From the Files of the Rochester Historical Society

One of the maps in our current exhibit shows the Lothrop-Thomson Purchase of 1673. The purchase of 1800 acres was made by John Tomson, Joseph Lothrop and Barnabus Lothrop. They paid 10 pounds to Native Americans, William Wetispaquin, Assaweta, Tobyss and Beevat for the tract of land. The acreage in part bordered Snipatuit Pond and […] Read more »

ORR Preschool Openings Available

Superintendent Michael S. Nelson is pleased to announce that openings are available in the Old Rochester Regional School District and MA Superintendency Union #55 Project GROW preschool program.             Project GROW was established in an effort to provide high-quality preschooling to children in Marion, Mattapoisett and Rochester.              “Our inclusive and accessible Project GROW program […] Read more »

Commission Waiting for Directive

On March 25, the Mattapoisett Conservation Commission once again received a report on the status of The Bogs project off Acushnet Road, now owned by the Buzzards Bay Coalition. In recent months, excavation-site work and stormwater volumes had rendered stormwater control systems unable to handle drainage necessary to keep the water on site.             Calls […] Read more »

Community Programs at the MNHM

March 27 – Inviting Pollinators in your yard with Joe Dwelly. Let’s take a look at gardening with the native plantings that our local pollinators rely on,, including Monarchs and milkweed, Spicebush Swallowtail and sassafras, and the Mourning Cloak and hackberry. We will also be looking at wing pattern diversity. Meet at the Marion Natural […] Read more »

Body Art Regulations Approved

            Marion Board of Health member Albin Johnson asked Marion Health Agent Shallyn Rodriguez if the board’s proposed regulation, including a one-time usage of pencils in body-art businesses resulted in “any blowback.”             Rodriguez, reporting to the board during its March 21 public hearing on amendments to the regulation “Guidance for Body Art Establishments,” said […] Read more »

Bad News Blossoming

So, you think we have issues with trees and far-away bureaucrats telling us what to do to them. Pity the poor souls in Washington, D.C., the homeland of bossy bureaucrats who are facing another attack on Mother Nature’s offspring.             Here’s the bad news. The National Park Service plans to take the chainsaw to 158 […] Read more »

Book (re)Marks: What’s up this month at Plumb?

Welcome to Book (re)Marks, all the info you need about what’s happening at the Library this month. Did you know that April is National Gardening Month? The Library has lots of books on garden planning for growing vegetables, fruit, and flowers, as well as gardening ideas for attracting butterflies, bees and wildlife. We have some […] Read more »

Wetland Activities Bring Complaints

            Marion Conservation Agent Doug Guey-Lee received two, unrelated complaint calls on separate properties last month, both involving clearing activities in wetland areas.             He addressed the Marion Conservation Commission during its March 13 public meeting to discuss a strategy on addressing the complaints, describing one of the properties as a vacant, rear lot.             […] Read more »

Bulldogs Made a Magical March

Following their March 16 loss to top-seeded Charlestown for the MIAA Division state championship, members of the Old Rochester Regional High School boys’ basketball team were disappointed in the ending. But don’t let that make you forget how well they did as a team this season.             “We were obviously very disappointed, but very few […] Read more »

Elizabeth “Beth” Anne Schaefer

Elizabeth “Beth” Anne Schaefer passed away peacefully at Care Dimensions Hospice House in Lincoln, MA with family by her side, on March 23, 2024, following a long illness. Beth was born on March 24, 1969 to Loretta (Buechling) and Richard P. Schaefer in Bronxville, NY. Soon after her birth, Beth’s family relocated to Marion, MA, […] Read more »