“F” is for Family and Fun (and Free)


There was so much to do and discover on March 1 at the “Strengthening Families Fair”, funded by the Department of Early Education & Care, and coordinated by the Old Rochester Regional School District. The gymnasium at the ORR High School was set up like a kids’ wonderland, with art projects, reading activities, brightly-colored gymnastics […] Read more »

Marion Residents Talk German History


The Sippican Historical Society has done it again. They found another fascinating Marion resident to host another in the society’s series of history-based lectures on February 20 at the Marion Music Hall. This time, Dr. Kirtland Mead, Ph.D., from Massachusetts Institute of Technology presented “Why Germany Flew off the Rails, and How Her History Could […] Read more »

Looking Ahead to the Rochester Country Fair


Even though the fairgrounds of the Rochester Country Fair are still frozen beneath inches of rapidly melting snow right now, preparation for the 2014 country fair is nonetheless underway, six months ahead of the big annual event in August. Before the crowds gather – scratching mosquito bites and dripping with sweat while playing Cow Chip […] Read more »

The Marble Collection: Expanding the Arts


As funding for the arts is cut in schools across the state, The Marble Collection (TMC) strives to keep youth creativity alive. This non-profit organization publishes two issues of a teen magazine for the arts each year. As their vision statement says, TMC is “by and for teens.” Since its foundation in 2008, TMC has […] Read more »

Walking in a Winter Wonderland


The Mattapoisett Land Trust and the Rochester Land hosted a joint walk at the Olde Field Farm property on the afternoon of Sunday, February 23. Hikers walked through the pinewood trails and through the frozen wetlands surrounding the Mattapoisett River, looking for animal tracks in the snow and admiring the natural beauty Rochester has to […] Read more »

The Science of Scent


One of the strongest memories I can recall is the delicate scent of my newborn baby – 42.5 years ago. I’m trusting that many of you will recall a similar sensory reaction when you held your babies. That mixture of just washed soft newborn baby, sweet milk, and Johnson’s powder seems to mix into a […] Read more »

Legally Blonde: The Musical


Megane Mongrain playing Elle Woods and Matthew Tracy who plays her Harvard-bound boyfriend, Warner Huntington III in ‘Legally Blonde: The Musical’, running from February 20 through 22 at 7:30pm in the Fireman Auditorium, Hoyt Hall, Tabor Academy. Photos by Felix Perez.   Read more »

Getting a Taste of World Hunger


Malnutrition is the leading cause of child mortality, accounting for one-third of all deaths worldwide of children under the age of five. One in eight people on Earth goes to bed hungry every night according to Oxfam, an international confederation of 17 organizations that work together to help create lasting solutions to the injustice of […] Read more »

Vera’s Errand Girl


There are things that are so pressed into one’s memory they become part of your arms, your legs, the nose you smell with, the tongue you taste with, a touch of skin that is never forgotten. Those memories swirl in the cold of a cloistered winter morning that slides into late afternoon before you realize […] Read more »

Students Break Legs in Legally Blonde


It was only a Saturday rehearsal, but already the stage was shining brightly, lit by the talent at Tabor Academy, as students continue to prepare for the opening night of Legally Blonde: The Musical, running from February 20through 22. The talent is bright and new, literally, with 30 of the 41 actors taking to the […] Read more »