Road resurfacing; new fire station; blessed dogs and women building

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   Saquatucket Harbor, Harwich. Photo by John Fitts.

Harwich and Chatham news of the week from the Cape Cod Chronicle

CC-ChronicleMCI Lease Deals Could Cost Town $2M-Plus
by Alan Pollock
CHATHAM — Under proposed lease arrangements with groups seeking to re-use the buildings on the historic Marconi-MCI property, taxpayers could be asked to pay for site improvements of $2 million, along with other expenses.  MORE

Officials Investigate New Fire Substation In South Chatham
by Tim Wood
CHATHAM -- With the goal of reducing response time to emergencies in South Chatham, officials are investigating the idea of building a new fire department substation in the neighborhood.  MORE

Selectmen Vote To End Town Fueling In Saquatucket Harbor
by William F. Galvin
HARWICH -- For more than 30 years, the town has been providing fuel facilities to for boaters at Saquatucket Harbor. But those days are numbered.  MORE

Queen Anne Road Resurfacing Questioned By Residents
by William F. Galvin
HARWICH --There is a more discerning community eye being kept on town spending these days, as Lincoln Hooper, director of the division of highways and maintenance, will attest. MORE

Bergstrom Launches Last-minute Bid For County Assembly Seat
by Alan Pollock
CHATHAM -- Having recently lost a bid for the Democratic nomination for state representative, selectman Ronald Bergstrom is running a sticker campaign to become Chatham’s delegate to the Barnstable County Assembly.  MORE

Upcoming Oyster Pond Renovation Work Will Mean Road Closures
by Tim Wood
CHATHAM -- Long-planning drainage improvements to Pond Street, Stage Harbor Road and Oyster Pond Park will get underway next week.  MORE

Habitat Dedicates The Cape’s Second Women-Built House
by Debra Lawless
CHATHAM -- “I was up to one, two a.m. for the past few nights, trying to figure out how I can thank all of these people, plus one or two hundred more,” the new owner of a Habitat for Humanity house on Middle Road told those who attended the house’s dedication last Thursday. “This house is way, way more than I expected.”  MORE

Earle Road Beach Neighbors Embrace Expansion
by William F. Galvin
HARWICH -- Change is initially an unwelcome visitor. But neighbors who were nervous about the expanded beach and parking lot at Earle Road became acquainted with the details this week and seemed ready to embrace plans put forward by the recreation and youth commission. MORE

Surette Teaches Elementary School Students To ‘Be Somebody.’
by William F. Galvin
HARWICH -- Rob Surette’s portraits appeared almost like magic on the stage in the activity room in Harwich Elementary School last Thursday afternoon. The likenesses of Abraham Lincoln, Mother Teresa, Albert Einstein and Beethoven emerged in less than an hour.  MORE

Major Renovation Underway At Harwich’s Brooks Academy
by James Brown
HARWICH -- Originally, the Greek Revival Schoolhouse in Harwich Center was called the Pine Grove Seminary, and was built by Sidney Brooks in 1844 as a way to bring the benefits of education past the elementary stage to his beloved hometown.  MORE

Dogs Have Their Day, Thanks To St. Francis
by Debra Lawless
CHATHAM -- It was truly a dog’s day at St. Christopher’s Church in Chatham last Sunday. MORE

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