In the Present Moment

We hadn’t been good about keeping close tabs on each other of late. It’s hard to say exactly why. There hadn’t been a disagreement or parting of the ways. But moving to the local area and returning to a part of the globe where her small family lived had meant she’d be physically closer to […] Read more »

Talking Whales with Dr. Michael Moore

Michael Moore, a senior scientist with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), recently gave an afterschool talk at the Marion Natural History Museum on “Whales of Our Region,” with a special focus on endangered right whales. Turns out, the kids already knew a lot on the subject of whales. For instance, Moore asked what defines […] Read more »

Word Up, RMS!

Last Friday at Rochester Memorial School, it was all one great play on words for the entire school as it enjoyed another one of the school’s annual Vocabulary Day parades. Every year around this time, the third and fourth graders at RMS select one vocabulary word and create a costume to personify it as best […] Read more »

The World According to Chocolate

Once upon a time in the dense jungles and forests of Central America, early inhabitants discovered the cocoa pod. It became more precious than gold to those early native peoples. With amazing ingenuity, they developed a method for extracting the beans, roasting them, and then brewing the ebony gems into a drink enjoyed only by […] Read more »

‘OR Celebrates Family Night’ a Rousing Success

It’s safe to say that last Saturday’s OR Celebrates Family Night, the first district-wide event of its kind, was a bona fide success. The event, hosted by ANCHOR, a parent outreach program at Sippican School, was originally planned for Sippican families but grew to also include families from Mattapoisett and Rochester. “We wanted people to […] Read more »

The Vocal Coyote

The Eastern coyote that we often see darting across both country and suburban roads in the nocturnal headlights of our car has come to be as large as a German Shepherd dog. We have become aware that they are not the same at all as the small 25-pound western, wily, animated humorous character in Walt […] Read more »

High Hopes for Tabor Drama ‘In the Heights’

They make it look so easy, those Tabor Academy drama students. Every year, the young actors pull off another musical production as if they were born to play the part. On second thought, they don’t merely pull it – they smash it. That’s why this year’s selection of In the Heights, created by famed Hamilton […] Read more »

Love Your Library

Before smartphones, before computers, before iPads, the Internet and Google, there was the library. There was the card catalog and the Dewey Decimal System. There were encyclopedias, dictionaries, and thesauruses that had mass and density, and you had to use your fingers to flip through actual paper pages, not pages that are swiped aside and […] Read more »

National Expert Teaches Kids Online Safety

When 99 percent of a group of sixth graders under age 13 admits to having either a Snapchat or Instagram social media account, which by law requires an app user to be at least 13 years of age, you quickly understand why Katie Greer does what she does. Greer, a nationally recognized digital safety expert […] Read more »

Tri-Town Profile: Pete Smith

Name: Pete Smith Age: 82 (But he made us guess) Lives in: Marion How he got here: Born and raised… Favorite Tri-Town place: “I kinda like this place,” he says gesturing with his hands inside the Sippican Historical Society Museum office at 139 Front Street. “I must. I’ve volunteered here for over twenty years.” What […] Read more »