Orleans News

Winterfest Kicks Off Saturday

By: Ryan Bray

ORLEANS – With Thanksgiving in the rearview, the Orleans Chamber of Commerce and the Orleans Improvement Association are looking ahead to the holiday season. The two agencies are together organizing this year's Winterfest events, which kick off with a slew of holiday-themed happenings on Saturday. "This Saturday is a huge holiday day," said Lisa Simundson, the chamber's executive director. Breakfast wit...

ORLEANS – Reports are in, but Orleans officials aren't anywhere closer to finding a site for a new fire station in town. The select board on Nov. 16 received recommendations from the town's new fire rescue station feasibility study committee as the committee's consultant, Kaestle Boos Architects, released its draft report outlining the town's options for locating a new station. The committee has been workin...

ORLEANS – Dorie Klimshuk has been arguing about the need for roadway improvements at the intersection of Route 39 and Route 28 for years. Now that work has begun, his friends decided to have some fun with him. Work started last month clearing trees and brush from the intersection, where a rotary will be constructed to manage traffic flow in the area. On a patch of land in the middle of the roadwork is a sign t...

Orleans Residents Weigh In On Recreation Needs

By: Ryan Bray

ORLEANS – Last week, about 50 residents and town officials gathered at the town's senior center to discuss the future of recreation in Orleans. Anne Sigsbee, for one, envisioned a recreation department modeled after the "community center without walls" approach adopted by the town's council on aging. "It was a thing of beauty, because our community center without walls was so successful that the state gave ...

ORLEANS – For the better part of six decades, Cap't Cass Rock Harbor Seafood established itself as more than a legendary local eatery. For many in town, it was an emblem of classic Cape Cod. It's been more than two years since the restaurant closed during the COVID-19 pandemic, but Michelle Lamy couldn't stand to see the esteemed local landmark sit idle and unused any longer. So she bought it. Rock Harbo...

In 2022, A More Supportive Climate For Veterans

By: Ryan Bray

ORLEANS – If you want to make a veteran's day, take a moment to thank them. It might seem like a small gesture, but as Keith Arnold recalled, it's one that wasn't always readily given to those who served their country. "A long time ago, Vietnam veterans came home and they didn't want to be noticed," Arnold, a member of the Orleans Veterans and Memorial Day committee and a Marine Corps staff sergeant, told a...

ORLEANS – Two ballot questions will go before Orleans voters at the Jan. 10 election called to secure additional funding for the Nauset Regional High School renovation. The select board unanimously voted Nov. 9 to put the questions on the ballot. The town will join the other Nauset district towns of Eastham, Wellfleet and Brewster in holding elections on Jan. 10. One question will seek authority to move ahe...

Sumner Selected As Orleans Interim Administrator

By: Ryan Bray

ORLEANS – Three candidates were interviewed, but the select board didn’t have to look far to find an interim town administrator. Charles Sumner was unanimously identified by each board member as their top choice for the interim role on Nov. 2. The board voted to enter into contract negotiations with Sumner, who is expected to begin working for the town early next month. Sumner spent 29 years as the...

Fire Chief Says Eight Needed To Shore Up Staffing

By: Ryan Bray

ORLEANS – As demand for fire and EMS services continues to outstrip personnel in the fire department, the town's fire chief made his case last week for a needed boost in department staffing. Fire Chief Geof Deering told the select board Nov. 2 that the fire department needs eight new members to adequately address call volume that continues to increase, not only in Orleans but also at neighboring fire departmen...

ORLEANS – As more police departments are exploring the use of body cameras, the town's chief of police last week argued that it might be better for his department to wait a year. Citing the estimated $179,000 cost over five years for body and cruiser cameras and the accompanying software, Police Chief Scott MacDonald recommended to the select board Nov. 2 that the town take more time to do research into the ca...

ORLEANS – It may be the Orleans Agricultural Advisory Committee, but the select board is considering whether or not some seats on the committee should be open to non-residents. Town Administrator John Kelly told the board Oct. 12 that as currently written, the committee’s charge limits participation on the seven-member panel to Orleans residents. He added that with the exception of ex-officio members, it ...

District Towns Asked To Support Additional $38 Million In Project Costs A district-wide election will be held in January in each of the four Nauset towns asking voters to commit an additional $38 million toward the district’s high school renovation project. The Nauset Regional School Committee unanimously voted Nov. 3 to hold elections in Orleans, Brewster and Eastham on Jan. 10. The process will mirr...