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ORLEANS — Is it worth it to the citizens of the four member towns of the Nauset school system to pay for a revamped high school that will serve their children but also hundreds of students from other Cape communities which will not help pay for the project? That’s a question that has caused deep divisions in Brewster, Eastham, Orleans, and Wellfleet, including split votes on a couple of finance committee...

ORLEANS — Moving ahead on collecting and treating wastewater required buy-in from a wide variety of town committees and other groups of citizens. Now some are feeling the need for a professional coordinator devoted to monitoring progress and keeping everyone on track as initiatives expand to encompass areas outside downtown, including ponds, and innovative treatment methods. “There are a lot of policy decisi...

ORLEANS — The conservation commission is ready to approve an alum treatment for impaired Uncle Harvey’s Pond. The board closed public comment Feb. 16 and scheduled a vote on an order of conditions for March 2. The treatment, recommended in a study by the UMass Dartmouth Coastal Systems Group that was seconded by the town’s marine and freshwater quality committee, would reduce available phosphorus in the pond...

Sidelined under the Trump administration, the Cape Cod National Seashore Advisory Commission seems poised for a comeback. Last Thursday, Congressman Bill Keating, D–9th District, reintroduced legislation to reauthorize the commission, which has been disbanded since its previous authorization ended in 2018. The bill is the same one Keating introduced in the last Congress, which passed in the House in November 2...

ORLEANS — Isaac Snow was no Anglophile. The Eastham native, twice imprisoned by the British during the Revolutionary War, returned to America with the help of the French. In 1797, when the south parish of Eastham became its own town and needed a name, Snow urged that the new community be called Orleans in honor of the revolutionary spirit of a Gallic aristocrat who became known as “Citizen Equality.” Just a ...

Nauset Superintendent Tom Conrad To Retire In June

By: Ed Maroney

ORLEANS  — Tom Conrad’s long service to the Nauset Public Schools, first as principal of the high school and then as superintendent, will end with his retirement in June. Conrad shared the news at a joint meeting of the Nauset school committees Feb. 3. “I have been truly blessed to be in public education over 43 years, 29 of which in the Nauset system,” he said. “I am totally grateful to be able to work in a ...

Nauset Superintendent to Retire in June

By: Ed Maroney

Tom Conrad to Step Down After Three Decades in System Tom Conrad's long service as superintendent of the Nauset Public Schools and principal of its high school will end with his retirement in June. Conrad shared the news with a joint meeting of the Nauset school committees Feb. 3. "I have been truly blessed to be in public education over 43 years, 29 of which in the Nauset system," he said. "I am totally gr...

ORLEANS — The select board and finance committee were set to meet with members of the Nauset Regional School Committee last night (Feb. 3) about the high school building project. In just under two months, voters in the four member towns will be asked in a district-wide election to approve the $132 million effort, for which $36 million in state reimbursement is anticipated. In the weeks before the March 30 el...

ORLEANS — With 53 miles of shoreline, you would think there’s enough for everyone to enjoy in this town. Yet some stretches are more convenient than others, some to the point of inconvenience to the property owners whose land abuts heavily-used town conservation or conservation trust property. Sometimes the overuse gets to be too much even for longtime Cape Codders who are happy to share their shore front, a...

ORLEANS — The charter review committee, which is examining the town’s organizing document for possible changes, heard from a citizen at its meeting Feb. 2. That’s news. Rick Francolini was the first ever to take advantage of the public comment opportunity the committee’s offered at its semi-monthly sessions. “You’re kidding,” he said. “I’m glad to be the first. I hope I’m not the last.” So does the commit...

ORLEANS — Pennrose, LLC, has a date with the community preservation committee today (Jan. 28) at 4:30 p.m. to discuss its request for $2 million to help buy the Cape Cod Five’s former operations center for transformation into affordable housing. The company is also seeking $700,000 in total from neighboring towns’ community preserve committees toward the $3.25 million purchase price. “We’ve already met with ...

ORLEANS — Confusing and conflicting information from both sides of the debate over the proposed renovation and expansion of Nauset Regional High School is roiling the waters in the four district towns. What appeared to be a final word (“No”) on further funding extensions from the Massachusetts State Building Authority was actually much more nuanced. Claims that approving the project at town meetings would re...