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ORLEANS — The selectmen and town administrator are working on including a wide-ranging discussion about rules for dogs and their owners on the agenda for their July 17 meeting. “We had agreed to get into this after [last year's] dangerous dog hearings,” Selectman Mefford Runyon said at the board's July 3 meeting. “We were talking about soup to nuts, regulations, enforcement.” Earlier, he observed, “Everybody...

A Star-spangled Fourth In Orleans

By: Barry Donahue

Thanks to fine summer weather and plenty of patriotism, crowds of holiday revelers attended the annual Independence Day parade in Orleans Thursday. The theme of the July 4 parade was "Orleans Rocks!" And the rockin' procession started at Eldredge Park Way and Route 6A, making its way to Main Street and Route 28 and back to the start. Awards will be given to the top business, non-profit and family floats. Fi...

WELLFLEET — It was a hazy morning at Marconi Beach, but the message of those gathered on the bank above was clear: the six towns from Chatham to Provincetown and the Cape Cod National Seashore are working together on the challenge dealing with sharks in local waters. Seashore Superintendent Brian Carlstrom hosted a press conference July 2 with Lower Cape town administrators and public safety officials to dis...

EASTHAM — The Nauset Regional High School Building Committee shared facts and figures about addition and renovation plans for the 1970s-era campus with the region's town administrators and members of boards of selectmen and finance committees June 26. An option that retains 60 percent of the existing buildings has been selected, with a conceptual cost of $140,030,000. The Massachusetts School Building Authority (...

Dogs Have Their Day At Selectmen's Meeting

By: Ed Maroney

ORLEANS — People can walk their dogs before 9 a.m. and after 5 p.m. on a town property adjacent to Skaket Beach now that the selectmen have scaled back what was a round-the-clock seasonal ban at Willie Atwood Road and Wildflower Lane. It was standing room only in the Nauset meeting room June 19 as more than 70 opponents of the restriction called on the board to reverse its recent decision. Testimony from dog...

Towns Agree On Next Steps In Dredging Effort

By: Ed Maroney

EASTHAM — The selectmen of Eastham and Orleans have reached an agreement to move forward on dredging Nauset Estuary. Exactly where the shovels will dig and other issues are unresolved, but the boards, meeting June 24 at Eastham Public Library, saw the wisdom of letting the permitting process provide the information they'll need to make such decisions. At the same time, the boards green-lighted a variety of fie...

ORLEANS — There's at least one moment in the town's history that the historical commission would prefer not to preserve. On May 14, 1996, town meeting considered amending the town bylaws to create the East Orleans Main Street Historic District for “the preservation and protection of the distinctive characteristics of buildings and places significant in the history of the town of Orleans and the Commonwealth ...

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...

Recalling a Local 'Cape Cod Canal'

By: Ed Maroney

In an Era of Climate Concerns ORLEANS — Cape Cod can be an awfully practical place these days. Imaginations are stretched not by recalling romantic legends but by trying to make ends meet or coming up with solutions to other pressing problems. Every so often, though, an earlier Cape will poke its head up. Such is the case with Jeremiah's Gutter, a watery marshland between Cape Cod Bay and Town Cove via Bo...

EASTHAM – When Benten Niggel first came to Cape Cod, it was as a timid three-year-old recently adopted after several years in foster care. On June 8, Niggel, president of Nauset Regional High School’s Class of 2019, became one of 240 graduates of the school, grateful for the journey that saw him through his formative years and which will encourage him to soar as he heads to Harvard University in the fall. “The...

ORLEANS — Maybe this would be easier if Orleans had never split from Eastham in 1797. Instead, two boards of selectmen rather than one will meet again at the Eastham Public Library, on June 24 at 5:30 p.m., to try to find a way forward on dredging Nauset estuary. The shoaled-up estuary is a hazard to recreational and commercial navigation, almost as problematic as two captains trying to steer the same ship. ...

ORLEANS – When banker Valerie LaBelle reported to work at the Rockland Trust branch here on the Tuesday after the long Memorial Day weekend, she saw something that made her very happy: A small color rendering of an inlet running through marsh grass was tucked up behind the Plexiglas of a poster in the bank’s ATM lobby. When she retrieved the original art and turned it over, she saw the words in black ink: “Fro...