A Float to the Finish During SCOPE Week

            The highlight of SCOPE week for seventh grade students of Old Rochester Regional is the annual cardboard boat race when groups of students have a blast designing and building their boats of cardboard and duct tape to race on the open waters off Mattapoisett Harbor. The week of activities include field trips and creative learning […] Read more »

The Miraculous Octopus

            In this modern day and age of natural history, human beings are now discovering advanced miraculous phenomena about the previously esoteric octopus. Although oceans cover about 71 percent of the earth, it seems that human beings have barely scratched the surface of the immense shallow Atlantic continental shelf of North America, just beyond the south […] Read more »

Parents Survive Survival Week

            It’s a right of passage for parents as much as it is for Old Rochester Regional Junior High students – Survival week.             Roughly half the seventh graders at ORR choose to hike to the hills of western Massachusetts and participate in Survival week, a one-week outdoors hiking and camping experience that has been one of […] Read more »

Rochester Celebrates 340th Birthday

If the Town of Rochester was founded on June 4, 1679, then that can only mean one thing – Rochester has just officially turned 340 years old.             It used to be called “Sippican” by the Wampanoags, the Native American tribe who inhabited the land when the first English settlers arrived in the area and founded […] Read more »

Making a Name for Himself

            When Nolan Gibbons was a very small child, he quietly marked each white key on the family piano with a letter – the correct letter designation for each. But that alone did not alert his parents Shelia and Warren that their child was interested in music, it was all the other things he was doing […] Read more »

Forestry Management: Letting the Sun Shine

            On May 25, the Rochester Land Trust (RLT) invited the public to walk the Church’s Wildlife Preserve, a property it owns and manages on Marion Road.             The event was titled “Forest Management/Logging Walk and Talk” featuring forestry expert Phil Benjamin whose grasp of the natural cycles of woodlands was on full display.             Walkers learned that […] Read more »

Marion Natural History Museum

            Marion’s landmark library building of Elizabethan architecture is also the Natural History Museum, both founded there on 8 Spring Street by Elizabeth Taber in the year 1867. For the past 152 years, they have served as Tabor’s upstairs-downstairs community flagship of higher education.             In 1989, Elizabeth Leidhold, as seen in my illustration, became the current […] Read more »

Taber Library Reopens its Front Doors

            The new front entrance to the Elizabeth Taber Library is finally complete.             The doors were opened on Monday, May 27, when town officials, volunteers, library staff, patrons, townspeople, and family of the project’s benefactor, Peggy Repass, converged upon the handcrafted stonework for a special ribbon cutting celebration.             “Is this not the most unbelievable entrance to […] Read more »

Marion Art Center’s Newest Exhibit

            Once again the Marion Art Center (MAC) sparkled with creative genius as its latest exhibit opened on May 24. The gallery walls now display works from two very different painters; works that surprisingly balance each other without sharing a common theme or even painting style.             From now until July 6, art lovers will enjoy the […] Read more »

Mattapoisett Remembers

            The May 27 Memorial Day Observance held at Center School in Mattapoisett once again brought out a crowd. For decades, the Florence Eastman Post 280 of the American Legion has hosted this event. And while the local organization struggles to stay vital, the Legion has been supporting returning military personnel since 1919. It remains a […] Read more »