Yee-haw for the Rochester Country Fair!

The Rochester Country Fair grounds may still be blanketed by melting snow, but underneath it all is a team firmly rooted in tradition, a neighborly network tightly-knit into the fabric of Rochester. Even months before the always-anticipated event, the Rochester Country Fair Board of Directors and committee members are hard at work raising funds and […] Read more »

Old Colony Welcomes World-Famous Autism Expert

She’s a household name to educators and parents of kids with autism, and a well-known author, professor of animal science at Colorado State University and spokesperson for autism. Dr. Temple Grandin gave a presentation to a packed gymnasium at Old Colony RVTHS on Saturday, March 11. She’s easy to recognize, standing at the podium in […] Read more »

A Forecast of Snow Geese

Snow geese are white-bodied geese with black wing tips and tail feathers barely visible on the ground, but noticeable in flight. Usually they are more often heard before they are seen with a shrill cacophony of honking much higher up and with more rapid wing beats than their Canada cousins. They do not like to […] Read more »

Snow Day, Deadline Day

Here I sit on Sunday digesting my egg and avocado on toast along with the news, including this latest forecast calling for another blizzard on Tuesday – Tuesday, AKA deadline day for us in the weekly newspaper business. With the impending snow comes a winter storm warning whirlwind of uncertainty – how much snow will […] Read more »

Marion Man Talks of Journey as a Vietnam Refugee

When Bao Huynh was 13, his father told him to get ready for a fun weekend vacation at a seaside Vietnamese town, just the two of them. Only a couple of nights later, Huynh would be saying good-bye to his father – a former South Vietnam soldier who Huynh barely even got to know after […] Read more »

ORRJHS Drama Goes Down the Rabbit Hole

When you go see the Old Rochester Regional Junior High School drama production of Alice @ Wonderland this weekend – and you really should; I promise it’s worth it – you’ll notice as soon as the curtain rises that this is no classic rendition of Lewis Carroll’s tale. The junior high drama club this year […] Read more »

Learning the Ukulele

Lillie Farrell of Rochester gave a beginner’s ukulele class at the Plumb Library on March 3. Farrell, who has won contests for her ukulele playing, taught basic chords to the kids and then helped them put the chords together to play “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz. Photos by Jean Perry   Read more »

The Moving Wall to Visit Wareham in August

The Wareham Veterans Council has invited neighboring towns of Rochester and Marion to participate in Wareham’s welcoming of “The Moving Wall,” the half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. scheduled to visit Wareham on August 17-21. William “Bob” White, chairman of the Wareham Veterans Council, invites the Towns of Rochester and Marion […] Read more »

The (Not So) Unclean Turkey Vulture

If you have gone looking for the arrival of a migratory raptor on a clear day for bird watching, your heart may have leaped at the sight of a large bird in the distance with wings stretched out in a dihedral V-shape, soaring in wide wobbly circles – more than likely it would be a […] Read more »

Retail Education

As a kid growing up in Onset, our choice of retail venues at which to spend the few dollars Ma had squirreled away was very easy. A mere stone’s throw from our front porch sat The College Shop, Katz’s Department Store, and the five-and-dime. Each store had its signature line-up. The College Shop carried preppy […] Read more »