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ORLEANS – On a warm early June morning earlier this month, James Rosato walked through his garden plot in the back of Putnam Farm alongside 5-year-old James Oringer. A few plots over, young James' mother, Catherine Larkey, watched with a smile. "James loves to hang out with him," Larkey said of Rosato, an Orleans resident who is in his fifth summer at the farm. "That's the best part, that they get to have time...

ORLEANS – The local use of fertilizers and their impact on the town's water resources has been a subject of discussion among Orleans officials for years. Select board members last week said the time has come to take more forceful action. Following the lead of officials on Nantucket, the board voted 4-0 June 15 to draft an article for the special town meeting in October requesting that the town petition the sta...

Special Permit OK’d For Orleans Pot Shop

By: Ryan Bray

ORLEANS – One of two businesses authorized to operate a recreational marijuana establishment in town won approval from the zoning board of appeals last week. After some discussion about whether or not it could begin its review, the zoning board voted unanimously June 15 to award a special permit to Seaside Joint Ventures, Inc., which plans to operate under the name Seaside Cannabis Co. on Lots Hollow Road. ...

ORLEANS - What might a new Snow Library look like, and how does the town plan for a new community center around it? Recognizing the potential for an overlap in programming between the two buildings, the town's community center feasibility task force recently met with library officials to see how both projects might coexist. The task force is working through the results of an online survey that sought inform...

ORLEANS – Transports are up at the Orleans Fire Department, and with the impending opening of a new urgent care center next month on Route 6A, the trend is expected to continue. But to accommodate the additional call volume, Fire Chief Geof Deering said something needs to be done to boost the department's staffing levels. In his report to the select board June 1, Deering said ambulance transports went from ...

ORLEANS – There's no shortage of volunteer board and committee members in town. But the select board last week said more needs to be done to mentor and coach those members along into leadership roles. The town currently limits members to serving no more than two terms, but it's a policy that's not always adhered to. As a result, other members don't grow as readily into chairmanship positions on boards and comm...

Looking back, Scott MacDonald realizes how fortunate he was to have bought his home in Brewster in 1999. "We paid just under $180,000 for that home, and I'll tell you, we worked really hard," said MacDonald, Orleans' chief of police. "We're very proud we were able to pay our mortgage and raise a wonderful family there." But the cost of housing has reached unprecedented heights on the Cape, and many police o...

Orleans Remembers Its Fallen Veterans

By: Ryan Bray

ORLEANS – Master Chief Petty Officer Jeff Smith has lost count of the number of times he drove by the small park at the intersection of West Road and Skaket Beach Road. Alan Walker Square, as it is called, is dedicated to the memory of one of Orleans' fallen war heroes. Smith, an Orleans resident who served as Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Reserve from 2003 to 2010, wanted to know more. "Ala...

ORLEANS – In midst of questions concerning his time as athletic director at a Rhode Island high school, Keith Kenyon resigned last week as principal of Nauset Regional Middle School. Kenyon was hired in 2010 as athletic director and football coach at Nauset Regional High School. He was later named interim principal at the middle school, a post he assumed full time in November. Read our previous st...

ORLEANS – A Nauset school administrator is denying allegations in a lawsuit that he was negligent in his oversight of a coach accused of inappropriate conduct during their tenure at a Rhode Island high school. Keith Kenyon, principal of Nauset Regional Middle School, is one of several defendants named in the civil suit, which was filed April 19 in Bristol County Superior Court. See updates to this story...

Orleans Officials Address Town’s Debt

By: Ryan Bray

ORLEANS – Town officials last week attempted to correct the record on information presented in the annual town meeting warrant that they say painted an inaccurate picture of the town's finances. The annual report from the finance committee that was included in the warrant addressed the town's debt service, the amount of money the town annually puts toward paying down principal and interest on funds borrowed fo...

ORLEANS – As efforts to site a new fire station in town continue, the select board doesn't want to rule out the possibility of keeping the existing station intact for some other future use. Built in 1987, the current fire station on Eldredge Park Way no longer meets the needs of a modern fire department. The town initially explored the possibility of renovating the existing building, but it was determined last...

ORLEANS – A Nauset school administrator is denying allegations in a lawsuit that he was negligent in his oversight of a coach accused of inappropriate conduct during their tenure at a Rhode Island high school. Keith Kenyon, principal of Nauset Regional Middle School, is one of several defendants named in the civil suit, which was filed April 19 in Bristol County Superior Court. The plaintiffs, identified as...

ORLEANS – A Nauset school administrator is denying allegations in a lawsuit that he was negligent in his oversight of a coach accused of inappropriate conduct during their tenure at a Rhode Island high school. Keith Kenyon, principal of Nauset Regional Middle School, is one of several defendants named in the civil suit, which was filed April 19 in Bristol County Superior Court. The plaintiffs, identified as...

ORLEANS – Outdoor music is returning to the Barley Neck Inn, but musicians will have to leave their amplifiers at home. In a compromise with neighbors to the Beach Road restaurant, the select board unanimously voted May 11 to approve a seasonal outdoor entertainment license for non-amplified, acoustic music at the inn through November. "We've known for a while that the season is coming, and we need to move ...

ORLEANS – On May 6, town officials, residents and Eversource representatives gathered at the utility's electrical substation at the corner of Route 6A and Eldredge Park Way. They were there to try and hash out a plan to better screen the substation with trees and plantings, but the building adjacent to the station also caught the eye of Select Board Chair Mefford Runyon. The aging condition of the Orleans Cham...