MNHM After-school Crew


Last week the Marion Natural History Museum’s afterschool crew explored a variety of ways to identify trees without their leaves. By looking at bark, leaf scar arrangement and even using their sense of smell, the students had a chance to explore trees and woody shrubs without their usual foliage.  Photo courtesy Elizabeth Leidhold   Read more »



The Marion Natural History Museum provided an opportunity on February 27 to get up close and personal with critters from the insect world, including praying mantises and jumbo-sized grasshoppers. Above: Tapper Crete, 7, was the first one brave enough to ask to touch a praying mantis. The event was hosted by Maire Anne Diamond, owner […] Read more »

Local Collectors Share Passion, History


What’s in a collection? A whole lot if you are looking at Nate Bekemeier’s eclectic compilation of curious objects he has encountered and saved throughout his entire life. Each little figurine, a memory. Every tiny trinket, a tale. Each of the odds and ends, an experience, a time, a place. Bekemeier was one of several […] Read more »

Mattapoisett Friends Make ‘Amigos’ in Cuba


The bridge between the Mattapoisett Friends Meeting and their Cuban Quaker counterparts has been strengthened by a first-time visit to Cuba by Deena Kinsky, the delegate for the Mattapoisett Friends, along with six other Quakers from other parts of the United States. The Mattapoisett Friends have hosted Cuban delegates in the past as part of […] Read more »

Rochester Man Receives Boston Post Cane


It has been a tradition since 1909, and on February 20 Rochester’s newly deemed ‘oldest resident’ was handed the Boston Post Cane at his current residence at the Sippican Health Center in Marion. Armand Cournoyer, who turned 100 years old on February 3, was honored during a ceremony in the library of the nursing home […] Read more »

‘Chillaxing’ at Plumb Library


‘Chillaxing’ at Plumb Library: Kara Underhill, 12, Emma Makuch, 10, and Bridget Farias, 11, joined Wellness Practitioner Marcia Hartley to mix essential oils in a stress-free zone on the snowy Tuesday of February 17. Chill-ax was part of Plumb Library’s school vacation week programming, which includes ‘Peace it On’ infant relaxation on February 20 from […] Read more »

Tabor Musical Promises ‘Big’ Fun


This production is big all around – big bouffants, big beehives, and a big heroine with big dreams that transform her seemingly overnight into an unlikely celebrity sensation. Tabor Academy’s annual musical production this year is Hairspray, starring the talented Hannah Rolighed, a freshman at Tabor and a seasoned actress and dancer. Rolighed plays the […] Read more »

Klondike Derby at Camp Cachalot


Over the last couple of weekends the Marion Boy Scouts Troop 32 attended a Klondike Derby at Camp Cachalot in Myles Standish State Park and had their annual Movie Night at the cabin at Camp Hadley, Marion. The Klondike Derby was attended by Jackson St. Don, Chris Horton, Jack Nakashian and David Sheldon on January […] Read more »

All That Jazz


On February 5, it was all about the jazz at Rochester Memorial School’s annual fourth-grade musical. The performance titled ‘It’s Gotta be Jazz’ was postponed because of Winter Storm Juno, but was worth the wait. Photos by Felix Perez   Read more »

It’s Derby Time!


Marion Cub Scout Troop #32 had its annual Pinewood Derby on February 8 at the Marion Congregational Church. Scouts assembled and designed their wooden racecars hoping to come in first place or win a prize for most original car or coolest car. Photos by Felix Perez   Read more »