Rochester Halts Update to Masking Requirements

            The August 18 meeting of the Rochester Board of Health found Glenn Lawrence and Chairman David Souza on one side of updating masking requirements in the community, and member Sarah Eby, Public Health Nurse Connie Dolan, and Health Director Karen Walega urging stronger language.             The discussion became more of a debate on the […] Read more »

Mattapoisett Places Remembered

The Mattapoisett Museum’s open-air exhibit, “Mattapoisett Places Remembered,” is complete! Six interpretive panels are installed on the museum grounds featuring materials from the museum’s collection, including photos, paintings, and maps. These panels creatively highlight historical places and landmarks in town and direct visitors to selected locations throughout Mattapoisett Village and beyond. The exhibit encourages visitors […] Read more »

Mattapoisett Recreation

Mattapoisett Recreation is pleased to announce that online registration is open for Fall programming.             Program offerings include: Youth and Adult Pickleball lessons, Tennis, Robotics, Kid Fit, Sport Fit, Running Club, Crafting, Homework Club, Fencing, Track, Esports Vanta League, and Flag Football. Enrollment numbers are limited to ensure ability to follow COVID-19 protocols, so sign […] Read more »

Academic Achievements

The following local residents were named to Clark University’s Spring Dean’s List: –Joshua W. Canning, of Marion, was named to first honors.Bernave M. Twyman, of Mattapoisett, was named to first honors. Maeve B. McEnroe, of Marion, was named to second honors. Melvin Micheal Vincent, of Rochester, was named to second honors.             Students must have […] Read more »

Starboard Way Development Goes Forward

            Abutters of two undeveloped lots along Starboard Way, located off Mattapoisett Neck Road in the Molly’s Cove neighborhood, voiced their concerns over potentially increased drainage problems based on a development plan presented during the August 19 meeting of the Mattapoisett Zoning Board of Appeals.             Coming before the ZBA for special permits to build […] Read more »

ORR Students Get Jump Start

            Having been leveraged by 2020’s challenges into mostly reactive leadership as a new superintendent of schools, Mike Nelson was thrilled to see the Old Rochester School District kick off the 2021-22 academic year with a preseason proactive effort called Acceleration Academy.             The week-long camp, held August 16-20 from 8:30 am to 2:00 pm […] Read more »

From the Files of the Rochester Historical Society

It’s not surprising that I find myself involved in the Historical Society. My favorite subject in school was history,  historical fiction was my genre of choice, and I married a history major. However, for me like many others, Rochester history is not just interesting, it can also be family history.              When I was a […] Read more »

Mattapoisett Congregational Church Yard Sale

Saturday, September 18, from 9:00 am -3:00 pm, rain or shine, 27 Church Street, Mattapoisett. Lots of great items will be available including small antiques, collectibles, home furnishings, housewares, sports equipment, books, furniture, toys and games, as well as handmade crafts including knitted sweaters and hats, beautiful jewelry, and also baked goods! Cash and checks […] 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 »

Russell R. Bessette

Russell R. Bessette age 81 of Mattapoisett, MA and recently of Shelbyville, IN, passed away Wednesday, August 25, 2021. Born on July 21, 1940, in Acushnet, MA, he was the son of Henry Bessette and Mary Jane (Poulin) Bessette.             Russell graduated from St. Anthony High School, New Bedford, MA in 1958 where he served […] Read more »