Boat Race 2017

Rochester Memorial Day Boat Race

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The cold, wet weather didn’t stop the Rochester Memorial Day Boat Race.  The event is held every year rain or shine and this was the 83rd running of the river boat race down the Mattapoisett River.   The spectators came out with umbrellas and raincoats to cheer on their favorite racers.

The rain did have an advantage for the racers.  The river was high and the race times were faster.  Ian MacGregor and Jake Goyette were the defending champions from 2016.  This year they were able to shave off 2 minutes from last year’s time and finished at 1:50:13.  It wasn’t enough for the win though, and Dan Lawrence and William Watling III took the title this year with a time of 1:48:14.  Ian and Jake took second place.  Finishing up the top three were Andy Weigel and Jay Lawrence with a time of 1:51:14.  Fourth place was claimed by Tim Hathaway and Gary Stopka with a time of 1:57:01 and fifth place went to Peter MacGregor and Paul Milde with a time of 1:58:51.

Tucker and Jonathan Roy of Rochester took first place in the Parent/Child division with a time of 2:07:29.  Ethan and Samantha Hathaway were the winners of the Co-Ed division, with a time of 2:10:13. Caitlin Stopka and Emma Knox won the Women’s division, their time:  2:38:23.  Eli and Rylan MacGregor won the Boy’s Junior division in 2:39:32.

Joel Hartley was awarded the Old Man River award as the oldest racer in this year’s race.

The Harding family of Rochester have made it an annual tradition with Harrison taking daughter Chloe and Lindsay with son Wyatt.  They pulled into the end almost side by side.

50 boats were registered for the race and 46 teams made it to the end of the race at the Herring Weir in Mattapoisett.

The boat race is made possible by lots of volunteers including Chairman Arthur Benner and the Rochester Fire Department as well as the local police departments, volunteer time keepers, river cleaners and everyone that makes it possible.

The awards were handed out at the Rochester Memorial School at 7:30 pm.

It’s a great family tradition in Rochester and the neighboring towns.  Parents with children, husbands and wives, siblings, cousins, friends.  It’s a great sense of accomplishment pulling into the Herring Weir in Mattapoisett after the 2 hour course.  Make it your new family tradition.

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Marion fireworks

Marion Fireworks are a Go

Independence Day fireworks will return to Marion

By Andrea Ray | May 19, 2017

Photo by: Georgia Sparling

MARION — Fireworks will brighten the night skies over Silvershell Beach once again.

With four days left to go in its extended campaign, the Marion Fireworks Committee’s Twenty from Many campaign officially reached its goal of $40,000 on Friday morning.

The listed total on the campaign’s GoFundMe page is at $40,100. The ‘Marion Fireworks 2017’ Facebook page posted notice that the fireworks would return early Friday morning.

On Thursday, the campaign was still about $12,000 short of its goal – until Tabor Academy donated $10,000, on top of a previous donation made earlier. The large donation left the campaign only a few thousand dollars short of the goal.

The Tabor donation spurred further donations, with the small gap closed by Friday morning, and the official goal reached.

Now it’s time to sit back, enjoy the fireworks, and maybe set aside $20 for the next campaign. Any donations made to the campaign now will be set aside to begin next year’s campaign fund. The GoFundMe page can be found at https://www.gofundme.com/marion-fireworks.

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This blog was posted on www.bbmpros.com on May 23, 2017.

ORR Junior High

ORR Junior High Sports New Artwork

Student-designed fresco fascinates at junior high

By Andrea Ray | May 02, 2017

Photo by: Andrea RayDelaney Shaw under the mural she brought to ORR Junior High School

MATTAPOISETT — When most people see a beautiful piece of art, they admire it. They might even buy it and hang it on their own wall.

Unluckily for Rochester resident Delaney Shaw, a 20-foot high mural is not the best fit for the average house. So she used the next-best canvas: a school wall.

A school wall you say? That’s grounds for detention, surely.

Well, not so much. This particular piece, a large and spreading mural above the inner courtyard at the junior high school, has been planned for the last year and a half. Shaw, an eighth grader and Rochester resident, found herself with a rather sudden idea to help brighten up the junior high.

“I was at the New Bedford Christmas Stroll,” she explained. “My mother and I were looking at the artwork, and I thought it was really cool. I thought it would be neat to get it in the school.”

She brought her idea to Old Rochester Junior High School Principal Kevin Brogioli not long after she initially dreamed it up. “She came by about a year and a half ago,” he said, “and she had an idea for school improvement.”

Brogioli, while impressed with Delaney’s vision, admitted he hadn’t initially expected her to pull it off. “A lot of kids come to me with good intentions and ideas,” he explained. “So often though the idea drops off when they become busy with something else, or the answer isn’t immediate.”

The long process didn’t deter Delaney. Brogioli explained that she had to get permission for the mural from both the School Committee and the school’s facilities department. Neither party was initially enthusiastic about a twenty-foot high mural on the inner courtyard wall. Delaney’s patient persistence eventually won them over, however, and they relented.

With permission secured, it was time to find the right artists. Luckily, Delaney’s mother Andrea Shaw actually knew two of the artists whose work they’d seen on the New Bedford Christmas Stroll. Todd Woodward and Ryan McFee are both graduates of ORR and professional artists. After several years in Boston, Rory McFee now runs his own gallery in New Bedford, Paradise McFee. Todd Woodward can be found in Brooklyn, working in fine art and as an award-winning tattoo artist.

“It was intimidating to call them!” Delaney said. Luckily, both artists retain fond memories of ORR, and were happy to design the mural. Delaney, Brogioli, Woodward and McFee emailed back and forth about their own artistic visions. “I really wanted something to do with the Navigator,” Delaney explained, referring to the junior high school’s mascot. Eventually McFee and Woodward worked that idea into an imposing compass rose, flanked by waves and two red birds.

“The hardest part was staying with it,” Delaney said. “Everyone gets so busy that you don’t hear back right away.”

That includes Delaney herself, who was invited to last year’s Junior National Young Leaders Conference. She’s also a devoted ice hockey and lacrosse player.

Even with her workload, she remains at work on the mural project. With the mural itself finished, now is the time to put together a Mother’s Day concert, which will fundraise for the mural and other arts projects within the junior high. The concert, to be played on May 14, will feature Rochester native Rebecca Correia, who spends a great deal of her time these days recording music in Nashville, Tennessee. Correia, said Delaney, was also happy to contribute her time to the cause.

Brogioli is hopeful that any extra funds will go towards funding further art projects in the future. He remains amazed at Delaney’s resourcefulness.

“Delaney’s initiative to follow through is so rare at her age,” he said. “It took a year and a half, but it wouldn’t have happened without her.”

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Fieldstone Farm Market

Fieldstone Farm Market Readies for May Opening

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Fieldstone Farm Market in Marion is getting ready for their May opening.  With a rustic theme and old farm implements on the wall, it fits right in with the local farming community and highlights its fresh from the farm products.  The refrigeration units are being installed and the display cases are adding to the rustic theme.

Everything is falling into place inside ready to greet the first customers very soon.  The outside boasts a large porch alongside the large ice cream window.  The drainage issues outside have been addressed and landscaping is starting to take shape in preparation for the asphalt driveway and parking area.

People in the tri-town are looking forward to the fresh produce market taking up residence in Marion, including  ice cream for the kids.

Stay tuned as more progress is made and the grand opening nears.

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This blog was posted on www.fieldstonefarmmarket.com on April 28, 2017.

 

spring

Spring Events in Marion and Rochester

springLearn how to prevent tick-borne diseases May 4

MARIONLyme Disease is the most prevalent infectious disease in Massachusetts and is now considered to be a public health crisis. In addition to Lyme, deer ticks can carry the pathogens which cause babesiosis, anaplasmosis, relapsing fever and Powassan virus.

Visit Taber Library on Thursday, May 4, at 4PM as Entomologist Larry Dapsis reviews the basic life cycle and ecology of ticks, disease incidence rates and distribution of tick-borne illnesses. A three point protection plan will be presented: Protect Yourself, Protect Your Yard and Protect your Pet. Tick-borne diseases are preventable.

Larry Dapsis received his B.S. in Environmental Science & Biology at Fitchburg State University and an M.S. in Entomology at the University of Massachusetts – Amherst. Mr. Dapsis has thirty-five years of professional pest management experience including vegetables, cranberries, and household Insects. He joined Cape Cod Cooperative Extension in 2011 as Deer Tick Project Coordinator and Entomologist. For more information, please call us at 508-748-1252.

 

Rochester Historical Society yard sale May 20

Apr 23, 2017

The Rochester Historical Society will hold a yard sale at the East Rochester Church / Museum, 355 County Road, Rochester on Saturday, May 20 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Items may be donated for the sale on each Friday morning in May from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. No clothing or electronics, please.

Please call 508-763-2122 with any questions.

“Dorothy in Wonderland” at Sippican School

Apr 25, 2017

Dorothy in Wonderland: The Musical is coming to Sippican School on Thursday May 4th.

This fantasy story takes place when, trying to return home to Kansas, Dorothy gets trapped in another tornado. She ends up in Wonderland, where she meets Alice and they have many adventures together as they try to return home.

The play will take place in Sippican School’s Multipurpose Room at 5:00. Tickets are $10 for adults, and $5 for seniors/students. There is a family cap price of $30.

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Whaling Museum

Whaling Museum Spring Vacation Schedule

Spring Vacation Week at the Whaling Museum: April 17-21

Come to the New Bedford Whaling Museum throughout the week for crafts, hands-on activities and lots of fun for all! Get to know the Museum with a highlights tour, climb inside an inflatable whale, get crafty at our art stations, and learn stories of life aboard a whaleship from Museum docents.

FREE for Museum members and with regular Museum admission. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Schedule*

Download the Spring Vacation Week Flyer (pdf)

Monday, April 17

Learn to eat, see and hear like a Right Whale on Right Whale Day

Tuesday, April 18– Friday, April 21

10 am – 12 pm
Inflatable Whale
Climb inside a life-sized inflatable humpback whale

10 am – 12 pm
Kids’ Crafts and Activities
Learn how to feed our friendly squid Sam, create logbooks to take home, and learn about Right Whales.

11 am & 1 pm
Museum Highlights Tours

Group tours led by docents throughout the Museum focused on some of the most historically significant artifacts and visitor favorites, including stories of New Bedford’s role in U.S. history.

 

Tuesday, April 18 and Thursday, April 20 only

2 pm
Curator Tour
Take a 45-minute tour of exhibition galleries guided by a Museum Curator.

Thursday, April 20 only

12:30 pm – 1 pm
To Catch a Whale
Learn from the experts as Museum docents share the story of life leading up to and aboard a whaleship. How did they sign on to a voyage? What did they get paid? What did captains promise their crew?

Friday, April 21 only

10:30 am
All aboard the
Lagoda
Join the crew of Captain C. Weade on board the largest model whaleship in the world – the Lagoda – for an adventure on the high seas! Travel the world, interact with new cultures, learn the ropes of a whaleship, and go a-whaling.

 

*Schedule is subject to change

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Rochester

Rochester Town Election Results

Woody Hartley sweeps Selectman seat with 50 percent of votes

By Andrea Ray | Apr 12, 2017   Sippican Week

Greenwood “Woody” Hartley III won a seat on Rochester’s Board of Selectmen Wednesday night with a little over 50 percent of all votes.

After a hard-fought election season, Hartley swept to a Selectman chair with 584 votes out of a total of 1,159 cast. Incumbent Richard Nunes, vying to return to his chair after several terms, garnered 326 votes.

Fellow candidate Ben Bailey garnered 239 votes. He inspected the number sheet with raised eyebrows.

“Wow, he really took it, didn’t he? Good for him,” he said earnestly of Hartley.

Hartley, who spent 18 years as Rochester’s Town Moderator, was visibly emotional in victory. He thanked the citizens of Rochester for turning out to vote, and his family for supporting him. “I know my father would be very proud,” he said as he and his family left Rochester Senior Center, where polling took place.

The Board of Selectmen race held a surprising number of twists and turns for a normally sleepy town. During Candidates’ Night in late March, Nunes accused Hartley of having several interests in conflict with a possible Selectmen seat – Hartley’s wife is a longtime member of Rochester’s School Committee, and his sister is the President of the town’s Womens Club.

Professing himself disappointed in the accusatory tone, Hartley denied any conflicts of interest. He stated that his sister and wife are both volunteers for their respective committees and made no money from their positions.

More sparks flew when Rochester residents received a mailing in favor of Hartley, describing Nunes and Bailey as two peas in a fiscally-irresponsible pod. Hartley denied that he was the source of the mailers, noting his previous distaste for “politics at the level of the recent national elections.”

In other election news, Naida Parker will return as Town Clerk with 897 total votes. Tax Collector Beatrice Renauld garnered 931 votes; Herring Inspector William Watling received 942 votes; Board of Health member W. David Souza received 920 votes.

Arnie Johnson returns to Rochester’s Planning Board with 873 votes; Plumb Library Committee members Phoebe Butler and Rhonda Reints received 885 and 816 votes; Cemetery Commission member David Shaw received 921 votes; Water Commission member Fred Underhill received 909 votes.

Board of Assessors members Jana Cavanaugh and and Deb Lalli received 904 and 895 votes respectively.

Rochester School Committee members Meghan Bennett and Anne Fernandes received 678 and 747 votes respectively.

Joe Pires, won a write-in campaign for a vacant seat on the ORR School Committee.

Question 1, which would have allowed a 15-year property tax increase, of about $40 per resident per year, to finance repairs and resurfacing of Hartley Road and High Street, was denied by voters. They voted it down by 588 negative votes to 323 positive votes.

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This blog was posted on www.boldmovesrealestate.com on April 13, 2017.

New Scoutmaster for Rochester Boy Scouts Troop 31

Scoutmaster Retires, Passes the Torch

Rochester Boy Scouts Troop 31 said a fond farewell to its scoutmaster of nine years, Michael Blanchard, and inducted its new scoutmaster, Kevin “KT” Thompson, on April 3 at the Rochester Grange Hall.

Blanchard was the guest of honor for this special occasion, having been invited as a special guest only to be surprised by a crowd that gathered to honor him for his years of service and dedication to the boys of Rochester.

During the ceremony, the scouts and parent scout volunteers presented Blanchard with a number of gifts, some silly, some sentimental, and the Rochester Firemen’s Association was on hand to present Blanchard with an American flag that the Fire Department had flown outside the fire station that day.

Some things spoken about Blanchard that night: apparently he doesn’t like to wear socks (but he did that night), he always has his bug spray, and, as Thompson put it, the shoes he must fill are enormous ones – socks, or no socks.

The leader reflections on Blanchard’s service given by other scout leaders were, at times, emotional as they read poems that reminded them of Blanchard’s character and his contribution to scouting.

Blanchard thanked those who were in attendance and turned to his scouts, saying those boys “…Would forever be my boys.”

Before cutting the giant cake with an uncanny likeness of Blanchard on top fashioned out of frosting, Thompson took the oath and the torch was passed from Blanchard to Thompson.

“You are relieved,” said Thompson to Blanchard. “I am relieved,” Blanchard replied.

By Jean Perry

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

Easter

Easter Activities in the Tri-town

Easter is almost here and the tri-town of Marion, Mattapoisett and Rochester each have Easter Egg  Hunts in their respective towns.

MATTAPOISETT– The Mattapoisett Lions Club will be hosting the Annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 15, 2017.  The event will be held at Veteran’s Park at Ned’s Point Lighthouse from 11:00 to 12:00.  Weather permitting.

ROCHESTER – The Plumb Corner mall will host an Easter event on Saturday, April 8, from noon to 12:30 p.m. that will include an Easter Egg Hunt, hay rides, parade, crafts, DJ Howie for tunes, Vinny the Bubble Guy and – most importantly – the Rochester Police Department will be conducting a food drive for Rochester seniors so patrons are asked to bring a non-perishable item to stuff the cruiser. Donations for the food drive can also be dropped off anytime at the Law Offices of Matthew H. Beaulieu, 565 Rounseville Road, Suite 5.

MARION – The Sippican Lands Trust’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt, sponsored by RO Parker Electric, will be held Saturday, April 8 (rain date, Saturday, April 15), 10 a.m. at Peirson Woods, Point Road.

For ages 3-10 – bring your Easter Basket.

So come on out with your Easter Baskets and join in the fun!

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Taste of Spring

Taste of Spring

Taste of Spring

Join the American Business Women’s Association ABWA, for a Taste of Spring, a Southcoast Wine Tasting Fundraiser.    Join them:

Wednesday, May 3rd

from 6 to 8:30 pm at the

     Travessia Urban Winery

        760 Purchase Street, New Bedford,  MA

Tickets:  $25 in advance per person

  $30 at the door

Flight of wine

                                                                Light Hors d’oeuvres

                                                                     Raffles

For Further Information: Click ABWASOUTHCOAST@gmail.com

Come on out and support this great fundraiser and enjoy good food and drink in the Southcoast.

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