Remembering Chief Kinney

As Marilyn Kinney Lee looks out her dining room window and begins to talk about her father, the years fall away. Her face brightens at the memories that swirl in her mind and become the story she wants to share about her father, Alden S. Kinney, the first official police chief for the Town of […] Read more »

‘What Does It Mean to Be Free?’

Memorial Day is a somber occasion when Americans thank, honor, and remember those who have served this country in the Armed Forces. But, as keynote speaker Lieutenant Colonel Heather Bienz pointed out, some towns like Marion have a special way of gathering the community together, bringing out the emotion, and filling a space with care […] Read more »

At ORRJHS, ‘It’s All About the Animals’

Wednesday was wet. It was chilly. It was far from an ideal day to hold a walkathon at Old Rochester Regional, but the ‘Orange Team’ at the junior high school persisted nonetheless. As part of a junior high student-based project, students on the Orange Team chose to hold a walkathon, challenging themselves to walk for […] Read more »

Mattapoisett Honors Sacrifice of Fallen Service Members

Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address figured prominently in Monday’s Memorial Day ceremony in Mattapoisett. The afternoon observance was filled with speakers who underscored the devotion and sacrifice of the nation’s fallen service members. After the traditional posting of the colors by the New Bedford High School Junior ROTC, Master of Ceremonies Commander Michael Lamoureux welcomed the […] Read more »


“Dad, you’re not sick, you’re hurt. You’re going to get better…” I repeated those words to my father over and over in the days after his accident as he lay in the hospital bed, heavily medicated and so very far away. Dad, a man who had never, ever slept in the upstairs bedrooms of his […] Read more »

EmpowORR Garden Grows Opportunity, Experience

Beneath the nutrient-rich soil that lies within the carefully crafted raised garden beds of donated wood grows a network of community service now deeply rooted and firmly planted behind the Old Rochester Regional Junior High School. Deemed the “EmpowORR” Community Garden, on Saturday, May 21, the vision came to fruition beneath a sunny sky and […] Read more »

Tri-Town Remembers…

Year after year the Tri-Town traditions continue, and Memorial Day is no exception. Our years in the Tri-Town community are hallmarked by specific special occasions – take for example, George Randall’s heartfelt reading of the Gettysburg Address or the anticipation of the next flat-bottomed boat at every bend of the shallow waters of the Mattapoisett […] Read more »

The Slippery and Contrary American Eel

‘As slippery as an eel’ is a commonly used platitude to anthropomorphize an eel’s snake-like demeanor of behavior upon a human being we dislike and do not respect. Our own unpleasant experience may have become ingrained as a youth by trying to get an eel off a hook we didn’t want to catch while fishing, […] Read more »

Fireworks Fundraiser Ends With a Boom

There will be plenty of ‘oohs’ and ‘ahhs’ in Marion on this July 4th with the return of the Marion Fourth of July fireworks display! The fundraising efforts appeared to fizzle out earlier in the year, falling considerably short of the $50,000 total needed to pull off the event. But with the establishment of a […] Read more »

Tiara 5K a Mother’s Day Tradition

This is the seventh year now that Mattapoisett has been host to a Mother’s Day tradition that entices many out from their Sunday morning beds and into Mattapoisett Village for a 5K run. Sure, this year might have had an added encumbrance with the rain and cool temperature, but the event, as usual, was well […] Read more »