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Cars are at a standstill on Route 28 from the traffic light at Crowell Road all the way to West Chatham. No parking spaces are available on Main Street. Oversized tour buses hog the narrow roads. Day-trippers have no manners. These are some of the complaints about tourist-season Chatham heard Saturday during a forum called “Chatham in the 21 st Century: How Does the Town Cope with the ‘Unintended Con...

Chatham July 4 Pancake Festival Returns

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – The all-you-can-eat July 4 Pancake Festival, run for 50 years by the Kiwanis Club of Central Cape Cod, ended in 2014. With its membership dwindling, the club no longer had the numbers to pull off the event; it had to bring in folks from other Kiwanis Clubs to help in that final griddle marathon. But next Wednesday, the holiday Pancake Festival will be back again, this time sponsored by the Rotary Clu...

As many of us start the grocery shopping lists for Fourth of July cookouts, lots of other local families are left wondering where they’ll find their next meal. It’s a harsh reality that a large number of people on the Lower Cape – even in affluent neighborhoods in Chatham, Orleans and Harwich – suffer from “food insecurity,” or not knowing where their next meal will come from. But in the summertime, when secon...

CHATHAM – More than 100 floats, bands and groups of marchers are expected to fill Main Street during the town's Independence Day parade next Wednesday. The parade begins at 9:30 a.m. on July 4 at the corner of Main Street and Shore Road and concludes at Tip Cart Drive. Thousands of spectators are expected to line the parade route to cheer on entries based on this year's parade theme, “Hooked On Chatham.” “W...

CHATHAM — Residents who use town water to keep their lawns green will soon be giving up more green to do so. Selectmen, acting as water and sewer commissioners, voted Monday to adopt new controls on irrigation systems connected to the town water system, outlawing new connections in 2021 and requiring already-connected systems to be placed on separate water meters. Town officials say the demand that irriga...

CHATHAM — The obvious take-away from a consultant’s report last week is that Chatham could face more than $37 million in capital projects in the next five years. But the more subtle message is that the town should think about big-ticket purchases as a yearly expense, rather than items on a finite to-do list. Selectmen last Monday received an interim report from Monica Lamboy of the Edward J. Collins Center f...

Pet Cemetery Project On Hold After Financial Review

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — “Errors were made, but nothing that rises to a major level,” Interim Assistant Town Administrator Robert Lawton told selectmen Monday night regarding the use of funds and the decision-making process for the pet burial ground project on Queen Anne Road. “There was no intent to hide anything,” Lawton said. After speaking with Cemetery Administrator Robbin Kelley, Lawton said he found she understood ...

Shellfish Nursery Is Fattening The Clams In Herring River

By: William F. Galvin

WEST HARWICH — The former fishhouse on the Herring River is filled with happy clams. With legal and regulatory issues related to the reconstruction of the former Lucas fishhouse at the edge of the river settled, Aquacultural Research Corporation of Dennis is now using the building to nurture seed quahogs in an effort to meet the increasing demand for shellfish by aquaculturalists. “The quahogs are happy and...

HARWICH — The groundbreaking for the new East Harwich Fire Station should take place in the next couple of weeks. The town is currently awaiting a ruling from the state Attorney General's Office on a bid protest filed by the Sheet Metal Workers Union in Boston. Town Administrator Christopher Clark said traditionally the general contract does not get awarded until the AG's Office advises on such challenges. The...

Resorts Threatened With Lawsuits Alleging Pollution

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Alleging that the Wequassett Resort and Golf Club and the Wychmere Harbor Club are responsible for significant nitrogen pollution of coastal waters, the Conservation Law Foundation has put the owners of the resorts on notice of its intent to file suit under the federal Clean Waters Act. Under the law, citizens and organizations can sue alleged violators after first providing 60 days notice. Last Thur...

SOUTH YARMOUTH – For local fans keeping an eye on the Cape League standings, it's been a wild ride, with Harwich and Chatham each vying for the top spot in the East Division. At press time, in spite of a pair of tough losses mingled with a no-hit win and a 1-1 tie, the Mariners have once again claimed the coveted spot, no doubt hoping to hang on as the season progresses. It was not the Harwich bullpen's finest...

CHATHAM – The 2018 Anglers got their first taste of Chatham fog last Thursday night, watching as the sea smoke rolled into Veterans Field and obliterated lines of sight between the outfield and home plate in minutes, ending their game against Hyannis in a 3-3 tie after five innings. Players were wide-eyed at the sight of the misty plumes, but really wanted to finish the game in the hopes of earning a win. Prio...

When the Chatham Band kicks off its 86 th year of Friday night summer concerts in Kate Gould Park Friday, among the many generations of musicians playing on the bandstand will be two nonagenarians – the band's elder statesmen. Benjamin K. Goodspeed, 94, first began playing the trumpet in the Chatham Band in 1938, 80 years ago, decades before anyone else in the band today. “Music has been the big part of my...

A Message For Our Summer Neighbors

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Dear Summer Residents and Visitors: Welcome back to the Lower Cape! We’re glad you’re here again, visiting shops, eating in restaurants, and generally pumping up the local economy. We’re doing our part by avoiding left turns at intersections and trying to stay cheerful in traffic. While you were away, we had huge storms that knocked down trees and limbs. We had town meeting and spent some of the money you cont...

Letters to the Editor, June 28

By: Tim Wood

One Person's Treasures... Editor: After recently reading the article regarding new rules at The Treasure Chest, myself and others from Dennis take exception to Lincoln Hooper's comment about "people from Dennis dropping off truckloads of stuff, overwhelming Harwich and volunteers.” We are not your scapegoat. Look to home, Mr. Hooper. Deborah Randall West Dennis   Bursting Their Balloons Edito...

John Whelan: Mack The Knife

By: Tim Wood

“Oh the shark, babe Has such teeth, dear And he shows them Pearly white………. You know when the shark bites With his teeth, babe Scarlett billows Start to spread”   I debated for a while on whether or not to open my article with the lyrics to “Mack the Knife.” This article is about the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy and all the good works they do. Since the Conservancy works so hard to ...