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ORLEANS – The developer behind a plan to bring more than 40 units of housing to the site of the former Underground Mall off Route 6A hopes to break ground on the project by spring. With approval from the town's Old King's Highway Historic District Committee earlier this month, Chris DeSisto of Maple Hurst Builders will next bring the proposed 42-unit rental development before the Cape Cod Commission for review...

ORLEANS – John Kelly is expected to leave his long-time post as town administrator at the end of the year. Mark Mathison of the select board said Kelly, who has been town administrator in Orleans since 1996, told the board he planned to retire on March 6. But he said the board anticipates that Kelly will use his remaining nine weeks of unused vacation time ahead of that date. "The expectation is his last da...

ORLEANS – Captain John Mead has been fishing the waters off Rock Harbor for almost 50 years, all aboard the same boat. He began working for his uncle as a mate aboard the Flying Mist in 1975, and has been captaining the boat full time since 2004. Charter fishing is a tradition that goes back generations in Mead's family, and it's one he hopes to keep alive. But with a local charter fleet that's dealing with ri...

Frustrations Mount Over State Of Orleans Recreation

By: Ryan Bray

ORLEANS – Flagging programming. Staffing issues. Miscommunication. Overlong and indecipherable reports. The disorganization facing recreation in Orleans has been a sore spot for the town's recreation advisory committee in recent years, and committee members said earlier this month that a lack of leadership is leaving them with little hope of any kind of turnaround. At their Sept. 14 meeting, recreation comm...

ORLEANS – Debra Dickinson can tell you there's more to an oil painting than meets the common eye. As an art conservator, the Wellfleet resident has made a career out of carefully analyzing and treating portraits for their imperfections, down to the slightest details. So when the Orleans Cultural Council needed help with a portrait of its own, Dickinson spent two years restoring and stabilizing it to mirror ...

County Brings Firefighter Training To Orleans

By: Ryan Bray

ORLEANS – Normally members of the Orleans Fire Department have to go to Barnstable once a year for training. This year, the regional fire academy came to them. The department held live fire training at the site of the town's former public works headquarters on Bay Ridge Lane last week. The Barnstable County Fire Academy brought its 53-foot training trailer to the site for all of the department members to use. ...

Progress Made On Pay As You Throw Talks

By: Ryan Bray

ORLEANS – The board of health may be warming up to the idea of bringing a pay as you throw program to Orleans, but town officials say there are still questions that need answering before anything can be rolled out. By charging residents according to what they throw out and recycle, the select board hopes pay as you throw can help curb the amount of solid waste handled by the town's transfer station operation, ...

Food 4 Kids Serves Record Number Of Meals

By: Ryan Bray

ORLEANS – Inside the Church of the Holy Spirit on Monument Road, volunteers busied themselves once again this summer preparing and delivering meals to those who most need them. For the 10th year, free meals were provided to participants in youth recreation programs from Harwich to Provincetown through Food 4 Kids Cape Cod, a summer meals program based in Orleans that's funded in part by the U.S. Department of ...

ORLEANS – In the parking lot between the Nauset school administration building and Nauset Regional Middle School, a large solar canopy stands covering a fleet of school buses. By year's end, the structure will start saving the school district considerably on its energy costs. After fits and starts, the canopy is expected to go live by Thanksgiving, if not sooner, according to Jim Nowack, assistant director of ...

ORLEANS – With drought conditions expected to become the new norm for future Cape summers, town officials last week discussed how to balance water conservation with the need to bring in revenue from water use. The Cape is currently in the midst of a Level 3 drought following an unusually warm and dry summer season that has produced very little rainfall. The drought has led officials across the Cape, including ...

Fall Spending Requests Top $4 Million In Orleans

By: Ryan Bray

ORLEANS – Approximately $4.1 million in spending requests are set to go before voters at next month's special town meeting. This year's fall session is set for Oct. 17 in the Nauset Regional Middle School auditorium. The select board on Sept. 7 made their recommendations on articles to be included on the town meeting warrant, which went to press last Friday. The largest expenditure being put before voters i...

Celebrate Our Waters Returns This Weekend

By: Ryan Bray

ORLEANS – With more than 50 miles of coastline and over 63 ponds, Orleans offers residents and visitors unique access to the Cape's waterways. But with those natural resources comes a responsibility to protect them. Now in its 19th year, the Orleans Pond Coalition continues its work advocating for clean water in town. A big part of that effort comes by way of the nonprofit's annual Celebrate Our Waters weekend...

Paid Parking Program Pitched For Rock Harbor

By: Ryan Bray

ORLEANS – Parking is free at Rock Harbor, but that could change come next summer. An article is set to appear on the warrant for the special town meeting next month that would create a paid parking program and associated fees for non-residents for the bay-front lot. Town Administrator John Kelly told the select board Aug. 31 that with large capital projects planned in the coming years, including a full dred...

Kelly To Retire As Orleans Town Administrator

By: Ryan Bray

ORLEANS – A transition could soon get underway toward the hiring of Orleans' next town manager. The select board announced on the town's website last week that John Kelly will retire from his longtime post as town administrator in March. Kelly has served in the position since 1996. "Although it is premature to say goodbye since Mr. Kelly is not retiring until next March; the select board is grateful for Joh...

ORLEANS – How much is too much to spend to improve an aging building? That was the question the select board wrestled with last week as it faced a $1.4 million request to make heating, ventilation and air conditioning improvements to portions of the Orleans Elementary School. Board members expressed reluctance Aug. 31 about putting that much money into fixing the building, the original portion of which date...

ORLEANS – The former Governor Prence Inn will stand on Route 6A for at least a few more months while town officials work to get an estimate for the cost of demolition. During a joint meeting on Aug. 26, the select board and the affordable housing trust fund board both opted against putting an article before voters at next month's special town meeting seeking authorization to raze the property. Officials hope t...