Soup’s On at the Mattapoisett Library!

While many folks were planted in front of their televisions for the game on Sunday, a sizeable crowd gathered at the Mattapoisett Free Public Library to hear local chef Colby Rottler drop some knowledge about soup. Yes, soup. Rottler, a private chef and a culinary instructor at Upper Cape Tech, shared his recipes for butternut […] Read more »

Polar Plunge Warms Hearts

“Celebratory, inclusive, and a little crazy.” These words, spoken by Tabor Academy junior Grace Ryan (Class of ‘19), aptly characterize last Sunday’s Polar Plunge at Silvershell Beach in Marion. Proceeds from the annual plunge benefit the school’s Special Olympics Young Athletes Program, which pairs Tabor student volunteers with cognitively- and developmentally-delayed children to work on […] Read more »

Food: the Language of Love

With heaping helpings of downtime this winter, I’ve watched gallons of cooking shows on TV. The week between Christmas and New Year’s Day I consumed considerable portions of Julia Child’s earliest segments, lapping up her stovetop spillage with relish. When Christopher Kimble desserted – I mean deserted – PBS’s Cook’s Country Kitchen to travel the […] Read more »

Regional Rise of Hepatitis B

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health issued an advisory last Friday cautioning municipal health agents about a rise in hepatitis B outbreaks in our region. The DPH says the increased transmission is associated with injection drug use in Southeastern Massachusetts and is related to the ongoing substance abuse epidemic. “The MDPH has observed an increase […] Read more »

The Nocturnal Great Horned Owl

This oversized monarch of the owl kingdom is the most dominant by observation and reputation in this country, although it is slightly smaller than the Eurasian eagle owl far across the pond. Nevertheless, the great horned owl is big enough to challenge our national bald eagle when they clash over territorial domain. According to actual […] Read more »


They say the rules of the Cub Scout pinewood derby have changed over the last 65 years about as often as the U.S. Constitution – not very often. Actually, of the 11 official rules of the Boy Scouts of America, eight of them date back to the very first pinewood derby. The first pinewood derby […] Read more »

ATVs Leave Muddy Mess at Washburn Park

The grounds at Washburn Park in Marion have seen better days. The recreational park where many come to play fetch with their dogs, attend horse shows, and play sports has been torn up by ATV tires that left a path of destruction in the form of long and deep tire ruts crisscrossing the fields and […] Read more »

Tri-Town Spared Fallout From ‘Bomb Cyclone’

It was described as a skull-crushing storm by the national press, with an arctic blast so fierce that the ‘bomb cyclone’ was dubbed a ‘bombgenesis’ by meteorologists, and spread across social media like an atomic blitz. On Thursday, January 4, the eastern coastline of Massachusetts and Cape Cod became Ground Zero with snow, flooding, and […] Read more »

Feet, Don’t Fail Me Now

Well, the results are in and I may now count myself firmly planted in the baby-boomer population whose aging joints are calling it quits and demanding attention – as in medical intervention. Why I never expected to suffer in this way speaks more to my abject fear of all things medical rather than to my […] Read more »

Robert Burns and “Auld Lang Syne”

The melody and lyrics of this New Year anthem of remembrance or fraternity sung when the clock strikes midnight was first transcribed by Robert Burns in 1788. Burns set the tune to the traditional folklore of another poet, making him co-author of this emblem of a musical year ending soon to be known all over […] Read more »