Christmas Tree Disposal

The Town of Marion will offer curbside Christmas tree collection during the week of January 10 through January 14. All trees must be curbside by 7:00 am on the day of your regular rubbish collection. Please ensure rubbish containers are not blocked by leaving no less than 5 feet of clearance on each side. Marion […] Read more »

Charles M. “Chuck” Johnson, Jr.

Charles M. “Chuck” Johnson, Jr., 52, passed away suddenly on December 27, 2021. Chuck was an avid Jeeper, photographer, and the king of creating “Rube Goldberg” type tools from random items. He will be sorely missed by his family and friends.  Due to COVID, a “celebration of life” will be postponed until the summer of […] Read more »

Gladys M. (Rathfelder) Hartley

Gladys M. (Rathfelder) Hartley, 100, died peacefully, Friday, December 24, 2021 at All American Assisted Living in Wareham, surrounded by her family.             Gladys, a resident of Rochester was born in Philadelphia on December 23, 1921 and raised in Drexel Hill, PA.  She was the widow of J. Frazer Hartley who died in 1986.  She […] Read more »

MOSAC Doubling Clearing Effort

            In order to tweak the Point Road Path cleanup plan toward greater efficiency and productivity, Marion Open Space Acquisition Commission Chairman John Rockwell called a special public meeting on Tuesday to gain approval to double the commission’s expert workforce.             Overhanging branches hung up in the trees and power lines in the half-mile-long upland […] Read more »

From the Files of the Rochester Historical Society

Reading through some of the old memoirs that tell of Rochester customs and events, there is no mention of Christmas. Abraham Holmes writes about some holidays, the 4th of July and Thanksgiving but not about any Yuletide festivities. L.C. Humphrey also makes no mention of Christmas in his letter. Browsing through some of the Rochester […] Read more »

New Telecommunication Tower Proposed

On December 14, the Rochester Planning Board held an informal discussion with general counselor Shayna Galinat of Industrial Communications Inc. regarding a new telecommunication tower on property located at 0 High Street.             Galinat outlined the project, saying tree removal would be limited to just those trees in close proximity to the tower’s envelope and […] Read more »

Machacam Club Meeting

The next meeting of the Machacam Club is scheduled for Wednesday, February 3.  We will not be meeting in January.  We wish a happy, healthy and fruitful Holiday Season to all Club members and to all in our wider community. Read more »

Broken Bones under Brilliant Colors

The eastern harlequin duck is one of the most brilliantly decorated creatures you will ever see as a bird watcher in both graphic design and flaming color put together in a high profile for the rugged and dramatic coastline it calls home.             At this time of year, when we pass through the seasonal winter […] Read more »

Committee Celebrates Successes, Reflects on Hazing

            The Old Rochester Regional School Committee opened its December 8 meeting by recognizing high achievers, mostly in sports and concluded its meeting by addressing the much weightier topic of hazing in the wake of an out-of-season, unsupervised incident with serious ramifications for the boys ice-hockey season.             ORR Superintendent of Schools Mike Nelson began […] Read more »

Banged-up Bulldogs Start on Track

The first meet of Old Rochester Regional’s indoor track-and-field season came on December 18 when ORR’s boys team defeated Fairhaven, 58-28, at Greater New Bedford Voc-Tech. However, the week leading up to the season opener was a rollercoaster, particularly for the boys team.             On December 12, a few members of the team competed at […] Read more »