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Blizzard Warning for Southeastern Massachusetts

blizzardSnow is in the cards for our area tomorrow.
The biggest storm of the season is expected tomorrow.  In the last 24 hours, the nor’easter has trended closer and stronger… That means some hefty snow totals and possible blizzard conditions Thursday.

Most of New England will see snow.  The Cape and Islands will start with rain tomorrow morning then flip to snow in the afternoon too, with the risk of a flash freeze when that happens.  This will be an all-day storm with heavy precipitation at times, particularly 7 AM – 7 PM.

Eastern MA is under a BLIZZARD WARNING where 10″+ snow is expected along with gusts 50+ mph.  Visibility will be terrible.  If you have the option of staying home and limiting travel Thursday, that’s the safest choice.  Snow will be heavier and stickier in southeastern MA in the morning where temperatures will be in the lower 30s.  There will likely be power outages from the combination of snow load and strong gusts.

A widespread 6-10″ is the forecast now from central MA to southern NH.  Temperatures there will be colder and the snow will be lighter and fluffier.  That doesn’t mean you’ll pass on power loss… Winds will still gusts 40-50 mph at times.

Stock up on food and water.  Have bottled water on hand and food to last a few days.

Have an emergency medicine bag. Think ahead about which medications you and your family members will need, and which medications you should have on hand in case of emergency. Double check any drugs needed to treat a chronic condition, such as insulin or statins, to make sure you’re not in need of a refill. It’s also smart to keep an emergency kit stocked with acetaminophen, ibuprofen, and Benadryl. Stores could be closed for a day or two.

Stay indoors.  Weather experts recommend you stay inside if at all possible. Driving can be treacherous, and roads may shut down. Stay off the roads so the road crews can plow and keep the roads cleared especially for emergency vehicles.

Watch for frostbite. If you do have to go outside, dress properly. Dress in layers.  Even the warmest clothing becomes ineffective if it gets too damp from absorbing sweat. Be sure to wear a hat and gloves, as the parts of the body most vulnerable to frostbite are the ears, earlobes, tip of the nose, cheeks, fingers, and toes since they’re at the edges of blood circulation. If you experience tingling or numbness, get inside and put the affected area in warm, not hot, water.

Know the signs of hypothermia. If the body’s core temperature dips below 95 degrees, hypothermia could begin to set in. It’s usually marked by shivering, pale skin, and nails turning blue.  Check on your elderly family members and neighbors.

Clear snow carefully. Dress in layers and wear your hat and gloves.  Take frequent breaks and watch your back.  A snowblower may be a good investment.

Power outages are a good possibility.  Investing in a generator may be a good idea.  Fill the tub with water for toilet flushing and dishwater if you rely on a well for your water supply.  Consider having a backup heat source f0r when the power goes out.

Lastly hunker down and enjoy the time indoors to catch up on reading or play some family games.  It will all be over in a day or so.

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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.

Come on out and support your local girls and boys basketball teams.

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This blog was posted on December 6, 2017 on www.boldmovesrealestate.com

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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This blog was posted on November 22, 2017 on www.bbmpros.com.

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.

 

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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Old Rochester Regional High School

Old Rochester Regional High School Homecoming

Lady BulldogsAccording to Sippican Weekly:

Big game, new mascot waiting at ORR Homecoming

Oct 16, 2017

MATTAPOISETT — Old Rochester Regional High School’s football team will face off against Seekonk at the school’s homecoming game, but there’s a lot of school spirit beforehand.

The high school’s annual pep rally will see each class face off by performing a homecoming skit on Friday, Oct. 19. The most creative skit will win; past classes have performed “The Chronicles of Narnia,” “Star Wars,” “Napoleon Dynamite,” “Elf” and “Monsters, Inc.”

The homecoming football game will begin at 7 p.m. on the same day. The Bulldogs have won their last three homecoming games, defeating Apponequet in 2016, this year’s foe Seekonk in 2015, and Wareham in 2014.

During half-time, high school principal Mike Devoll has said that ORR’s new official mascot will be revealed; earlier in the year, an online questionnaire was offered to tri-town residents, looking for their input in what they wanted in a mascot.

“We had so many different bulldog mascots,” Devoll said at the time. “For unity’s sake, it would be nice to have just one mascot.”

With the help of a New Bedford graphic design company, the new bulldog mascot is just waiting to be revealed on Friday night.

Homecoming weekend will be capped by the school’s homecoming dance, which will run on Saturday, Oct. 20, from 7-10 p.m. at the high school.

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