ORLEANS – The Lower Cape is a place where people can spend $100 on a T-shirt, $200 on a kicky pair of sandals, and $12 on a cheeseburger. It is also where the Lower Cape Outreach Council spent an additional $95,000 on client services from January to May of this year, much of it trying to keep area residents in their homes. “The biggest area of expense is mortgages and rents,” said Larry Marsland, CEO of the Lo...
ORLEANS — Has the opportunity for a Lower Cape option for treating waste from septic systems come and gone? Not according to a 3-1 vote of the board of selectmen July 11 that reaffirmed the town's commitment to include a septage component in its planned wastewater treatment plant. Selectman Mark Mathison, who voted against the measure, said haulers have changed their business model since the Tri-Town plant i...
By: Ed Maroney
ORLEANS — Not everyone who sets up a recreational vehicle for a multi-day stay on Nauset Beach is retired. Some have obligations downtown. “If I have an RV out there and I work at night and have to leave the beach at 4 o'clock, I'd like to go back with my wife and kids after the end of my shift,” Selectman David Currier said at the July 11 meeting of his board, gathered as park commissioners. “They're curren...
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 — Jan Biondi's hands are on the oars of the Chester Yawl rowing craft she built this winter, powering herself and a rider across the sun-soaked calm waters of Town Cove. It's only the fourth voyage for Summer Rose, the 15-foot, 100-pound realization of a decades-long dream. Those hands on the oars have turned many of Biondi's dreams into reality. They have sculpted and painted, dug up clams, arranged...
By: Ed Maroney
ORLEANS — It seemed that from the ashes of Phoenix Fruit, affordable housing might rise. Paul van Steensel of Cape Dreams Building and Design met informally with the affordable housing committee June 6 to discuss a plan to build six two-family townhouses and four one-bedroom apartments at 14 and 18 Cove Rd., now vacant office space and the former home of Phoenix Fruit. According to draft minutes of the meeti...
By: Barry Donahue
Winner in Wednesday's Fourth of July parade were as follows: Business 1st: Little Codders 2nd: The Farm 3rd: Orleans Yacht Club Sailing Camp Non-Profit 1st: Orleans Firebirds 2nd: Eastham Brownies/Girlscouts 3rd: Sharing Kindness Family 1st: Stewart Family 2nd: Coast-to-Coast 3rd: Birdsall Family Click here for a gallery of photos from Wednesday's July 4 parade ...
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...
By: Ed Maroney
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...
By: Ed Maroney
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...