Say Hello To The Urban Bobcat

The occasional sight of a bobcat is not yet too common, as it is the only known wild cat found in this area of Massachusetts. Years ago, it was found only in central and western parts of the state, but now has been expanding into many urban areas of the Southcoast. It is easily identified […] Read more »

Rochester’s New Wheelchair Offers Beach Access

When you see the Town of Rochester’s new big-wheel wheelchair, it’s rather obvious where it is meant to take someone with mobility challenges. With its bright blue and white striped chair, and big, bright yellow inflatable tires and armrests that make the chair look like it could float on water, you know immediately where that […] Read more »

The Scoop on S.C.O.P.E.

The 7th-graders at Old Rochester Regional Junior High School present for the final full week of school from June 18-22 took place in another of the school’s 40+ years tradition – S.C.O.P.E week – Student Centered Opportunity for Personal Enhancement, giving students a chance to learn while learning about themselves and each other. Kathy Gauvin, […] Read more »

The Intricate Art of Scrimshaw

If one had asked me – a young college student not particularly knowledgeable in nautical history – what scrimshaw was before the Sippican Historical Society presentation at the Marion Music Hall on June 21, I would have chuckled, and a bit dumbfounded, guessed, does it have something to do with the grim reaper, or is […] Read more »

MOSAC Releases 2017 Survey Results

Results of the open space and recreation survey conducted by the Marion Open Space Acquisition Commission have been released, and the results clearly show that Marion residents love to walk. In fact, 143 of the 169 residents who filled out the survey between the fall of 2017 and the winter of 2018 shared that they […] Read more »

Rochester Celebrates Its First Little Library

Little Free Libraries have been popping up all around Tri-Town – everywhere, that is, except for in Rochester. Now, however, Rochester residents are free to enjoy the tiny thrill of the Little Free Library at its new home at Rochester Memorial School, courtesy of the Rochester Cub Scouts Pack 30. Jeff Jerome, Cub Scoutmaster for […] Read more »

The Colors of Katherine Lee Bates

As we approach July 4th and all it means to those of us who call this place “home,” it seems fitting to talk about how the country has been depicted in verse, especially America the Beautiful. One can miss something very important when merely singing the lyrics: one can miss the colors, the energy, and […] Read more »

‘Survival’ Still Teaches What Tech Cannot

Any Old Rochester 7th-grader who’s lived in the Tri-Town since the early 1970s knows what it’s like to experience Survival. Some of those very first ORR Junior High School students to experience a Survival excursion, which is the annual end-of-the-year trudge into a classroom like no other — the wilderness — are now pushing 60. […] Read more »

An Anthology of Bird Feathers

The most surprising discovery about birds by paleontologists uncovering prehistoric fossils is that dinosaurs likely grew feathers between their bones to stay warm during the Jurassic period. This proved that birds were descended from prehistoric monsters like Tyrannosaurus Rex. From this, we also learned that the origin of bird feathers is a historical adventure in […] Read more »

Homespun and Foreign Invaders

If you are a gardener, either casual or serious, then you know the activity is really a sport – sometimes a blood sport – as you attempt to rid your well-ordered patches of invasive plants. Some of these green things are evil invaders brought over during the 1700s when, apparently, settlers couldn’t stand the thought […] Read more »