After Four Stormy Decades, Lawrence Retires His Plow

If you ever wondered what type of person spends his entire adult life’s worth of winter storms plowing Rochester’s roads, meet Glenn Lawrence. “The plowing and sanding, I’ve been doing that since I was eighteen,” Lawrence said with a modest shrug. “I’m sixty-two now.” Glenn’s last day as a member of the Rochester Highway Department […] Read more »

The Mystery of the Spooky Stone Head

One day back in the 1950s, a woman went about her work on the old family farm in Dartmouth. The day was dark and the sky cloudy, and as the older woman worked in the yard by the old ancient torn down stone wall, the rain fell on and around her; nevertheless, she persisted in […] Read more »

Community Garden Seeks New Home

Mattapoisett’s Community Garden is, sadly, now homeless – but not for too long, hope the 13 gardeners who have been cultivating garden plots in the soil of private property at the corner of Prospect Street and Pine Island Road for some time. The community gardeners are wishful that perhaps a Mattapoisett resident with some extra […] Read more »

‘Purr’ Fun at Octopurr Fest

For a third year in a row, supporters of a Rochester cat shelter called It’s All About the Animals enjoyed another Octopurr Fest when shelter owners Pam and Oren Robinson put the ‘purr’ in perfect and the ‘fun’ in fundraising. With rows and rows of donated items up for auction, Pam thinks this year the […] Read more »

Lt. Gov, BOS Sign Community Compact

Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito joined the Marion Board of Selectmen on Friday afternoon, October 13, in Marion to sign the 307th Community Compact in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The Community Compact, an initiative by the Governor Charlie Baker-Polito Administration in 2015, is a voluntary agreement between a municipality and the state, and the city or […] Read more »

The Hawk and Osprey Migration

The thrill of bird watching in autumn might suddenly arrive from over the horizon when any number of a wide variety of raptors appears in flights of migration, taking wing a day or two after the arrival of a high pressure system and cold front and driven by a northwesterly wind. The sight of their […] Read more »

Rochester Man Shoots for the Moon with New Book

If the world can only handle 8 billion people, as most experts believe, what would happen if we had 10 billion? This question started circulating through the creative spaces of Richard Cutler’s brain during his long career as facilities director at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole. Sounds like a great book, he thought. […] Read more »

Secrets of Seed Saving

One can marvel at the simplicity of the humble act of planting a seed. You cover it with soil, water it, give it sun, and a few months later you have delicious juicy tomatoes. Same, really, when you buy baby tomato plants, sticking with the tomato example, and simply place them in the ground and […] Read more »

Making Your Final Wishes Come True

If you are of a certain age, you may have already worked with an attorney doing estate planning and will writing to ensure that your stuff — tangible assets, stocks, bonds, cash, and collectibles — are distributed or utilized in the manner you desire after you are gone. Perhaps you’ve completed a health care proxy […] Read more »

Study Proves All of Rochester is Haunted

A months-long comprehensive study has concluded that every square foot of the Town of Rochester is haunted, according to data released to The Wanderer on October 9 by an anonymous group of residents that say the Town has taken too long to publically disclose the truth. One source who would only speak to The Wanderer […] Read more »