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ORLEANS – Having devoted many hours to developing and advocating changes for the downtown village center, the planning board has shifted its focus to the potential of the Route 6A corridor through town. “We want to understand what happens along Route 6A,” Director of Planning and Community Development George Meservey said at the board's June 11 meeting. “There are implications for the whole town.” To do tha...

It's that time of year again, baseball fans. Yes, you guessed it, the Cape Cod Baseball League is back in action as of June 10. As players began arriving early last week, a buzz of excitement began swirling along the base paths at ball fields across the Cape. Here's a look at who will be joining the fray at Chatham, Harwich, and Orleans to get the 2019 season started. After a stellar 2018 season under the tute...

ORLEANS — Town Meeting agreed Monday to spend $47 million on wastewater infrastructure over the next three decades pending a favorable debt exclusion vote at the town election May 21, but rejected spending $1.5 million to acquire a conservation restriction on 18 acres of Sipson Island. “We have the Main Street sewers in the ground,” Paul Davis said from the floor, “on time and under budget. This article toni...

ORLEANS — Beaming like Shakespeare's Prospero, Alan McClennen descended a long flight of stairs to welcome visitors to Sipson Island last week. No tempest drove the electric-powered vessel Friends of Pleasant Bay ashore; in fact, the floating classroom disembarked its passengers in knee-high water. After striding through the surf like General MacArthur making good on his “I shall return” vow, the group of en...

ORLEANS — With the agreement of the board of selectmen, the town's new affordable housing trust will fund the purchase of a half-acre lot on which Habitat for Humanity of Cape Cod will build a two-bedroom ranch home. Voting separately May 1, the board and trust took an initial step toward creating 85 new rental units and 15 home ownership opportunities within the decade, a goal proposed in the recent town ho...

ORLEANS — The finance committee voted 5-3 last week to recommend against the town's purchase of a conservation restriction that would guarantee public access to Sipson Island in Pleasant Bay. “It's too difficult for most residents to access unless they have a boat in Pleasant Bay or a kayak,” member Peter Monger said. “The cost of $1.5 million could be better spent elsewhere given the parlous state of Orlean...

ORLEANS — Selectmen Chairman Alan McClennen had a message for last week's Orleans Citizens Forum about the principal wastewater article on the May 13 annual town meeting warrant. “Being incredibly conservative,” he told about 80 listeners at the senior center April 25, “I think there's a possibility we could end up with a situation where the taxpayers don't have to pay a penny for this $47 million project.” ...

ORLEANS — “When I got elected, I think I was the devil if you listened to the sewer people,” Selectman Mark Mathison said last week. It's said the devil is in the details, and that's where Mathison, one of three candidates running for two seats on the board in next month's election, has spent much of his tenure. “My question right from the beginning with the sewer issue,” he said, “was, 'Are we talking about c...

ORLEANS — Supporters of a public-private effort to prevent further development of Pleasant Bay's Sipson Island encountered some headwinds last month as several selectmen offered criticisms. “Why spend a million five to get a conservation restriction on something that probably can't be built on that nobody can get to unless they already live on the bay and have a boat?” Selectman Mark Mathison asked at his boar...

ORLEANS — The town took concrete steps in 2018 to support the pursuit of affordable housing options. Perhaps the most significant was a general override of the tax levy limit in May to fund a new version of the town's affordable housing trust with $275,000. In future years, an annual amount will be included in the budget for town meeting approval. The trust will also receive $300,000 in community preservation f...

ORLEANS — The Friends of Pleasant Bay says it has identified a private backer/buyer to purchase Sipson Island. By January 2020, the group hopes to buy most of the 24-acre island from that backer for public open space and recreation, tapping $1.25 million to $1.75 million from the town's community preservation funds. It intends to bolster the CPC money with private fund-raising that will include a major contr...

HARWICH – It was the All-Star Game that almost wasn't, but after a rain-dampened afternoon at Whitehouse Field, the first pitch was finally thrown just after 7:30 p.m. on Sunday night in the annual battle between East and West, this year won by the West with a final score of 4-3. Umbrellas dotted the stands for the majority of the event thanks to intermittent but at times heavy showers passing over the Lower C...

Girl From Quanset' Takes Audiences Back To Camp

By: Olivia Szymanski

ORLEANS – “The Girl from Quanset,” an operetta written for the girls at Camp Quanset in 1908, has returned for another summer vacation at the Orleans Historical Society. This staged reading of the musical features volunteer actors as playful campers, Life Savers from the Orleans Station and mischievous pirates who sing their way through jaunty and cheerful tunes. Costume changes are signaled cheekily by differ...

ORLEANS — Fewer Orleans residents died in 2017 than in the previous two years, an even 100 as opposed to 114 in both 2015 and 2016. That's one of the facts in the Annual Town Report for year 2017, now available at town hall and worth a look-through before the May 7 town meeting. One of the 100 deaths in 2017 was that of Jean Finch, the founder of Cape Cod's first skateboard park, which is still located at...

ORLEANS — Tom Daley, the town's DPW director, calls Buddy Young a rascal. Then he tells you, “I admire his honesty and his caring for the town of Orleans.” “I enjoy making trouble,” said Young, a familiar presence at selectmen's meetings and a member of the facility committee for the new DPW building. “I never could say what I wanted to. Now I don't care.” He definitely cares about his town, where he was ...

Fitting together all the pieces of the Nauset Beach experience isn't easy, and it's even harder when the ocean is tapping on your shoulder. Last week, selectmen and Woods Hole Group consultant Leslie Fields wrestled with responses to recent storms that have forced the town to demolish the beach's iconic clam shack and move the decades-old gazebo to higher ground. In the short term – for this summer – the to...