Wrapped With a ‘Perfect’ Bow

If you happened to enter the Rochester Town Hall on the morning of December 20, you would have thought the public meeting room resembled something from the North Pole, like Santa’s workshop, or Santa’s kitchen, for that matter. You would have seen Rochester Facilities Manager Andrew Daniel standing by the sun-filled window, surrounded by large […] Read more »

Bulldog Brew Café Serving Up More Than Coffee

There is something brewing at Old Rochester Regional High School, and it doesn’t just stop at coffee and cocoa. The new Bulldog Brew Café is serving up more than hot beverages and snacks to the staff at ORR; it is also providing students in the school’s new Transition Special Education Program with real life skills, […] Read more »

Lions Club Awards Surprise Pacheco

Sometimes it takes a bit of trickery to make a plan come together. That’s exactly what Ken Pacheco and Rick LeBlanc did to get Melody Pacheco to attend the Mattapoisett Lions Club dinner on December 14. Melody, AKA Mel, is a well-known figure at the Mattapoisett Town Hall where she has been helping the community […] Read more »

A Partridge for Christmas

“A partridge in a pear tree” is a haunting holiday refrain from the melody The Twelve Days of Christmas, first circulated in 1780 as a children’s game. Each verse had to be recited verbatim in proper sequence until the first mistake prompted the penalty of giving a kiss or piece of candy to other players […] Read more »

Her Irish Eyes Were Smiling

She began her conversation with the audience using a joke that some might find not quite politically correct enough. But coming from her lips, it seemed innocent and sweet, old-fashioned, as well as funny. We’ll refrain from repeating that joke here, but rest assured her Irish eyes were smiling, making the world feel bright and […] Read more »

The Uncertain State of Buzzards Bay

Mark Rasmussen, president of the Buzzards Bay Coalition, stopped by Tabor Academy on Monday night to speak on the current state of Buzzards Bay. He mainly addressed the 2015 State of Buzzards Bay, a report put out by the BBC every two years. In 2015, when the healthiest score possible was a 100, Buzzards Bay […] Read more »

Santa of the Lighthouses

It’s 1929 along the coast of Maine. Well-known local pilot William Wincapaw is flying a mail delivery route, and the night is dark and foggy. He has no idea where he is. Worried, he decides to fly his way home to Rockland by following the trail of lighthouses dotting the rocky coast. The ploy works […] Read more »

The Christmas Gifts

As I opened the door to that little cottage – the one that was a silent witness to hope and fear – its familiar scent snapped me back into awareness. It was often the case when I drove to my father’s home during his final years; I’d lapse into memories followed by overwhelming anxiety that […] Read more »

Rochester Welcomes Holidays with Tree Lighting

Rochester. Those who live there refer to it as the “God’s Country” of Tri-Town for its natural beauty, wildlife, rural charm, and bucolic backdrop of everyday simple life. When the holiday season comes to Rochester, you can feel it in the air. You can see it in the winter constellations that spread across the unencumbered […] Read more »

Rochester Officers Shed Their Beards

Five Rochester police officers headed over to Old Colony on the morning of Wednesday, November 30, where some eager cosmetology students put an official end to the Police Department’s ‘No-Shave November.’ This year, six officers participated in the seemingly ubiquitous new tradition among men – No-Shave November, which originally began as an awareness campaign for […] Read more »