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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.

haunted hayride

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.

 

 

fall curb appeal

Fall Curb Appeal

Fall curb appealAccording to HGTV, here are some tips to enhance your curb appeal this fall, and get your house sold.

Spruce Up Your Lawn

While brilliant fall foliage can automatically make your home look more attractive for showings, that doesn’t mean you can slack off on lawn maintenance during this season. Keep falling leaves at bay with frequent raking and patch up any brown spots in the grass.

Plant Fall Flowers

Once your lawn is looking its best, spice it up with a splash of color. As your summer plants start to fade, replace them with vibrant mums or other colorful flowers.

Highlight Your Front Door

Making your front door the focal point of your home’s exterior is a good tactic no matter what time of year you decide to sell your home. During the fall, a simple wreath of fall foliage and flowers can add an inviting touch. A fresh coat of paint in a vivid red can also make your entrance stand out.

Clean Up the Exterior

When fall rolls around and the trees shed their leaves, your home becomes more exposed, making its exterior appearance extra important. Before putting your home on the market, pressure wash the exterior and clean the windows. If the paint is chipped or faded, applying a fresh coat will do wonders to revive your home’s appearance.

Clear Out All Gutters

Staying on top of yearly and monthly maintenance lets buyers know you care about your home’s upkeep. During the fall, be sure to clear your gutters and downspouts of leaves and other debris, which will protect your home from water damage.

Add Outdoor Lighting

As the days get shorter, it becomes increasingly important to provide potential homebuyers with a safe path to your front door. Use decorative lights to illuminate walkways, and install flood lights or lanterns to brighten up entrance areas.

Keep Decorations Simple

While subtle fall decor – a wreath on the door or pots of seasonal flowers – will make your home look inviting and fresh, going overboard will distract buyers from your home itself. Save your scarecrows and spooky Halloween decorations for another year.
Visit www.hgtv.com for more ideas to make your home pop.
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This blog was posted on www.agentrising.com on October 5, 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.

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

Kat Moulton

Kat Moulton is New Scholarshare Winner at Agent Rising

Kat Moulton

 Agent Rising Real Estate School is proud to announce that Kat Moulton  is their Second Scholarshare winner.

Agent Rising Real Estate School  SOAR program has decided to Pay it Forward and Give away a free Online Real Estate course to a deserving student each month.  The deadline for the applications is the 15th of each month and the winner will be announced at the beginning of the next month.

This month out of 15+ applications, Kat Moulton of Stow, MA was chosen as the newest Scholarshare winner.  Kat will embark on her real estate career by taking the online real estate course at Agent Rising tuition-free.

Kat sent her story to Agent Rising Real Estate School.  Kat is a 48-year old mother of three children, ages 12-almost 16.  She has enjoyed taking care of her family and working part-time over the years and recently has been involved in online coaching and a part-time sales position.

Unfortunately, she has had some family misfortunes recently and is ready to take on a new career to help her family situation.  She has always been interested in real estate and helping people.  Taking the real estate course online will give her the tools to make this happen.  She loves the flexibility this career will allow her as well as the financial opportunities and the ability to help people find their home or sanctuary.

Visit www.agentrising.com and click on the Scholarshare link to tell your story and apply for a free online real estate course.  You can also check out all the real estate tips and information the website has to offer to help you SOAR with your real estate career.

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This blog was posted on www.agentrising.com on September 28, 2017.

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 September 26, 2017 on www.bbmpros.com

 

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

ORR Harry Smith

ORR’s Harry Smith Breaks Touchdown Record in Cranberry Bowl

ORR’s Harry Smith breaks touchdown record in Cranberry Bowl

By Matthew Bernat | Sep 08, 2017

Photo by: Matthew BernatRunning back Harry Smith, center, celebrates with teammates after a 40-41 win on Friday. Smith set a new school record with 34 careers touchdowns.

Old Rochester Regional High School walked away with a thrilling 40-41 win in Friday night’s Cranberry Bowl versus Wareham on its rival’s home turf.

And senior running back Harry Smith left the field after setting a new school record. Smith scored six touchdowns, earning a career total of 34 and beating the previous record of 30. That record was set by Frank Oliva when he played from 1974 to 1976.

“There was a lot of hard work that paid off tonight,” said Smith. “I’m happy to get the record, and I have to give credit to my team, my linemen and my coach.”

Smith and the rest of the Bulldogs celebrated on the field, hoisting the Cranberry Bowl trophy high after a hard fought game that remained close through four quarters.

“That was the best high school football game I’ve been a part of as a player or as a coach,” said Head Coach Justin Kogler.

Kogler said Smith’s athleticism and positive attitude makes him one of the best, if not the best, running backs in the South Coast Conference.

“He’s the hardest working kid I’ve ever coached,” said Kogler.

Friday marked the first game of the season for the Bulldogs. Up next, the team will face Apponequet at Apponequet Regional High School on Sept. 15 at 7 p.m.

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This blog was posted on www.bbmpros.com on September 13, 2017.

T.U.R.F.

T.U.R.F. Explained

Breaking down Old Rochester’s athletic complex overhaul

By Andrea Ray | Aug 24, 2017

Courtesy of: T.U.R.F.A rendering of T.U.R.F.’s plans to overhaul Old Rochester Regional High School’s athletic fields.

MATTAPOISET — Marion, Mattapoisett, and Rochester Town Meeting voters will be asked this year to approve a $1.67 million per-town cost for overhauling Old Rochester Regional High School’s athletic complex.

T.U.R.F. (Tri-Town Unified Recreation Facilities, Inc.) unveiled a $5 million overhaul of the current athletic complex in April of 2017. The project includes a new track, two synthetic fields where the current fields are, and two new natural grass fields, a new athletic building with a concession stand, storage and bathrooms.

The $1.67 million price tag per town could decrease by the time the project goes to a vote, however, as the nonprofit is working to raise funds through private donations.

The stadium field will cost $1.7 million, while the track and secondary field will cost $2.1 million. Both fields would be converted to synthetic turf, while the remaining fields would be irrigated and reseeded. The two new fields, the baseball field and the softball field at the front of the school will cost an estimated $285,000.

The total cost for the new athletic building is projected at $395,000.

At a public meeting on August 17, T.U.R.F. members answered questions about the project. Here’s a recap of the discussion.

 

1. How did the fields fall into such disrepair in the first place?

“It’s not a blame game,” Flynn said. “The real issue is that with all of the school and youth sports played on the fields, they get 900 hours of use per year. Natural grass maxes out at 600 hours per year. It can’t survive the current need that we have.”

He added that there are very few other playing fields within the tri-towns, leading to the majority of sports being played at the school fields, whether as a school sport or not.

2.Why not just plant more grass seed?

“We’ve heard this question before,” said T.U.R.F. Secretary Shaun Walsh. “The honest answer is, doing that is a money pit. You can plant as much grass seed as you like — it can’t cover the fact that we’ve gone far over the maximum number of hours that the grass can handle.”

3. Why does the track need to be replaced as well?

According to T.U.R.F member Hal Rood, the track is reaching the end of its useful life. Due to its impending demise, as well as the fact that it isn’t an eight-lane track approved for state events, he explained that it made sense to lump it into the project as well.

“We can’t host state events like finals here without a state-approved track,” he said.

4. Why use artificial turf, instead of natural grass?

“I like natural grass,” Rood conceded. “When I first joined T.U.R.F., I was pushing for natural grass fields. That just isn’t possible with the current use rates.”

He pointed out that synthetic turf fields can handle many more hours of use per year than natural grass fields. “The honest truth is that, with our current use rates, we would need to put in six natural grass fields to gain the same amount of hours that only two artificial turf fields can handle.”

A natural grass field can handle about 600 hours of use per year, or about 200 events and practices. Synthetic turf, on the other hand, can be used for over 1,500 hours per year, or over 500 events or practices per year.

5. Will the athletic complex overhaul bring in revenue? From where?

According to T.U.R.F, yes — Flynn said that $3,000,00 over 15 years is a conservative estimate. The numbers average out at about $200,000 in revenue per year. He noted that the estimates had been gauged by comparable prices charged by places like Tabor Academy and Taunton High School.

“Right now, we can’t host finals or playoffs,” he said. “Every time you go to one and fork over $5, guess where that money is going? To the hosting school. This is a chance for ORR to be the hosting school.”

Rood said that there were any number of teams who’d like to use the fields. “We have a flurry of youth and amateur leagues popping up,” he said. “Plus the number of outside leagues who would want to use the facility for games.”

He added that he hadn’t talked to a large number of leagues yet, but of the ones he had spoken to, most had been highly interested in the possibility of T.U.R.F.’s proposal. Global Premier Soccer, which according to Rood is one of the larger Massachusetts soccer leagues, was a key supporter. “They told me it was a no-brainer – they’d absolutely use the fields,” he said.

6. Where would the generated revenue go?

The ultimate direction of the generated revenue has yet to be decided. “It’s part of the selectmen’s decision when they consider this project,” Rood said, “and that will be part of their decision.”

There are three options: put the generated revenue towards the debt incurred by building the compled, holding the money in reserve, or holding the money to finance field replacement. According to Rood, the average lifespan of an appropriately-used turf field is 15 years.

7. Why not scale the project back to make it more affordable?

Use rates, said Rood. “If we only put in one synthetic turf field, we still aren’t able to host state and outside events, because there won’t be enough room or time. So the revenue generation would at least be cut in half, and we wouldn’t end up saving much.”

With two synthetic turf fields, one of the natural grass fields can be rested every season — the rest should ensure that the field is used sparingly enough to avoid deterioration.

8. What are some of the benefits for athletes on the fields?

“I’ve seen too many torn ACL ligaments,” said Rood. “The ground is so compressed and so dangerous to play on that hitting the body, or especially the head, against it could cause real damage. There should be some cushion there.”

Old Rochester teacher Lauren O’Brien (also a field hockey coach) noted that some college sports teams won’t even consider looking at a player who has only played on natural grass. A college field hockey player herself, she explained that playing on the two different surfaces was like night and day.

“Because most colleges wouldn’t even look at my tape on natural grass, I had to go join a club league to make them look at me,” she said. “I didn’t even really want to do that,  but I had no choice if I wanted to get on the team.”

9. Are there other benefits of building a new sports complex and fields?

The answer is yes, according to Rood. “I’ve spoken to the United States Realtors Association, and they’ve unequivocally told me that house values would rise as a result of this project being constructed.”

10. What happens if this project is denied by voters at Town Meeting?

According to Rood, the field is in bad enough shape that playing could shortly be suspended on it anyway. “At any moment, an official could walk onto these fields and declare them unsafe for players,” he said. “Then nothing can be played there until everything is approved by the officials again. Thetting on them sooner, rather than later, for the good of the kids playing on those fields.”

at means at some point, something is going to have to happen. The repairs are needed,” he continued. “We should be g
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hurricane season

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.