What NOT to Say to an Autism Parent

(and the uncensored responses parents wish they could say) By Jean Perry People really do mean well when they say to me, “You’re so … fill in the blank (amazing, strong, patient, loving)” about me as a mother. True, as a mother of a child with autism and a host of other minor conditions, there […] Read more »

Scoutmaster Retires, Passes the Torch

Rochester Boy Scouts Troop 31 said a fond farewell to its scoutmaster of nine years, Michael Blanchard, and inducted its new scoutmaster, Kevin “KT” Thompson, on April 3 at the Rochester Grange Hall. Blanchard was the guest of honor for this special occasion, having been invited as a special guest only to be surprised by […] Read more »

Woman Arrested, Bucket List Now Shorter

A woman was “arrested” on Thursday, March 30, by two obliging officers who, in the spirit of public service, community journalism, and public awareness, pulled her over on the side of a quiet country road in Rochester, cuffed her, and hauled her butt into the station after a short ride in the backseat of a […] Read more »

Autism Awareness, Autism Acceptance

The Marion Town House, Rochester Town Hall, Plumb Library, the Mattapoisett Town Hall, the Sydney Opera House, the Pyramids of Giza, Niagara Falls, The Citadel, the Panama Canal, Shanghai Tower, the Empire State Building, Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, the International Space Station, and my house. What do these places, and about 7,000 […] Read more »

Wings Of Vernal Equinox

The long and anticipated moment of a new season in time began in a moment after midnight on Tuesday while we slept, when a planetary transition in space moved silently overhead as Earth slowly rotated on its axis to turn the face of the northern hemisphere into the direct rays of the sun for the […] Read more »

Open Mic Night at the MAC

The Marion Art Center on March 25 hosted an Open Mic Night, featuring 11 performers who brought their talent to about 50 in the audience. Photos by Felix Perez   Read more »

ORRHS Musical Ushers in Spring

Come usher in the springtime by going out to see the Old Rochester Regional High School Drama Club’s musical production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat! Beginning March 30, come see the age-old biblical tale brought to life with a bit of colorful flair by the talented high school cast and crew. Directed by […] Read more »

Bonding Over Bobbins

The room was filled with anticipation as Bobbie Gaspar and Mary Chaplain introduced a group of 11 ladies and one younger lady to the joys of operating a sewing machine. On March 18, the Mattapoisett Public Library sponsored a program on how to operate a sewing machine. Participants would learn the basics while making a […] Read more »

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 »