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At length we stopped for the night at Higgins's tavern, in Orleans, feeling very much as if we were on a sand-bar in the ocean, and not knowing whether we should see land or water ahead when the mist cleared away. – from “Cape Cod” by Henry David Thoreau   ORLEANS — Townspeople are invited to walk in the tracks of Henry David Thoreau this summer by reading his “Cape Cod” as part of Snow Library's ...

Orleans Rocks The Fourth

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ORLEANS — Hundreds of July Fourth revelers rocked out during the annual Independence Day parade Tuesday, taking to heart the parade's theme, “Dancing to the Beat of Freedom.” Waving flags and decked out in red, white and blue, people on floats danced, sang, and played all kinds of music as the rolling party made its way through town.

ORLEANS – Days before its mandate expired, the town's revenue committee urged the board of selectmen and finance committee to face facts and do something to avert a steep property tax increase over the next four years. At a joint meeting, committee chair John Laurino said the town must establish a policy to pursue grant opportunities aggressively, thereby reducing the cost of borrowing for long-term projects i...

ORLEANS — Mashpee was the first “green community” on Cape Cod, and since 2010 has received $446,093 in state funds. That kind of “green” appeals not only to the Orleans Renewable Energy Committee but also to the town revenue committee. Both boards were represented at the June 21 joint meeting of the selectmen and finance committee to hear a presentation on getting to green from Seth Pickering, southeast region...

Orleans Rocks The Fourth

By: Alan Pollock

ORLEANS — Hundreds of July Fourth revelers rocked out during the annual Independence Day parade Tuesday, taking to heart the parade's theme, “Dancing to the Beat of Freedom.” Waving flags and decked out in red, white and blue, people on floats danced, sang, and played all kinds of music as the rolling party made its way through town.

ORLEANS -- Selectmen and the conservation commission voted unanimously this week to close the “air” B&B enjoyed by roosting cormorants for decades at Cedar Pond. In separate meetings, the boards accepted an agreement for judgment with Eversource in which the utility promises to relocate its 25kW distribution lines over the pond to nearby streets by the end of next year. It's hoped that will stop the aerial...

The four towns on Pleasant Bay – Brewster, Chatham, Harwich, and Orleans – stepped up their commitment to work together to remove excess nitrogen from their waters. A quorum of each community's board of selectmen, meeting at the Cape Cod Commission's OneCape Summit in Hyannis June 22, voted in turn to approve a resolution crafted by the Pleasant Bay Alliance. The resolution endorses a composite picture of the ...

ORLEANS — Members of the conservation commission got two earfuls each of neighborhood opposition June 20 to Eversource's plan to relocate distribution lines from over Cedar Pond to above residential streets. No one from the public spoke in support of the plan for foiling the soiling of the pond caused by excretions of roosting cormorants. The utility proposed relocating the lines to Canal, Cedar Pond, Jones,...

ORLEANS — Selectmen voted last week to file for permits for a phased retreat of the town's facilities at Nauset Beach. “The average rate of erosion was 12 feet per year between 1994 and 2005,” town consultant Leslie Fields of the Woods Hole Group told the board July 10. “The last two years, it's been a little bit less. Mother Nature has bought the town a little bit of time.” That reprieve has allowed a co...

Glamorous Gardens Await On June 24 OIA Tour

By: Ed Maroney

ORLEANS — This town is well known for its stunning seascapes, but its loveliest landscapes, hidden behind hedges, mostly go unseen. For nearly three decades, the Orleans Improvement Association has revealed these concealed gems through its annual garden tour. On June 24, everyone is invited to walk “Along the Garden Path” to experience six private gardens. Details about the gardens and their locations are...

Revenue Committee Prepares Next Steps

By: Ed Maroney

ORLEANS — Facing an expiration date of June 30, the revenue committee has been meeting in recent weeks to shape its June 21 report to the board of selectmen and perhaps ask for more time to advance its ideas to augment the town's coffers. The committee's signal success to date was Town Meeting's agreement in May to accept state law that allows the creation of enterprise funds. Communities use such funds to s...

ORLEANS — An exhibit at the intersection of the arts, sciences and the environment will showcase the work of Nauset Regional Middle School students from June 10 to 19 in and around the community building at 44 Main St. There's an opening reception for the STEAM Driven Art Show June 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Some of the material for the show was gathered by the youngsters on local beaches during a cleanup spo...