Board reorg

The Orleans selectmen reorganized at their meeting last week. Mark Mathison is the new chairman; Kevin Galligan is the vice-chairman; Meff Runyon is chairman of the park commissioners, and Cecil Newcomb is the clerk. Runyon will also represent the park commissioners on the Orleans Community Preservation Committee.


Rec committee 

Orleans now has a recreation committee. Members are Tracy Murphy, Morgan Stewart, Sharon Basso, Samantha Rohmer, Anne Sigsbee and Kyle Wibby.


Antique show

On Saturday June 15, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (rain or shine) the Orleans Historical Society will host its annual Antique Show on the grounds of the museum, located at the corner of River Road and Main Street. There will be 30 dealers in attendance offering a variety of period Americana, mid-century modern and decorative objects, fine art, prints and whimsies.

Admission is $6 ($5 with a copy of this article or a show card) with free parking at the museum. Proceeds benefit the museum.


Tax break

Orleans is considering a senior tax work-off program under which seniors could substitute volunteer time for the town for portions of their property tax. They’d have to be 60 years old and the total tax reduction couldn’t exceed $1,500.

Usually there is an income limit attached, a limited number of openings and a set credit per hour of work. The assessors office and council on aging would oversee the program. Orleans would have to appropriate money for it.

The board voted to accept the state law permitting a work-off program and voters will have to approve the idea at town meeting.


Progressive taxes

State Sen. Julian Cyr (D-Truro) has proposed Senate Bill 1634, which would allow towns to implement progressive property tax rates.

Under the plan, which has yet to pass, a town could have bifurcated or progressive rates. In Orleans 92 percent of the property is residential with an average value of $701,143. Property valued at less than $700,000 might be taxed at a lower rate. Properties worth $1.4 million or more might be taxed at a higher rate.

As it happens there are 3,539 parcels worth under $700,000 in town and 1,312 worth between $700,000 and $1.4 million. There are 531 worth more than $1.4 million. Currently they all pay $7.40 per $1,000.

The selectmen will discuss this in the future, if the legislation passes.


Vintage in Vogue

Vintage in Vogue, the shop at 31 Main St.,  will mark its 10th anniversary on Saturday, June 22, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. They’ll have live music outside from 1 to 3 p.m. provided by Broadway Central, plus cake, soft drinks and a gift with every purchase.

“We love being in the heart of downtown Orleans, and want to say thank you to our wonderful neighbors and customers for all the support through the years,” declared owner Maureen Leavenworth.


Festival line-up

Veteran R&B/blues icon Garrett Duton (G. Love) of G. Love & Special Sauce returns to Nauset Beach this fall for a reprisal of his inaugural sell-out event, the Cape Cod Roots & Blues Festival.

The one-day celebration of music, community, and Cape Cod beach culture will take place Sept. 14, in Orleans at Nauset Beach with sets from Citizen Cope, Chadwick Stokes and The Pintos, Mihali (of Twiddle), Clearcola, plus a generous helping of G. Love & Special Sauce’s signature Delta blues, rock, and roots.

Last year’s event served as a 25th anniversary celebration for G. Love & Special Sauce.

The festival kicks off with a VIP pre-party on Sept. 13, at Hog Island Beer Co. Passes are $100 and are available at General admission tickets to the event are also on sale, for $60.

The festival has again named Friends of Nauset Beach as its non-profit beneficiary of a portion of proceeds. For more information, visit


Flashing lights

Orleans will utilize the Toyota Gift Account ($4,000) to fund a solar warning light at the bike trail crossing on Main Street downtown. The lights will provide a flashing beacon.


Prius Prime

Orleans recently earned Green Community designation and thanks to that it has received a $5,000 grant to assist with the purchase of a Toyota Prius Prime for use by town officials. It will be charged behind town hall.


Museum visit

On June 4 a group of fourth graders from Eastham Elementary School visited the French Cable Station Museum in Orleans. They were treated to a guided tour of the marine telegraph station that was the termination point of a direct link to France. They were able to see and learn about the cables and equipment used when the station was in operation.


Monday, June 17

Marine and fresh water quality committee, 10 a.m.

Tuesday, June 18

Conservation commission, 8:30 a.m.

Wednesday, June 19

Site plan review committee, 10 a.m.

Marion Craine Gallery committee, at Snow Library, 10 a.m.

Board of water & sewer commissioners, 1:30 p.m.

Cultural council, 4:30 p.m.

Board of selectmen, 6:30 p.m.

Zoning board of appeals, 7 p.m.

Thursday, June 20

Board of health, 2 p.m.

Finance committee, 7 p.m.