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The Harwich High Sailing Team has concluded its season.The Rough Riders (13-7) placed third at the State High School Racing Championships at MIT; fginished 2nd in the Cape & Islands League Championship and were 8th in the New England Team Racing Champiohships at Bowdoin College. Go Rough Riders!

5/24/02 - CAMBRIDGE - Harwich is 3rd at State Sailing Championship; Nauset is 5th. For the second year in a row the Harwich High Sailing Team has found itself in a neck and neck race with BC High at the State Fleet racing Championship on the Charles River. Last year Harwich was the runner up at MIT in the sixteen race event that went down to the wire with the Eagles winning. This year BC High and the Rough Riders were all even after the first day of racing tied at third both one point out of second behind Marblehead and Hingham. The two tier event has been a must do for two Harwich seniors and co-captains Jamie Scarbrough and Tom Leach over their four years. Going down to the wire and trailing the leaders by 6 points in the 14th race, Scarbrough and crew Shawna O'Loughlin sailed out of dead last after an obligatory 720 after contact with the committee boat and pushed themselves to fifth place finish in the heat. Leach and crew Gina Legge then added to their low point scores for the day of a 3rd and 2nd with a fifth and finally found their groove with a bullet in the last race placing Harwich solidly into third. Scoring for this the 30th annual State Sailing Championship was: Marblehead, 56; Hingham, 67; Harwich, 73; Boston College HS, 78; Nauset, 112; St.Sebastians, 126; Wellesley, 138; Manchester/Essex, 144; St. John's Prep, 152; Dover Sherborn, 161; Noble&Greenough, 174; Buckingham, Brown & Nichols, 198; Linclon Sudbury, 205; Notre Dame, 210; Brookline, 210; Windsor, 230; Boston Latin, 230, North Quincy, 234; Winchester, 249.

HARWICH - (05/04/02) Wychmere StormTreat System Failure May Return Parking. The stormwater treatment system put in place at Wychmere Harbor eight years ago to capture the first flush of rain water, considered to contain the most pollution, from surrounding roadways, has proven "ineffectual." That is the word from the Massachusetts Coastal Zone Management (MCZM) office. Natural Resources Officer Thomas Leach is now weighing local action that would return the eight parking spaces at Wychmere Harbor town pier lost when the system was constructed through a Massachusetts Bay Program Shellfish Bed Restoration Program and funded by federal and state grants in 1994.

WELLFLEET - (03/08/02) Declining Shellfish Stocks from over grazing a reality. Shellfish Warden Bill Walton, Phd. told shellfishermen he believed the bonanza couldn't last. He told the 40 fishermen who showed up for a meeting of the town's shellfish advisory board last week that the town needed to clamp down on the number of permits they issued to avoid catching every last shellfish. Citing historical data that showed the harbor supporting annual harvests of 30,000 bushels of quahogs and 16,000 bushels of oysters. He said last year's harvest of wild oysters was less than 1,000 bushels and 3,500 bushels of quahogs.

The Harbormaster thanks Americorp memebers Julia Olszewski, Michelle Wood, Scott Garvin, Julie Feifers, Patrick Roehrdanz, Susanna Beck, Katie Hodgdon,Lou Allard, Aaron Hopkins and Jeff Tirrel for their hard work on the Skinnequit Pond Brook project with HNRD Heinz Proft and Larry Chandler.

SOUTH HARWICH - (01/25/01) Americorps members take advantage of a warm winters day and clear the Skinnequit herring brook from pond-to-sea.

Drought Alert

BOSTON - (2/15/02) State warns of dwindling water resources. While Cape Cod remains under a drought advisory, other parts of the state were put on a heightened state of alert because of diminished water resources.

Harwich Assistant Harbormaster Scott Lasky an undergraduate at St.Lawrence University was recently voted Director of Emergency Medical Services for his campus. An oustanding feat as a freshman. The EMT spends all his free time as a member of the campus rescue squad with forty other students learning the EMT corps.

HARWICH (12/6/01)- The provisions in the town’s dockage regulations that prohibit slips from passing on to a partner or willed to the next generation will not have its day in court. A challenge to those provisions filed in January by Harry Hunt III was dismissed in Barnstable Superior Court last week.

The eggs of the rarely seen Bathypolypus arcticus, nicknamed 'Polly,' are hatching at the Museum of Natural History in Brewster, ending a yearlong odyssey

HARWICH PORT (11/06/01) - The Harbormaster reminds all recreational and commercial boaters using Town slips at Wychmere Harbor, Allen Harbor and Saquatucket Marina that the Town slips officially close for the season November 16th. All recreational vessels and commercial boats without appropriate offloading permits must vacate these area for the season. Vessels remaining beyond this time will be subject to a surcharge on the dockage fee. The Town of Harwich does not allow the dead winter storage of boats either in the water or on dryland. All the harbor employees want to wish our boaters to have a great winter and see you in May.

BOSTON - (9/9/01) Pleasant Bay Personal Water Craft Ban Approved By Attorney General. The bylaw banning personal water craft from the Harwich section of Pleasant Bay has met with the approval of the state Attorney General’s Office, but its implementation continues to hinge on politics of acceptance by Col. Richard Murray, director of the division of law enforcement within the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Environmental Law Enforcement.

BUZZARDS BAY - (8/30/01)The Buzzards Bay Action Committee under the leadership of Len Gonslaves of Dartmouth has donated 1000 bilge socks to the Lower Cape Harbormasters for distribution to boaters with inboard engines, particularly diesel powered commercial boat owners. The bilge socks are designed to float in the bilge and absorb hydrocarbons on a long term basis. They can then legally disposed through the garbage incineration process. Harbormasters interested should contact Tom Leach at 508-430-7532 for a carton of these bilge socks.

HARWICH PORT - (8/30/01) Harbormaster Tom Leach has announced that the Harbormaster's Office is now equiped to accept Visa and/ or Mastercard payments for dockage,mooring fees and transient deposits at Saquatucket Marina. This move will significantly improve the ability of the Harbormaster to maintain the "cash in advance" of stay policy. Customers with season dockage permits will also have the ability to charge to their credit card. Tom believes this will also significantly reduce the cash on hand that harbor employees must handle and credit the Towns deposit account much faster than previously. However, double entry bookkeeping will be increased.

ORLEANS - (8/26/01) Nitrogen pollution threatens water. The recent rash of beach closures may have caught the public's attention, but it's not the only water quality problem confronting Cape Cod. "I think the message of the beach closures for Cape Cod is that we've been sitting on a time bomb," said Maggie Geist, executive director of the Association for the Preservation of Cape Cod. From her perspective, the larger problem looming beneath the ground is contamination of ground water by discharges from septic systems.

HARWICH PORT - (8/20/01) The remains of a leatherback turtle which had apparently been hit by a motorboat washed ashore at 47 Shore Road in West Harwich. Mrs. Harvey called the Harbormaster Office on Saturday reporting the Dermochelys coriacea on her beach. The information was quickly relayed to biologist Bob Prescott at the Mass Audubon. Tom Leach and Larry Chandler removed the carcas Monday and towed it to Allen Harbor where thr highway Loader operator drove it to the disposal area. It tipped the scales at 1260 lbs. Prescott had necropsied animal by late afternoon.

HARWICH PORT - Sailors can now sign there boats up on-line for the Richard T. Wales Cup Regatta at Harwich Port September 15th. Once again the Ocean Race will be staged at Allen Harbor Yacht Club. Race will be a buoy to buoy event between 12 to 22 miles. After race awards will take place at the lower deck of AHYC immediately after the race. Harwich Cranberry Harvest Fire Works to follow at Brooks Park (an be seen from water). Please use on-line entry form. You must know the PHRF rating for your boat.

HARWICH PORT - (7/28/01) The Harwich Harbormasters Office has added yet another useful feature for local boaters to its website. Marina customers, commercial fishermen, guests and Harwich boaters in all our harbors can now submit a Float Plan direct to the Harbormasters Office. It is recommended that our boaters get in the habit of taking advantage of this on-line safety net program.

Harbormasters and Wharfingers underway. (L to R) Jim Coyle, Scott Lasky, Ron Saunier, Mike Cienava, Heinz Proft. Photo by Tom Leach.

WEST HARWICH - (076/23/01)The Windmill House: To paddle or not to paddle A photograph of the house and the mill when construction was almost complete in 1923. When a home is renovated, one expects the neighbors to ask about the plans; it’s curiosity. But, if Jane Sugden remodels, thousands become curious. Will her windmill get new paddles?

Race Around the Cape 2001 Notice of Race, Hyannis Yacht Club ran the event, August 15-17,

BARNSTABLE - (7/23/01) Cape Cod Times. Two Harwich seniors have been named to the Cape Cod Times Cape & Islands All-Star Sailing Team. Tommy Leach and Jaime Scarbrough have have had remarkable season which included 2nd Place at the States; 1st Place at the Cape & Islands Invitational and 1st Place at Figawi. The team racing record was 11-5. Both young men have continued their winning ways this July with Jaime scoring 3rd in the Nash Cup (SMSA jr.doublehanded in 420's) and Tommy making runner-up for the Cummings Cup (SMSA jr.triple handed in Flying Scots).

HARWICH - (7/24/01) The Natural Resources Department's long-term water sampling program begins Wednesday. Volunteers will begin next week sampling the water in the harbors and ponds of Harwich to better manage and protect their quality, beauty and aquatic life for the future. " We are going to develop a baseline of their existing conditions, then we can start managing them, " said Frank Sampson, chairman of the Water Quality Task Force. Over the next several years, Sampson will oversee the efforts of 40 volunteers as they test the water quality of the town’s three harbors, Herring River and 11 ponds.

Caught in the act, two boys jumping from the Route 28 Bridge. A dangerous and foolish act considering no telling what may lie beneath the murky water.

HARWICH - (7/20/01) Slip Up.Greg Tomasian, a commercial cod and tuna fisherman, has been using a boat slip not registered to him since January, violating a town bylaw. The slip is registered to Fred Bennett, who sold Tomasian the boat. A boat slip is town property and cannot be sold or transferred between parties. However, if Bennett would have sold Tomasian a partial share in the boat, Tomasian could have remained in the slip without incident. But, because Tomasian owns it, he is in violation of the bylaw.

HARWICH PORT - (7/25/01) There are 14 instances on the town’s commercial slip list where the names on the documentation of commercial vessel are different from the names having access to a slip, Town Administrator Wayne Melville told members of the waterways commission Tuesday evening. While he identified 14 such cases on the commercial slip list, Melville said that does not mean those vessels don’t have the right to be there. In some cases the vessels are listed in the name of a corporation while the slip belongs to an individual in the corporation. In other instances, the husband is named as the owner of the vessel and the slip is in the wife’s name. In a few instances the slipholder’s name is not associated with ownership documentation.

SOUTH HARWICH - (7/25/01)The problem of Seaweed disposal is as perennial as summer itself. Town officials are once again looking for a better means of combating seaweed build-up along Red River Beach. Area residents are complaining about the smell, and beachgoers are upset with the flies and swimming conditions in the thick netting of vegetation. The town’s division of highways and maintenance has been following the directive of the conservation commission in beach cleaning efforts, using its equipment to push mounds of seaweed back into the water, but people who use the beach say this is not a satisfactory solution.

HYANNIS PORT - (7/24/01) Women drowns after fall from boat A 20-year-old Irish woman drowned Sunday night after falling off a chartered cabin cruiser in Hyannis Harbor. The victim was identified yesterday as Catherine Mary Teresa Kinsella, of Dublin, known to her friends as Cate. She worked at the Dunkin' Donuts in the Christy's convenience store on Ocean Street.

CHATHAM - (7/24/01) It's no Cape Fear Chatham boat's shark encounter no cause for concern, "experts" say When Joe Fitzback saw a big dorsal fin trailing his 20-foot skiff Saturday, his first thought was that a pilot whale was shadowing them. Sometime in early June each year, a dozen great white sharks make their way up the Southern New England coast. The shark that struck the fishing boat Saturday was photographed by a stock trader J.D. O'Brien

BOSTON - (6/22/01) A baby North Atlantic right whale has been found dead off Long Island, N.Y., the fourth calf of the endangered species to perish this year, and the second believed killed by a ship strike. The four deaths represent more than 10 percent of the record 30 right whale births reported this year, and a 1 percent decline in the total right whale population of about 300. "Every death is significant," said Scott Kraus, the New England Aquarium's director of research, who announced the death Saturday. "Right whales are currently in a crisis and we really have to look at developing a strong plan for coexisting with right whales."

HARWICH PORT - (6/11/01) Saquatucket's Jenna Bossung takes new position at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. After more than three years of service as Harwich's Prinicpal Clerk at the Harbormasters Office, Jenna has landed a new job as the assistant to the Dean of Undergraduate Studies at WHOI. The Duke University graduate accepted the full-time position , a real opportunity to further her career. Tom Leach and the entire staff at Saquatucket bid their favorite "Dockmaster" fairwell. "Jenna's work was not only impeccable but went beyond expectation". "I think she viewed her job as a mission and my hat and heart will always go out to her for her spirit here" said the Harbormaster.

PROVINCETOWN - (6/12/01) Whale researchers Monday tried to save one of the few remaining North Atlantic right whales. " If there is a slim chance to save this animal we are going to try, " said David Morin, rescue coordinator for the Center for Coastal Studies in Provincetown. " It is quite a severe entanglement … and with our current (disentanglement) methods there is nothing we can do to help this whale. " The adult male right whale was spotted close to 80 miles south of Cape Cod on Friday by a National Marine Fisheries Service aerial survey

HARWICH - (6/4/01) Harwich Rough Riders Baseball team won 17 straight games before ending their run for State Title.

SAQUATUCKET HARBOR (6/8/01)- Due to a late contract from the Engineering Office. Robert Our Company will soon be doing major restoration work in the Saquatucket Marina west parking lot. Due to the timeliness of the work we must require that cars using the marina be limited to our boat customers only. Ferry customers and Brax Landing patrons must use those respective lots only. The mission here is to install needed leaching basins under the lot, install 27 addition parking spaces and re-asphalt the entire lot. The work is expected to be completed by July 4th. Right! Robert Our Co. will not be doing any work on Saturdays or Sundays. We ask your indulgance. How much do you really know how your car is robbing our planet? Take the Green Car quiz.

Harwich Seeks Water Sampling Volunteers
The Harwich Water Quality Task force is seeking volunteers to train and conduct water sampling of ponds and harbors. !6 ponds, 3 harbors and several station site on the Herring River will be a part of the baseline study. Volunteers who live near various locations are desired , but all are welcome. The program will include training volunteers in sampling technique. An initial organizational meeting will be June 13th at 2 PM at Harwich Town Hall, Griffin Room. For more info contact Heinz Proft at 508-430-7532 or Frank Sampson. Sailing team members at Junior Prom, Wychmere Harbor Club. Shawna O'Loughlin, co--captains Tom Leach, Jaime Scarbrough, Scott Penfield, Bryan Knowles, Julia Szendrei, Jesse Mongeau.

HARWICH - (5/18/01) - The High School Junior Prom was a spectacular success held at the Wychmere Harbor Club, 140 students dressed in tuxedos and evening gowns paraded in the Grand March along the channel at the Wychmere Harbor Club cheered on by a crowd of more than 300 family and friends. An after Prom night party continued at the decorated Harwich Community Center until 5 AM Saturday morning. The reports were that it was the most outstanding prom in Harwich history, dinner dancing and comradery. Catch the wind: The boats are bow to stern early in the first race Thursday but Harwich has the one & two spots; Jamie Scarborough and Tim Adams are in the lead, followed by Tom Leach and Scott Penfield. Nauset’s Pete Schwebach and Ben Peno are close behind. . Staff photos by Merrily Lunsford. HARWICH - (5/16/01) " It’s like chess on the water, " Harwich junior Tom Leach reflected. " It’s more complicated that people think, " chimed in Jamie Scarborough. Yachting may be a sport for the likes of Sir Thomas Lipton and Ted Turner, but no one needs to be a tycoon to be on a high school sailing team. But they do need to know port from starboard and boom from spar. As Nauset coach Warren Silver observed, " This isn’t sailing 101. " " These kids know how to sail, " Silver said. " It’s like the swim team, you’ve got to know how to sail to be on it. You’ve got to have sailing skills to be able to compete. "

HARWICH (06/12/01) - The town has been denied injunctive relief in its battle with the state Division of Marine Fisheries over regulatory rights at the municipal herring run. Barnstable Superior Court Judge Richard Connon the order on Tuesday afternoon. Connon issued his finding in the request for the relief, heard in superior court two weeks ago, declaring there is nothing in the state statute, Chapter 130, sections one and 94, to preclude the Division of Marine Fisheries from exercising control over the Town of Harwich concerning the herring run along the Herring River. Connon said in his finding, according to Clerk of Courts Scott Nickerson, the town sought a declaration that Division of Marine Fisheries lacked the authority to countermand the municipality’s right to regulate the fishery. Where this leaves the Town with State rules is unclear. Howeverwe willseek to uncover this information shortly.  A resident dipping for alewives to be used as live bait at the Harwich herring ladder as non-residents watch. Bill Galvin photo.

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ORLEANS - (4/20/01) Red Tide hits Close to Home. For the third year in a row, red tide has shut down the Nauset Estuary to shellfishing. The Orleans Shellfish Department is getting back its second batch of results from the state Division of Marine Fisheries today. Residents in both Eastham and Orleans are hoping the counts will have decreased. The estuary was shut down to commercial and residential shellfishing on April 12 because state tests conducted on blue mussels showed levels of 141 micrograms. The limit is 80.

College student and seasonal assistant Scott Lasky participated in harbor seal round-up. SEAL ROUNDUP
A harbor seal peers from a restraining net on a sandbar off the Chatham Fish Pier yesterday as scientists prepare to tag the animal and outfit it with a radio transmitter. An accurate count will help determine the health of the seal population. College student and Harwich seasonal harbor assistant Scott Lasky participated in the project.

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Saquatucket Harbor fishing guide and charter captain, Tony Bisky makes the cover shot for the latest 'Fly Rod & Reel' Magazine with a nice keeper along the shores of Monomoy Island. Nice going Captain Tony.

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HARWICH - (2/09/01)The Harwich Natural Resources/Harbormaster Department has announced that it will be a facilitator in conjunction with the Harwich High School Community Service Program. Students interested in participating in the program may obtain a form and application from the Guidance Department. The HNRD will entertain up to four community service environmental interns at any given time. Students interested may contact Natural Reosurces Director Tom Leach at the Harbor for details.

PLYMOUTH - (03/23/01) Harwich Harbormaster Tom Leach and Chatham Wharfinger Bob DiLorenzo, along with 26 other harbormasters from Boston to Provincetown completed a week-long Harbormaster recertification course given through the Massachusetts Criminal Justice Training Council today. Course dealt with harbor law, medical safety, hazardous material training, vessel approach and self defense. Certified harbormasters in Massachusetts maintain a high level of training and understanding for their own safety, that of their employees and boating public at large.

NORTH CHATHAM - (03/12/01) The executive director of the New England Fishery Management Council says there’s no mystery to the tenuous, but steady recovery of groundfish stocks. "With management, they can grow," Paul Howard told a group of hook fishermen in Chatham last week. Strict limits on fishing trips and other measures put in place under the Sustainable Fisheries Act have helped turn the tide, Howard said. "Things are working."

YARMOUTH - (3/14/01) Opposition surfaces to Parkers River marina plan. Traffic was the issue water traffic that is as homeowners from the Parkers River area came before Yarmouth selectmen Tuesday night to object to plans to build a town marina on the site of the old Yarmouth Drive-In, near where the river meets Route 28.

TRURO - (3/5/01) Jet Ski advocates and foes squared off at a Truro Board of Selectmen meeting last night. Some Truro residents claimed Jet Skis are invasive, loud and aggressive. Jet Ski advocates, opponents of a Jet Ski ban that will go into effect at the Cape Cod National Seashore in April 2002, made a case for the charm and user-friendly aspects of watersport. The selectmen called the meeting to find out what people think about the federal ban and any action the town may take. "We don't know what we are going to do," Selectmen Chairwoman Sally Sears-Mack said. The Seashore had the choice to regulate or ban the watercraft. A selectmen's advisory committee suggested a ban last year because it deemed Jet Skis to be incompatible with the mission of the park and its users, Selectman Suzanne Thomas said. Truro residents fear the impact.

ORLEANS - (2/09/01) Aliens among us: Invasive species taking holdA couple of summers ago, Orleans fisherman Jay Harrington was snorkeling with his nephew in Pleasant Bay when he dove to retrieve a bay scallop off the bottom. After they'd examined the blue-eyed beauty - once plentiful in the bay, now almost as scarce as the blue crab - Harrington released it. It tumbled to the ocean bottom, where it was immediately pounced on by eight green crabs.

HARWICH - (1/04/01)The Harwich Natural Resources Department acquired a new water-sampling instrument at year's end. The multi-parameter water-sampling instrument acquires and stores data in the field that can be downloaded to a personal computer back at the office for investigation. The unit called a Hydrolab Mini-Sonde is fully capable of taking depth, conductivity, pH, dissolved oxygen, nitrate, ORP, and salinity. This tool will allow Harwich to sample environmental parameters at stations in all of its reported 33 ponds and and estuaries (exception nitrate reading in seawater) keeping the data clear and organized.

JAPAN - (1/08/01) Bluefin Tuna busts record. — The only thing bigger than the bluefin tuna sold in the first auction of the year at Tokyo’s main fish market late last week was the paycheck it fetched. The new year got off to a promising start last week when a 444-pound bluefin tuna caught in the Pacific Ocean off Aomori Prefecture in northern Japan was sold to an unidentified buyer for a record-setting $173,600. That translates into $391 a pound for the weighty bluefin. Served raw as sashimi or sushi, the popular bluefin can sell for more than $100 for a plate of slices in Japanese restaurants.

CAPE COD TIMES - (6/7/01) Youths must be forced to earn their diplomas. In response to Harwich Librarian Robert Goldsmith's letter on May 22. He makes some very good points that not all children are created equal and that some are better at certain skills than others. However, I disagree that the sole decision on graduation from high school should rest with the principal and faculty. That is how things have always been done, and it has become the status quo. This current system has failed our children. We have people who are high school graduates who can't read. Perhaps MCAS puts stress on students and perhaps it has many flaws, but life isn't fair. The high school diploma has become as valuable as an old newspaper. There are no jobs I am aware of that pay a livable wage and require only a high school diploma. Young people must go to college or else find a trade they can master to earn a living. If the results of MCAS show that 25 percent of high school students won't graduate from high school, will it make a difference? Would these students get into a four-year college? Would they be able to find a well-paying job with a diploma at the current standard? What they will find is the same: They still don't have the basic skills required, and they must work even harder to get a decent job so they can survive. It's time we started to require students to study and make the most of what is being offered to them, because we will pay the consequences one way or another.

Current Moon Phase

HARWICH (6/22/02) So far so good for Harwich's Sand Pond swim area as the results of the first three weeks of water testing for the summer show bacteria counts less than 4 colonies per 100 ml water. The Natural Resources Department has recieved several calls about a peculiar odor of the pond believed to be the result of alga.

Rift may swamp marina plans
Businessmen take sides on whether expansion plan will impede boat traffic in Hyannis Inner Harbor.

EDGARTOWN (6/15/02) Fly-fishing guide, 46, drowns off Edgartown
Officials say a heart attack and the cold water temperatures may have contributed to the death.

CHATHAM (6/13/02)Judge prohibits crab harvests A federal study indicates that even medical uses of the horseshoe crabs are incompatible with the Monomoy refuge's goals.

PROVINCETOWN (6/13/02)Watching out for whales Fishermen are asked to pull fixed gear from area

PROVINCETOWN (6/12/02)Coast Guard probes whalewatch mishap
Coast Guard investigators are interviewing passengers and crew of a whalewatch cruise which was cut short Saturday morning when 22 people were injured.

NEW ENGLAND (6/12/02) Feds try to protect whale feeding area
The National Marine Fisheries Service asked fishermen yesterday to pull up their gear in an area off the coast of Cape Cod where about 50 northern right whales have gathered.

EASTHAM (6/12/02) Eastham boy injured when sand hole collapses
An 8-year-old boy was injured yesterday afternoon when a hole in the sand collapsed around him at South Sunken Meadow Beach

NANTUCKET (6/12/02) No one injured as boat line van driven off dock
It was a case of van overboard yesterday afternoon, when a Steamship Authority utility vehicle and its driver plunged off a dock into Nantucket Harbor.

NANTUCKET (6/9/02) - A 30-40 ton dead sperm whale washed ashore yesterday morning at the end of Great Point. The whale was described by a New England Aquarium biologist as about 46-feet long and emaciated. "He probably suffered from a chronic disease," said biologist Jim Rice. He said there were no visible signs of a ship strike or other obvious external injuries. The location of the whale, in what is called locally "The Galls" section of Great Point, made recovery efforts difficult.

Kristin ChinHarwich Natural Resources Intern and Class Valedictorian Kristin Chin gives her speech at commencement (6/9/02).

HARWICH - (6/9/02) With a busy wind flapping banners overhead, the 81 graduates of Harwich High School Class of 2002 sailed out of a familiar harbor Sunday, bound for adventures in adulthood. Eighty-one students received diplomas in the commencement ceremony under a large tent outside the school.

This year’s class did not shrink from challenges, especially when it came to academics. Move than $107,000 in scholarships and two laptop computers were awarded to 36 students. In addition, graduate Thomas Leach was presented his commission to attend the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in July. Leach will be one of 300 students from across the nation to begin their studies at the prestigious school on a full scholarship. Fewer than 6 percent of the students who apply are accepted each year.

Others hitting top schools are: Kristin Chin - Brown; Jaimie Scarbrough - Duke; Scott Penfield - Tufts; Bryan Knowles - Stanford; Kristin Oikle - Stonehill;

ROUND COVE - (6/7/02) The Board of Health has posted notice (6-6-02) that Round Cove Dock is off limits to Swimming. The reason a watersample taken June 4th showed results of 130 e. coliform colonies per 100ml seawater. The State safe standard is 104 colonies.

CUNDY'S HARBOR, ME - (5/18/02) Harwich is 8th in New England Team Racing. The Harwich Sailing Team traveled to Bowdoin College to compete in the New England Interscholastic Team Racing Championships on Quahog Bay. Sailing in Lark dinghies the Harwich Sailing team members led by co-captains Jamie Scarbrough and Tom Leach found they were sailing not only against the razor sharp competition but adverse weather in a cold pouring rain with 10 knot winds. Eventually the temperature plummeted to 38F. Although Harwich and each of the eight teams finished as they had been seeded, the Rough Riders sailed well enough throughout the event to have mixed boat finishes with all the schools each with a deep bench of warm sailors. In a plan to sail as light as possible, Harwich Coach John Dickson maintained his crews of Heather Mallory with Tom Leach, Neal, Donovan/ Shawna O'Loughlin, Jamie Scarbrough/ Gina Legge. By the last two heats against Milton Academy and Tabor Academy the team's fate was sealed as the grey skies began spitting snow and crews said they could no longer feel their hands and feet after five hours of sailing. Dickson had little choice exchanging the girls for his heavy air crews Bryan Knowles and Jim Adams. Later, Rob Hurd, President of the NE School Sailing Association said that Harwich should indeed be proud of its rank officially number eight in New England. He said that Harwich was only one of two public schools (Barnstable finished 6th) to make it into the team racing finals against a pile of private schools with deep sailing pedigree and can actively recruit members.

HARWICH - (4/30/02) It was a simple word change in a legal ruling, but it could mean the difference between survival or going out of business for many Cape fishermen. Last Friday, federal District of Columbia Judge Gladys Kessler handed down her remedy for fishing woes in New England. In December, she ruled in favor of five environmental groups that sued the National Marine Fisheries Service to end overfishing and wasteful discarding of unwanted fish by fishermen. But Kessler changed the wording on one of the key components of the agreement that set the number of days a fishermen could fish at 80 percent of the days fished during their most productive year between 1996 and 2001. Kessler changed it to an average of the five years. Press Release

HARWICH - (4/21/02)The Harwich Natural Resources Department is cementing plans to repair the Herring Flume at the Bell's Neck Reservoir using Federal Funds. The US Natural Resources and Conservation Service is seriously considering funds to replace the 30 year-old lower flume steel ladder way and will be meeting with Harwich Harbormaster Tom Leach on May 30th. The Harbormaster was contacted by the local USNRCS director Donald Liptack in late February to say the Service had some extra funds for a herring run improvement project somewhere on Cape Cod and was looking to see which towns had anything worthwhile. Tom Leach then was quick to mention an obvious problem and this opportunity of getting the problem solved without going to the Town coffers this year when Harwich fiscal situatioin is in the red, sounds like a win-win situation. In the meantime, Natural Resources Department employees and volunteers have worked to plug gaps in the steel flume that are causing herring to get stuck and die.

HARWICH - (4/16/02) The US Army Corps of Enghineers is laying plans to dredge Saquatucket Harbor entrance channel aftrer a request by the Harbormaster. The Corps surveyed the channel during the week and identified several shoals that have developed most notably near the Nun '2' buoy and a settlement area within the jetties. Tom Leach brought the Notice of Intent before the Conservation Comission Tuesday night and got their approval. Concom chairman Roger Cove said that they would soon be drafting the Order of Conditions on the project. The Harbormaster reported all other permits are valid for the project and that the Water Quality Certification which had expred has been renewed. If all goes as planned the Dredge CURRTUCK will once again visit Harwich Port to do the work in late June.

HARWICH - (4/16/02) Harbormaster Tom Leach recieved the OK Tuesday evening to repair the Saquatucket boat ramp. The harbormaster reported the needed repairs which include saw cutting and removing a large area on the surface of the exisiting ramp is in response to potholes which have developed and cannot be kepted undone. The Harbormaster said that the Highway Department has agreed to do the labor while he has gotten the State Access Board to agree to pay for materials. The ultimate plan to replace the ramp in it's entirety with a redesigned structure has been delayed by Big Dig funding problems within the State.

SAGAMORE - (4/16/02) While millions of eyes were trained on Boston Marathon runners yesterday, Cape Codders lined up to watch a different sort of procession. A juvenile North Atlantic right whale swimming in the Cape Cod Canal offered a glimpse of an endangered species seldom observed on boats, let alone shore. "I've seen seals here but I've never seen whales here," Harry McKay said as he walked along the canal following the whale. "In a ship, you never see one so close."

BARNSTABLE - (4/03/02) The fate of increased access to one of Nantucket's most popular beaches is now in the hands of the state Supreme Judicial Court. Yesterday the seven justices of the state's highest court heard arguments in Barnstable Superior Court from lawyers pitting Nantucket's county commissioners against 20 property owners from a section of the island known as Surfside.

HARWICH - (3/26/02) Boat slip waiting list ruling could open floodgate of complaints. Going against the recommendation of Harbormaster Tom Leach, the selectmen have restored Richard Kalika’s name to the top spot on the always-contentious waiting list by a vote of 4-1. That means all others on the list will drop down one spot. Although Kalika said he mailed his payment last April, it wasn’t until October that he discovered he was off the list. Leach, who has authority over the list, refused to restore Kalika, citing the " well known " deadline of May 1. Restoring Kalika’s name, Leach argued, " would go against hundreds of similar determinations of the past. " Board of selectmen Chairman Cyd Zeigler, who voted against restoring the name to the list, is now concerned a Pandora’s box has been opened. " When you allow people to bend the rules, we should be bending them for everybody, " said Zeigler, who is concerned others whose names have been removed from the list will now seek redress. During the past five years, more than 100 people have been removed from the list for nonpayment of the annual fee. Strangely two candidates and opponents running for a selectmen's post, encumbant Peter Luddy and Bruce Gibson agreed that the Town policy should be set aside in compassion and leniency. Mr. Kalika said that he had turned down the offer of a berth eight times over the years.

CHATHAM - (3/21/02) Ceremony Marks Centennial Of Monomoy Disaster. On a clear, crisp Sunday afternoon, a bell tolled seven times, once for each of the lifesavers who lost their lives 100 years ago, almost to the hour. In a brief but touching ceremony at the Mack Monument, located next to the Chatham Coast Guard Station, the men who died in what has become known as the Monomoy Disaster were remembered.

CHATHAM - (3/21/02) ZBA Ruling Kills Ryder’s Cove Boat Haul-out for Fishermen By a 4-1 vote, the zoning board of appeals shot down the commercial fishing vessel haul-out area proposed along Ryder’s Cove Road, killing any chance the facility could be built by May. During a 90 minute hearing last Thursday, zoning board members said they felt that the plan to build the haul-out on town-owned land adjacent to the road was not the best alternative available. It is possible to put the facility in another location, on the same property, where there would be fewer environmental issues and less disturbance to abuttors, they said.

CHATHAM - (3/7/02) Federal Plan Would Devastate Cod Fishery, Fishermen Say. Local fishermen say that proposed federal fishing restrictions would do more harm than good when it comes to boosting stocks of cod and other groundfish, and would devastate the small boat fishing fleet in the process.

HARWICH - (3/7/02) Harwich Readies New Regulations As Herring Prepare For Run On Tuesday morning, town officials met to begin formulating new regulations before the anadromous fish begin the annual march to headwater spawning grounds. Last year, selectmen had a jurisdiction skirmish with the state Division of Marine Fisheries and the commonwealth’s environmental police over a decision to set herring run regulations prohibiting the harvesting of herring by non-residents.

CAPE COD - (3/3/02) "Junkyard Time Bomb" a special report by the Cape Cod Times says several Cape junkyard dealers are violating state and federal environmental laws, contaminating fragile groundwater supplies and threatening public health, and says towns have been asleep at the wheel. While boards of selectmen have the authority to impose environmental regulations on junkyard licenses, which are renewed each year, elected officials from Barnstable, Bourne, Harwich, Dennis and Oak Bluffs have failed to do so. All Cape Codders need to read this investgative piece which cites two Harwich based businesses among seven such businesses on the Cape and Islands.

HARWICH - (2/28/02) Police Chief supports common dispatch for Police, Fire and Harbormaster. Many of the recommendations in the Public Safety Study for improvements to the police department are already underway, according to Police Chief William Mason, who said there is little he disagrees with in the draft document presented to the town last Tuesday. The police chief recommends police and fire dispatch be located in Harwich under one system providing simultaneous notification to public safety personnel. Mason said he would like to see dispatching centralized for police, fire and the harbormaster’s department.

CHATHAM - (2/28/02) Federal Report Shows Holes In Coast Guard’s Radio Net In most offshore areas, a boater can place a distress call over the marine radio, and the call will be heard by as many as a half dozen pairs of trained ears. But in a 19-square nautical mile area east of Chatham, a boater will be lucky if the call reaches one person on dry land: the watchstander at Station Chatham. That’s the conclusion of a Department of Transportation report released earlier this month. The coverage gap, and 87 other gaps in U.S. territorial waters, represents a hole in the Coast Guard’s search and rescue network, and a chink in the armor of homeland security.

CHATHAM - (2/28/02) Town Manager Awards Fish Pier Leases Under the advice of a five-member panel of local experts, Town Manager William Hinchey last week chose the winning bidders from four companies seeking to lease one of the two packing bays at the municipal fish pier. Hinchey chose Chatham Fish & Lobster, one of the companies currently using the facility, and Dennis-based Nantucket Fish Co.

CHATHAM - (2/28/02) Neighbor Assails Haul-out Facility PlanThough he knows his point of view won’t win him favor with many of the town’s fishermen, Sean Summers is asking town officials to rethink their plan to install a boat haul-out facility along Ryder’s

HARWICH - (2/28/02) Harwich bites back at tax hikes Property tax bills already increased an average of 24 percent over the past two years and are set to go up another 6 percent this year.

BOSTON - (02/25/02) Fishermen asked to join front line against terrorismThe Coast Guard has been stretched thin nationwide handling seaport security, fishing regulation enforcement, boat inspections, and search and rescue operations. The Coast Guard today will begin sending letters to 9,000 fishermen asking them to serve as "eyes and ears" and alert the Coast Guard whenever they spot suspicious activities.

BOSTON - (02/05/02) It just wasn't the Patriots winning the Superbowl that made Sunday so sweet. In a decision hailed by local activists as a victory for the fragile estuaries in four Lower Cape towns, state environmental officials have decided to ban the use of personal watercraft in Nauset Harbor and Pleasant Bay. In making the decision, Col. Richard Murray, head of the Massachusetts Environmental Police, essentially have upheld bans imposed by Eastham, Orleans, Chatham and Harwich, which last year instituted bans on personal watercraft. In a letter sent to the towns, Murray said the local bylaws are "in the best interest of public use, safety and enjoyment."

HARWICH - (1/31/02) Boaters Will Need More Proof And Money To Access Saquatucket Slips. Boaters should pay the 5 percent increase and be happy when the bills for slip leases come out for the municipal marinas in the next few weeks. It could have been much worse, with one recommendation urging 20 percent in this and in subsequent years. Of course, that is if you still have access to a slip. The board of selectmen put in place new slip permit holder criteria to ensure the person whose name is attached to the permit is the primary owner of the boat. If not, see you later. Proof of at least 51 percent ownership of a documented vessel will now be required. Berth and mooring holders must be the sole owner in the case of State registered boats.

CHATHAM - (01/31/02) Boundary Change Could Put Nantucket Sound Quahog Beds Under Chatham Jurisdiction?" The way shellfisherman David Kelley sees it, the failure of state officials to follow through on a 10-year-old Supreme Court decision and redefine the boundary line between commonwealth and local waters has put him at a competitive disadvantage. If the boundary in Nantucket Sound is redrafted as state division of marine fisheries as officials have proposed, a 3.5-square-mile area smack in the middle of one of the largest off-shore quahog beds found in many years will become Chatham town waters, and will no longer be accessible to shellfishermen from other communities.

CHATHAM - (01/31/02) Selectmen Ask That Mooring Priority Policy Be Put In Writing Even though it isn’t codified in the regulations, harbormaster Stuart Smith has always followed an unwritten rule when awarding moorings. Boaters who are on the water most often and depend on access for their living get priority. Selectmen want Smith to put that criteria down in writing, so it can be formally incorporated into the town’s mooring regulations. Even though it isn’t codified in the regulations, harbormaster Stuart Smith has always followed an unwritten rule when awarding moorings. Boaters who are on the water most often and depend on access for their living get priority. Selectmen want Smith to put that criteria down in writing, so it can be formally incorporated into the town’s mooring regulations.

HARWICH - (01/31/02) Local Credit Card Scam May Have Funded Terrorists. Federal and local officials are trying to find out if an alleged credit card scam at the Getty Station in Harwich Center might have funneled money to Middle East terrorist groups. One man is in custody, and the FBI, Secret Service and Harwich Police are actively investigating the case

HYANNIS - (01/25/02) A kerosene spill from a fuel truck on Barnstable Road yesterday sent 250 to 500 gallons of fuel into Hyannis Harbor. Fire officials said the fuel drained into the harbor after a Harbor Fuel Oil Co. delivery truck bound for Nantucket sprang a leak at about 4 p.m. "The fuel leaked into the street and subsequently into catch basins, which eventually brought it down to the harbor," said Hyannis Deputy Fire Chief Dean Melanson. Fire and Coast Guard personnel placed booms in the harbor to corral the slick yesterday afternoon.

ORLEANS - (01/22/02) The Emma Rose rose again yesterday when a salvage crew, using cranes and a water pump, brought the 52-foot clam boat up off the bottom of Rock Harbor. Orleans Harbor Master Dawson Farber said an inspection of the steel-hulled boat did not reveal any leaks or a specific cause of the sinking. He said boat owner Joel Reed of Eastham told him the boat was fine when he checked it at midnight Sunday, but that it had sunk when Reed returned at 3 a.m.

CENTERVILLE - (01/17/02)Attack of the hydrilla. Barnstable councilors mull war on pond weed.Last year chemicals were applied to Lake Wequaquet to stop the spread of fanwort, an invasive plant that threatened to crowd out other marine life and force swimmers from the water. This time the threat comes from the fast-growing aquatic plant hydrilla that has turned up in Long Pond. Robert Gatewood, the town's conservation administrator, said this is the noxious plant's first documented appearance in the state, and it's not to be taken lightly.

EASTHAM - (01/04/02) Lawsuit over town boat slip will go to trial. A lawsuit against the town over a boat slip will have its day in court. It seems Harwich, Chatham and Barnstable are not the only towns plagued with boat ownership issues. Barnstable Superior Court Judge Gary Nickerson has set a May 1 court date for the case involving a boat slip that John Martens maintains should still be his. Martens co-owned a boat for many years with his mother, Jeanne Martens, who died in June, 1997. The following spring, the town took away the boat slip Martens had rented for 23 years, on the grounds that it had been in Jeanne Martens’ name.

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FIRST NIGHT: To honor America's trials and triumphs in 2001, First Night participants unfurled three giant flags in front of Chatham Coast Guard Station. "It is not our job not to speak to the lowest common denominator. It is our job to raise it."

HARWICH (12/9/01) Nature repeats itself as low pond levels in the Town's herring runs have trapped millions of herring fry in the upper ponds. The latest precipitation numbers from the Cape Cod Commission show that from December 2000 to November 2001, Cape Cod received only 27.35 inches of precipitation, almost 15 inches below the Cape's annual average of 42 inches of precipitation. It is the lowest amount since 1989, when the Cape received 33.4 inches. And what's worse, this is the third year in a row with below-average precipitation over the year, all of which means groundwater levels are low.

Horseshoe Shoals Wind Farm for Real?

SOUTH YARMOUTH - (12/16/01) Is an offshore wind farm in Nantucket Sound's future? It's been done successfully in Denmark for more than a decade. Similar projects are now under way all over Europe - in Italy, off the coast of Germany and around the British Isles. A computer-generated image shows how an offshore wind turbine generator will look. But will developers here be successful in building the nation's first offshore wind farm, which they say will produce enough electricity to meet all but the peak demands of Cape Cod? Harbormasters must be prepared to answer questions about how they see the proposal will effect users in Nantucket Sound's busy waterway.

HARWICH (12/11/01) Conservation Trust doubles land holdings. In less than a year, the Harwich Conservation Trust has more than doubled the land it owns and land that is under its stewardship. Last winter, the Trust set a goal to double conservation land it controlled and last week Trust president Robert Smith said that goal had been reached ahead of schedule.

HARWICH (12/05/01) Harwich Sailing Team Takes Ownership Of Its Future. Using borrowed boats, the Harwich High School sailing team has made a name for itself across the waters of Massachusetts. But that is about to change for the better, the sailors hope, as they prepare for their first season in school-owned boats.
Sailing Team Accepts Donation
The Harwich sailing team accepts a donation. Pasqual Antolini (right) presents a mock version of the $8,000 check he contributed to the team to purchase a fleet of sailboats. He shakes hands with team co-captains Tommy Leach and Jamie Scarbrough while coach John Dickson looks on..

The Chatham Yacht Club and Pasqual Antolini have come into alignment to make it all happen. The yacht club made the decision to buy new boats for its sailing program and Antolini was looking to honor his late wife, Ann Antolini, an educator for 35 years in New Hartford, Conn. Assistant sailing coach Thomas Leach navigated the two proposals onto the same tack.

HARWICH (12/05/01) Competing interests for valuable shorefront activities often require tough decisions by town officials charged with determining whether a homeowner should be allowed to extend a dock or if an area should be kept open in the interest of shellfishing and navigation. The shellfish and marine water quality committee faced exactly that deliberation last week when acting on a request by Lisa Pedicini to locate a pier and float system from her property into Wychmere Harbor.

HARWICH (11/27/01) A summit of state officials convened in town hall Tuesday afternoon to discuss Route 28 highway improvements and what additional steps could be taken to remediate adverse stormwater impacts on the town’s harbors. Selectman Donald Howell said from the onset of the session that he would like to discuss doing more than what has been initially talked about in the way of improvements along the Route 28 corridor. He cited the need to look at issues in Harwich Port, which could include dealing with septage in a village center where it is hoped affordable housing could be expanded once these issues are addressed.

Harwich Fire Chief Robert PetersonHARWICH (11/27/01) Speaking to the 60,000 sq.ft.Shaw's Food Store proposal on Sisson road Chief Robert Peterson said he travels the intersection frequently and does not see the need for lights. "I see nothing with the new store that warrants lights at this intersection," Peterson said. He cautioned the lights would cause a backup in traffic along Route 28, creating a far greater wait than would exist without them. The leader of the fire department said he did support several proposed turning lanes and extended medians to prevent driveway traffic from crossing. Officials are also concerned about mitigation of impacts on the adjacent wetlands and watershed from the giant foodstore project, a DRI under the Cpae Cod Commission.

HARWICH (11/12/01) Harwich lost one of its finest volunteers Sunday with the passing of Walt MacCaughern. Walt served as a shellfish warden for the Harwich Natural Resources Department for many years and truly loved his volunteer work patroling the flats and helping folks find their clams and quahogs. When we rebuilt the Shellfish Lab, Walt was there with all his tools and know how. Then when we need a safe stairway to the lab office who else but Walt rescued us again. When Heinz needed a from the flats, Walt was there. When we needed extra enforcement at the herring run Walt was there. Thanks Walton for being there. May our friend go in peace.

HARWICH PORT (11/06/01) Harbormaster Tom Leach reports that the Barnstable County Dredge CODFISH under the command of Wayne Julin has begun work on the Allen Harbor entrance channel. The project permits allow removal of up to 10,000 cubic yards of spoil. The sand is replenishing once popular Gray Neck Road public beach. The beach for some reason has been unable to hold sand since the NSTAR Nantucket Island power line was burrowed beneath the bluff and beach there.

Jill Greene Saquatucket harbor principle clerk makes fishing a fun hobby. Here she is after nailing a nice striper on light gear off Cuttyhunk last year. HARWICH PORT - The Harbormasters Office hired a new Principal Clerk. Harwich resident Jill Greene began work at Saquatucket in July. She comes to the position bringing what Harbormaster Tom Leach describes as both intelligence and creativity. Jill a graduate of Lynchburg College in Virginia holds her masters degree from Simons College and looks forward to the dual role of representing the Harbormaster and Natural Resources Department. Tom Leach said that "we have learned to settle for nothing less then the best and Jill is indeed a nice fit for this Department".

WELLFLEET (11/05/01) Clam prices have quickly dropped back to 1980 prices leaving shellfishermen and aquaculturist scrambling for alternatives. The Cape Cod Times reports local fishermen are feeling the pinch in an economy gone sour on its demand for luxury food after 911.

MEDWAY (11/03/01) Medway 1 - Harwich 0. Less than 24 hours after flying to Nantucket to beat the Whalers 2-0, the Harwich Soccer Team drove to Medway, ending up on the short end of a 1-0 score yesterday. The top-seeded Mustangs (15-1-4) began their defense of the 2000 Div. 3 state championship with the win over the Rough Riders. Harwich (10-7-5) ends its season with just two losses in its last 12 games, both by 1-0 scores. "If you had to end your season you'd end it in this way," Rough Rider coach Fred Thacher said. Despite fatigue from all the traveling, Harwich had a number of opportunities and never let down. "The entire team out there were stars, in my eyes," Thacher said. "I'm so proud of these guys." Norwell which beat and tied Harwich in the regular season will play Medway on Tuesday evening.

HARWICH PORT (10/30/01) Earlier pleas from the Natural Resources Director, Harbormaster and other town officials have prompted the DPW to respond by considering to storm drainage improvements along Route 28. More drains needed along Route 28

HARWICHPORT (10/25/01) Thursday marked the end of the popular fall bluefin tuna season for commercial and sportfishermen. Harwich sold a total of 66 Tuna permits to vistors and Harwich based sportfishing vessels generating $33,000.

HARWICH (10/17/01) Massachusetts Highway Department (MHD) representatives are due in town this week to discuss stormwater management issues as the state looks toward the resurfacing of Route 28 next spring. "We’re looking to hear the concerns of local officials and work toward improvements," said Bernard McCourt, district five highway engineer for MHD. The meeting is the result of inquiries made by State Representative Shirley Gomes, R-Harwich, into a resurfacing project proposed to extend from the Chatham/Harwich town line to Bass River.

CHATHAM (10/17/01) Last January, selectmen shot down a plan to create a 59-vehicle parking area on the 2.5-acre triangle of former MCI property that runs between Ryder’s Cove and Route 28, saying the land was too environmentally important for so intense a use. One of the functions the proposal would have served was to provide space for fishermen to haul out their boats and do repairs during the off-season, when the demand for parking is low. Now fishermen are in a quandary: There are no plans on the books to provide haul-out space near Ryder’s Cove, and Ryder’s Cove Boatyard, where many previously hauled out their vessels, can no longer accommodate commercial vessels.

HARWICH (10/17/01) One half of the municipal lot at Saquatucket Harbor is getting a face lift, including some additional parking, but the entire project may not be done for a year or two, depending upon when the state access board can fund the work on the east side. The Robert B. Our Company began work Monday morning on the west side lot, which includes installing a leaching field for the catch basins in that lot and clearing for the addition of 27 parking spaces to the north and along Route 28.

Paul Parker onboard the PEGGY B out of Wychmere Harbor with a fresh bluefin tuna. HARWICH - (10/2/01)Selectmen: ‘No new taxes’ With Harwich taxpayers facing a second year of double digit tax hikes and record debt, the Board of Selectmen vows to " say ‘no’ early and often " to new expenditures this upcoming budget season. Citing the number of new and renovated town buildings, escalating utility costs and expanded town services for last year’s 12 percent tax hike, the selectmen said they want to be fiscally conservative. But, doing so for the next couple of years will not be easy.

HARWICH - (10/2/01) Long Pond may get treatment. Murky, oxygen-deprived ponds benefit from alum approach. Long Pond, in Brewster and Harwich, is on the cusp of getting close to $300,000 in state monies to conduct an alum treatment and do some work to reduce the input of nutrients at the 740-acre pond. Excess phosphorus in a pond acts as an out-of-control fertilizer, oftentimes creating large algae blooms. When the blooms die, they suck up a tremendous amount of oxygen. The bottom of the ponds are left without oxygen, making them inhospitable for many forms of life, most notably fish.

HARWICH PORT - (9/22/01) On Saturday, local volunteers provided Harwich’s beaches and ponds a cleaning nature cannot provide. Between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. 43 volunteers walked the town’s shorelines and removed trash left behind by humans. The cleanup, called Coastsweep, is part of an international effort to keep the world’s beaches free of debris. Besides picking up the unsightly trash, cleaning the beaches is necessary to preserve marine life. Coastsweep Information

Support freedom HARWICH PORT - (9/16/01) The Harwich Ecumenical Council held a Sunday evening (6 PM) candle lit vigil to share our prayers for those souls and survivors of our nations tragety this week at Bank Street Beach in Harwich Port. A crowd estimated at 400 gathered to share the moment with friends and neighbors. A wreath was dedictated and spread on the waters off of Bank Street from COMMANDER, the Harbormaster vessel by fire fighters Donald Parker, Mike Mason, Leighanne Merrigan along with Police Chief William Mason and Harbormaster Tom Leach. Our prayers are with the people of this horrible attack on the U.S. Please know we will continue to pray for you and keep you in our hearts as the days go by and hope that you will find comfort in our God as you struggle thru this trying time.

CHATHAM - (9/09/01)Chatham Couple Takes The Trans-Atlantic Challenge. Follow Paul and Joanne Berquists recent adventure onboard CHEQUERED PAST as they follow the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers.

HARWICH (9/5/01) Boys Soccer Tie's MV 2-2 in season opener; Cheryl Poore's Field Hockey girls blank MV on Island 3-0. You read it here!

HARWICH (9/15/01) Calling all sailors! Sign up now for Harwich Ports final sailing race of the season. The 22nd Richard T. Wales Cup to be held Saturday Sept. 15th.

WEST HARWICH - (8/31/01) Finding Thoreau at the Herring River. A legendary walker with a keen insight for nature, Henry David Thoreau found beauty and tranquility on Cape Cod and famously recorded it in his book, " Cape Cod. " Last week, 15 Cape Codders set out on their own Thoreauvian adventure to experience the peninsula as the author did more than 150 years ago. The group mimicked a walk along the Herring River taken by Thoreau when he visited Harwich in 1857. In doing so, the walk opened new habitats, provided a different perspective of the Cape, and granted new reasons to fall in love again with the area.

EAST DENNIS - (8/31/01) Several craft destroyed at Sesuit Harbor dock last night. A fast-moving fire that apparently started aboard a boat that had just taken on fuel seriously damaged a dock at Sesuit Harbor and left several craft burned to the waterline. Sisuation points to training and support by five fire departments were able to knock down what would have been complete enilation of marina. Marina blaze ruled arson.Investigators sift boat wreckage after Dennis harbor fire

CHATHAM - (8/28/01) A proposal by a group of Chatham sailors to rebuild an old Coast Guard launching pier and turn it into a "dockominium" in Stage Harbor was dashed by a state appeals court yesterday. "The plaintiffs pursued their dream here, but it dissolves on the shoals of appellate standards," reads the decision handed down by Massachusetts Appeals Court Judge Leon J. Lombardi. The group of 10 Chatham residents had been waiting nearly three years for the decision.

BARNSTABLE COUNTY - (8/26/01) As of late last week, state Department of Public Heath officials said 131 fresh and salt water beaches were involved in 227 closures, or postings, statewide, because of high levels of bacteria. "For the most part, people are taking it in stride. They understand the regulations are there for the protection of public health," said Howard Wensley, director of the Division of Community Sanitation with the state Health Department.

EAST HARWICH - (8/24/01) The Natural Resources Department has been conducting evening commorrant harrassment excercices at the powerlines crossing Muddy Creek off Pleasant Bay. Shellfish Warden Mike Ceinava and Tom Leach have shared the duty in this Division of Wildlife excercise using shot gun fired rockets. The flock of birds perched on the high wires have reached to 1200 in number and congregated close to sunset. Neighbors fear that bird droppings from the huge biomass have helped to contaminate the estuary also known as the Monomoy River. As the nightly excercise of shooting the whistler flares has gone on over four weeks neighbors report the flock has relocated elsewhere but not sure where? The Harwich Natural Resources Department will continue to monitor the situation.

HARWICH PORT - (8/20/01) Its been a foggy month and vessel operators, particularly small boat fishermen operating without the aid of radar are cautioned to slow down in poor visibility. There have been several close calls already reported by charter captains. The use of GPS has made these anglers in the rips of Monomoy more wieldy in these conditions. Not so. GPS does not equate to radar, does not show oncoming traffic and only relates static waypoints. Rules of the road require all vessels to reduce operating speed to minimum in limited visibility. Be safe, we have had plenty of these accidents in the past, we don't want anyone to get hurt out there again.

HARWICH - Former Harwich Assistant Harbormaster Rick Paulus has had a stellor career working as a calligrapher for the State Department and now has him working "in hands" for President George W. Bush and first lady Laura Bush.

click to read special tuna landing regulations All tuna fishermen and buyers are reminded that it is against all harbor regulations to dispose any fishparts or awful within the harbor. There is nothing more disgusting than a day-old tuna head floating in the harbor and nothing turns a pleasant family oriented marina into a foul odored cesspool than fish racks and blood. Please dispose these far at sea. Report violators to the Harbormaster.

Scott Lasky, Harwich Assistant Harbormaster/ EMTHARWICH - (7/28/01) Harwich Paramedics tie hospital record. In the back of the Harwich Fire Department ambulance, paramedic Leighanne Merigan and emergency medical technician David LeBlanc dove into action when Olejniczak's heart stopped, and revived him using a new defibrillator. Another EMT, Hal Romme, barreled the ambulance along Willow Street toward the hospital. Within minutes Olejniczak was in the hospital's heart catheterization lab having the emergency angioplasty to open a blocked artery. The "door-to-balloon time" - which is what hospital staff calls the time between the emergency room doors opening and the artery being reopened - was just 29 minutes. That tied the hospital's fastest previous time.

HARWICH PORT - (7/30/01) Lee W.H. Baldwin, 62, well-known Harwich Port naturalist and native Cape Codder, died Saturday at her home. Mrs. Baldwin was a volunteer at the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History. She started the museum's Wednesday Walking Club in 1994 and presented numerous corresponding slide-show lectures. She received the museum's Thoreau Award in 1997 for her "dedication to providing access to lesser-known areas of wild beauty on Cape Cod." She established her own business, Cape Cod Naturally, which provided walks and hikes for locals and visitors, and which donated yearly walks to the Harwich Cranberry Harvest Festival to educate walkers on the history of the local cranberry industry. Lee was a true friend to the Harwich Natural Resources Department and spent many hours over the years leading the Harbormaster on adventures to uncover problems along the Herring River. In her heart nature was always first. She loved Harwich and it's wildness said Harbormaster Tom Leach. WELLFLEET - (7/26/01)Three spend harrowing night in bay after losing boat. A little more than an hour after leaving Provincetown, the seas began to batter the boat, which Farrell's mother had bought earlier this summer. It took on water. Both engines died. Farrell tried to call for help, attempting distress squelch patterns on a radio. He managed to restart an engine, but it only sputtered for a mile as more water swept into the open boat. "Everything went wrong," Farrell would say. He had to make a quick decision: They would abandon the craft.

HARWICH - (7/20/01) The sands of time continue to pass through the west jetty at Allen Harbor, filling in the channel. But the litoral drift that has occurred along Nantucket Sound since this peninsula was formed more 12,000 years ago may also be clogging progress on reconstruction of the stone appendage. There are in fact two stumbling blocks: one is money and the second is the ownership of land adjacent to the jetty. The town sought $310,000 this spring to fund its share of the jetty repair project and, together with the Commonwealth’s Office of Waterways, has agreed to split the more than $700,000 cost for the work. Town meeting approved the funds, but voters turned down the spending request on a subsequent debt exclusion ballot.

WEllFLEET - (7/21/01) Experts study leatherback strandings. Robert Prescott was faced with a tough prospect, a dead and bloated leatherback turtle weighing close to 700 pounds. But the executive director of the Massachusetts Audubon Society’s Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary did what he had to do, knowing full well that his co-workers would avoid him afterwards.

HARWICH PORT - (7/17/01) Harwich Harbormaster Boating Safety Academy graduates it's smallest class of young operators. The class given in cooperation with the Environmental Police and Coast Guard Auxiliary was held over four nights during the beginning of July and certifies students between 12 and 16 years of age to operate a motorboat. The course stresses safe operation. Prior classes have graduated up to 35 kids per class. Perhaps Harwich has caught up with this learning curve for the moment. We can think of a few adults and commercial operators who need to learn a little respect for their own wake!

SOUTH MONOMOY ISLAND - (6/29/01) Refuge Officials Showcase Seabird Diversity At Monomoy. Just a few miles south of the hustle and bustle of Chatham, sometimes veiled in fog, lies a different world. Here, within the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge, under the careful orchestration of biologists, migratory birds feed and raise their young.

TRURO - (6/22/01) Diana Worthington has done it again! With her exhibition, " Truro, circa 1875 to 3001, " which opens tomorrow at the Highland House and Truro Historical Museum, she’s created a photographic journey through time and town that’s a marvel to see. Worthington put together last year a photographic display of North Truro called " Pond Village, North Truro 1900-2000. " That show was so popular it was extended throughout the season. She has now taken all the photographs from that show and put them in book form, on plastic sheets, which can be viewed at the museum.

Jean Lukes is now rowing across the Atlantic CHATHAM - (6/21/01) After failed attempts in 1994 and 1995, Jean Lukes will row out of Chatham today, weather permitting, bound for Brest, France. The French national is rowing a special 23-foot, self-righting boat, with the financial backing of several large corporations, to raise money for the French equivalent of the Coast Guard, Les Sauveteurs En Mer. Because he is attempting to break the record for the fastest passage, Lukes’ departure will be witnessed and officially recorded by the Coast Guard. This guy lost it. Vessel started leaking somewhere around Yarmouth, NS and had to bail out.

WEST DENNIS- (6/19/01) William Low of West Dennis has found a sweet spot in the sport of kayaking. Since retiring to the Cape five years ago, Low has turned a 20-year boat-building hobby into Willow Kayaks, maker of contemporary kayaks based on the tradition of the Aleutian Inuit. The Aleuts used kayaks built of driftwood and seal or sea lion skin for weeks-long expeditions in the Bering Sea. Skin boats date back at least 5,000 years, possibly as long as 15,000 years.

No matter the day they've already put in scanning the seas, the double shifts they've worked listening for distress calls, the hours they've logged fixing equipment and training, the Coast Guard will rescue you.  
You can count on it. CHATHAM - (6/13/01) In a time-honored tradition that represents the transfer of responsibility, authority and accountability, the U.S. Coast Guard formally welcomed a new commander to Station Chatham last Friday. Senior Chief Boatswains Mate Stephen J. Lutjen took over as officer in charge of the station from Chief Warrant Officer Bruce W. Schneider, the top man in Chatham since 1996.

HARWICH PORT - (6/11/01) The owner of a power boat escaped with minor injuries after the vessel's engine exploded in Allen Harbor last night. David Stein, 50, of Shore Road, W. Harwich, said he had just gotten under way aboard the 28-foot Bayliner, named No Worries, when the explosion occurred 20 to 30 feet from the town landing. The accident occurred at 6:55 p.m. Stein said he thinks the bilge pump was filled with fumes from the 140-gallon aluminum gas tank, causing an explosion that blew off the engine cover. Stein leaped off the boat and swam to shore, while flames engulfed the vessel. His hair and eyebrows were singed. Wind blew the wreckage across the harbor and into a private landing, where Harwich fire and rescue crews were able to hook the boat and secure it to shore, said Will Remillard, Harwich deputy fire chief. The fire was extinguished with a special foam, he said. Fire and rescue personnel estimated damage at $25,000 to $30,000. A resident at Fiddlers Landing, where the boat came to rest, said the explosion sounded like a cannon. The boat was anchored to shore and partially submerged as of last night. Remillard said the harbor master would remove the boat this morning.

Angelique reeled in this massive bluefin tuna onboard John Mead's MISS FERN. Photo by Tom Leach (right click to enlarge)

HARWICH - (6/8/01) If the elbow of the Cape is epi-center for the late bite of bluefin tuna on Cape Cod, then Saquatucket Marina is ground zero for landings. The Harbormasters Office reported a deluge April 1st for making transient reservations for the August thru October. The Town policy is a two-week maximum and virtually all large slips have already been booked by an anxious fleet of sportfishemen. The Selectmen also settled an offloading permit issue with the Army Corps of Engineers requiring an across the board $500 tuna landing permit for fishermen in addition to dockage fees. New this year, the Harwich T-Permit is also required of all skiff fishermen landing tuna via the boat ramp. Harwich will only sell 100 of these landing permits so they are expected to go fast! Tuna buyers must also buy permits for all offloading vehicles.

ORLEANS - (6/08/01)This spring, an invisible predator immune to nets invaded. Peters noticed that quahog shells were nicked around the edges. Worse, he found empty shells. Others noticed the same thing on their grants, only to a much greater degree. Parasite X
What it is: Quahog Parasite X is a protozoan parasite that infects the soft tissue of quahogs.
How it infects: QPX will irritate the tissues of a clam to the point where the clam cannot close its shell. Unable to close, the quahog cannot pump water nor can it feed or flush out harmful bacteria.
Human effect: It is not harmful to people, even if ingested.
Cure: There is no cure for the disease and no known preventative.

HARWICH - (06/05/01) Has anyone noticed lately that the Harwich tap water tastes like chlorine? Does anyone know if this is a temporary fix or is this what we can expect for the future? One of the big pluses about Harwich has been its drinking water supply. You could read how Harwich had artesian wells. I thought only Romans had artesian wells so I thought that was pretty good. All that good water we drank for all those years growing up tasted pretty darn good too. I wouldn't trade it for any town's until now. Did we read somewhere this was to resolve a temporary bacteria issue in our standpipe? I don't like water that tastes like its from the Quabbin Reservoir. Give us that old Harwich H20. Thank you.

MIT - (05/26/01) Harwich sailors finish second at States. An interference penalty hurt the Harwich sailing team, which finished second behind the Eagles from Boston College High School yesrtday in the state championships at MIT. Harwich's 84 points were good enough for second place out of 18 schools. Skippers Jaime Scarbrough and Tom Leach, along with crew members Gina Legge and Scott Penfield, paced the Rough Riders on the Charles River, who were in first place after Thursday's opening round of competition. Scarbrough notched a second, sixth and 1st and 13th after an over early start. Leach came in first twice, but was penalized in his third race after BC High filed a protest with the race committee. (CC Times)

CAMBRIDGE - (05/24/01)The Rough Riders power into first on first day at States. The Harwich High sailors maintained a steady course yesterday to move into first place position at the Massachusetts State Fleet Racing Championships at MIT yesterday. The event is a two day contest flooded with private schools, each with long sailing history. 19 schools competed and Harwich skippers James Scarbrough and Tom Leach along with their crew, Scott Penfield and Gina Legge, laid a steady trail of good heats finishing 2-4-5-2-1-2-3-1. Going into the last race, Leach had tied-up the lead for Harwich with BC High Prep at 19 points. In the last race, Leach and Legge drove their boat hard and hit all the shifts perfectly to recover from seventh position on the course edging out BC High’s Matt Sexton at the finish line. Yesterday’s order of finishes: Harwich (20), BC High Prep (21), Marblehead (35), St. John’s Prep (48), Notre Dame (49), St. Sebastians (52), Brookline (62), Hingham (74), Wellesley (79), Marshfield (81), Manchester-Essex (87), North Quincy (90), Winchester (99), Nauset (105), Boston Latin (107), Winsor School (118), Lincoln Sudbury (121), Cambridge Rindge & Latin (125). The same team members for the Harwich Rough Riders will return to the Charles River today to defend their lead when racing begins at 1:30 PM.

POCASSET - (05/23/01) The Division of Marine Fisheries has announced new regulations concerning the propagation and transplant of shellfish stocks. Due to the worrisome outbreak of QPX in Pleasant Bay, DMF officials now prohibit transplant of any grant reared stock or municipally propagated invertebrates from being transplanted anywhere other then within the body of water where they were reared. This puts a serious crimp in town upweller projects where seed is raised from post hatchery to 15 mm before transplant. Towns will now need to have batches sampled at $600 per histological test at Woods Hole MBL before being cleared for transplant even within contiguous waters of the same town. Moving shellfish from harbor to harbor is now forbidden. This all comes as a major setback in an industry that is fragile to say the least. Shellfish managers must learn to manage around the disease. The concern is a shellfish disease that can destroy a species and lay dormant possibly within a symbiotic host to resurface and strike again years later. The question is whether mans efforts to develop aquaculture have increased the opportunity of this and other shellfish diseases? What impact is this having on the wild ecosystem?

CHATHAM - (5/18/01)Town joins neighbors in ban on watercraft. The message is clear, at least as far as five Outer Cape towns are concerned about personal watercraft. They are not welcome in most local waters.Wednesday night, Chatham voters ended their town meeting by approving a sweeping ban on the small, water jet-powered craft in many bodies of water in town, particularly Pleasant Bay and Chatham Harbor.

BOSTON - (5/18/01)Fishermen demand Cape voice on panel! There's a lot to gawk at during the lunch break in downtown Boston, from street musicians to street hustlers to the occasional volunteer dressed as Benjamin Franklin at the Old State House. But office workers and tourists had to look twice yesterday when they saw a parade of 40 Cape Cod and Boston fishermen marching down the Freedom Trail in orange waders, holding up 15-foot long, brightly colored fish puppets made of paper mache. The demonstration was organized by the Cape Cod Commercial Hook Fisherman's Association.

BOSTON - (5/18/01)Fishermen demand Cape voice on panel! There's a lot to gawk at during the lunch break in downtown Boston, from street musicians to street hustlers to the occasional volunteer dressed as Benjamin Franklin at the Old State House. But office workers and tourists had to look twice yesterday when they saw a parade of 40 Cape Cod and Boston fishermen marching down the Freedom Trail in orange waders, holding up 15-foot long, brightly colored fish puppets made of paper mache. The demonstration was organized by the Cape Cod Commercial Hook Fisherman's Association.

HARWICH - (05/14/01) An adhoc committee of residents along the lower Herring River met with Town Engineer Joe Borgesi and Harbormaster Tom Leach to ask questions about plans and a bid to reconstruct the Lower County Road bridge. The committee of Frank Sullivan, Carlton Francis, John Daley and ?? expressed concern for safety and height restrictions where boat traffic is involved. Currently the channel aperture openings are 14' wide and about 9' high and restricted by a low hanging water main pipe on the south side of the pier. The plans call for using existing 45 year old pilings replacing the decking for the roadway and raising the main above the deck. The committee wants to see cross bracing and bolt heads countersunk in the channel bays, height opening rulers to be added on both sides, the Town to restrict fishing from the bridge in the west bay between the 3rd and fourth bent, and any signage on the piers to be relocated as to not restrict openings in any way. Carlton Francis said his vessels near 13' of beam leaves little room for error when passing through the bridge. The Governor pushed through legislation funding the reconstruction of needy bridges in the Commonwealth and this project is on track for fall winnter 2001.

HARWICH - (5/13/01) Mothers Day. A bad night for three anglers onboard an outboard when they struck the Wychmere West Breakwater at 25 MPH at 9:30 PM. Owner/operator Peter Gleason of the 19' Thunderbird was rushed by Harwich Rescue Squad (after walking ashore) to Cape Cod Hospital with blunt trauma to the neck after striking the windshield frame of the outboard. He had been navigating using the GPS to find his way toward the Wychmere Harbor "S" buoy in Andrews River Channel coming in from out off Allen Harbor after some striper fishing. It was a clear dark night. The boat struck the Jetty not 100' from the beach at the Wychmere Harbor Club. Operator error was assumed the cause. The following morning, the Harbormasters Office removed the vessel which was stuck on the side of the breakwall with a huge whole in the keel where a jetty bolder was driven through. The wreck was towed to the Saquatucket Boat Ramp.

HARWICH - (5/11/01) Town Meeting has voted to restrict the use of personnel watercraft in Pleasant Bay. The ban on Jetskis comes as part of a five Town effort to limit the use PWC's in our inland waterway. Opponents supporting an outright ban included the Pleasant Bay ACEC commission, the Pleasant Bay Alliance, the Pleasant Bay Cruising Club, the CYC sailing School, and neighbors and users at large, including powerboat owners and fishermen. The Harbormaster said that in addition to the threats posed by the high speed craft on Pleasant Bay, that the Town of Harwich is far better equipped to handle the craft from its' two launching ramps on Nantucket Sound (at Saquatucket Harbor and Allen Harbor) where there is good resources to launch, park the trailer rig, enforce and rescue PWC's. The article passed along with a sister article prohibiting the launching and operation of PWC's at Round Cove a tributary to Pleasant Bay. The next step would be an approval from the Attorney General's Office on this proposal to become law. The ban will not be an easy sell to the State Law Enforcement Officials who must submit an opinion to the Attorney General review of all by-law nominations.

ORLEANS - (5/1/01) QPX, a disease that can wipe out entire cherrystone populations has been discovered in Pleasant Bay. Kept under wraps for some time, a story implicating the outbreak of this serious shellfish disease has been circulating this spring in Pleasant Bay. The disease affecting both wild and hatchery quahog stocks has been found in shellfish grants in Little Bay. Experts Dr. Roxanne Smolowitz from the Marine Biological Institute in Woods Hole and Dr. Dale Leavit from the Southeast Massachusetts Aquaculture Center have been called in to determine the nature and gravity of the situation. Since 1995, in clam aquaculture leases at Provincetown and Duxbury showed significant mortalities. These were observed to occur primarily in 1.5 - 2 year old hard clams (Mercenaria mercenaria, quahog) planted in the leases. The causing agent may be an omnipresent member of the normal marine and bivalve flora on the East Coast. It is believed that this could easily spread to densely populated wild stocks during municipal propagation efforts as with shellfish grants. Reduction of the stocking density, has proven effective in reducing moralities to a negligible level according one source, however, this is cause for concern. How the disease made its way to Pleasant Bay is uncertain but one Orleans waterman, Pud Eldredge believes it may have come in with quahogs transplanted from Eastham. The transparent answer is grant holders should avoid importing stocks carrying this organism, especially for hatchery use. Quahog parasite X (QPX) can cause 80-90% mortalities in juvenile hatchery stock, but has been observed in apparently healthy wild adult populations. Shellfish departments have been cautioned to be on the lookout for outward signs of this disease.Outward signs of the disease on live animals is damaged or fragmented shell edge. Farm insurance agent John Sarkes of Harwich has reported several Lower Cape shellfish farmers have already made claims for crop damage.

HARWICH - (5/1/01) Members of the Hope for Harwich, a community based group against teen drinking expressed their frustration to the Selectmen about the inability to use of the community center in extended hours. Tom Paulini and Barry Knowles, both residents, said they were frustrated by the lack of help from the community center in coordinating activities - specifically a dance - in a timely manner for the Hope for Harwich program, aimed at providing alternatives to teen drug and alcohol use.

EASTHAM - (5/1/01) Red tide closes Nauset estuary to shellfishing. In a late story, the Cape Cod Times reports those April showers bring May flowers. Unfortunately, they also bring algae blooms. The state closed the Nauset estuary to the harvest of all shellfish on April 12 due to high concentrations of the Alexandrium algae, also known as red tide, the toxins of which can cause potentially fatal shellfish poisoning.

HARWICH - (04/28/01) Harwich goes hog wild road rebuilding. The Highway Department is off to a flying start this week repaving a record number of roads and installing drainage and leaching basins in the Harwiches. Just this past week Route 39 gained some new drainage between 137 interection and Queen Anne Road; Church Street has received a half dozen leaching pit drains; Uncle Venies Road has been torn-up and is being repaved along with Lovers Lane, Kendrick Road and Lower County Road west of Allen Harbor. Bids are also due to be open this week for drainage, expanding and resurfacing the west parking lot at Saquatucket harbor. Nice going "highwaymen"!

HARWICH - (04/25/01) It's Final! The Harwich Board of Selectmen signed into Law yesterday new regulations closing the Harwich herring run to residents only status. The selectmen have ordered the herring wardens to begin enforcement of the provincial regulation starting today. The Harwich Natural Resources Department has also begun the schedule of closing the run at sunset. The Police Department will reopen the run area to residents at dawn daily. Users are encouraged to report infractions to the Natural Resources Department at 508-430-7532 x 1.

HARWICH - (04/25/01) Herring River will be the first area to close to shellfishing on May 1st as part of the Memorandum of Understanding with the Division of Fisheries. This is standard operating procedure based on a long history of water testing by the DMF on this important river. This shellfishing area along with all Harwich shellfishing sites is part of the Chapter 130 section 74A closure areas, all of which become closed at sometime during the spring due to anticipated elevated bacteria counts. Pleasant Bay and Nantucket Sound proper are the only areas within Harwich that are not part of the MOU and remain available throughout the warm seasons. Saquatucket Harbor will be the next to close on May 15th.

HARWICH - (04/13/01) The Red River Beach nourishment project proposed for late May has been postponed due to refiling of a Corps permit by the Harwich Engineering Department. The need to upgrade the application from 1500 cubic yards of sand to 10,000 has forced Harwich to resubmit a plan to dredge the Wychmere Outer Harbor. Timing is everything and the County Dredging Department will be returning a rented booster pump April 15th, instead of waiting to see if Harwich is successful on the timely permit. The project requires a booster to carry the sand over a mile to Red River Beach. The Selectmen had been counting on the project to renourish the sand-depleted public beach. Ron Sanda has filed a request to Maggie Downie for a $30,000 credit being given Harwich by Barnstable County be carried to FY02. Tom Leach independently received confirmation from Wayne Jadetke, county dredging coordinator that the work credit could be transfered into the next fiscal year.

HARWICH - (04/12/01) The Thompson’s Farm Market site was gobbled up by Lambert’s Fruit Company, a retail and wholesale company with stores in West Yarmouth and Centerville. The move into Harwich Port is expected by the middle of May.

HARWICH - (04/12/01) The provision within the town’s dock regulations which prohibits slips from being passed from one generation of a family to the next is being challenged by a commercial fisherman who was forced to give up his space at the Wychmere Harbor dock at the beginning of January. Harry Hunt III, through his attorney, James Stinson of West Harwich, filed a suit in Barnstable Superior Court two weeks ago challenging a decision by Harbormaster Thomas Leach prohibiting Hunt’s use of the slip.

CHATHAM - (04/05/01) About 200 Chatham shellfishermen missed the tide late Tuesday afternoon and poured into the Chatham selectmen's meeting. Rumors were flying, and they wanted some answers. The federal Fish and Wildlife Service, which enjoys an uneasy peace within Chatham's borders at its Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge, has raised a question that has been dormant for 31 years: Does the Wilderness Protection Act of 1970 outlaw commercial shellfishing on the refuge?

The team races and practices in their 420's on Pleasant Bay five days a week. Here co-captain Tom Leach and crew Bryan Knowles grab the inside lane.PLEASANT BAY - (04/04/01) Harwich sailed to 3-1 win over Martha's Vineyard yesterday, winning the first two races to improve to 2-0. MV is now 0-2 (losing their first match in a tie-breaker to Dartmouth), The skippers and crews for Harwich boats were: Jamie Scarbrough/Shawna O'Loughlin; Tom Leach/Jesse Mongeau; and Neal Donovan/Gina Legge. MV's teams consisted of: Mike Villa/Giulia Fleishman; Ben Hannigan/Kate Colley; and Cal Monast/Warren Carelli. Harwich finished first, second and sixth in the first race and first second and fourth in the second race. Martha's Vineyard cut it to 2-1, finishing first, third and sixth in the third race. Harwich clinched it in the fourth race, finishing first, third and fourth. Harwich has groomed an incredibly unselfish team as all three skippers leveraged their teammates throughout the race with organized starts, traps and passbacks in a light easterly. Harwich also dispatched Bishop Stang 4-0 the following day.

STATE HOUSE - (03/27/01) With the withdrawal of Orleans resident Bill Amaru from the race for the seat on the New England Fishery Management Council, the Cape’s hopes for a voice on the body fall to John Pappalardo. The council makes the majority of decisions that spell out how the region fishes. Amaru was chosen for the position six years ago with a groundswell of support from the Cape and Islands. Now that he has stepped down, many hope residents will again band together and lobby the governor and secretary of commerce to choose a local fisherman.

ORLEANS - (03/27/01) Nitrogen in groundwater is seeping into ponds, rivers and streams at a rate that is alarming some marine experts who fear the effect of the pollutant on marine ecosystems. This spring and summer, volunteers will collect samples of water from Pleasant Bay, Cape Cod Bay and the Nauset Estuary in an effort to determine levels of nitrogen in the water systems. Nitrogen is a fertilizer but can kill life in an ecosystem if levels are too high.

HARWICH PORT - (03/24/01) After 11 years of business serving the grocery needs of Harwich boaters, residents and summer guests Thompson's Farm Market, an icon of Harwich Port has closed its doors. J. Richard Fennell, owner of the market and other Harwich landmarks like the Wychmere Harbor Beach and Tennis Club and Sundae School, said the store could not function without its general manager and meat manager, a father and son who left the company to start their own grocery in Brewster. He said with the summer season just two months away, finding qualified replacements for the pair, Paul and Mark Ferretti, would be impossible.

ORLEANS - (03/23/01) Storms offer a revealing look at 100-year-old shipwreck. The recent storms have displaced enough sand to once again reveal the ribs of the John S. Parker, a three-masted schooner that sank off Nauset Inlet 100 years ago. The remains, which last surfaced 12 years ago, were featured on the 1993 Town Report cover photo taken by Orleans historian and photographer Bill Quinn. The inside cover page of that report showed an original photo by Henry Cummings in 1901 of the ship when it sank. Michael Whatley, public information officer

HARWICH - (2/27/01) Harwich Board of Selectmen held its article review hearing on the proposed personal watercraft article to ban PWC use on Pleasant Bay. This article is sponsored by petition from the Towns ACEC committee. Pleasaant Bay is designated as an Area of Critical Environmental Concern, a special designation requiring highest order of environmental review where it comes to any humanistic endeavors as Chapter 91 permits, home construction etc. (within 100' of the ten-foot elevation). The desiganation also monitors uses of the Bay. Proponents say that the PWC's are loud, abhorrent, invidious, and dangerous akin to the enjoyment of the type of vessel by the operator. The Friends of Pleasant Bay, a lobby of home owners in the area, went on record as saying the vessels are too loud and too obnoxious to continue to use our Bay. The Cape Cod National Seashore has banned the use of PWC's within 1/4 mile of its shores and now three Towns seek to end there use entirely on Pleasant Bay. Said one of many PWC operators present "I'll give you Pleasant Bay, we're just worried that this trend will end jetski use Cape-wide". The use of PWC's in Harwich, Chatham and Orleans would still be permited from launch ramps at Allen Harbor, Saquatucket Harbor, Stage Harbor and Rock Harbor should it be voted. Another operator swore that should the articles pass the Towns would be threatened by lawsuit from Bombadier, Kawasaki, Yamaha and Polaris, Solo Sports all manufacturers of PWC.The Board of Selectmen seem split on this matter and Chairman Cyd Zeigler has tabled debate on this until a later time.

PROVINCETOWN - (2/27/01) After a half-dozen years with one of the best harbor-view offices in town, Provincetown Marine Superintendent David J. Ditacchio is stepping down. Ditacchio, 54, will leave his post April 15 but his service to the town will not end until fall. From April to September, the former boat captain will work as a summer patrolman, writing tickets, issuing citations and conducting routine patrol duties, said Provincetown police Staff Sgt. Allen Souza. As marine superintendent, Ditacchio was in charge of MacMillan Wharf, Provincetown Harbor, town landings and the shellfish area. It was not always easy work, he said. "It hasn't been the greatest six years of my life," Ditacchio said. "There has been a lot of controversy."

HARWICH - (2/28/01) Nearly 50 Harwich residents have signed a petition urging the town to develop and implement an emergency program to manage coyote populations in town. Citing what they see as increasing numbers of coyotes in town with a diminished food supply and a waning fear of people, the concerned residents claim that "the chance of a human tragedy is now imminent." Organized by activist Debbie Kane of East Harwich, the petition was sent to the board of selectmen last week indicates that she fears the coyote a "threat to public health and safety".

HARWICH - (2/16/01) The Cape Cod Hospital has announced the date for the 7th Annual Beach to Bridge Swim/Run-Wade/Walk to raise money for the Davenport-Mugar Cancer Center will be held July 15th, 2001 at Pleasant Road Beach, West Harwich. Look for more information as we get nearer to the date. Harry Ryder Chairman.

HARWICH - (6/6/01) The Harwich-Provincetown Varsity Ice Hockey Team secured a berth in the March Mass State Tourney with a 6-4 win over New Bedford Vocational HS. The Penguin scoring was lead by senior Billman DeCosta with his first ever hat trick. The team went on to beat Chatham-Cape Tech (3-2) and then were knocked out of the series by powerful Hanover. The Penguins ended their season (considered a "building-year" with few seniors and mostly freshmen and sophomores) with a winning record 11-9-1.

HARWICH - (2/12/01) Harwich Board of Selectmen have voted new dockage fees representing roughly 10% increase across the board of all wharfage and mooring fees. The Board also took the additional step to raise electric fees 30% above that recommended by the Waterways Commission in an effort to cover massive utility rate hikes expected at the harbors this coming year. The Harbormasters office should have all bills in the mail by the last week of February. Deposits on Dockage will be considered past due March 26th. Leaseholders should call the Harbormaster if you have not received your bill or you want to send a timely security deposit now. Selectmen have agreed that dockage at the popular Harwich Harbors is a privilege enjoyed by few and that taxpayers should not be carrying costly harbor projects the extent that user fees can carry expenses. This rate hike represents the first dockage increase in over three years and will generate roughly a $20,000 net increase in total wharfage over three harbors if we should have as good a year as last.

HARWICH - (2/08/01) Community Voices Commitment To Changing Teen Drinking Culture. Parents and teenagers came 300 strong to the community center Tuesday night to participate in dialogue they hope will curb teen substance use and abuse said to be at near epidemic levels.

CHATHAM - (2/08/01) Fishermen Still Tepid Over Cod Tagging Plan. In a move that fell far short of an endorsement, the executive director of the Cape Cod Commercial Hook Fishermen’s Association agreed to draft a position paper that recommends a tightly controlled program of tagging to track the movement of codfish stocks.

NANTUCKET - (1/30/01) Yet another ever ready Harbormaster saves a life. Harbormaster Dave Fronzuto rescues man over board from certain death.Island man chilly but fine after plunge into frigid harbor

CHATHAM - (1/18/01) Coast Guard Honors Harbormaster For Courage, Heroism. The U.S. Coast Guard has awarded its second highest service award to Chatham Harbormaster Stuart Smith in recognition of his actions in saving five lives over the past three years.

CHATHAM - (1/18/01) Day Boat Fishermen Balk At Cod Tagging Plan. Asked to take part in a tagging program to identify the movement of stocks of cod in the Gulf of Maine and George’s Bank, the local day boat fishing fleet is exercising its right to remain silent. Local fishermen fear that any information they contribute to the study might later be used against them.

HARWICH - (12/29/00) The Board of Selectmen of Town of Harwich, express their concern regarding the recent actions that will allow foreign factory ships into New England waters. More recently, the government passed legislation prohibiting American vessels larger than 165 feet from fishing in US waters. We can only assume there were sound reasons behind these actions, yet now the New England Fishery Management Council has seen fit to build a joint venture allowing massive foreign fishing vessels to take herring and mackerel from right off our own coast.It has not been so long since we last saw these massive floating factories in our waters that we cannot remember the threats they posed. In the 1980’s, legislation was passed prohibiting foreign fishing vessels in US waters.

CHATHAM - (1/04/00) Taking stock of cod stocks Tagging program may determine if management plan should be changed Where do cod go when winter roils the sea? Do their pea-sized brains light up with thoughts of perpetuating the species, as scientists believe happens in January in the waters off Nantucket Shoals? Scientists are hoping that the largest cod tagging study in at least 70 years will answer those and other questions about cod migration, feeding and spawning. Gulf of Maine fishermen, who pushed for the study, are hoping the study will help explain why their nets are bulging with cod where scientists say there should be nothing.

CHATHAM - (1/03/00) In the search for ways to improve the quality of the water in local embayments and prevent further degradation from pollution, no option is beyond consideration, even the possibility of using man-made methods to convert two of the most troublesome waterways from salt to fresh water. Both Muddy Creek and Frost Fish Creek are thought to have high levels of nitrogen, accounting for algae blooms in the summer and annual complaints about unpleasant odors coming from the estuaries.

HARWICH - (1/03/00) Health Board Examines Less Expensive Solutions In Flax Pond. To build or not to build, that is the question facing the board of health relative to installation of a new pond restorer in Flax Pond. The present restorer is on its last leg and the board must now weigh the benefits of the operation. Since 1988, Dr. John Todd and Ocean Arks International, Inc., has overseen the treatment of Flax Pond, adjacent to the former town landfill and septage lagoon, with an eye on restoring the health of the pond, which suffered from years of leachate assault from the municipal dump. The estimate is that pond receives more than 25 million gallons of contaminated groundwater from the adjacent source each year.

Looking more like Oompa Loompas New England Marine Contractors in their white enviro gear treat steel pilings at Saquatucket Harbor. This and other projects are under way at Harbormaster Department this past winter. See photo page

photo credit Heinz Proft

HONG KONG - (12/26/00) Thank you Ngai Chan Yu! Harbormaster Tom Leach received an interesting holiday card this week, post marked China. It seems last August, Tom gave Hong Kong businessman Nelson Ngai of Nypro International a tour of the Harwich Shellfish Lab at Wychmere Harbor while on his vacation to Cape Cod. Ngai is a business associate of Harwich summer resident Steve Glorioso who contacted the Harbormaster to arrange for the visit. Nelson was so impressed with the town' aquaculture operations and school study program that he sent a check for $500 with his Happy New Year card and a note saying: "Dear Tom, thank you very much for taking care of all those little-neck clams for all the big clam lovers!!!" " Small donation from all the clam lovers of Hong Kong." "Wishing you the best holiday season, yours sincerely, Nelson Ngai" The Harbormaster will now seek Board of Selectmen approval on the part of accepting this international good will and have the money placed in the shellfish lab gift account.

HARWICH (12/21/00) The state is in the process of altering the design for the west jetty at Allen Harbor to satisfy several agencies concerned about disruption to the salt marsh along the edge of the channel. "The issue has clouded up quite a bit," Kevin Mooney, project engineer with the Office of Waterways within the Department of Environmental Management, said Tuesday. The Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act review has met with several objections, according to Mooney, and part of the basis of the protest centers around an inaccurate projection of salt marsh disturbance.

PROVINCETOWN - (12/20/00)Fishing vessel sinks off Provincetown - At midday, a Coast Guard helicopter and crew was flying 15 miles northeast of Provincetown to see if a sinking fishing boat is still a hazard to boats. The three-man crew of the 65-foot Holly Alexander, out of Gloucester, abandoned the flooding ship early this morning. They notified the Coast Guard at 2:30 a.m. before they jumped into their life raft. The nearby Lily Jean, another fishing vessel, heard the Coast Guard's emergency broadcast for help and plucked the crew and life raft out of the water for a ride home to Gloucester. The Holly Alexander was semi-submerged when the 47-foot Coast Guard rescue boat from Provincetown left the scene at 3:45 a.m. By 1 p.m., the flight had discovered no boat above water.

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Chatham Break & Harbor 1999
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