From the Files of the Rochester Historical Society

1679 is the year in which a group of investors, the Proprietors, received permission from the Old Colony Court to purchase land for a new town. The land deeded to the original 29 Proprietors was incorporated on June 4, 1686 as “Rochester-Towne in new England”. This was a large tract of land reaching from Middleboro […] Read more »

Mattapoisett Land Trust Annual Meeting

Mattapoisett Land Trust will conduct its 2020 Annual Meeting using the digital platform Zoom on Sunday, June 14 at 4:00 pm. Members may call into the meeting using a computer, tablet, or smartphone. To register for the meeting (pre-registration is required) please send an email with your contact information to MLT will confirm your registration and […] Read more »

Academic Achievements

Colby-Sawyer College has named Marissa Williams of Mattapoisett to the Dean’s List for spring 2020. Williams majors in nursing and is a member of the class of 2020. To qualify for the Dean’s List students must achieve a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale while carrying a minimum of 12 credit hours in […] Read more »

Nelson’s Deal Sealed, Set to Become ORR’s Next Superintendent

            After Monday night’s joint school committee meeting, only the signatures of chosen candidate Mike Nelson and respective regional and union-side chairpersons Cary Humphrey and Shannon Finning stood in the way of the Old Rochester Regional School District having a new superintendent effective with the June 30 expiration of retiring Superintendent Doug White’s contract.             The return […] Read more »

Buzzards Bay Watershed Ride

The Buzzards Bay Watershed Ride provides one of the most scenic coastal cycling courses in all of New England, and it returns for its 14th year on Sunday, October 4. Cyclists of all ages and abilities can sign up now to bike 35, 75 or 100 miles at the Buzzards Bay Watershed Ride by visiting  […] Read more »

Tabor Academy Inducts Seniors to Cum Laude Society

Tabor Academy is pleased to induct 26 members of the Class of 2020 into the Tabor chapter of the Cum Laude Society.             These students rank in the top 20 percent of the graduating class and have achieved a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.9 or better over the junior and senior years, pursuing a rigorous and […] Read more »

Funding Cuts amid Crisis

            In its first meeting of the month, the Marion Finance Committee held a group meeting over the GoToMeeting video conferencing platform to discuss an updated agenda and resolve outstanding business. The meeting was held on May 18 after the initially proposed meeting date of May 6 was rescheduled.             Chairman Peter Winters led the committee through a […] Read more »

‘Seniors Honoring Seniors’ to Debut

            During the May 18 meeting of the Rochester Council on Aging Board of Directors meeting, Woody Hartley made a suggestion that quickly won the hearts and minds of the other board members as well as the COA Director Cheryl Randall-Mach.             Hartley, who is also a selectman, stated, “The teenagers went home and – boom – […] Read more »

Christopher John LaRochelle

Christopher John LaRochelle, 53, passed away on May 15, 2020 at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston following a sudden, brief illness. Chris was the beloved son of Ronald and Cecile (Guimond) LaRochelle of Marion. Born on April 1, 1967 in New Bedford, he was a ’85 graduate of ORRHS and a talented carpenter by trade. […] Read more »

ArtTalk at the MAC

Would you like to join a group chat about art? Or perhaps you would like a better understanding of works that you “just don’t get”? Join the MAC for a virtual discussion about art (no knowledge of art or art history required!).             The Marion Art Center’s new monthly program, ArtTalk at the MAC, is similar […] Read more »