Academic Achievements

The following students from the Tri-Town graduated from the University of Rhode Island during the 130th Commencement on Saturday and Sunday, May 21-22: – Katherine Jean Delaney of Marion received a Bachelor of Science in Marketing. Graduated Summa Cum Laude. – Katharine Griffiths Middleton of Mattapoisett received a Bachelor of Arts in Biology. Read more »


To the Editor: I must preface this letter by saying I am not writing as a representative of any church or organized group. I am writing as a grandmother who is saddened by a recognition that over the years, sports and other activities are carving into our Sunday morning church services. I am willing to […] Read more »

A Swan’s Best Friend

Phyllis Washburn, Marion resident and author, told the heartwarming, tender story of how she and her husband Ralph met a swan and began a journey they could not have anticipated. Their relationship with Sam the Swan has been captured forever in her book Good Morning Sam. Washburn spoke on August 29 after the Marion Council […] Read more »

It’s Just Like Riding A Bike

It was surprising to see among her possessions a bicycle. Gardening supplies, antique furniture, lamps, chairs, side tables, boxes of bric-a-brac and a brand new bicycle stuffed into a large storage unit. She had sold her beloved hundred-year-old farmhouse on the hill, had cast about for a place to land, and to her dismay eventually […] Read more »

Rochester Gets Electric Car Grant

Rochester Town Administrator Suzanne Szyndlar announced on August 22 that the Department of Environmental Protection has awarded the Town of Rochester a grant to acquire three electric vehicles and charging stations under the Massachusetts Electric Vehicle Incentive Program. The grant provides up to $7,500 per battery electric vehicle and up to $10,500 per charging station. […] Read more »

George A. Kirby, III

George A. Kirby, III, age 72, of Rochester, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Saturday, August 27th, at his home. He was the husband of 52 years to Janice A. Kirby. George was born in Rochester, the son of George A. Kirby II and Ruth S. (Hartley). He was a graduate of New Bedford […] Read more »

Paul R. Callan

Attorney Paul R. Callan, of Mattapoisett, formerly of Middleborough, died peacefully at his home surrounded by his loving family on August 27, 2016. He was 83. Paul was the devoted husband of Mary K. (Rudolph) Callan, and the loving father of 4 children who survive him: Paul F. Callan of San Diego, CA; Susan E. […] Read more »

REGAIN Addiction Support Group

The REGAIN addiction support group ministry originated from the experiences of individuals feeling led to serve in poor inner-city churches of Southeastern Massachusetts. Finding there was an incredible need for resources, prayer, love and compassion, this 501(c)(3) faith-based ministry was founded. REGAIN does not provide any addiction recovery services for the addict. Its purpose is […] Read more »

Rochester Country Fair a Success

Did you hear it? Tractor engines revving, rock and roll resonating for miles, cows mooing, goat bah-ing or whatever it is that they say…. Did you see it? Axes flying, clouds of dust rising, dudes with long bushy beards and the rural splendor of overalls and John Deere tee shirts.… Did you smell it? The […] Read more »

Grange Fair Celebrates an Agricultural Past

For a town recognized for its pride in its agricultural heritage, the Rochester Grange Fair remained surprisingly quiet on Saturday, where small groups of people milled around the warm upper floor of the Rochester Grange Hall. They were the lucky ones, considering the displays in front of them. Brightly colored flowers decorated the small stage. […] Read more »