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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...

NORTH EASTHAM –  “What this community has meant to me these weeks, these months; let’s just say none of us is alone anymore.” That quote from The Riddler didn’t initially strike Katie Sanborn as an appropriate senior class quote. But the Nauset High class valedictorian eventually came around to it. “I’m not alone here as I stand before you,” she told friends, family, faculty and her fellow classmates during...

Uvalde, Texas, is almost 2,200 miles away from Chatham Elementary School. But for the school's principal, Jennifer Kelly, it feels much closer to home. A total of 21 people, including 19 students and two teachers, were killed in the May 24 shooting at Uvalde's Robb Elementary School, making it one of the most deadly school shootings on record in the United States. The shooting has reopened the national debate ...

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...

Housing Crisis Weighs On Nauset Schools

By: Ryan Bray

EASTHAM – Speaking to his fellow Orleans Select Board members last week, Mark Mathison recalled when the existing Nauset Regional High School was built, a "slew" of teachers were hired to round out staff at the new building and what is now Nauset Regional Middle School. When they came, they had a place to find housing, he said. "In fact, that whole development off of Millstone Road in Brewster was 80 percent t...

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...