Process This!

We walked into the enormous health care collective, you know, those medical campuses where patients are herded through a maze of reception desks before landing in an exam room to wait. We had arrived to begin the “process.” Now just for the record, my husband and I have become accustomed, as I’m sure you have, […] Read more »

Groundhog Day Ritual Revisited

The annual reenactment of the groundhog’s mystical weather prediction during mid-winter February 2nd is an ancient symbolic ritual dating back to the religious observance of Candlemas, particularly in Germany. In Germany, a badger might have been the prognosticator of good news for a short winter, but only if he didn’t see his shadow. If he […] Read more »

Hey Groundhog…

…We are watching you. We usually make a pretty big deal out of Groundhog Day every year. As of February 2, we are officially halfway through the winter. That is always something to celebrate, and I imagine even more so if you’re a groundhog wintering beneath the ground in a dark and dank hole. And […] Read more »

Local Mission Group Heads to Puerto Rico

Some members of St. Rose of Lima Church in Rochester are heading on a mission trip to Puerto Rico, joining two other parishes as part of the Cranberry Catholic Collaborative’s Mission Team. The group of predominantly older children and young adults, along with supervising adults, got a taste of what it is like to grow […] Read more »

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 »