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Frosty Road Runner Race

Run like the wind (but stay warmer) in Frosty Road Runner Race

By Zachary McMahon | Jan 14, 2018

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Courtesy of: Bethany Botelho
Not looking quite so frosty! Runners in the 2017 Frosty Road Runner race, held at Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School, look positively toasty.

ROCHESTER — A blanket and a fireplace aren’t the only ways to keep warm in the depths of winter. An alternative method? Lace up those running shoes and hit the snowy streets for a good cause.

Old Colony Regional Technical High School is hosting an annual Frosty Road Runner Race. Old Colony’s Cross Country team and its National Honor Society are joining together again this year to organize the race which is a fundraiser for both groups.

The race will be held on Saturday, January 27, beginning at 10 a.m. In the case of (more) bad weather, the rain or snow date for the race will be February 3.

This is the sixth year of the Frosty Road Runner Race. Old Colony Cross Country Coach Bethany Botelho typically uses the proceeds to purchase needed equipment for the team’s next fall season.

Botelho would like to eventually give out scholarships from the proceeds of the race, but explained that the funding “isn’t quite there yet.”

The National Honor Society also benefits from fundraising, using their portion of the proceeds to fund community activities and to attend conferences.

Botelho came up with the idea for the Frosty Road Runner Race in 2012. The race ran from 2012-2014, but was not held in 2015.

However, it resumed in 2016 and has continued running ever since. In 2016, the National Honor Society joined the cross country team in organizing the race.

The Frosty Road offers two different runs, a 10.5-mile run course,  and a 5k (3.2 mile) run/walk course. Male and female winners are crowned at the end of each race. Botelho said she is hoping to get 250 participants in the race this year.

As of January 8, there are 13 sponsors for the race, Botelho said, and more are always welcome. The businesses support the race in a variety of ways. Some sponsor or co-sponsor a mile of the race, while others give gift bags to the racers.

Sophomore cross country runner Catherine Ashley noted that the race is “good training during the off season,” for the cross-country team, which is a fall-season sport. Ashley ran the race last year, and said it was “a great experience.” She’s planning to run the race every year of her high school career.

Those who want to run the race are advised to register online by Thursday, January 25. The cost for registration is $25 on or before January 25, but registering afterwards (up to the day of the race), will cost $30.

Both course maps and a link to register can be found on the Old Colony website (www.oldcolony.us) under the “Community” menu, or Frosty Road Runner page, https://www.runreg.com/frostyrunner. On the page there is a link for registration of the race.

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Mattapoisett Town Beach Christmas Polar Plunge

Swimmers brave ice, snowstorm for charity

By Andrea Ray | Dec 25, 2017

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Photo by: Andrea RayA mad dash for the beach after jumping into the December ocean at Helping Hands and Hooves’ annual Christmas Swim.

MATTAPOISETT — It was a frigid Christmas morning, marked by a short but strong snowstorm. The downed trees and choppy waters left several families undaunted, however, as they dove headfirst into the waters at Mattapoisett’s Town Beach for charity.

The 26 swimmers arrived at Town Beach wrapped in down jackets, wool hats and scarves, bathrobes, blankets and towels, often all at once. They paid a $15 fee to swim, the proceeds of which benefited Mattapoisett equine therapy center, Helping Hands and Hooves.

The swimmers agreed that the swim didn’t count unless the swimmer’s hair was wet. Dry hair meant another trek into the ocean.

The air temperature on the beach was a frosty 29 degrees, and the younger group participants shivered as they stripped down to their swimwear and posed for a group photo. Several other swimmers—those out of their teen years—kept their blankets and bathrobes on until the last possible moment.

When the whistle blew, there was a mad dash for the icy waters, followed by shrieks as the cold set quickly in. Almost as quickly as it began, the swim was over and the swimmers scrambled for the shore, only one participant pausing to take a leisurely swim.

Swimmers were met on the beach by friends and family with blankets and hot water bottles—and Santa, who was recovering from a night of delivering presents by handing out warm cider to those emerging from the ocean.

Posing for photos with a hot water bottle and a bathrobe before the swim. (Photo by: Andrea Ray)

The chance to jump into the water is just seconds away—but darn, the air is cold! (Photo by: Andrea Ray)

A smile of relief from one swimmer after finding a warm blanket. (Photo by: Andrea Ray)

(Photo by: Andrea Ray)

Some chilled swimmers, next to a few well-bundled spectators. (Photo by: Andrea Ray)
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ORRHS High School

Santa’s Workshop at ORR

Senior fundraiser brings Santa’s Workshop to ORR

Dec 18, 2017

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Courtesy of: Erin Bednarczyk

MATTAPOISETT — The Old Rochester Regional High School senior class hosted a Santa’s Workshop on December 15, to raise money for class activities.

The idea was originally pitched by Class of 2018 president Gabe Shriver, alongside Vice President Rachel Demmer, as a fundraiser for the class. “Plus,” Demmer explained, “it’s a good way to get a little Christmas shopping done.”

Parents dropped off their children at Old Rochester for a night of fun activities, incuding games, movies and crafts. Senior class volunteers were on hand to babysit the children while Mom and Dad searched for gifts. Parents were in turn asked to donate a small fee of their choosing to the senior class.

(Courtesy of: Erin Bednarczyk)

(Courtesy of: Erin Bednarczyk)

(Courtesy of: Erin Bednarczyk)
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ORRHS Boys and Girls Basketball Season Begins

Boys basketball plays first scrimmage

By Tanner Harding | Dec 03, 2017

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Photo by: Tanner Harding

MATTAPOISETT — The Old Rochester Regional boys basketball team took to the court for the first time this season on Saturday evening. Though only a scrimmage, the team showed Falmouth what its made of during a hard fought, back-and-forth game.

The team will look to continue on the success from last season. The Bulldogs went into the playoffs as the seventh seed, and made it to the Division 3 South Semifinal. They dropped that game 57-51, but ended the season with a 16-7 record.

The Bulldogs’ first official game of the season will be Friday, Dec. 8 at New Bedford, as part of the boys varsity jamboree. Tip-off is at 7:45 p.m.

The first home game of the season is Tuesday, Dec. 12 at 6:30 p.m. versus Bourne.

Loss, win for girls’ varsity basketball in first scrimmage

By Andrea Ray | Dec 02, 2017

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Photo by: Andrea RayThe Old Rochester Lady Bulldogs varsity basketball team matched up against Falmouth and Bishop Stang on Saturday, December 2.

MATTAPOISETT — The Old Rochester girls’ varsity team began their unofficial season on Saturday, December 2, with a win and a loss in scrimmages against Falmouth High School and Bishop Stang High School.

The Lady Bulldogs won a 20-minute scrimmage against Falmouth, with an ultimate score of 22-16. The Lady Bulldogs led the scrimmage throughout.

Luck didn’t hold entirely though; the team did lose its second scrimmage, a 10-minute bout against Bishop Stang. The final score was 2-12.

The scrimmage sessions were good practice for the varsity team’s first official game, a non-conference matchup against Durfee High School in Fall River. The game will be played at Durfee on Friday, December 8. It will begin at 6:30 p.m.

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Thanksgiving football

Local Thanksgiving Football Games

Thanksgiving footballThanksgiving is nearly here and that means Football!  What are the local area High School matchups?
Here they are:
Old Rochester Regional High School
 Apponequet Regional vs.Old Rochester Regional
 The Old Rochester Regional varsity football team has a home non-conference game vs. Apponequet Regional (Lakeville, MA) on Thursday, November 23 @ 10am
Old Colony Voke Tech High School
Old Colony RVT vs.Tri-County RVT
The Old Colony RVT varsity football team has an away non-conference game @ Tri-County RVT (Franklin, MA) on Wednesday, November 22 @ 6pm
Dartmouth and Fairhaven High School
Dartmouth  vs .Fairhaven
The Fairhaven varsity football team has a home non-conference game vs. Dartmouth (South Dartmouth, MA) on Thursday, November 23 @ 10am
Wareham High School
Warehamvs.Bourne
 The Wareham varsity football team has an away non-conference game @ rival school Bourne (MA) on Thursday, November 23 @ 10a.
Bishop Stang High School
Bishop Feehan vs. Bishop Stang
 The Bishop Stang varsity football team has a home non-conference game vs. Bishop Feehan (Attleboro, MA) on Thursday, November 23 @ 10am
New Bedford High School
New Bedford vs. Durfee
 Game Details – Durfee H.S.

The New Bedford varsity football team has an away conference game @ rival school Durfee (Fall River, MA) on Thursday, November 23 @ 10:15am

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Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving and Early December Events in the Tri-town

It’s hard to believe but Thanksgiving is just around the corner.  There are many Thanksgiving events happening in the tri-towns of Marion, Mattapoisett and Rochester.  Here are a few upcoming Thanksgiving and early Christmas happenings.

The Annual Tri-town Senior citizens Thanksgiving dinner on Sunday, November 19th, in the Old Rochester Regional cafeteria.  Doors open at 11:15 and dinner will be served at noon.

FOR TICKETS CONTACT YOUR TOWN’S COUNCIL ON AGING OFFICE
MARION – (508) 748-3570
MATTAPOISETT – (508) 758-4110
ROCHESTER – (508) 763-8723

Over 100 door prizes. Served and assisted by Junior High Students.

The Marion Antique Auctions is holding its Annual Thanksgiving Weekend Auction on November 25, beginning at 10 a.m.

The auction will be held at the Marion Music Hall which overlooks Marion Harbor and is located at 164 Front Street.

This highly diversified auction has 440 lots and almost all are offered with no reserves. They are fresh to the market. For information call 508-498- 7136 or email frank@marionantiques.com

 

MARION — The Sippican Choral Society is inviting everyone to its 2017 Christmas concert.

This will be the 53rd consecutive concert that the Choral Society has held.

This concert promises to usher in the spirit of the season. Under the direction of Tianxu Zhou, Director of Musical Arts, and accompanist Michelle Gordon, the concert will include pieces such as “Christmas Day,” “O Gracious Light,” “Heilige Nacht,”  as well as a few others. In addition,  “Schubert’s Mass in G” will also be performed.

Concert dates are Friday, December 1  at 8 p.m. at St. Lawrence Church in New Bedford and Sunday, December 3 at 4 p.m. at Wickenden Chapel, Tabor Academy, Marion.

Ticket prices are $15  for general admission and $5 for students. Children six years and under are given free admission. Tickets may be purchased in advance from The Bookstall in Marion, The Symphony Shop in Dartmouth, No Kidding in Mattapoisett, Euro in Fairhaven, or at the door on the day of the concerts. Tickets can also be purchased online at BrownPaperTickets.com.

Call Nancy Sparklin at 508-763- 2327 with any questions, or visit www.sippicanchoralsociety.org.

MATTAPOISETT — Avoid busy parking lots and holiday traffic; visit the Mattapoisett Historical Society’s annual Holiday Arts & Craft Fair at 5 Church Street, Mattapoisett.

The fair will be held on Saturday, December 9, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. A large selection of handmade creations will be available, including art, notecards, soaps, woolens, photographs, jewelry and dried floral arrangements

For more information, call 508-758-2844 or email info@mattapoisetthistoricalsociety.org.

Come on out and join in the festivities and get into the spirit of the holidays.

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This blog was posted on www.bbmpros.com on November 14, 2017.

 

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Career Awareness Days at Old Colony

Junior high students tour Old Colony during ‘Career Awareness Days’

By Zachary McMahon | Nov 05, 2017

Photo by: Jackie Machamer   Visiting students played games in Old Colony’s gym during Career Awareness Days.

ROCHESTER — From hair braiding to bikes that can turn on a lightbulb, Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School offers a little something for everyone.

That’s what area eighth-grade students found out during Career Awareness Days, which came to Old Colony from November 1-3.  On Career Awareness Days, eighth-grade students from area junior high schools visit Old Colony to tour the campus and learn more about the academics and technical programs that Old Colony offers.

Students who attend Old Colony learn a trade alongside their academic workloads; the school offers 13 different technical areas to choose from, including Culinary Arts, Cosmetology, Automotive Technology, Graphic Communication & Design, Welding and health career training.

Students from four different junior high schools visited Old Colony, beginning on November 1. Seventy-nine students from Fort Middle School, in Acushnet, and 60 students from Carver Middle School visited on Wednesday, November 1.

On Thursday, November 2, 120 students from Freetown-Lakeville Middle School came to Old Colony. Last but not least, 160 students from Old Rochester Regional Junior High School visited Old Colony on Friday, November 3. Altogether, a total of about 419 junior high school students visited Old Colony’s campus.

The student groups visited a variety of different vocational areas. Some students stated that they enjoyed the Carpentry shop. Others tried out the Cosmetology area, where they could opt to have their nails painted, or their hair braided by Cosmetology students.

Meanwhile, in the Electrical area, students tried out a bike modified by the Electrical students; as they pedaled, a nearby lightbulb would turn on.

The students of Culinary Arts counted on the easiest way to a teenage heart: food. Culinary students gave out food to the eighth-grade visitors—those with a sweet tooth enjoyed the cupcakes and cookies on offer.

Several visiting students mentioned that they were considering Old Colony as an option for high school.

Students must apply to Old Colony for acceptance before they can attend. Students are required to have good grades, attendance, discipline, and a successful personal interview to receive admission.

Zachary McMahon is a sophomore student at Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School.

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This blog was posted on www.boldmovesrealestate.com on November 7, 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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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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runners

Old Rochester Regional High School Runners

Old Rochester cross-country runners rise to college levels

By Andrea Ray | Sep 21, 2017

Courtesy of: Assumption College Athletics
Former Old Rochester cross-country runner Nina Bourgeois of Rochester (front) now runs for Trinity College.

MATTAPOISETT — It’s 2:30 p.m. on a Thursday, and in Washburn Park, a student goes zooming by.

He’s followed by another, then a gaggle of girls, chatting as they run. Slowly, the entire group of 52 students forms a long line of runners circling the park’s grounds.

With any luck, at least a few of them will continue their run—right onto college teams. The Old Rochester Regional High School cross-country teams, both girls and boys, have produced a number of college runners recently.

Cindy Tilden, the coach of the girls’ cross country team, named three college runners from just the Old Rochester Class of 2017. Recent graduate Riley Shaughnessy now runs for Worcester State. Nina Bourgeois and Rachel Scheub of Rochester run for Trinity College.

Getting the students fit for college running is something Cindy and her husband Bill (who is the coach of the boys’ cross-country team) have some experience with. The cross country season only runs for 10 weeks, and doesn’t have a spring season. To top it off, only about half of the students on the teams (the number of overall cross-country runners this year is 52) generally run cross-country before high school.

“Mostly though,” Tilden explained, “they’re students who thought they would give cross-country a try in their sophomore year, or who switched over from another sport.”

Because the team is comprised of students from varying fitness levels, Tilden splits them up into different groups. “Sometimes it feels like I need to be in fifteen places at once,” she joked. “The team covers anyone from people who’ve never run before to people who’ve been running for a long time.”

Team workouts include running, stretching, and cardio and weight routines, tailored to the fitness level of the students performing them.

The students also need to find a way to keep fit in the spring season, particularly if they’re looking to improve on their times. A number of students, Tilden explained, run track in the spring, but the teams also consist of swimmers and basketball players.

The number of students going on to run in college has been rising for the past few years. “For a long time, students thought that they weren’t fast enough for college cross-country, and that they couldn’t compete,” Tilden said. “It’s becoming more common, though.”

Tilden noted that new opportunities are always opening up. “There are higher and lower divisions and more cross-country teams appearing. There are even running clubs, and those clubs still go to meets and compete, like any sports team,” she added.

“There’s always an opportunity for anyone who likes to run.”

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This blog was posted on www.bbmpros.com on Septetmber 26,2017.