Memorial Day Weekend was a busy time in Rochester, MA. The Memorial Day Parade kicked off from the Town Hall on Sunday, May 24th. The parade included The Rochester Memorial School Band, the Rochester Firefighters, The Rochester Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts as well as the Rochester Girl Scouts and Brownies and Daisies. The Town Selectmen as well as Representative Bill Straus read the names of the Veterans of Rochester who have ensured our country’s freedom. It is a Rochester tradition in every sense of the word.
Monday, May 25th brought the Rochester Memorial Day Boat Race. It was a beautiful day for the race and 66 boats headed out from Gramma Hartley’s Reservoir, Snipatuit Rd. Rochester at one minute intervals starting at 8:30 AM. They finished 2-4 hours later at the Mattapoisett Herring Run on Rt. 6, Mattapoisett.
The Awards ceremony was held at the Rochester Memorial School at 7:30 PM and was dedicated to the memory Charles “Chuck” Gonneville who was a custodian at the school and was an integral part of the Boat Race. He was involved with every aspect of the planning and implementation of the race and he was sorely missed. A flag was donated by the Shay family and hung in the gymnasium in memory of Chuck. His family was present for the dedication.
The overall results for the race were: First Place; Billy Watling and Dave Lawrence, 2nd Place, Ian MacGregor and Jake Goyette and Third Place: Andy Weigel and Jay Lawrence. There were awards for Parent-Child, Co-Ed, Woman’s, Junior Girls and Boys, and Old Man of the River.
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