Solar Farm Project Receives Negative Determination


While the Clean Energy Collective’s proposed solar farm project has encountered many questions and slow progress in its Marion-based public hearings, the project took a step forward in its Rochester component after appearing on the August 4 Rochester Conservation Commission agenda. The proposed solar farm, to be constructed on a property situated off of Tucker […] Read more »

New Equestrian Arena Approved


It looked like the retirement of Veronica Lafrienere, the long-time administrative assistant for the Rochester Board of Selectmen and secretary to the Rochester Zoning Board of Appeals, had a ripple affect into the ZBA’s July 9 hearings, prompting Chairman Richard Cutler to say, “Things are a little bit confused…”             Cutler also announced to the […] Read more »

Plowing and Parking Bring Out Residents


A great number of Marion residents turned out to discuss two matters with the Marion Board of Selectmen during its July 7 meeting that was held in the community room at the police station. First up was the matter of plowing on private roadways. Al Caron, who championed the matter through to its acceptance at […] Read more »

Legal Smoking Age May Increase in Marion


The Town of Marion might soon raise the legal age for purchasing tobacco and nicotine products from 18 to 21 years with a new ordinance that Board of Health members hope will curb underage smoking. The board was first contacted in March 2014 by Dr. Lester Hartman, senior pediatrician at Westwood/Mansfield Pediatrics. Hartman stated in […] Read more »

International Week


Last week was an exciting one on the Tabor Academy campus as students learned about the cultures and traditions of their classmates. The event – International Week – was a huge success this year as it taught Tabor students about the food, sports, and cultures of other countries. Seniors Yuchen Gao and Poswat Ratanasiriwilai were […] Read more »

Matthew P. Butler


Matthew P. Butler, 41, of Fairhaven, a loving father and friend, died Saturday September 20, 2014. Matthew is survived by his former wife Jeanie Butler and son Patrick Butler of Fairhaven; his father, Edmund Butler and wife Kathleen Butler of Mattapoisett; and two siblings, David Butler of Raleigh, NC and Anne Murphy of Auburndale, FL. […] Read more »