Saccone Places Third in All-State Hurdles

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The All-State track meet is one of the biggest of the season; the state’s top 24 athletes in each event race against each other to decide the state champion for the indoor season. Old Rochester had several outstanding performances in the meet, including senior Ally Saccone, who once again proved her capability to compete on […] Read more »

How Much will It Cost?

To the Editor: Reporting by several media publications of the Marion February 19 Selectmen’s meeting needs clarification. The CDM Smith PowerPoint presentation of the Marion Village Project for sewer, drainage and paving failed to consider misleading cost projections that I pointed out at the Selectmen’s meeting. The $18.4 million cost projection over the Project’s estimated […] Read more »

ORR Athletic Booster Club Phonathon

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For the past nine years, the Old Rochester Regional Athletic Booster Club has sponsored a phonathon to help ORR student-athletes raise funds to support the high school’s athletic programs; because of the generous support of the Tri-Town community, this annual event has been a tremendous success. This year’s ORR Athletic Booster Club Phonathon will take […] Read more »

Educational Insights

To the Editor: If you have been reading my previous letters on current educational practices, you may be asking: why does she care so much? Yes, I have retired from a successful and rewarding teaching career. My own children have been out of school for many years. The answer to why I care so much […] Read more »

St. Patrick’s Day Dinner

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The Rochester Congregational Church on the Green will hold a St. Patrick’s Day Dinner on Sunday, March 10 at 4:00 pm. The corned beef and cabbage dinner is a fundraiser for repairs to the church roof. Tiffany Rozena will be entertaining with Irish fiddle music at 4:00 pm. The price for dinner, including Irish soda bread and delicious homemade desserts, […] Read more »

Gateway Youth Hockey Update

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The Gateway Ice Wolves played two games on Sunday. In the first game, they stayed undefeated in the Yankee Conference by beating the GYH Ireland team 6-4. It was their closest game of the season thus far. In the second game, they lost for the first time since January 12, 2-0. Ironically, the loss came […] Read more »

Seeking Freedom

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In 1863, the Third Regiment of the Massachusetts Volunteer Militia was stationed at Fort Monroe in Virginia. That year, President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation went into effect, an order that required the army to treat anyone enslaved in Confederate territories as free persons. Soldiers at Fort Monroe were already used to dealing with slaves seeking freedom. […] Read more »

Rochester Police Receive $5,000 Grant

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As part of its commitment to safety and controlling costs, the town of Rochester’s Police Department was awarded a $5,000 loss control grant to purchase an emergency trailer and equipment such as barricades and safety cones that will protect police officers and other municipal employees, motorists, and pedestrians in and around emergency areas, road work […] Read more »

Selectmen Review Budget and Moorings

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Prior to their regular meeting on Tuesday, February 26, the Mattapoisett Board of Selectmen met with Finance Committee to review the status of the town’s budget. The Finance Committee presented a list of known budget increases for Fiscal Year 2014 which totaled $436,054. The largest of these items were health insurance and school budget increases. […] Read more »

Potential Moratorium Bylaw for Dispensaries

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The Rochester Planning Board met Tuesday night and among many issues discussed was the potential implementation of a moratorium bylaw for future marijuana dispensaries within the town. In November, a state law passed that regulates the cultivation, distribution, possession and use of marijuana for medical purposes. This law would enable the creation of marijuana distribution […] Read more »