Local bills

State Sen. Julian Cyr and state Rep. Sarah Peake were at the Orleans selectmen’s meeting last week, where they discussed several bills of local relevance.

House bill 2132 would aid in abating the public nuisance at Cedar pond, i.e. the cormorants that sit on the electric transmission wires. The bill is still in committee and it would compel Eversource to take whatever action necessary to clear up the problem.

House bill 2375 would exempt work refurbishing the Old Firehouse on Main street from the prevailing wage law. There is opposition from labor unions so the chances aren’t great for that.

House bill 3741 would permit land at Exit 12 off Route 6 to be used for the disposal of wastewater. The land is inside the cloverleaf. That bill was reported out in favor and is now before the Ways and Means Committee. Both Cyr and Peake will try to hustle it along by meeting with the committee chairman.


DPW news

Work on the DPW’s new composting facility at the transfer station is 80 percent complete. The DPW has spent $8,900 so far.

Work on the new DPW facility itself has consumed $361,180. The department will be doing repair work at Deerwood Park, Circle Drive, Brick Hill Road and Briar Springs Road among other projects. Also coming up are repairs at Harbor Hill Drive and Skaket Beach Road, Beach Road, Rock Harbor Road and Brewster Cross Road.


Need a ride

The Orleans Senior Center is seeking volunteers for its FISH (Friends in Service Helping) program. The program matches up drivers to provide short distance rides for Orleans seniors in need of transportation to medical appointments in locations from Wellfleet to Hyannis.

Volunteers may commit to as little as two to four hours a month. Drivers are screened, trained and supported by Orleans Senior Center staff. Call Karen Spangler at the Orleans Senior Center at 508-255-6333, ext. 17, for information.


Rental hike

The selectmen have decided to raise the weekly housing rents for lifeguards from $100 a week to $125 a week.


Scrawny trees

The board of selectmen is unhappy with the screening at the power station at the intersection of the Eldredge Parkway and Route 6A. Years ago the board requested Eversource plant evergreens to screen the electrical gear at the "gateway intersection."

The trees have thinned out over time. Town Administrator John Kelly will write a letter to the utility.


Trails open

The southern trails at Nauset beach are now open to oversand vehicle traffic. They were closed after last week’s storm.


For children

The Snow Library has a series of children’s programs starting with Move and Groove on Friday, Jan. 19, at 10:30, an hour of family fun with D.J. Aqua.

Game Day is Saturday, Jan. 20, from 1 to 4 p.m.  There will be competitive games to play. No Registration is required; you are welcome to drop in anytime. This is a free program is for children 8 and up with an adult.

Lucy’s Playgroup meets Mondays from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m., and Storytime at Snow is Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. for youngsters up to age 5 and their caregivers.


Blood drive

In honor of January as National Blood Donor Month, all those who donate blood at a Cape Cod Healthcare Blood Drive during the month of January will have the opportunity to enter a drawing to win a dinner and overnight stay at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut.

Walk-ins are welcome at all blood drives. To make an appointment to donate blood, visit capecodhealth.org/giveblood or call 508-86BLOOD.

Cape Cod Healthcare will host a blood drive at Mid Cape Home Centers on Main Street in Orleans Jan. 17, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Snow Cinema

Catch a free flick at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesdays through Jan. 31 at Snow Library.

Free popcorn will be served. All are welcome.

Here's the schedule: Jan. 17: “Victoria and Abdul” (PG-13), British-American biographical film starring Judi Dench, Ali Fazal, Tim Pigott-Smith. Jan. 24: “Stronger” (R), about a survivor of the Boston Marathon bombing, starring Jake Gyllenhaal. Jan. 31: “Crooked House” (PG-13), based on the mystery by Agatha Christie, starring Christina Hendricks, Gillian Anderson, Max Irons.



All meetings at Town Hall unless otherwise indicated


Monday Jan. 15

Town Hall closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day


Tuesday Jan. 16

Conservation commission, 8:30 a.m.

Human services advisory committee, 10 a.m.

Cultural council, 4:30 p.m.


Wednesday Jan. 17

Orleans School Committee, Administration Building, 8:30 a.m.

Site plan review committee, 10 a.m.

Marion Craine Gallery Committee, Snow Library, 10 a.m.

Pleasant Bay Alliance Watershed Permit Project Workshop, noon

Finance committee, 6:30 p.m.

Board of selectmen, 6:30 p.m.

Zoning board of appeals , 7 p.m.

Thursday Jan. 18

Board of health, 2 p.m.

Renewable energy committee, 6 p.m.