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ORLEANS  —  If democracy dies in darkness, as  The Washington Post ’s slogan declares, it appears to thrive in sunlight, even in the midst of a pandemic. About 400 voters turned out Saturday morning for an outdoor annual town meeting at the Nauset Regional Middle School track. Many sat in socially-distanced pairs, with some sporting colorful umbrellas. Most wore masks. An operating budget for almost $40 mil...

ORLEANS — The four towns of the Nauset Regional School District may not have to vote on the high school building project until next spring. Last week, the regional school committee asked the Massachusetts School Building Authority to move its deadline for approval of the project, already extended to Nov. 1, to May 31, 2021. For the $132 million effort to advance, town meetings in Brewster, Eastham, Orleans, ...

ORLEANS — After hearing the three hopefuls running for two seats on the board of selectmen discuss the hard choices facing the town, Orleans Citizens Forum moderator David Lyttle said the electorate will have “a really tough choice” among them June 23. “I commend all of you,” he said during the virtual public forum Tuesday night. “I think you are all excellent candidates.” Incumbents David Currier and Mef...

Nature Abhors A Vacuum, But Not A Town Meeting

By: Ed Maroney

It’s looking like picnic weather for the outdoor town meeting set for Saturday at 10 a.m. at Nauset Regional Middle School, at least as of Tuesday morning. On Monday afternoon, the board of water and sewer commissioners held a virtual public forum on the wastewater-related articles on the June 20 warrant. During the session, Selectman Kevin Galligan said he expects to move Article 42 — to approve $12,218,000 in a...

ORLEANS — Rain is predicted for the morning of Saturday, June 20. So is an outdoor town meeting. That long-range forecast is just one view; another prediction shows a string of rainy days leading up to a cloudy but dry June 20. “If possible, we’ll just postpone it to the next day,” Moderator David Lyttle told selectmen at their pre-town meeting session June 3. “These are remarkable times that call for remarkab...

ORLEANS — When is a closing an opening? When it’s a purchase that will ensure public access to Sipson Island, which has been privately held since 1711. On Monday, the Sipson Island Trust and its partner, the Nadler family, closed on the purchase of the Pleasant Bay gem from the Dietrich family trusts. The Trust now owns six lots and will acquire two more from the Nadlers when an additional $585,000 is raised, ...

Has anybody here seen my old friend Bobby? Can you tell me where he’s gone? I thought I saw him walkin’ up over the hill With Abraham, Martin, and John.                          - Dick Holler ORLEANS — As Summer Bates started walking up over the hill to the middle school parking lot Saturday, tears came to her eyes. A torrent of people was pouring down to the village green to join a protest march in so...

ORLEANS — Things looked grim to Sid Snow, CEO of Snow’s Home and Garden, when he wrote to Health Agent Bob Canning May 22. “I have already missed nine weeks of revenue (sales down 74 percent), two of my four best months, and Memorial weekend, which is bigger than Christmas for most all Cape businesses,” he wrote. “I totally expect the governor to extend phase 2 opening way past June 8… Like all busine...

'Love Caravan’ Visits The Terraces

By: Ed Maroney

ORLEANS — You could feel Carol Counihan’s excitement as she and her husband Tim decorated their van in the Nauset Regional Middle School parking lot May 27. They were going to see her mother, Lillian Blakely, at The Terraces Continuing Care Community for the first time in months. And they had lots of company. More than 50 cars, vans, and police and fire vehicles gathered last week for a “Love Caravan” to the T...

ORLEANS – The Fourth of July Committee, its associated Friends group, and the board of selectmen all agreed last week: There will be no Fourth of July parade or fireworks this year. But there are reports of another kind of fireworks in town, as verbal disputes increase over pandemic restrictions. “Opposition to the new restrictions and local regulations is growing daily,” Police Chief Scott MacDonald told the ...

Andrea Shaw Reed and incumbents David Currier and Mefford Runyon are running for two seats on what will, after the June 23 balloting, likely be known as the Orleans Select Board. The following profiles are drawn from recent interviews and archived stories. At press time, it was not known whether the Orleans Citizens Forum would hold its traditional candidates evening this year. David Currier: Housing, Busine...

ORLEANS — Town counsel Michael Ford, who’s been Harwich’s moderator since the 1970s, has never seen or heard of an outdoor town meeting. Nevertheless, he’s scheduled to take his customary seat with the board of selectmen on June 20 when Moderator David Lyttle will call the meeting to order on the lawn inside the running track at Nauset Regional Middle School. At last week’s selectmen’s meeting, Lyttle and th...