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ORLEANS — As you buzz by on your way to Nauset Beach, you've probably admired the historic homes, churches and cemetery along leafy, winding Main Street from Route 28 to Beach Road. There's another way to experience the stretch: walks with historian Bonnie Snow of the Orleans Historical Society. In addition to leading tours of Orleans Cemetery on July 27, Aug. 31, Sept. 28, and Oct. 26, Snow will take walker...

ORLEANS – Hurricane season has arrived, and with it concerns about readiness to ride out high winds, flooding, and extended power outages. To make sure townspeople can make informed decisions on how to respond when big storms threaten, the senior center is hosting an Emergency Preparedness Forum July 10 at 2 p.m. Last week, the event's planners – including representatives of the senior center and police, fir...

ORLEANS — Any Cape Codder who drops anchor in the reception area of the new Orleans police station will feel right at home. There's a center area that resembles a dock, with wooden seats that might serve elsewhere as pews. The dispatch and records windows are identified by driftwood signs. “It was the chief's idea, to keep it looking kind of Cape Coddish,” Lt. Kevin Higgins said. It's a calming area in wh...

ORLEANS — Battered but unbowed, the stretch of Main Street between Routes 28 and 6A can look forward to a spruced-up look that will include more trees, more lighting, more places to sit, and a little less parking. Representatives from Stantec, the town's consultant, gave an update to the board of selectmen June 20 about plans for an upgrade of the street. The work was put on hold pending completion of the st...

“ And the policy office in Washington is shocked that I'm a superintendent that wants a commission to stay. Most commissions in most national parks have not been this productive, collegial, or effective.”   --  Former Seashore Superintendent George Price, speaking to the Seashore Advisory Commission March 13, 2017, at its last meeting before his retirement.   WELLFLEET — A new superintendent, four nor...

ORLEANS – Perhaps Finn won't have died in vain. Last week, selectmen ordered the 22-month-old boxer owned by Oneida and Michael Lillis “humanely euthanized” after testimony about the dog biting a man at Kent's Point and a contractor at the couple's home. It was an uncomfortable evening for everyone, made more difficult by confusion over what the town, which does not have a leash law, requires. Dogs must be ...

An interesting description of the salt lakes of Australia is given by a writer in the Sydney Empire, who... says... “Mounds of earth... can be seen for miles. The water is clear and soft. It is impregnated with magnesia, soda and alum. It is very palatable to drink, and I think very wholesome...” The Chatham Monitor, Oct. 25, 1871 Alum treatments, which have been used to improve pond health on Cape Cod by...

Today (June 14) through Saturday, registering to vote will be as easy as checking out a book at your local library. Across the Cape and on Martha's Vineyard, libraries will host a voter registration drive organized by Cape and Islands Vote 2018. “It's just been mind-boggling, and it's taken off like a rocket,” said Laurie Veninger of North Truro. She started talking up the idea on the Outer Cape and watched...

ORLEANS — With an MVP, the Celtics might have been playing for the NBA championship this week. Last week, the state provided funding to Chatham and Orleans to add a most valuable player to their efforts to assess climate change vulnerability and create resiliency plans. With erosion-stressed Nauset Beach as a backdrop, state Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Matthew Beaton announced almost $2.2 m...

ORLEANS — You've got to know where you are before you can get to where you're going. Snow Library is developing a space usage and projection study that will lead to upgrades of areas for adults, teens, and children. The library's facilities advisory committee has met with consultant Mary Braney to review a draft needs assessment, which is based on extensive interviews and public forums. “In post-1992 atte...

ORLEANS — Since town meeting decided earlier this month not to ban marijuana sales, town officials and advocates are starting to speak the same language. “Many of us have had personal therapeutic experiences with family members that made us recognize that when you see 'recreational marijuana' on the planning board agenda, the truth is, it's more appropriately 'adult-use cannabis,'” Rick Francolini told the b...

Click here for a slideshow of Memorial Day photos. ORLEANS — On a cold, misty morning, citizens mustered at Town Cove to honor the community's war dead. Some were in full-dress uniform; some wore shorts, heedless of the cool, damp breeze off the water. They gathered closer as the police department's chaplain, the Rev. Sally Norris, asked them to “give thanks for those who have give...