music Festival tent. The festival is a two-day event with something for everyone. This year promises to be better than ever with more than 150 craft...

Harwich Chief Reflects On The Need To Remember

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – At a ce remony Sunday marking the 21st anniversary 9/11, Fire Chief Davd LeBlanc stressed the importance of remembering the terror attacks, the people who lost their lives, and the public safety officials who sacrificed their lives for others. “ Today is a day to remember, a day of reflection,” he said “Twenty-one years ago, we were innocent, We were invulnerable. Our countr...

Ready, Set, Play! Ribbon Cut For New Community Playground

By: Alan Pollock

HARWICH — Youngsters, parents and civic leaders gathered at Harwich Elementary School Saturday morning to officially cut the ribbon opening a long-awaited new playground. Delayed by the pandemic and supply chain challenges, the playground was ready in time for the start of school; it was funded by the town’s Community Preservation Committee with help from the school’s parent teacher organization. Before the ri...

HARWICH – Nex t month John “Jack” Mee takes over as the town’s third building commissioner in a little more than a year. Mee comes to the position from the town of Medway and brings 20 years of experience to the job. It has been a tough year for Harwich when it comes to retaining building commissioners. Raymond Chesley, who served in that capacity for a couple of years, left the position abruptly...

HARWICH – Voters will be asked in the Oct. 18 s pecial town meeting to authorize selectmen to acquire t he West Harwich Baptist Church property. T own officials say the 1.56 acre parcel could be used for sewering needs, workforce housing and cemetery purposes. Selectmen have agreed to place the article in the special town meeting warrant, but they took no action last week on a recommendation ...

Peake Beats Back Primary Challenge

By: Tim Wood

Fourth Barnstable District State Representative Sarah Peake, D-Provincetown, defeated challenger Jack Stanton in Tuesday's state primary election and will run unopposed for the Fourth Barnstable District in November. In statewide races, Attorney General Maura Healey won the Democratic nomination to run for governor in September. She will face Geoff Diehl, who defeated Chris Doughty for the Republican nominatio...

Thanks to the generosity of The Cape Cod Chronicle’s readers, the Family Pantry of Cape Cod is starting the fall of 2021 with at least another $77,560 in the bank. That translates to more than 310,000 nutritious meals on the tables of local families. “From summer folks and visitors to year-round residents, some of whom gave more than once, our readers came through once again,” Chronicle Publisher Henry C. Hyor...

Harwich Beach Day Events Start Saturday Morning

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – Red River Beach should be hopping on Saturday, whether it’s the potato sack race or the three-legged race, as the Harwich Cranberry Festival’s Beach Day returns after a two-year absence. The longstanding Beach Day provides engaging activities for the youngsters and families. It shut down during the COVID-19 pandemic, but Harwich Cranberry Festival President Ed McManus said a great package of events h...