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Rochester Resident Emma Keeler

Rochester resident takes first prize at state science fair

May 07, 2018

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Courtesy of: Massachusetts State Science and Engineering FairEmma Keeler of Rochester shows off her winning science project, “Bioprospecting for Benthic Fungi and Their Bactericidal Antibiotics,” at the Massachusetts State Science and Engineering Fair on May 5.

CAMBRIDGE — Emma Keeler of Rochester took first prize at the Massachusetts State Science and Engineering Fair, held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on May 4-5,  with her project “Bioprospecting for Benthic Fungi and Their Bactericidal Antibiotics.”

Keeler’s science project intended to ascertain whether culture samples taken from near an ocean vent, and from the benthic region of the ocean (the top layers of the ocean floor, mostly) could produce vaccinations that are effective against virus pathogens.

Keeler believed that any species living near an ocean vent had an extra resistance to toxins, due to ingesting the toxins released from the vents. She had difficulty testing out her theory, though. Because the specimens live on the ocean floor, they’re difficult and expensive to obtain.

Keeler, who hopes to study pharmacology and antibiotics in college, had already interned with geophysicist Dr. Virginia Edgcomb at the Woods Hole Institute. Edgcomb happened to have samples arriving from the Guaymas Basin, off of the coast of California when she thought of Keeler. Together, Edgcomb and Keeler decided that studying the samples would blend Keeler’s interest in ocean vent organisms and antibiotics.

When Keeler, a junior at Falmouth Academy, screened the fungi grown from the culture samples, she found that 86 percent of the fungi (six of the seven plants) showed activity against the virus pathogens they were exposed to.

In addition, 82 percent of the fungi samples “completed inhibition,” which means they were able to fight and remove all traces of the pathogens. A further 18 percent removed most, but not all, of the traces of the pathogen.

At the science fair, Keeler also received the Applied Biomath Award, the Naval Science Award, and is an alternate to the Harvard Summer Secondary Program. Emma will compete at the International Science and Engineering Fair in Pittsburgh, PA, next week where over 77 countries will be represented and more than $5 million in scholarships and prizes will be awarded.

Falmouth Academy junior Grace Russell, of Mattapoisett, was awarded an Honorable Mention for her project, “The Effect of Lowered Oxygen Levels on Hermit Crab Behavior.”

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Old Rochester Regional High School Softball

Softball team seeks victories as senior pitcher returns

By Andrea Ray | Apr 30, 2018

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Photo by: Andrea RayOld Rochester senior Ashley Soares winds up for a throw during an April 30 game against Dighton-Rehoboth.

MATTAPOISETT — With senior pitcher Ashley Soares back on the pitcher’s mound, Old Rochester varsity girls softball coach Don Dibiasio is hoping for—literally and figuratively—blue skies ahead.

“This weather is something else,” he said on April 30. A spitting rain fell as the team faced off against Dighton-Rehoboth. “We’ve been rained out quite a few times.”

April 30 marked Soares’ return to the pitcher’s mound—she was out with an injury for several games.

“Before [Soares] came back, I was playing a freshman pitcher,” Dibiasio said. “She was good, but she doesn’t quite have the experience that [Soares] does.”

With the younger pitcher on the mound, the team’s 2018 record was three wins, four losses. In the April 30 game, Dighton Rehoboth cruised to victory, 5-0, against the Lady Bulldogs.

Soares’ first game back might’ve been a loss, but Dighton-Rehoboth is always a tough team to beat, Dibiasio said. “[Soares] has been around for a long time, having her back will definitely make a difference in the future.”

The team’s ultimate goal, he explained, is to win 10 games, which will qualify the team to compete in the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association’s (MIAA) state tournament.

“Of course we’ve lost a few games this season, which means we need to beat some really good teams for a shot,” he conceded.

This year is also the year, Dibiasio added, to start solidifying new talent on the field.

“I have a few freshmen who are coming along well,” he explained. “I have a freshman catcher, freshmen outfielders. I have two freshmen pitchers, that’s huge. I have the opportunity to train them now, and then have three more really excellent years where those players will already be veterans.”

BOLD Moves Real Estate in Your BOLDTown

BOLD Moves Real Estate is happy to volunteer at local events in our BOLDTowns.  May is a busy time in the Tri-Towns of Marion, Mattapoisett, and Rochester.  Check out these local events where you can see some of our BOLDIES volunteering or even participating.

The 12th annual Women’s Fund Mother’s Day Tiara 5K Walk/Run will be held on May 13th, 2018.

Walk, run and raise funds to create economic security for all women. The Women’s Fund of Southeastern MA raises funds and takes collaborative action so that all women in the region have strong opportunities to earn a living wage and achieve economic stability. The mission of the Women’s Fund is to advance the educational attainment and economic security of women and girls in Southeastern Massachusetts. Funds raised support the communities of Southeastern Massachusetts, primarily in the greater New Bedford area.

Event Address
Oxford Creamery
98 County Road Mattapoisett, MA

Start Times
9:00 AM Kid’s Fun Run (3 years to 12 years old) 2 age group categories with a staggered start.
9:30 AM – 5K start

Parking
Parking provided at the sand pit and ORR with shuttle van service from ORR beginning at 7:00 AM. Runner drop-off at Oxford Creamery. CARPOOLING HIGHLY ENCOURAGED

Kid’s Fun Run
Staggered start: 9:00 AM for runners aged 8 to 12. Runners aged 3 – 7 will begin at the conclusion of the first wave of runners.

For safety reasons, children 5 years old and younger must be accompanied by an adult. (Adults participating with their children do not need to register for the Fun Run).

Registrants in the Kid’s Fun Run will receive medals!
Bib Pickup
Bibs may be picked up at Oxford Creamery on Saturday, May 12th from 1 to 5, or on Sunday morning from 7:00 to 8:30 am.

5K Runners/Walkers
T-shirts are given to the first 300 5K Registrants!

THANKS FOR HELPING US FUNDRAISE!

https://racewire.com/register.php?id=7902

Look for BOLD Moves volunteers at the water stop!

  The Tour de Creme bike event will be held on May 20, 2018.  The Tour de Creme combines a 75 mile bike ride along with delicious stops at some of the best local ice cream shops in the area.  It truly is a community event.  It is a fundraiser for the partnership of the Friends of the Bike Path and the Mattapoisett Land Trust.

Last year there were 150 riders and 3 routes.  They hope to double that this year.  Seven states were represented.  They are always looking for volunteers and BOLD Moves Real Estate will once again be a sponsor and volunteer at the event.

There is a family friendly registration fee and riders are encouraged to raise money for the cause.  There are fun prizes for levels of money raised all in support of the Friends of the Bike Path and the Mattapoisett Land Trust.  Plans are in the works to further expand the bike path and truly connect the Southcoast.

Registration opens on March 15th.  Visit the Tour de Creme Facebook page for more information.

BOLDIES will be parking cars and Gysell Diaz has volunteered for registration.

The Annual Rochester Memorial Day Boat Race.  This year the race will be held on Memorial Day, May 28, 2018.  

The race begins at Gramma Hartley’s Reservoir in Rochester and ends at the Herring Weir in Mattapoisett.   Homemade boats are the requirements and it is a great family tradition.  Look for some BOLD Moves participants including our fearless leader, Kate Lanagan MacGregor.

 Registration for the race will be May 11 and May 18 at the Senior Center. For more information, contact Art  Benner at artbenner@comcast.net.

or 508-763-2024.

Stay tuned for more information as the race draws closer.

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Old Colony Voke Spring Sports

Old Colony sports wishlist: sunshine, state success

By Zachary McMahon | Apr 08, 2018

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Courtesy of: Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High SchoolThe Old Colony girls’ lacrosse team is amongst those beginning their spring season.

ROCHESTER — Spring is coming, flowers are blooming and the cold will (hopefully) go away.

At Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School, spring means the return of the baseball, softball and lacrosse seasons for students and coaches.

Old Colony’s Athletic Director Matt Trahan says that his hopes for the spring season include nice weather (we hope so too, Coach Trahan) and seeing Old Colony’s sports teams qualify for the league and state tournaments that will begin in May.

Some sports have already played their first game of the season.

One of them is the boys lacrosse team, which defeated Blue Hills Regional Technical High School, 9-6, on April 2. The team is coached by Old Colony science teacher William Trimble. Team members hope to play to the best of the team’s ability in every game. Trimble said part of the goal is to improve as a team and to improve as players in every game.

The team has nine seniors, including two who are new to the team this year: Liam Ashley, Tyler Bosse, Andrew Cox, Ronnie Frates, Jarred Gagne, Dylan Hanson, Joshua Kingsberry, Brad Plissey, and Ian Vezina.

Members of the girls lacrosse team are aiming to win the Mayflower League’s overall vocational championship, which would qualify the team for the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) tournament in May.

This years’ captains are Mya Medeiros, Rachel Baker, and Elana Sargent. The team won the Mayflower Championship and qualified for vocational and the MIAA tournament in its last season.

The lacrosse team played its first game on Monday, April 9 at home, against Middleborough High School, which they won 13-2.

Old Colony’s softball team is coached by Brandon Mendez, also the football coach. Mendez said that the goal for the team is to be competitive and win the Mayflower League, the vocational league division in which Old Colony competes. Mendez added that he and the team members would like to compete further, and win the State Vocational tournament as well.

The softball team started off the season with a bang, winning 16-1 against South Shore Vocational Technical High School on Thursday, April 5.

Last, but certainly not least, is Old Colony’s baseball team. The team is coached by Old Colony math teacher Craig Lincoln. Last year’s team won the Mayflower Championship and the vocational championship. The baseball team has six seniors: Paul Ashley, Cameron Nataly, Drew Sullivan, Kyle Sylvia, Joseph Weigel and Brandon Zakrousky.

The team beat Tri-County Technical High School 11-2 on April 9.

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

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Plumb Corner in Rochester Celebrates Easter

Plumb Corner celebrates Easter with egg hunt, music, giant bubbles

By Tanner Harding | Mar 31, 2018

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Photo by: Tanner Harding
Adeline Yuska, 7 weeks old, meets the Easter Bunny for the first time.

ROCHESTER — For two hours on an idyllic spring Saturday afternoon, the Plumb Corner parking lot was full of kids chasing giant bubbles, taking photos with the Easter Bunny and having balloon art made.

There was also an Easter egg hunt, during which the Rochester Police Department was on hand to take non-perishable donations for a food drive to aid senior citizens.

Liz Ashley and Justin Gallagher make balloon animals for kids. (Photo by: Tanner Harding)

The giant bubbles, courtesy of Chris Waters, were a big hit. (Photo by: Tanner Harding)

Chris Waters works his magic. (Photo by: Tanner Harding)

(Photo by: Tanner Harding)
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Memorial Day Boat Race

Memorial Day is still a couple of months away but plans are already underway for the Annual Memorial Day Boat Race.  This year the race will be held on Memorial Day, May 28, 2018.  With all the recent storms, volunteers will be busy clearing the trees and debris out of the Mattapoisett River for the upcoming race.

 For those interested in participating in the annual Memorial Day boat race but don’t quite know where to start, there will be a boat building seminar on April 14.

From 1-3 p.m., boats will be on display, plans will be available and boat builders will be on hand to answer questions at the Rochester Fire Department.

Additionally, participants can buy and sell river racing boats at the event.

For more information, contact Arthur Benner at 508-763-2024, or artbenner@comcast.net.

Stay tuned for more information as the race draws closer.

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Tour de Creme

Bonne DeSousa came to BOLD Moves Real Estate on Monday to talk to everyone about the great Tour de Creme.  The Tour de Creme bike event will be held on May 20, 2018.  The Tour de Creme combines a 75 mile bike ride along with delicious stops at some of the best local ice cream shops in the area.  It truly is a community event.  It is a fundraiser for the partnership of the Friends of the Bike Path and the Mattapoisett Land Trust.

Last year there were 150 riders and 3 routes.  They hope to double that this year.  Seven states were represented.  They are always looking for volunteers and BOLD Moves Real Estate will once again be a sponsor and volunteer at the event.

There is a family friendly registration fee and riders are encouraged to raise money for the cause.  There are fun prizes for levels of money raised all in support of the Friends of the Bike Path and the Mattapoisett Land Trust.  Plans are in the works to further expand the bike path and truly connect the Southcoast.

Registration opens on March 15th.  Visit the Tour de Creme Facebook page for more information.

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Nor’easter Riley Causes Havoc on the Southcoast

The weekend was a particularly trying time for the Southcoast and Cape Cod as Nor’easter Riley slammed into the area on Friday.  The rain was constant and the winds were howling all day long as well as on Saturday.  By Friday night, power outages were through the roof and trees and wires were blocking many of the roads throughout the area towns.  Just trying to get home on Friday night was a challenge.  Most of the roads were blocked and trying to get anywhere involved huge detours and driving by scary looking downed trees and wires.

With the saturated ground, trees went over by their roots landing on vehicles, houses, and buildings.  The police and fire departments in area towns worked overtime putting out fires, cutting up trees to make roads passable, moving wires, pumping out flooded basements and a myriad of other emergencies.

Facebook was full of frustration for  days without power, updates on the storm and outages, as well as people helping each other to cut up trees, check on elderly neighbors, pumping out basements, lending out generators, offering food, shelter, showers, and heat to those without.  

All this truly shows the special BOLDTowns we live in and our special communities where people care about their neighbors and town.  The site of the Eversource, Verizon, and various company trucks, (who came out to help) were a welcome site and power is still being restored as we speak.  To towns that had almost 100% power outages and the number continues to drop.  Eversource is hoping to have everyone restored by Wednesday or hopefully sooner.  We all gave a cheer as the bucket trucks approached our homes, knowing we would finally have power on.  Huge shout out to all the dedicated, police, fire, and energy workers working 24/7 to keep everyone safe and back on the grid.  People helping people is what it is all about!  Makes you truly appreciate your lifestyle and that morning cup of coffee.

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Rochester Elections in April

Two races shape up as Rochester nominations close

By Andrea Ray | Feb 22, 2018

 
 

ROCHESTER — Rochester voters have two election races on their hands when Town Elections are held on April 11; three candidates are vying for a seat on the town’s Board of Selectmen, while four residents are looking to secure two seats on the town’s Planning Board.

Election nominations closed on Wednesday, February 21.

While the candidates have until Friday, February 23 to officially withdraw from the race, should they decide to do so, Rochester’s current candidate field is official.

Board of Selectmen

Three people are seeking the seat of Selectman Naida Parker, whose term expires this year:

  • Paul Ciaburri
  • Cathy Mendoza
  • David Arancio

Ciaburri is the director of Rochester’s Emergency Management Committee, and recently retired from a longtime career at Moran Towing in New York. Mendoza has a long-term background in real estate and marketing, while Arancio is a Field Safety & Risk Manager at Dellbrook in Quincy, as well as a member of Rochester’s Zoning Board of Appeals and Finance Committee.

Planning Board

The four candidates for two Planning Board seats are:

  • Ben Bailey
  • John DiMaggio
  • Bill Milka
  • David Shaw

Bailey and DiMaggio are incumbents; they are seeking to return to their seats as their terms expire this year. Milka is the owner of Reliable Excavating in Rochester, while Shaw is currently a member of the town’s Cemetery Commission.

In other election news:

Town Moderator Kirby Gilmore, Tree Warden Jeff Eldridge, Board of Health Member Dale Barrows, Park Commission member Kenneth Ross, Water Commission member Michael Conway, Rochester School Committee members Tina Rood and Robin Rounseville, and Old Rochester School Committee member Cary Humphrey are all running unopposed to return to their seats, pending the possibility of a write in campaign.

Neither Noelle Johnson nor May Patricia Ruocco took out papers to return to the Plumb Library’s Board of Trustees. Instead, new candidates Gloria Vincent and Jordan Pouliot will take their seats, unless any candidate wages a successful write-in campaign.

A seat on the town’s Cemetery Commission will remain vacant pending a write-in campaign, as incumbent Veronica Lafreniere did not take out papers to return to her position.

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Girls Hockey Qualifies for First Championship

Shoot and score: hockey team qualifies for first championship

By Andrea Ray | Feb 12, 2018

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Photo by: Andrea Ray
Goalie Megan Nolan, a student at ORR, tries to block the play of fellow ORR student Elsie Buckley.

After eights years, the Bourne/Mashpee/Wareham/ORR girls’ ice hockey team is making headway into the game—the team qualified for its first South Coast Conference (SCC) championships this year.

“Yes, this is the first year we’ve qualified,” said the team’s head coach, Kristyn Alexander, as players went racing by her at Tabor Academy’s Travis Roy Ice Rink on Feb. 11.

“It’s really exciting to make it to the SCC,” said junior Old Rochester student Chelsea Peterson, of Rochester. “We’ve never been before.”

“Yeah, usually we’re the underdog,” added fellow student Elsie Buckley, also of Rochester.

Peterson started playing ice hockey around the age of three. Buckley, like so many others in Rochester, got her start skating on cranberry bogs.

Fellow player Kaitlin Kelley, an Old Rochester student from Wareham, said she had a choice. “I was playing gymnastics, and my brother was doing ice hockey. I had to pick one, and I chose hockey.” She’s been playing ever since.

Head Coach Alexander has been with the team since it began; Old Rochester Regional High School players joined the team three years ago.

The teammates say the best part of being on the team is getting to meet people from other schools. “We don’t all go to the same school,” Peterson explained, “so it’s really nice to meet people from other schools and make new friends.”

Players are capitalizing on a banner year; they also took home the Canal Cup earlier this year.

The playoff game is a traditional face-off between the Bourne/Mashpee/Wareham/ORR teams and Sandwich’s ice hockey teams. Both teams are headquartered at Gallo Ice Arena in Bourne.

“The boys’ rivalry has been going for awhile; the original Canal Cup started years ago,” Alexander explained. “The girls’ teams started playing four years ago. We won the first edition, then lost the next two, and now we’ve won again.”

That’s thanks to great plays in the net by the team’s goalies, Alexander said. “A lot of the times they’ve kept us in the game.”

The hockey team will play its next game against Scituate at Gallo Arena in Bourne, on Wednesday, February 14.

Bourne High School’s Avery Hathaway is all business during practice. (Photo by: Andrea Ray)

Abby Ariagno of Bourne faces off against ORR student Madison Guinen. (Photo by: Andrea Ray)

The cavalry is coming! ORR student Meg Berg leads players as they run suicide drills near the end of practice. (Photo by: Andrea Ray)
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