The Earthly Woodcock

The American woodcock species has a fancy Latin classification entitled Philohela Minor, but it is actually a down-to-Earth ground-nesting buff-colored bird with black markings as illustrated. Slightly larger than a quail, it looks quite different with a long bill and a flexible upper mandible to probe deep into the ground to capture and extract earthworms, […] Read more »

DI Team Does It Again!

In little more than a month, three Tri-Town Destination Imagination teams will be heading to Knoxville, Tennessee May 22-26 to compete at “Globals,” the finale to a long and challenging journey. The Lightning Bolts, a team from Rochester Memorial School, will be heading to Tennessee for the second year in a row. Destination Imagination is […] Read more »

Putting the ‘Ability’ in Sustainability

Sustainability experts now know the most effective actions we as individuals can take to mitigate the negative impact on the environment and reduce our individual carbon footprint, and it isn’t electric cars and recycling. Scientists now say the highest-impact action one can take to reduce the carbon emissions contributing to climate change is actually an […] Read more »

Race Renews River Fever Another Year

It has been said that runners run because the act of running is intoxicating, addicting … something they simply must do. But those who have committed their time, financial resources, and their very bodies to the act of maneuvering a homemade boat down a narrow, shallow river way in sometimes hateful spring weather year after […] Read more »

The Cure for Ignorance

Right this very second, someone out there is sipping a glass of pee in the name of good health. Meanwhile, someone else out there strives for health by swallowing liters of a fermented cabbage juice containing as much sodium as seawater with side effects such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, all “signs” that the treatment […] Read more »

Autism: Self-Awareness, Self-Acceptance Part 1

I was diagnosed at age four and a half with pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (PDD NOS), one of the four classified autism spectrum disorders. My first memory associated with my diagnosis is when my mother was yelling for me to hurry up and get my shoes on because we needed to rush my […] Read more »

The Spring Salamander

There are eleven different species of salamanders in Massachusetts that come in as many different colors and patterns. The most commonly seen salamander around here by hikers on a trail walk is the small Eastern newt with black dots all across its body, as seen in my illustration. It has an unusual three-part life cycle […] Read more »

Greyhound Wins Place in the Heart of Plumb

The door opens to the Plumb Library and in walks 8-year-old Amos, followed by his adopted dogmother Holly Abramson and a splash of Saturday afternoon sun across the library foyer floor. Amos is eye-catching in his bright turquoise-blue woolen coat that contrasts against his pale white fur and little brown and gray spots. He continues […] Read more »

Speaker Says Art is Essential to Science, Learning

One man’s efforts to build poignant bridges between the natural world and the world of one’s imagination were on view on April 7 when native son Peter Stone brought his brand of creative intuition and expression to the Marion Art Center. Hosted by a coalition of local land trusts from Rochester, Marion and Wareham, Stone’s […] Read more »

ORR Runners Show True ‘GRIT’

They start off in the afternoon in a large group, leaving the high school campus and patiently waiting at the updated crosswalk for cars to stop and allow them to pass. The colorful group, clad in a rainbow of athletic gear, makes its way across Route 6 and heads down into the adjacent neighborhood for […] Read more »