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David Vince Farnham

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David Vince Farnham November 17, 1928 – November 30, 2021 David seemed the picture of health for his age while celebrating his recent 93rd. birthday.  Sadly, he took ill suddenly and passed away on November 30, 2021. David was born on November 17, 1928 at Woodstock, New Brunswick, Canada to a devout Christian farming couple, George and Myrtle, in a busy household of ten brothers and sisters.    He loved tellin...

Get Booster Shot Now, Officials Urge

By: Alan Pollock

With COVID-19 cases now clearly surging across the region, public health officials at all levels of government are urging people to get their booster doses of the vaccine. But doing so can require a little patience. In Lower Cape towns, across the county and statewide, case counts have been climbing steadily for several weeks, and all people over the age of 18 are now eligible for free booster shots, provided ...

CHATHAM – From the growing buoy tree at Sears Park to the new lights in Kate Gould Park, it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas around town. The annual Christmas by the Sea celebration, sponsored by the Chatham Chamber of Commerce and Chatham Merchants Association, kicks off Friday evening, Dec. 10, and continues through the weekend with music, open houses and other holiday events. “Every year it gets ...

CHATHAM – Cookies and Christmas go together like Santa and reindeer. And a Christmas without cookies, well, that doesn't make for a very merry holiday. Yet that's what happened last year when the First Congregational Church of Chatham's annual Christmas Cookie Express had to be canceled thanks to COVID-19. Thankfully, the Cookie Express is back, with pandemic precautions in place. “We want everybody to b...

CHATHAM – In 2016, town meeting passed zoning amendments setting up an overlay district that created the South Chatham Neighborhood Center. It was the first neighborhood center established based on recommendations in the town's 2003 comprehensive plan. Since 2019, the planning board has been focusing on the next neighborhood center. The board has developed draft zoning changes that would bring the West Chatham...

Select Board Backs Elementary School Funding Plan

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — The select board agrees that Chatham should pay its own way when it comes to running the elementary school, rather than leaning on subsidies from Harwich. But some members say that such a change should also include steps to give the town more local control of the school. Having made a similar presentation to the Harwich selectmen several weeks earlier, Monomoy Regional Schools Superintendent Scott Ca...

HARWICH – More than 600 children across Cape Cod will experience the thrill of opening Christmas presents on Christmas morning thanks to The Family Pantry of Cape Cod’s annual Toy Day, which is scheduled for Dec. 19, after the COVID-19 forced the cancellation of the event last year. The annual Toy Day runs during the pantry’s Helping Neighbors campaign and ensures that hundreds of children throughout the regio...

HARWICH – Monomoy Regional High School students were exposed to the challenges — and dangers — that are associated with distracted and impaired driving on Friday when the school welcomed the Save A Life Tour back to MRHS for the first time since 2017. The program granted MRHS students the opportunity to simulate driving a car while simultaneously wearing a virtual reality headset that demonstrates the feeling ...

Harwich Seeking Local Planning Committee Members

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – Volunteers are being sought to serve on a planning committee to do the groundwork for an update of the local comprehensive plan. The local planning committee will be an 11-member body, and selectmen have been charged with appointing the five community at-large members. The six additional members will be chosen from volunteers serving on town boards and committees. The committee will be advisory to th...

Harwich Fund Awards $6,500 To Children's Fund, Schools

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – The winter will be made a little warmer for many youngsters and music will fill more of the hallways at the Harwich Elementary School thanks to The Harwich Fund’s commitment to “Harwich Helping Harwich.” “We were set up to meet the unmet needs of the Harwich community,” fund chair Brian Scheld told selectmen during a presentation on Nov. 22. “The Harwich Helping Harwich focus is on health and human s...

HARWICH – Local public safety officials put on another successful Homeless for the Holidays campaign over the past week from their encampment in Brooks Park. The annual event seeks to assist The Family Pantry of Cape Cod and Toys For Tots over the holidays.  “It went well,” said Fire Department Lt. Brad Willis, the local coordinator of the regional campaign. “We thank the community for coming out and supportin...

ORLEANS – A Christmas tradition returned to the streets of Orleans on Saturday. Approximately 140 people took part in the eighth annual Santa Stampede 5K road race hosted by the Orleans Chamber of Commerce. Most competitors were decked out in their holiday best — many dressed up in fun and festive costumes as they ran or walked the five-kilometer (3.1 miles) course, which weaved through hilly East Orleans neig...

ORLEANS – Cape Cod’s hockey landscape just gained a lot more credibility. And Lower Cape hockey players don’t have to look too far to see it. The Cape Cod Furies co-op hockey team began a new era last week when the team began its preseason practices at the Charles Moore Arena in Orleans. Not only are the Furies beginning a new season, they are doing so with new leadership: Connor Brickley has taken over for Ad...

HARWICH – So often success is measured by wins and losses, the scores teams tally and the records they hold. While the Monomoy boys and girls cross-country teams both experienced successful seasons on the course, their accomplishments weren’t limited to windy paths amid wooded terrain. Members of both Sharks teams also shined in the classroom in addition to being strong leaders during Cape and Islands League c...

Holly Jolly Holiday Social At Cape Rep Theatre

By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley

          Get into the spirit of the season at Cape Rep Theatre in Brewster on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 18 and 19 at 4 p.m. at the Holly Jolly Holiday Social, a chance to gather with friends in the name of sugarplums and mistletoe while favorite Cape Rep performers give voice to classic holiday songs. This fun musical event is part of a full month of Brewster for the Holidays festivities.           Cape Rep Mark...

Nature Connection: The Nature Of Cities

By: Mary Richmond

Although I grew up on Cape Cod, I spent two years living in New York City when I graduated from college. I had a brandy new BFA in painting under my belt and stars in my eyes. My new boyfriend had a BFA in theater and stars in his eyes, too. I could tell you the city overwhelmed us, that I missed the wide open spaces of the beaches and the wildlife I’d grown up alongside, but to be honest, I was in love with t...