Old Rochester Regional High School Football

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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This blog was posted on www.bbmpros.com on October 18, 2017.

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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.

Visit www.sippican.villagesoup.com for more local stories of achievements in our hometowns.

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

real estate

2018 Real Estate Trends

Agent RisingThe real estate market has been busy this year and a great opportunity for sellers, but what is in the forecast for 2018?

Most early forecasters agree that home prices will continue to rise.  How much will they rise?   There is not a general consensus.  They go anywhere from 3-5%.   Either way, this is good for buyers.  Prices have risen much higher in the past.

Mortgage rate news is not so sunny.  Mortgage rates are expected to rise in 2018, and may hit the 5% benchmark.  Still affordable for some, but could knock some out of the buying pool, especially those with high student debt.

Boomerang buyers could make up for some of these buyers.  Boomerang buyers are those 10 million Americans forced into foreclosure when the housing bubble burst around 2009.  Their 7 year foreclosure period is ending and they are ready to buy again.  A lot of these buyers are looking for low down payment loans, such as FHA.  A lot of these boomerang buyers are in their 50’s and have been renting and are ready to take the plunge again, a little older and wiser.

Land sales are up as well as an increase in home construction.

It looks to be a guarded but prosperous 2018.

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This blog was posted on www.agentrising.com on September 22, 2018.

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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This blog was posted on www.bbmpros.com on September 19, 2017

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Fall Landscaping Tips

fallFall Landscaping Tips according to This Old House

“This is prime time to prep your yard for the next growing season,” says This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook. Cooling temperatures slow aboveground growth, and moister soil encourages strong root development. Removing spent stems, dead branches, and heavy leaf cover protects plants’ overall health. Read on for Roger’s fall checklist.

Aerate the Lawn

If rainfall pools on the grass, it’s time to aerate compressed soil so water and nutrients can reach the roots. A garden fork can do the job on a small yard, but for larger lawns Roger uses a walk-behind aerator that pulls out 2½-to 3-inch-deep soil plugs, which will break down naturally by spring.

Feed Your Grass

Cutting back on fertilizer in late summer prevents perennials from wasting energy on leaf production. “But grass roots keep growing until the ground gets down to around 40 degrees,” says Roger, “so this is a good time to feed them.” Apply a high-phosphorus (12-25-12) mix to lawns in fall to encourage roots, so turf greens up earlier in spring.

Mow a Final Time

Roger trims turf down to 1¼ inches for the last cut of the season. “Disease has a harder time with shorter grass,” Roger says, “and fallen leaves blow across the lawn because they have nothing to latch on to.” Don’t go too low, though: Grass makes most of its food in the upper blade.

Collect Leaves

To make fallen leaves easier to transport, rake them onto a plastic tarp. Roger adds them (along with leaves he’s cleared from the gutters) to a compost bin—a simple chicken-wire pen will do. Flip the leaf pile every week with a garden fork to aerate; the “black gold” that results next year can nourish lawns, flower beds, and shrub borders.

Plant New Shrubs

In many parts of the country, planting shrubs in early fall gives the plants a head start at establishing roots in the season’s cool, moist soil. The basics: Dig a hole (twice the diameter and to a depth of 2 inches less than the full height of the root ball); position the shrub in the hole (make sure the top of the root ball remains at, not below, ground level); fill in with soil; water to settle soil; add more soil to top of root ball (don’t pack soil down with foot); mulch.

Trim Dead Limbs

Lifeless branches can succumb to winter snow and winds, endangering you and your home. “For big jobs, call in the pros,” says Roger. But you can protect small ornamental trees from further damage by cutting cracked, loose, and diseased limbs close to (but not flush with) the trunk; leave the wounds exposed to heal.

Cut Back Perrenials

A little work now results in healthier spring beds: Evict tired annuals, as well as the snails and slugs that feed on them, which breed in fall. Trim spent perennial foliage down to the ground; this sends energy to the roots, for next season. Every three years, divide crowded tuberous plants, like irises and daylilies: More space means more flowers.

Mulch Young Plants

Give new beds a layer of mulch—chopped leaves, weed-free straw, or wood chips—after a light frost, but before the ground freezes. Till decomposed layers of organic mulch into the soil, then apply a fresh 2- to 4-inch layer (more will smother roots) to keep new plantings warm and to control water runoff and soil erosion.

Dry Out Drip Systems

Standing water can freeze and crack drip-irrigation tubing. For simple systems, Roger shuts the water off, unscrews the tap-joint adapter, and, using a high-volume, low-pressure setting on his compressor, inserts an air hose where the system normally attaches to the tap. “Blowing the water out avoids having to uproot the entire system.”

A little extra time can bed your landscaping down for the winter and make for a better spring.

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This blog was posted on www.boldmovesrealestate.com on September 14, 2017.

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Hurricane Season is Here

hurricanePeak hurricane season in our area is Mid-August to late October. How can you get yourself and your home ready? Here are some tips:

Basic Preparedness Tips
Know where to go. If you are ordered to evacuate, know the local hurricane evacuation route(s) to take and have a plan for where you can stay. Contact your local emergency management agency for more information.
Put together a go-bag: disaster supply kit, including a flashlight, batteries, cash, first aid supplies, medications, and copies of your critical information if you need to evacuate
If you are not in an area that is advised to evacuate and you decide to stay in your home, plan for adequate supplies in case you lose power and water for several days and you are not able to leave due to flooding or blocked roads.

If you rely on well water, fill your tub with water for toilet flushing and washing.  You cannot pump water without electricity.
Make a family emergency communication plan.
Many communities have text or email alerting systems for emergency notifications. To find out what alerts are available in your area, search the Internet with your town, city, or county name and the word “alerts.”

Preparing Your Home
Hurricane winds can cause trees and branches to fall, so before hurricane season trim or remove damaged trees and limbs to keep you and your property safe.
Secure loose rain gutters and downspouts and clear any clogged areas or debris to prevent water damage to your property.
Reduce property damage by retrofitting to secure and reinforce the roof, windows and doors, including the garage doors.
Purchase a portable generator or install a generator for use during power outages. Remember to keep generators and other alternate power/heat sources outside, at least 20 feet away from windows and doors and protected from moisture; and NEVER try to power the house wiring by plugging a generator into a wall outlet.
Consider building a FEMA safe room or ICC 500 storm shelter designed for protection from high-winds and in locations above flooding levels.

Visit https://www.ready.gov/hurricanes for more hurricane preparedness tips.

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This blog was posted on www.agentrising.com on August 24, 2017.

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Dreary, Rainy Day Showings

rainy dayRainy Day Showings!  It’s a miserable day and the rain is coming down and the last thing you want to do is show a house, but showings in the rain do have some advantages.

If someone is willing to come out in the rain to look at a house, you know they are pretty serious  and very interested in the house.  They are able to see how the house operates in the rain.  Is the cellar wet?  Are the gutters clear? Does the roof leak?  Do you get drenched at the door?  This can be very helpful to a buyer.

What about the seller?  What are the advantages of showing your house in the rain?  Well, for one, the house looks very inviting and homey and that is exactly what a buyer is looking for.    Take advantage of that.  Turn on a lot of lights so the house is inviting and a drastic change from the dreary outside.  Put the heat up so the home is warm and inviting.  Open the windows a tad if you can to take away some of the stuffiness and smells.   Soft music and a warm fireplace can also add to the homey feeling.   You want them to feel at home and picture themselves living there.

A dreary, rainy day is never the best situation, but you can turn lemons into lemonade and show off your house to its advantage.

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Back to School in the Southcoast

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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.

 

Rochester Country Fair

Rochester Country Fair Coming Soon!

Rochester Country Fair 2017

The Rochester Country Fair is coming soon!  Events begin Friday, August 18th thru Sunday, August 20th at 65 Pine St. in Rochester, MA.

Friday’s Events include a Woodsman’s Competition, Cow Milking Contest, Kid’s Scavenger Hunt, Tractor Pulling, Lego Contest,  Plymouth County 4-H and Live Music by Back in the Day

Saturday brings Tractor Pulling, Children’s Events, Corn Shucking Contest, Fiddle Contest, Pie Eating Contest, Professional Wrestling and Live Music by The Responders

The Fair ends on Sunday  with Truck Pulling, Man vs. Food Challenge, Pie Bake-Off, Live Auction, Reptile Show, Parade, Cow Chip Bingo, Go Kart and Spring Races, Lawnmower Drag Races and Rochester Fire Department- Jaws of Life Demo.

More information on events and times are available at www.rochesterma.com or if you would like to lend a helping hand.

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This blog was posted on www.bbmpros.com on August 1, 2017.