“Community Read” to Promote Social Justice

            Educators and local leaders in the Tri-Town and beyond are hosting the first of several planned “Community Reads” focused on social justice. Everyone is invited to participate. Kick-off is August 1 via a Facebook group with discussion questions unveiled weekly, followed by a moderated Zoom meeting on August 27, and an in-person event in September.              The inaugural […] Read more »

From the Files of the Rochester Historical Museum

As Major League Baseball attempts a season start amid the pandemic, sports writers have spent a lot of ink on how the game has lost its number one national sports ranking. However, if we look back to the 1920s-40s, there was no question about baseball being number one in the hearts and minds of the […] Read more »

Priority on Plan for In-Person Return to School

            New Superintendent of Schools Mike Nelson made clear in his address to the Old Rochester Regional Joint School Committee / Superintendency Union #55 that no less attention will be given hybrid or remote-learning plans for return to school than what he says the commissioner of secondary education for the state is instructing: to prioritize an […] Read more »

Hurricane Season Poses Potential Complications

            A discussion resurfaced in Tuesday’s remote access meeting of the Marion Board of Health regarding how to shelter residents during a natural disaster.             “We’re supposedly going to have a bad hurricane season this year – who knows?” asked Chairperson Dr. Ed Hoffer, pointing toward the more accessible question about whether Sippican School can contain the […] Read more »

Dennehy IV Revisits Great-Grandfather’s Old Stomping Grounds

            The greens weren’t too fast and the moment wasn’t too big for Raymond Dennehy IV, but the winds blowing on opening day of the Mass Amateur made his trip back to the Kittansett Club a puzzling one.             “I enjoy putting on fast greens. I don’t enjoy wind. It’s tricky,” said Dennehy IV, whose two medal-play […] Read more »

Marion Art Center

Readers’ Theater at the Virtual MAC             The MAC will present a Readers’ Theater virtual performance on Saturday, July 25 at 7:00 pm. The 90-minute online program (via Zoom) will feature six short sketches from the public domain and local playwrights, introduced and performed on screen by our reading actors. See scenes or sketches from the following: Alice in […] Read more »

Sippican Historical Society

Marion (Old Rochester) is one of the oldest towns in the United States, and the Sippican Historical Society maintains an extensive collection of documentation on its historic buildings. In 1998, the Sippican Historical Society commissioned an architectural survey of Marion’s historic homes and buildings. Over 100 were cataloged and photographed. SHS will feature one building […] Read more »

Less Is More in Case of SEMASS and Trees Surrounding Wires

            The Rochester Conservation Commission moved to resolve an outstanding public hearing related to a Notice of Intent application submitted by SEMASS Partnership in their remote meeting held on July 21.             The application was submitted after SEMASS Partnership carried out emergency tree trimming in order to protect overhead wires and fiberoptic cables that connect the SEMASS […] Read more »

Sidelined Master Plan Back on Track

            During the July 20 meeting of the Mattapoisett Planning Board, the resumption of work on a forthcoming new Master Plan was discussed. Prior to January 2020, the board had engaged the services of Grant King, director of Comprehensive Planning and Housing for the Southeastern Regional Planning and Economic Development District (SRPEDD). King met with a […] Read more »

Modracek Offers His Town an Attractive Modification

            A 14-year-old artist with an eye for sports uniforms and flags, Owen Modracek wanted an answer to a question so he figured out a sure-fire way to get it: He drew up his own answer and presented it to his town.             “I wanted to see if there was a flag of Rochester,” he said. “I […] Read more »