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ORLEANS — It's a pretty little stretch of sand on Cape Cod Bay, with a big parking lot close by. And you don't need a sticker to use it. The shoreline at Rock Harbor is one of the town's many waterside attractions popular with local residents and visitors alike. Balancing those demands has the board of selectmen contemplating some sort of resident parking sticker that could give priority to those who live he...

ORLEANS — Watching Garrett Loparto unload tub after tub from his lobster boat at Mill Pond landing last week, you might have thought that all was well in his world. Think again. Silting in the Nauset Estuary, which Loparto and other Orleans fishermen must navigate to reach the inlet to the ocean, is “why I have to fish out of a slow boat, so I can lift my motor out,” he said. “All the other guys have 32- to 35...

ORLEANS — Last week wasn't one of the finest hours for rescue lifeboat CG36500. What started as a private chat Aug. 22 between author Casey Sherman and leaders of the Orleans Historical Society, which owns the boat used to save 32 sailors from the wreck of the tanker Pendleton in 1952, sent the rumor mill spinning with speculation about the future relocation of the boat. Sherman contacted community members ...

ORLEANS — A private chat between leaders of the Orleans Historical Society and author Casey Sherman this morning (Aug. 22) led to questions about the future of the iconic CG36500 lifeboat that rescued 32 sailors from the sinking tanker Pendleton in 1952. Sherman, author of “The Finest Hours,” said he participated in a conference call with OHS President Kathleen McNeil and two others and was asked to “leverage ...

Home Storage Of Fishing Gear Dredged Up Anew

By: Ed Maroney

ORLEANS — Thirty-five years ago, Chatham Town Counsel Frank Shealey rose in Barnstable Superior Court to declare that the town “since time immemorial has been a seacoast town. Other than for tourism, fishing is our largest industry. The fishermen have a pier and a mooring...that's all. The restraints were addressed in the bylaw which allows lobster pots to be stored under home occupation with issuance of a spec...

New Era For Orleans DPW Is In The Works

By: Ed Maroney

ORLEANS — The old highway department complex on Bay Ridge Lane looks like an estate sale waiting to happen. More than a patina – call it an encrustation – of age has settled in many of the buildings. In one garage, there's a hulking generator that appears to date back to the Model T assembly line. “When they run it in the winter, they have to keep the garage doors open 18 inches,” said Tom Daley, the town's ...

ORLEANS — In its search for the perfect blend of free market encouragement and community character protection, the planning board is rolling out two revised draft zoning bylaw amendments to regulate marijuana establishments. The first addresses all uses, while the second would amend the first to allow cultivation in residential areas. At the board's Aug. 14 public hearing, members agreed by consensus on what...

ORLEANS — For more than 15 years, townspeople have been taking the fate of their estuaries into their own hands. They've done this literally, by diligent collection of water samples from Nauset Marsh/Town Cove, Upper Pleasant Bay, Rock Harbor, and Namskaket and Little Namskaket marshes. The data were used by the Massachusetts Estuaries Project (MEP) to assess the health of these water bodies and played a par...

ORLEANS — Remember September? Cool breezes. Fewer traffic jams. A time when year-rounders are free to roam about the Cape. “My customers in Osterville, Cotuit, Sandwich, they'll take the ride in September,” said Sue Blake, owner of Main Street's Blake & Co. But will they if Main Street is under construction from Labor Day through Columbus Day? Those and similar concerns prompted Blake to circulate a p...

ORLEANS — Planning board members have already extended until Aug. 14 their public hearing on proposed marijuana zoning amendments, but the selectmen hope they'll extend it again to Aug. 28. That would give the selectmen an opportunity to present their take on both the planning board's bylaw version and one advanced by Selectman David Currier. “We're within 95 to 96 percent of where the planning board is righ...

ORLEANS — About 60 people packed a hearing room at town hall July 24 to talk about the planning board's proposed zoning bylaw amendments to regulate the sale, cultivation and other uses of marijuana. Although it wasn't part of the hearing agenda, Selectman David Currier was on hand to discuss his own proposed amendment, which is under review by town counsel. The back-and-forth made it clear that there's stil...

ORLEANS — When they meet Aug. 1 , the selectmen will be looking at proposed building and site evaluation contracts to help determine whether the Cape Cod Five Operations Center at 19 West Rd. can be reused as affordable apartments. Faced with a lack of options for housing, town meeting voted in May to create a new affordable housing trust and fund it with hundreds of thousands of dollars, some from Community...