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Committee Gets To Work On Governor Prence Plan

By: Ryan Bray

ORLEANS – Where to begin with plans for the Governor Prence Inn property? Town officials say a tour of the 5.5-acre parcel might be a good start. The first meeting of the Governor Prence Planning Committee was held Oct. 21. The seven-member board, which is comprised of one member each from the town’s select board, planning board, affordable housing committee and affordable housing trust board as well as th...

by Ryan Bray ORLEANS – As town officials and Eversource crews worked around the clock to restore power in the days after last week's nor'easter, special efforts were made to residents of the town's two senior housing developments. Almost all residents and businesses in Orleans were without power Oct. 27, including those at Tonset Woods and Rock Harbor Village. The developments, which are managed by the Orle...

Herman wins in unopposed bid for select board

By: Ryan Bray

ORLEANS – For the first time since June, the select board is at full membership. Voters at Tuesday's special town election backed Michael Herman to finish out the term vacated by Cecil Newcomb last summer. Herman, who ran unopposed for the seat, garnered 1,475 votes. There were 41 write-in votes and 33 ballots left blank. Four ballot questions also were put before voters on Tuesday. A request for $365,000 t...

Officials in Chatham, Harwich and Orleans spent almost two days assisting the Coast Guard in its search for a small plane that was reported missing late Sunday night. But what happened to the vessel and its pilot was still unknown as of late Tuesday. The Coast Guard suspended its search Tuesday for 67-year-old Roger Mills, who was reported missing by a friend after the plane he was operating failed to land as ...

School Property Excluded From Fire Station Study

By: Ryan Bray

ORLEANS – Voters at Monday's special town meeting approved $100,000 for an expanded fire station feasibility study, but the funding will not be used to explore property owned by the Nauset Regional School District. Article 10 on the warrant for the special session sought authorization to use free cash to finance the expanded study to explore possible options for siting a new fire station. That was to inclu...

ORLEANS – Michael Herman has spent much of his life taking up the many opportunities it has had to offer him. From time spent living in New York City and Hong Kong to a career that saw him pivot from fashion to farming, Herman has always looked forward to what comes next.  “I’ve kind of gotten to a place in life where I’m open to new experiences,” he said. Herman’s varied background could serve him well in ...

ORLEANS – As athletic director at Nauset Regional High School, John Mattson has plenty on his plate. But in addition to scheduling and rescheduling games as needed for the school's 12 varsity and junior varsity fall programs, he's taken upon himself the added task of trying to help recruit bus drivers. The Cape Cod Collaborative, which handles bus transportation for Nauset, Monomoy and four other Cape district...

ORLEANS – Remote and hybrid meetings have moved to the forefront during the COVID-19 pandemic, and they might stay there in the long term. Governor Charlie Baker in June extended Open Meeting Law provisions allowing hybrid and remote meetings through April 1. But Town Administrator John Kelly said the usefulness of Zoom and the internet in conducting government meetings could factor into the town’s future plan...

ORLEANS – Cam and Tyler Hadfield spent every day this past summer at The Rail. The brothers, who co-own the East Orleans breakfast and lunch spot near the corner of Beach Road and Barley Neck Road, struggled with staffing, especially toward the end of summer as many seasonal workers went back to school. By late August, Cam said, the restaurant scaled back its hours of operation and closed on Thursdays. "We ...

ORLEANS – "This is going to be a challenge," John Kelly told the select board Oct. 13. The town administrator was referring to the trouble town officials have run into drafting regulations for outdoor entertainment licensing, specifically regarding live music. Neighbors of the Barley Neck Inn on Beach Road have pushed back on the select board's vote in March to permit the restaurant to offer outdoor live mu...

ORLEANS – What's in a name? When it comes to the difference between a town administrator and a town manager, John Kelly says there is more than meets the eye. The select board on Oct. 13 held a joint hearing with the town's charter review committee, which asked the board for input on some possible changes it is exploring to the town charter. That includes a possible title change from town administrator to t...

ORLEANS -- Det. Sgt. Andrew McLaughlin has been investigating cybercrime for the Orleans Police Department for the past five years, and he says the job isn't getting any easier. If anything, he said, it's only gotten harder as perpetrators continue to find different ways of committing crimes online. "I try to stay on top of it as much as I can," said McLaughlin, who works with other Cape police departments ...

ORLEANS -- When Jessica Shiever was given the keys to her new home at 15 Quanset Rd. last week, she held her future in her hands. Two years earlier, Jessica, 32, was a working, single mother struggling to find affordable housing for herself and her daughter, Willow. The lease on her small studio apartment in Provincetown was due to run out, so she turned to the Homeless Prevention Council for help. There sh...

ORLEANS - We all grow up learning about the story of the Pilgrims, the Mayflower and the first Thanksgiving. But Way Yin Yuen never could have guessed as a child that his own ancestors played a part in the settlement of America. Way, a Harwich resident, was raised in Brewster and graduated from Nauset High School in 1996. Growing up, his family operated the Double Dragon Inn on Route 6A in Orleans. "I've al...

CPC Criticized For Main Street Housing Vote

By: Ryan Bray

ORLEANS – What looked on paper to be a simple committee reappointment evolved into a discussion about the future makeup of the town's community preservation committee last week. The select board ultimately voted 4-0 Oct. 6 to reappoint Sue Christie to the committee, but not without some discussion about what some members saw as the need for new voices on the CPC. The CPC has received criticism in recent wee...

Cape Cod Chronicle publisher Henry C. Hyora this week announced the hiring of former Falmouth Enterprise and Cape Cod Times reporter and editor Ryan Bray as the paper's new Orleans reporter. Bray will cover Orleans full time beginning this week. He began covering the town in late summer after the retirement of Ed Maroney, who originated the Orleans beat for The Chronicle. “Ryan has been able to step in and ...