Welcoming Spring with Walkabout Wednesdays


You know you are itching to get outdoors to catch a whiff of springtime air, so maybe you would like to meet up with a group of the fellow spring-starved and explore the outdoors together while learning a bit about the local habitats and history. The Buzzards Bay Coalition is offering a new program for […] Read more »

Student Heads to State Geography Bee


Old Rochester Regional Junior High School seventh-grader Dante Cusolito has been named a 2015 Massachusetts National Geographic State Bee semifinalist and is now headed to the state championship to compete for the chance to attend the national competition in Washington, D.C. against the top geography bee contestants in the country. After winning a classroom round […] Read more »

Tea with an Irish Fairy Godmother


“Are you a real fairy godmother?” said a little child to the sprightly, lively lady standing before her wearing a tiara, dressed in a green tutu and a jacket speckled with little shamrocks. With a grin and a sparkle in her eye, the Irish Fairy Godmother replied, “Do you think I am?” The little girl […] Read more »



The end of this extreme winter is nearly over. Although the drifts are still massive threatening blankets of frozen water ready to unleash floods into basements and fill internment streams to overflowing, I am heartened by the prospect of SPRING. Fat robins appear out of nowhere reminding me that spring – that season of hope […] Read more »

MNHM After-school Crew


Last week the Marion Natural History Museum’s afterschool crew explored a variety of ways to identify trees without their leaves. By looking at bark, leaf scar arrangement and even using their sense of smell, the students had a chance to explore trees and woody shrubs without their usual foliage.  Photo courtesy Elizabeth Leidhold   Read more »



The Marion Natural History Museum provided an opportunity on February 27 to get up close and personal with critters from the insect world, including praying mantises and jumbo-sized grasshoppers. Above: Tapper Crete, 7, was the first one brave enough to ask to touch a praying mantis. The event was hosted by Maire Anne Diamond, owner […] Read more »

Local Collectors Share Passion, History


What’s in a collection? A whole lot if you are looking at Nate Bekemeier’s eclectic compilation of curious objects he has encountered and saved throughout his entire life. Each little figurine, a memory. Every tiny trinket, a tale. Each of the odds and ends, an experience, a time, a place. Bekemeier was one of several […] Read more »

Mattapoisett Friends Make ‘Amigos’ in Cuba


The bridge between the Mattapoisett Friends Meeting and their Cuban Quaker counterparts has been strengthened by a first-time visit to Cuba by Deena Kinsky, the delegate for the Mattapoisett Friends, along with six other Quakers from other parts of the United States. The Mattapoisett Friends have hosted Cuban delegates in the past as part of […] Read more »

Rochester Man Receives Boston Post Cane


It has been a tradition since 1909, and on February 20 Rochester’s newly deemed ‘oldest resident’ was handed the Boston Post Cane at his current residence at the Sippican Health Center in Marion. Armand Cournoyer, who turned 100 years old on February 3, was honored during a ceremony in the library of the nursing home […] Read more »

‘Chillaxing’ at Plumb Library


‘Chillaxing’ at Plumb Library: Kara Underhill, 12, Emma Makuch, 10, and Bridget Farias, 11, joined Wellness Practitioner Marcia Hartley to mix essential oils in a stress-free zone on the snowy Tuesday of February 17. Chill-ax was part of Plumb Library’s school vacation week programming, which includes ‘Peace it On’ infant relaxation on February 20 from […] Read more »