Who Let the Dogs Out?


The third annual post-Thanksgiving “Hot-to-Trot” dog walk through the Sippican Lands Trust property known was White Eagle took place on November 29. And what a great turnout it was. Approximately 20 dogs and at least twice as many humans met at the entrance to the SLT site where Yelena Sheynin, head steward, greeted everyone – […] Read more »

A Lick and A Promise


Long ago when I was a mere youth dancing around doing household chores with a spring in my step and a song in my heart, learning how to clean house was a mandatory life lesson. I didn’t take it too seriously at that point, but as time went by, the importance of being a good […] Read more »

Oh, Hello Mister Hunter Man


It’s November 30, my mind is still catching up with the calendar, and I’m racing through the woods via the Shaw Farm Trail early in the sort-of-sunny morning. I stop for just a few seconds to gaze at a lone deer standing by the edge of the field foraging through the mowed grass. I bid […] Read more »

Plumb Library Ushers in Holiday Season


The first Saturday in December every year marks the Annual Holiday Open House at the Joseph H. Plumb Library, which, for the neighbors of a small town such as Rochester, is like walking into the open door of the holiday season. One of the first major holiday events of Christmastime, the Friends of the Plumb […] Read more »

Santa Braces for Marathon Tri-Town Visits


You better watch out. You better not cry. You better not pout, etc. Santa Claus is coming to Tri-Town. And soon he will be all over the place hosting pancake breakfasts, eating pizza, and riding from corner to corner via carriage, fire engine, and even boat. You won’t want to miss your chance to chat […] Read more »

Time Takes its Toll…


The bell at the First Congregational Church has been silent for many years now. A newer electric bell installed about 15 years ago was much easier to ring than the 1,600-pound bell that had lived atop the church in the center of Rochester since 1892. But on November 20, the historic bell rang out its […] Read more »

Students Treat Seniors to Thanksgiving Feast


It has been a tradition in Tri-Town for 25 years now. Every year on the weekend before Thanksgiving, the students at Old Rochester Regional Junior High School treat Tri-Town seniors to a turkey dinner with all the trimmings. The event goes on like a well-oiled machine now after 25 years, with many of the same […] Read more »

Their Silent Voices


We positioned the floral arrangement at the footstone placed by the local veterans group, put there in memory of my father’s honorable service in World War II. He, like many thousands of other men and women, returned to his home forever changed, but never ever talked about the experience of war. Today we understand the […] Read more »

Giving Mindfully This Holiday Season


Some gifts just can’t be put in a box, wrapped and tied with a bow. Some you can’t even hold in your hands, while others may be literally handed to one, but given to another –to a person across the world you might not ever meet in this life. These are the gifts the Friends […] Read more »

Library Hosts a Storybook Wedding


The library will always be more than just a building designed to house books. It is a place where epic love stories dwell, where romantic poetry lies peacefully, protected; it is the home to the tales of a hundred loves that live on, petrified and bound in paper like jewels kept secret inside unlocked boxes. […] Read more »