haunted hayride

Rochester Boy Scouts Haunted Hayride

The Rochester Troop 31 Boy Scouts held a Haunted Hayride on Friday and Saturday night at the Souza Cranberry Bogs on High St. in Rochester.  The weather was great and the tractor pulled hayride was a huge success.

The night was dark and there were all kinds of scary scenes to watch as the hay wagon went around the bogs.  There were scary witches, scarecrows, weird science experiments, a graveyard, chainsaw wielding creatures, and lots of scary characters popping up out of the dark.

There were lots of families in attendance and the wagon ran non-stop all night.   There was also a table of treats to end the night.  It was a screaming good time!  The scouts are already planning for next year so mark your calendars.

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This blog was posted on www.boldmovesrealestate.com on October 30, 2017.

pumpkins

Pumpkins, Pumpkins

pumpkinsHalloween is almost here and we’ve all purchased our pumpkins for decoration and Jack O Lanterns.  But what do we do with them when Halloween is over?  They look pretty decorating our homes until Thanksgiving but then their time is up.

Here are some ideas to make a better use of them besides just tossing them away.

Try composting them, especially the Jack O Lanterns.  There is not much you can do with the Jack O Lanterns you have already cut up but they are great in a compost pile as well as any other pumpkins you no longer need.  They will help make nutrient rich soil for next spring.

There are all kinds of baking you can do with your pumpkins, including soup, pies, smoothies, breads, etc.  Use them for baking and they have served double duty.

Make a bird feeder out of the pumpkin.  Cut the pumpkin in half and fill each half with seeds for the birds.

You can always donate the pumpkins to a local farm.  Farm animals such as cows and pigs love to eat the pumpkins no matter if they are a little old.

Cut them open and save the seeds.  You can roast them in the oven for a tasty treat or spread the seeds on cookie sheets and let dry.  When they are dry, put them away in a jar for next summer when it’s time to plant your garden, and you can grow your own pumpkins.  This works great with all varieties, especially different ones such as white pumpkins without having to buy expensive seeds.

Pumpkins float.  For the smaller jack be littles, you can cut the top off and make a hole the size of a tealight candle.  Place the candle in the hole and float a few pumpkins in a bowl of water for a nice fall centerpiece.

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This blog was posted on www.boldmovesrealestate.com on October 27, 2017.

changing the clocks

Changing the Clocks

changing the clocksDaylight Savings Time is coming to an end.  We moved the clocks forward one hour on March 12 at at 2:00 am and we will move them back one hour on November 5 at 2:00 am also.

Why do we do this?  Daylight Savings Time was created by William Willett in 1907 to stop wasting valuable hours of light in the summer months.

In summer the sun rises and sets one hour later than it would without daylight saving.

Germany became the first country to adopt the clock-changing plan on April 30, 1916, in order to save on coal usage, and on May 21, Britain followed, as World War One was underway.

The Summer Time Act of 1916 was passed by Parliament and the first day of British summer was reported as May 21, 1916.

People who supported the proposal argued the plan would save energy by reducing domestic coal consumption.

They also said it would increase supplies available for manufacturing the war effort during WW1.

It has been in place ever since – despite criticism from some groups. Some critics argue daylight savings time should be completely abolished .  Some argue there is little practical gain from changing the time twice a year and the process is disruptive to schools and business.

There is a point to be made from both sides of the argument.  It’s always a better feeling to Spring Forward in March and enjoy later sunsets.  However, falling back in November may give us an extra hour of sleep but the early darkness takes a little getting used to once again.  It does make for brighter mornings though.

Whatever side you fall on, be prepared to change your clocks one hour back on November 5th and stay ahead of the game.  I-phones and tablets update automatically as well as most devices.

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Local Halloween Events

haunted hayrideHalloween is quickly approaching and there are many events happening in the Southcoast Massachusetts area.

Looking for a Halloween costume?  According to the YMCA, “Save money this Halloween on your child’s costume by stopping by the Gleason Family YMCA on Saturday October 14th for our Recycled Costume Sale. We have a great variety of clean, gently used costumes in many different sizes for kids that will fit your Halloween needs this year without breaking the bank. Prices for complete costumes are $3 to $10 and accessories will also be reasonably priced. Our sale kicks off at 9:30 am in the lobby of the Gleason Family YMCA and will last until the costumes are sold out. Proceeds with benefit the YMCA Annual Campaign, which provides financial assistance for membership, programs, and summer camp to those in the community who cannot afford the Y experience on their own.

Many thanks to those who have already donated to the costume sale and we are still accepting costumes through Friday 10/13/17.”

For more information:  contact Cathy Longfield at clongfield@ymcasouthcoast.org.

Plumb Corner Halloween Spooktacular is Saturday, October 28th from 1-4 pm.   

Activities include a Haunted House(sponsored by Law Offices of Matthew Beaulieu), Dancing with DJ Howie, Arts and Crafts, Reptile Exhibit, Food Drive (bring a non-perishable item for Rochester Seniors, Creepy Experiments, Games, Pumpkin Pie Contest, Spooky Storytime with Amos, Plumb Library Reading Dog!  Trick or Treating and a Costume Contest at 2pm.

Sponsored by: Plumb Corner Merchants, Friends and Junior Friends of Plumb Library, Rochester Lions Club, Rochester Police Brotherhood, Rockland Trust and Rochester Women’s Club.

Haunted family friendly Hayride at the Souza Cranberry Bogs at 85 High St. in Rochester.  Benefitting the Rochester Boy Scout Troop 30.  October 27th and 28th from 6:00 -10:00 pm.  $5.00 per car donation.

It’s All About the Animals 3rd Annual Octopurr Fest  Sunday, October 15th 11:00 am -4:00pm, 103 Marion Road, Rochester, MA

Activities include: Huge Chinese Auction with  125+valuable prizes, Tom Cat Ball Drop with a $500 prize, 25+ local vendors selling crafts, jewelry, pet beds & accessories, gourmet pet treats & home goods, bake sale table with wonderful treats, burgers, hot dogs, soups, etc., face painting and balloon animals.

Put these great events on your calendar and bring the kids out for some great Halloween fun!

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This blog was posted on www.bbmpros.com on October 11, 2017.

 

 

Miss New Bedford

Sara Achorn of Rochester, Miss New Bedford

Rochester native wins Miss New Bedford crown

Oct 02, 2017

Courtesy of: Miss New Bedford  
Miss New Bedford Sara Achorn alongside several other Miss New Bedford competitors.

NEW BEDFORD — Rochester native Sara Achorn has won the 65th edition of the Miss New Bedford pageant.

Achorn, an 18-year-old freshman at Lesley University, won the crown over eight other contestants. Her win brought her a $6,500 scholarship. In addition, she won two other awards. The first, the Talent Award, was awarded to her as the highest-scoring talent act. Achorn sang “And I am Telling You,” from the musical Dreamgirls.

The new Miss New Bedford also took the Miracle Maker Award, given to the contestant who has raised the most money for the hospitals involved in the Children’s Miracle Network.

All eight contestants competed in several rounds. They answered an “Onstage Question,” performed a talent, and showed off their bathing suits and beautiful dresses in the swimwear and evening wear rounds.

“I instantly felt myself to start to cry,” Achorn said of the final announcement. “Then when they actually called my name I still didn’t believe it. It was crazy! It sounds cliche but I truly believe any one of the women could have walked home with the crown that night.”

Achorn’s will dedicate her year of service to the city of New Bedford as a role model and volunteer. She will also be working on spreading the message of her platform, “Imperfection: Pushing the Importance of Body Positivity in Today’s Youth.”

Achorn also won the Miss Plymouth County pageant in April, and was voted the “Most Talented Non-Finalist” in this year’s Miss Massachusetts pageant.

With her win in the Miss New Bedford pageant, she is eligible to compete in next year’s Miss Massachusetts pageant as well.

The Southcoast area is well represented with Jillian Zucco of Mattapoisett wearing the crown of Miss Massachusetts and local Sara Achorn of Rochester winning the Miss New Bedford title. It’s always exciting to watch one of our own achieving their dreams. Sara is definitely one to keep your eyes on in the coming years.

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This blog was posted on www.bbmpros.com on October 3, 2017.

Hurricane Jose

Hurricane Jose Threatens Tri-town

Hurricane Jose threatens tri-town

By Tanner Harding | Sep 18, 2017

Courtesy of: NOAAThe yellow areas are under a tropical storm watch.

The tri-town is under tropical storm warning, and residents are urged to take care of their boats and kayaks before the storm hits.

A tropical storm watch means heavy rains and winds from 39-73 miles per hour, so Marion Harbormaster Isaac Perry is making a few preparations and recommendations before it gets here.

“We’re requiring kayaks be removed from the kayak racks,” he said.

The department also requires people with boats docked on the eastern facing wharfs to move their boats to the inside of the harbor.

“That’ll get their sterns out of the wind,” Perry said.

The Harbormaster Department decided not to take its floats out of the water, but does recommend that people take their boats off the floats in front of the Harbormaster office.

Perry said he’s not expecting anything too damaging from the storm, but still wanted to take some precautions.

This story will be updated with more information as it becomes available.

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fall schedules

Local High School Sports Schedules

fall sportsThe kids are  back at school and fall sports has begun.    Field hockey, soccer, volleyball and  football are just some of the fall sports offered at the local high schools.  The teams have already been practicing for a few weeks  and games are starting this week.

Click on the link below for the Fall Sports Schedule at Old Rochester Regional High School.

WWW.SOUTHCOASTCONFERENCE.ORG

Old Colony Vocational Technical High School

http://occougarathletics.com/

Fairhaven High School

http://www.southcoastconference.org/public/genie/567/school/3/

New Bedford High School

http://www.newbedfordschools.org/cms/One.aspx?portalId=67022&pageId=153347

New Bedford Voke

http://www.gnbvt.edu/athletics/fall/fall_index.htm

Dartmouth High School

http://dartmouthps.dhs.schoolfusion.us/modules/cms/pages.phtml?pageid=150847

Wareham High

https://www.warehamps.org/Page/100

Bishop Stang High School

http://www.bishopstang.org/athletics

Come on out and support our young local athletes.  Click on the links below each school to link to their fall sports schedules.

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This blog was posted on www.bbmpros.com on September6, 2017.

 

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Back to School in the Southcoast

school

It’s that time of year that parents rejoice and kids dread.  Back to school!  Newspapers are already sending out ads for back to school supplies and kids are relishing their last two weeks of freedom.

Some area schools are heading back before Labor Day and a few after the holiday.  Here are some local school start dates and links for bus schedules:

Old Rochester Regional School District:  Tuesday, August 29th.

http://www.oldrochester.org/pages/ORR/Design_Resources/Bus_Routes_2015-16

Acushnet Public Schools: Tuesday, August 29th.

Acushnet Elementary :

https://drive.google.com/a/acushnetschools.us/file/d/0BxeA-cyPPvYNcW44Q1lNWlR2Q2c/preview?usp=drivesdk

Ford Junior High:

https://drive.google.com/a/acushnetschools.us/file/d/0BxeA-cyPPvYNM2pJN0RUSEQyazA/preview?usp=drivesdk

High School:

https://drive.google.com/a/acushnetschools.us/file/d/0BxeA-cyPPvYNUllLY2s4SldYY2M/preview?usp=drivesdk

Fairhaven School District: Tuesday, August 29th.

http://www.fairhavenps.org/Bus%20Info/BusSchedule%202016%20Color.pdf

Wareham Public Schools:Tuesday, September 5th.

https://www.warehamps.org/site/default.aspx?PageType=3&DomainID=4&ModuleInstanceID=27&ViewID=6446EE88-D30C-497E-9316-3F8874B3E108&RenderLoc=0&FlexDataID=43&PageID=1

New Bedford Public Schools: Thursday, August 31st.

http://newbedford.ss16.sharpschool.com/UserFiles/Servers/Server_66938/File/Departments/Transportation/PDF_Combined_STREET_LIST_2017-2018.pdf

Dartmouth Public Schools: Wednesday, August 30th.

http://dartmouthps.schoolfusion.us/modules/cms/pages.phtml?pageid=131648&sessionid=4594a2fa20945069809df90f9c8926ef&sessionid=4594a2fa20945069809df90f9c8926ef

Bishop Stang High School:  Wednesday, August 30th.

Old Colony Voke: Tuesday, August 29th.

http://www.oldcolony.us/parents/bus-routes/

New Bedford Voke:  Tuesday, August 29th.

http://www.gnbvt.edu/student_resources/bus_routes/bus_routes.htm

There’s still plenty of time for students to enjoy the summer and take advantage of the warm summer days.

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This blog was posted on www.bbmpros.com on August 15, 2017.

 

ORRHS

Police Association Assists Bulldog Booster Club

Courtesy of: Mattapoisett Police DepartmentOfficer Kyle Pavao, Officer Justin King and School Resource Officer Matthew McGraw hold the letters purchased by the Mattapoisett Police Officers Association.

When the Old Rochester Regional Athletic Booster Club sought new signage for the side of the school, the Mattapoisett Police Officers Association stepped up in a big way.

The association funded the purchase of giant letters spelling “ORR,” which begins the phrase “ORR Bulldogs,” now hung on the side of the school.

The signage will “remind opposing teams where they are,” the Mattapoisett Police Department noted on its Facebook page.

Officers posed with the large letters, which arrived at the school late last week.

The finished product. (Courtesy of: Mattapoisett Police Department)
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cardboard boats

Cardboard Boats Fill Mattapoisett Harbor

Students take over Mattapoisett Harbor with cardboard boats

By Tanner Harding | Jun 15, 2017

Photo by: Tanner HardingStudents race across the harbor in homemade boats.

MATTAPOISETT — If the Titanic had sailed into Mattapoisett Harbor, it wouldn’t have sank. There are no icebergs in Buzzards Bay, afterall. At least, this is the reasoning of a group of Old Rochester Regional Junior High students who named their cardboard boat the JHS Titanic.

“We named it that because it looks unsinkable,” Ethan McElroy said about naming the boat after the doomed ship.

It seems McElroy, his brother Lucas McElroy, Max Vivino and Caleb Devoe were onto something, as they had one of the fastest race times of the day.

The foursome was part of the junior high group that took to the seas instead of the woods, choosing to take part in cardboard boat races in Mattapoisett Harbor, rather than participating in the Survival camping trip.

Students were free to design their boats however they saw fit, with a few exceptions: it could only be made using cardboard and duct tape, and the tape can’t cover the entire boat.

Alyssa Fornaro, Savannah Texeira, Hanna Texeira, Haley Andrews and Maya Mcleod, creators of the fan-favorite boat Aquafart, decided to use cardboard tubes in their design.

“We used tubes because they have air in them so they’ll help us float,” Fornaro said.

The group of Matthew Curry, Ethan Scully and Benjamin Preece-Santos focused more on the aesthetics, and went for a Viking-themed boat.

“Dragons are cool and we saw a lot of Viking boats online, so we did that,” Curry said.

However, Viking flags and dragon designs aside, they didn’t ignore the practical side either.

“We put a lot of layers,” Scully said. “Just a ton of layers of cardboard.”

Not all the boats held up in the water. (Photo by: Tanner Harding)

Caleb Devoe, Max Vivino, Ethan McElroy and Lucas McElroy hope the JHS Titanic has a more successful maiden voyage than its namesake. (Photo by: Tanner Harding)

(Photo by: Tanner Harding)

Fan-favorite Aquafart heads to the water. (Photo by: Tanner Harding)

Alyssa Fornaro and Savannah Texeira row as hard as they can. (Photo by: Tanner Harding)

Matthew Curry, Ethan Scully and Benjamin Preece-Santos get ready to take to the high seas.(Photo by: Tanner Harding)

Ethan and Lucas McElroy celebrate their win. (Photo by: Tanner Harding)

(Photo by: Tanner Harding)

(Photo by: Tanner Harding)
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