Orleans News

New Home Proposed For 'Finest Hours' Lifeboat

By: Ryan Bray

ORLEANS – Can historic preservation funds through the Community Preservation Act be used to finance new construction? That was the question facing the Centers for Culture and History in Orleans regarding its application to use $55,000 in community preservation money to help fund the design and engineering of a new building to house the historic CG36500 lifeboat. Jay Stradal, president of the CHO's board of ...

ORLEANS – While the future of free lunches in Massachusetts remains in question, higher lunch and breakfast prices could be coming to the Nauset Public Schools. The Nauset Regional School Committee and the district's elementary school committees voted last week to raise the cost of lunch and breakfast for the 2023-2024 school year, provided the state opts not to extend the free lunch program first implemented ...

Developers Weigh In On Prence Project

By: Ryan Bray

ORLEANS – Town officials envision the former Governor Prence Inn property being used to accommodate a variety of different housing options. That includes opportunities for homeownership. But if responses to a request for information from developers is any indication, diversifying housing on the 5.5-acre site could be tricky. The select board and the affordable housing trust board were presented with respons...

Town Addressing Lead Exposure At DPW

By: Ryan Bray

ORLEANS — Efforts are underway to safely clean up exposed lead in a work area at the public works garage. But the select board wants to know why its membership wasn't properly informed of the issue. Select Board member Mark Mathison first raised questions about the lead in December. Former Town Administrator John Kelly confirmed the exposure, saying it came while staff were performing fire hydrant maintenance....

ORLEANS – Voters at the annual town meeting in May could be asked to support funding to design the town's next phase of sewer work. The latest phase would cover approximately 300 properties in the areas of Crystal Lake, Pilgrim Lake, Lonnie's Pond and Arey's Pond, as well as a portion of Meetinghouse Pond that was not covered in the second phase of sewering. A timetable laid out to the wastewater management...

Study Lays Out Recreation Failures, Needs

By: Ryan Bray

ORLEANS – There's great enthusiasm in Orleans for elevating and building upon the town's recreation programming. But a draft study presented to the select board last week says the town lacks the resources and organization needed to do so. A lack of staffing, ineffective leadership, a questionable organizational structure and poor communication and collaboration were among the findings outlined in the organizat...

Additional Plots Planned For Putnam Farm

By: Ryan Bray

ORLEANS — Eight new farm plots have been identified for the next phase of agricultural expansion at Putnam Farm. The town's agricultural advisory committee and conservation commission each were presented with options earlier this month for laying out the fourth phase of farm plotting at the farm, which is located off Rock Harbor Road. The new plots will be 50 by 70 feet in size and will join 12 active commu...

ORLEANS – Tiffany Wood-Wright never had issues with her four children taking the bus to and from school, that is until recently. The East Orleans resident, who has children in the Nauset Public Schools including a first and fifth grader at Orleans Elementary School, said adjusted bus routes implemented in early December due to a lack of drivers have caused problems for her and other elementary school parents. ...

Animal Care Facility Planned For Route 6A

By: Ryan Bray

ORLEANS – According to the International Fund For Animal Welfare, Cape Cod is a hotspot for dolphin strandings. Now the agency plans to open a facility locally to better address the problem. The zoning board of appeals on Jan. 4 unanimously voted to approve a special permit for IFAW to open and operate a short-term critical intensive care facility at 115 Route 6A. The facility would operate out of the space fo...

ORLEANS – After some initial concerns about project cost and location, the select board has gotten behind plans to seek Community Preservation Act funding to support improvements to the Nauset Beach bandstand. The board indicated its intention to author a letter of support for the project at its Jan. 11 meeting. The board was expected to vote to draft the letter Wednesday. The application to the community p...

ORLEANS – The Orleans Fire Department is allowed to staff as many as five people per shift. More often than not, they get four. But Fire Chief Geof Deering reiterated to the select board recently that his department needs more staff. With seven fire personnel per shift, he said his department can avoid instances where the fire station is left unmanned, a scenario that's become more commonplace as the departmen...

$38.1 Million Puts Project Back On Track The cost of renovating Nauset Regional High School ended up being significantly more than anticipated, but that didn’t keep district voters from supporting the additional cost Tuesday. Voters in the four Nauset towns of Orleans, Brewster, Eastham and Wellfleet each passed ballot questions during a district-wide election called to secure an additional $38.1 million in...