Rochester Voters Meet Candidates

Rochester voters have a few choices in front of them for this year’s April 11 Annual Election. There are two contested races – Board of Selectmen and Planning Board – and on March 27, the people had a chance to hear from the candidates themselves during a candidates’ forum at the Council on Aging. Current […] Read more »

Recreational Weed – What to Expect

The Cannabis Control Commission (CCC) beat its March 15 deadline to file its final regulations for Massachusetts’ marijuana market and will begin accepting marijuana business applications on April 2. It will issue its first provisionary licenses on June 1, and recreational adult-use marijuana establishments could open starting July 1. The CCC vote was unanimous, which […] Read more »

The Art and Science of Textile Conservation

It is an art form that incorporates history, chemistry, crafting, and the ability to know the difference between good dirt and bad. It is a career path that can take the student from academic studies of ancient people to the closets of contemporary kings and queens. And for one Rochester resident, it has been a […] Read more »

The Peregrine Falcon: a Coastal Wanderer

This species of falcon follows the coastal shoreline of both North and South America, and the name ‘peregrine’ actually means ‘wanderer.’ After nesting on edges of rocky cliffs and edges of high buildings, as in my illustration of Mattapoisett Harbor (some credit goes to Chris Mellow for aid in the Mattapoisett Harbor scene), the peregrine […] Read more »

It’s Time to Rethink Recycling

Every day you make small decisions with impacts that will outlive you by hundreds, if not thousands of years. I’m talking about that yogurt-smeared plastic container you just threw into the recycle bin. “What are you talking about?” you ask. “I recycled it. It’s right there in the bin.” Yes, and congratulations for doing the […] Read more »

Finding Art in Found Objects

Most people don’t give much of a second thought when they are ready to toss out that old laundry detergent bottle, the old rusty cheese grater, or even the legs of that late 1980s kitchen table that should probably no longer exist. That is, unless you’re one of the artists currently displaying work at the […] Read more »

Zeb the Dog

This is a story about a boy and his dog. The boy’s name is Jay, the dog was named Zeb. Zeb was the big, goofy, ready-for-fun black lab mix that rounded out our family unit. When the three of us were much younger and still living together, a snowy day meant one thing – fun. […] Read more »

Storm Postpones Students’ Wednesday Walkout

All over the country, students were watching the clock on March 14. As part of a national movement, at 10:00 am on Wednesday morning students got out of their seats, left their classrooms, and exited the school in what is likely this country’s largest ever mass-organized student-led walkout. The students’ message: Congress must do more […] Read more »

Storm Sends Another Blow to Tri-Town

We’ve got those snow-blowing blizzard-blasting no-lights hurry-up-Eversource stuck-inside bread-and-milk winter-weary enough-of-this-insanity blues again. Spring in the Tri-Town couldn’t feel any farther away from us than it does right now. Residents in Marion, Mattapoisett, and Rochester have lost their power – again – and, without a doubt, their patience along with it. Mother Nature has sided […] Read more »

Old and New Collide at Town House Forum

Call it the largest turnout for the Marion Board of Selectmen in years. Hundreds gathered at Sippican School on Thursday for the first glimpse of a proposed plan to construct a town administrative office building on the grounds of the Benjamin D. Cushing Community/Senior Center – a project with a price tag of about $1.8 […] Read more »