Mary Ellen Rickard

Mary Ellen Rickard, age 72, of Rochester, MA died February 27, 2018 at the New Bedford Jewish Convalescence home after a lengthy battle with early onset dementia. She was the wife of Peter H. Rickard. Born and raised in Brockton, the daughter of the late Thomas and Mary C. (Brennan) Joyce, she lived in North […] Read more »

Two Emaciated Dogs Rescued in Rochester

Rochester Police on Thursday rescued two dogs suffering from starvation and neglect and allegedly living in filth inside a Rochester home. The Rochester Police Department received a call from a concerned utility worker on February 21 reporting that she saw two malnourished-looking dogs inside a house on New Bedford Road. Police and Animal Control officers […] Read more »

President’s Volunteer Service Award

Mia Quinlan, 15, of Marion, a student at Old Rochester Regional High School, has been honored for her exemplary volunteer service with a President’s Volunteer Service Award. The award, which recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and their country, was granted by the Prudential […] Read more »

Please Won’t You Be … My Neighbor

A generation’s most beloved children’s show, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, turned 50 last week. I turned 41. I am of the generation of fortunate children to have grown up with Mr. Rogers as our neighbor. Every afternoon and every evening, as soon as the xylophone music of the show’s theme song would ring out from the […] Read more »

Rodney L. Draffen

Rodney L. Draffen, 73, of New Bedford, died February 25, 2018 at home. He was the husband of Cheryl A. (Texiera) Draffen and the son of the late Lewis I. and Elizabeth M. (Moore) Draffen. He was born in Boston and grew up in Roxbury. He then lived in Marion before moving to New Bedford […] Read more »

Academic Achievements

Sienna Wurl of Mattapoisett has been named to the President’s List at Western New England University for the fall semester of 2017. Wurl is working toward a degree in Pre-Pharmacy. Stephen Burke of Rochester, a member of the class of 2019 majoring in mechanical engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), was a member of a […] Read more »

Gateway Youth Hockey

The Gateway Gladiators Mite C team played one of their better games of the season on Saturday, skating away with a big 30-17 win for the team. They played the YD Dolphins and there were plenty of goals to go around. It wasn’t just the goals that were exciting; the team seemed to get a […] Read more »

Town to Seek National Register Status

Marion is a town steeped in history with iconic historical buildings important to the town, which is why Town Planner Gil Hilario wants to investigate the possibility of getting some of these buildings officially recognized for their historical significance. Hilario said he would be consulting with the Marion Historical Commission about advancing towards placing any […] Read more »

Sippican Historical Society

In 1998, the Sippican Historical Society commissioned an architectural survey of Marion’s historic homes and buildings. The survey was funded one-half by the Sippican Historical Society and one-half by the Massachusetts Historical Commission. Because of the limits of funding, not all of the historic buildings were surveyed, but over 100 were catalogued and photographed. The […] Read more »

Connet Woods Subdivision Request Continued

A subdivision that has been in the making for 10 years was once again the subject of an application before the Rochester Conservation Commission during the February 20 meeting. Coming before the commission was Stephen Meltzer, a principal in the Edgewood Development Company of Plainville as well as the property owner of record, with a […] Read more »