Opening Day


Saturday, May 2 was Opening Day for the Old Rochester Little League. The parade took the young athletes from the Knights of Columbus over to Haley Field in Mattapoisett, where Opening Day ceremonies commenced. Photos by Felix Perez Read more »

Tick Talk: Understand Your Risk


Everything you thought you knew about ticks and tick-borne diseases is probably wrong. And plenty of information out there and on the web is downright misleading. For example, did you know that spraying DEET products on your clothes is useless in repelling ticks, and when you spray DEET-containing bug repellant on your skin, a hungry […] Read more »

“Much Ado About Nothing” at RMS


The fifth and sixth graders of the Rochester Memorial School Drama Club would impress the Bard himself with their performance of William Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing,” this year’s annual spring play at RMS. Forsooth, methinks thou wilt not be disappointed. The 27 actors, under the direction of sixth grade teacher Danni Kleiman, are donning […] Read more »

The Monkey Capes of Mattapoisett


Curator Elizabeth Hutchison and the volunteers helping to catalog the Mattapoisett Historical Society Museum’s collection of artifacts have seen some rare, unique items along the way – but nothing as strange as what they recently came across while sorting through a collection of clothing folded in tissue paper, packed in boxes for decades. “It was […] Read more »

Foreign Student Finds Fantastic Fit at ORR

Exchange Students

When most people think of studying abroad, college programs most often come to mind. However, for some international students, studying abroad in high school is a real possibility thanks to the help of clubs like AFS at Old Rochester Regional High School. Roughly half a dozen foreign exchange students spent the 2014-2015 school year at […] Read more »

Rochester Now a Tree City USA


This Arbor Day on April 24 was the first for the Town of Rochester as a Tree City USA, designated by the Arbor Day Foundation. The Town marked the occasion that morning with a tree planting at Church’s Field hosted by Town Administrator Michael McCue, who planned the event and took the steps required to […] Read more »

“Birds in the Sky, You Know How I Feel”


It’s a chorus from nature. Birds of every type are calling out, planning liaisons, setting up housekeeping, locating food. Not all are welcome, as in the noisy messy grackles that have plagued our backyard haven these past several years. But after a long tiresome winter, one that found us covered with fresh snow for ten […] Read more »

One More Day…


Clang, clang, clang! It’s one more day of waking up to the unmelodious clatter of train engines chugging along some tracks in Anytown, USA coming from YouTube on the computer downstairs. Every weekday in the hours before school and then after school until bedtime, there is the sound of a perpetual train running through the […] Read more »

Paw Prints Leaves Its Mark at ORR


For a newspaper to work, a lot of things have to go right. Writers, editors, and photographers have to work together. Interviews, articles, and photos have to meet deadlines. To sum up the process in one phase, timing is everything. It’s that study of newspapers that makes Journalism and Media Literacy a popular class year […] Read more »

An Afternoon with Walt Whitman


“I celebrate myself and sing myself, And what I assume you shall assume, For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.” The words of “America’s poet” rang out inside the Mattapoisett Library hall on April 19 as never before. Each syllable of every poem fresh and green within Leaves of Grass dripping […] Read more »