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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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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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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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Christmas Season Begins in Mattapoisett

Snowy Saturday kicks off holiday season in Mattapoisett

By Tanner Harding | Dec 09, 2017

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Photo by: Tanner HardingSanta waves as he and Mrs. Claus enter Shipyard Park.

MATTAPOISETT — It sure felt a lot like Christmas at Shipyard Park on Saturday afternoon. Snow fell softly as residents gathered to listen to Christmas carols, meet Santa and officially light the tree to kick-off the holiday season.

The Boy Scouts were selling wreaths in front of Town Hall and at Shipyard Park. (Photo by: Tanner Harding)

Residents lined the streets to wave to Santa as he arrived aboard a Mattapoisett Fire Engine.(Photo by: Tanner Harding)

Isabella Silveira, 6, meets with Santa. (Photo by: Tanner Harding)

A goat belonging to the Craig family takes a taste of a winter glove. (Photo by: Tanner Harding)

Kyle, Nolan and Luke Cameron pose for a photo on a giant chair. (Photo by: Tanner Harding)
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This blog was posted on www.boldmovesrealestate.com on December 14, 2017.
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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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Rochester Tree Lighting

Local Christmas Tree Lightings

Rochester Tree LightingChristmas is drawing closer now that we are past Thanksgiving.  All the area towns are planning their annual Christmas Tree Lightings. Here are a list of the area towns and dates and times for their Festive Tree Lightings, many times with music  and events.

Mattapoisett’s 7th annual evening of free holiday fun returns to Shipyard Park on Saturday, December 8.    Holiday in the Park runs from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The tree lighting will follow in the park.  The event will feature will feature food, ornament making, and face painting as well as an appearance by Santa and Mrs. Claus at 4:15 p.m.       A number of musical groups will perform, including Rick LeBlanc, the Old Hammondtown Chorus and Concert Band, and the Showstoppers.                                                                                                                                                          The Mattapoisett Lions Club also asks that families bring an unwrapped present for a needy child and a canned good.

Marion’s Annual Christmas Stroll will take place on Sunday Dec. 11 beginning at 3 p.m.                                          Front Street will be closed during this time as the stroll makes its way towards the Town House.                            There, guests will be able to attend the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony.                                                            The Marion Business Community has handled all of the planning for the annual event.

The Annual Rochester Tree Lighting will take place on Monday, December 4th at 6:30 in front of the Town Hall at the Town Green.  The Rochester Memorial School Band will provide music and a Fire Truck visit from Santa.

New Bedford’s Sun., 12/2, TREE LIGHTING At 4:30 p.m. Santa and Mrs. Claus will lead a parade up William Street to the Main Library. The parade will feature the award-winning New Bedford High School Whaler Marching Band and the All-City Middle School Marching Band and Color Guard. The count­down celebration will begin at 5 p.m. with greetings from elected officials and an appearance by Santa Claus!

Fairhaven’s Benoit Square Lighting
Friday, December 1, 2017, 6:30 p.m.
Benoit Square, opposite 267 Adams Street, Fairhaven                                                                                                The North Fairhaven Improvement Association will host its annual Sing-Along—this year featuring the Showstoppers—and light the decorated square and gazebo. Santa Claus will then visit North Fairhaven on a fire truck.

Wareham’s Tree Lighting                                                                                                                                                             The Main Street tradition continues — NEW ROUTE THIS YEAR.. Starting at High School then route proceeds down Main Street to its destination in Besse Park, where all present will have an opportunity to see the Besse Park tree lighting and greet Santa as he arrives by boat for photos!

Dartmouth’s Tree Lighting
Friday, December 5, 2014
5:00pm-5:30pm
Dartmouth Green
Please join them for Dartmouth’s annual Christmas tree lighting on the Green. The tree will be lit promptly at 5:15 pm. Cookies and hot chocolate, sponsored by the Office of the President, will be served.   Join Trumpeter Glenn Griffin and the 40th Anniversary Christmas Revels Youth and Adult Choruses for traditional Carols.
Come on out and support your town and take part in the festivities.
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This blog was posted on www.boldmovesrealestate.com on November 28, 2017.
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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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.

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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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