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Staging Tips for Spring

Staging Tips for Spring    by  HGTV

Brighten up your home and bring in buyers with these easy ideas.
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Springtime brings sunshine, showers — and plenty of opportunities for home staging. Make the most of the season with these fresh updates that are sure to attract buyers.
Whip your yard into shape. When you’re selling in the spring, you need to get your yard in shape as quickly as possible. Clear winter yard debris, and get frost-resistant plants that won’t be affected if a late cold spell hits. Or, invest in silk flowers for a touch of color that you don’t have to worry about watering.
Do some spring cleaning. It’s natural to want to spruce up your space in the spring, so scrub away! A sparkling home will impress buyers and make your home seem even more appealing.
Box up your winter wardrobe. Bulky winter clothes take up lots of space, so move them out as you de-clutter your closets. You’ll impress buyers with all that space.
Spruce up the entryway. If your welcome mat is covered with winter dirt, pick up a new one. A clean, pretty doorway will help set the tone for the entire showing.
Bring spring aromas indoors. Spring is not only a colorful season, but a fragrant one, too. Bring the aroma indoors. Scents have a profound effect on mood, so infusing scent into your decor with diffusers, candles, fresh cut plants/flowers, or incense can change the overall feeling of a space.
Bring out the bright colors. Tuck away the heavy, winter flannel comforter and pull out crisp linens with coverlets for color. Bring in the spring with floral-designed spreads or colorful solids. Don’t forget accent pillows for added style and comfort.Click below for more great tips for your home by HGTV

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Old Colony Voke

Snow Day Message at Old Colony Voke

Old Colony superintendent announces snow day in song

Mar 14, 2017

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ROCHESTER — Lots of people have covered Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” but who knew it would make such a great snow announcement? Check out this video from Old Colony Vocational School’s superintendent Aaron Polansky.


This great video made The Sippican Village Soup as well as ABC News.  What a great No School Announcement!

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ORR Boys Basketball and Hockey Move to Playoffs

Hockey, basketball moving on in playoffs

By Tanner Harding | Mar 07, 2017

Courtesy of: Rick Manning    Players fall to their knees in celebration.

MATTAPOISETT — The Old Rochester Regional winter teams have begun their playoff runs. The boys hockey and basketball teams won their first two games in the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association Division 3 South Tournament.

ORR/Fairhaven hockey beat Foxboro 9-0 on March 1, and went on to beat No. 4 Hopkinton 4-3 in a double overtime game. The team will play No. 16 Dartmouth in Bourne at Gallo Rink on Wednesday at 6:45 p.m.

The boys basketball team came back to beat Cardinal Spellman 68-66 on March 2 after falling behind by 16 points. ORR got the tying basket with 10 seconds to spare and managed to sink the winning basket at the buzzer. The team then went on to beat No. 2 Mashpee 69-64 and will play Hanover on Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. in Brockton.

The girls basketball team played Rockland on March 1 and lost 51-32, ending its playoff run.

Both the boys and girls track team went to the Division 5 State Championship and the boys made history and took home the win.

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Old Rochester Regional High School Football

All-State Track

All-State Track: Dartmouth’s Colin McCabe and Old Rochester’s Danny Renwick capture state titles


It’s official.SouthCoast is home to the top high jumper and shot putter in the entire state.

Dartmouth’s Colin McCabe and Old Rochester’s Danny Renwick emerged victorious in their respective events Sunday, with McCabe taking the shot put and Renwick winning the high jump during the MIAA All-State Track and Field Championship at the Reggie Lewis Center.

With six athletes still competing at 6-foot, 6-inches, Renwick faced some of his toughest competition of the year and rose to the occasion, popping off a school-record jump of 6-10, breaking the previous mark of 6-09 set by Peter Asci in the mid 2000s.

“They were really pushing me to jump my best,” said Renwick, a senior.

“It was good competition for him, which he hasn’t had. A lot of kids jumped really well at high jump for both boys and girls,” Old Rochester girls track coach Cindy Tilden. “He liked having the competition there. Having the other boys jumping well pushed him on. That helped a lot.”

Tilden said Renwick made each height — starting at six feet — on his first jump until 6-10 when it took three attempts.

“I felt good today. I had a lot of pop in my jumps,” he said. “I knew I could jump high.”

The possibility of jumping 6-10 didn’t cross Renwick’s mind at the start of the season.

“I’m really happy to get the school record, but I wasn’t expecting it,” he said. “I worked hard in the offseason. I didn’t do cross country, but I lifted a lot. And Cindy (Tilden) helped with my form and approach.”

McCabe, a senior at Dartmouth, felt good during warmups and it showed in his first throw — a winning distance of 55 feet, 7.25 inches, more than three feet further than second place. But he wasn’t able to come close to that in his next five throws, leaving the All-State champion hungry for New Englands.

“I’m happy with the victory, but not with the way I performed today,” McCabe said. “The first throw felt really good. After that throw, it was a bad day for me.”

“It’s nice to see an athlete not be satisfied with first place,” said Dartmouth track coach Jeff Reed. “It’s nice to see Colin isn’t going to settle for first; he wants the PR. He wants to get 60 feet. He’s definitely focused on throwing a lot better (at New Englands) than he did today.”

Still, Reed wanted McCabe to enjoy this moment — one so many can only dream of.

old him, ‘Take a step back and enjoy the fact that you’re a state champion,'” he said.

McCabe and Renwick will head to New Englands on Saturday, along with Old Rochester’s Will Hopkins and Eli Spevack.

Renwick was one hundredth of a second away from an All-State title in the 55-meter hurdles, finishing second (7.65) to Brookline’s Andrew Chabon (7.64).

“It’s a little disappointing because you’re so close and you think if I went a little faster, I could have won, but I got a personal best so I can’t be too upset with that,” said Renwick.

Hopkins came in sixth (7.84) in the hurdles in front of Spevack (seventh; 7.88). All three ORR hurdlers recorded personal-best times.

ORR’s 4×400 relay team of Spevack, Adam Sylvia, Anthony Childs and Renwick took 10th (3:30.57), cutting off three seconds and moving up 11 spots from their seed.

“They did awesome,” Tilden said.

As a team, the Old Rochester boys finished sixth with 23 points, the most at All-States in recent memory. Newton North won with 34 points.

For the ORR girls, Brooke Santos took 14th in the 55 hurdles (9.08) and 22nd in the high jump (5-00) while Mikayla Chandler ran 11.12 in the 55 dash and threw 16-09.50 in the adaptive shot put.

“She’s a role model for a lot of people in adaptive sports,” Tilden said. “In the 55, she runs with the top dogs. Same with the shot put, she’s in the same flights.”

Apponequet’s Sam Ferreira took 10th in the high jump (6-00) while teammate Caitlin Sardelis was 18th in the 55 hurdles (9.15). GNB Voc-Tech’s DJ Amado came in 15th in the 55 dash (6.72). For Dartmouth, Ben Paine placed 17th in the 600 meters (1:25.41).

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Sippican Cafe

Sippican Cafe Becoming Atlantic Bistro

Sippican Cafe gets new name, new owners, new menu

By Georgia Sparling | Feb 15, 2017

Photo by: Georgia SparlingChris and Jennifer Thibeault hope to open The Atlantic Bistro, formerly Sippican Cafe, by Memorial Day.

MARION — The new owners of Sippican Café want their restaurant to be the spot for a nice night out without a lot of fuss.

“My mantra is ‘simple is better.’” said Chris Thibeault. He added, “We still want it to be approachable, but it will be a little more upscale than Sippican was.”

He and his wife Jennifer aren’t new to the restaurant business. In fact, it’s where they met.

“He was the chef. I was the bartender,” said Jennifer.

After the two married and had kids, they got out of the restaurant business for a while.

“When the kids were little, the whole restaurant thing wasn’t going to work out,” said Chris.

He worked at Great Hill Dairy in Marion for seven years while Jennifer went to work at Verizon. With their two kids approaching their teen years, the time felt right to open a restaurant.

The couple spent three years looking for the perfect place.

“We wanted to own our own building so we could create our own thing, not in someone else’s space,” said Jennifer.

Although they originally wanted a spot closer to home, being able to purchase a restaurant that needed few renovations was too good to pass up.

Chris, who was already familiar with Marion, also liked how much the town reminded him of Nantucket, one of several places where he worked.

“We can’t commute to Nantucket, but we can have that same vibe,” he said.

Along with new owners, the Sippican Café will also have a new name – The Atlantic Bistro – and it will have a fresh, seasonal, made-from-scratch menu.

“I threw out all the microwaves that were here,” Chris said.

While he will be “shaking some rust off,” Chris has a good handle on the menu. He has worked in kitchens from here to Cork, Ireland, served as the chef de cuisine at a popular French bistro in the Boston area and cooked for the willing taste testers in his neighborhood.

Chris wants to source seasonal ingredients with an emphasis on local produce, when possible, and he is confident the menu will offer something for everyone.

The tentative menu includes coriander crusted salmon, French onion soup and a burger with smoked bacon. There will also be house-made kielbasa and a “sexy” wine and cocktail menu.

“I don’t want it to be too intimidating to people,” Chris said.

The Thibeaults would like to open by Memorial Day at the latest. In the meantime, they are applying for a liquor license and doing minor upgrades to the building.

Once The Atlantic Bistro does begin to welcome customers it will be for dinners only. The couple said brunch won’t be on the menu just yet.

“We need to get our bearings until we get going,” Jennifer said.

Plus, Chris will run the majority of operations while Jennifer continues working as a manager at Verizon and taking care of the kids while her husband establishes the restaurant. They know owning a business will be a challenge, but Jennifer said having their own place at last is something the whole family is excited about.

“We love the town of Marion and we just love this location.”

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Old Rochester Regional High School Football

Old Rochester Girls Claim Sixth-straight SCC Indoor Track Title

That’s a half-dozen in a row for the Old Rochester girls.The Bulldogs indoor track team claimed its sixth-straight South Coast Conference Indoor Track championship on Saturday, easily out-pacing the rest of the field with 109 points. Dighton-Rehoboth was second with 58 and Fairhaven, Apponequet and Wareham tied for third with 37. Seekonk (21) placed sixth, Bourne (8) was seventh, Case (2) was eighth and GNB Voc-Tech (1) was ninth.

ORR got wins from Madeline Scheub in the 600 (1:51.27), Madison Martin in the 1-mile (5:52.76), Avery Nugent in the 2-mile (12:43.54) and Brooke Santos in the 55 hurdles (9.09). The Bulldogs’ 4×400 relay was also first in 4:35.82.

Apponequet’s Emilia Lauzon won the 300 in 44.65, while teammate Vayna Doyle won the high jump at 5-foot-0.

Wareham’s Chayla Ewing defended her conference title in the 55 with a 7.75 time, beating the Lakers’ Jordan McClowsy by a thousands of a second. The Vikings got third-place finishes from Renneanna Dillen in the 1-mile (6:00.59), Taylor Gerbig in the high jump (4-10) and their 400 relay team (Adriana Santos, Natalia Moulding, Rawding, Ewing) in 4:45.64.

For Fairhaven, Sam Hathway won the 1,000 in 3:25.42, Sam Fernandes was second in the 1-mile in 5:53.05 and Brooke Douglass was third in the 55-meter hurdles in 9.39. All three will compete in the Div. 5 State Championship on Friday at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston.

On the boys side, Dighton-Rehoboth claimed a conference crown with 85.5 points. Old Rochester placed second with 65, followed by Case (59) in third, GNB Voc-Tech (42) in fourth, Apponequet (28) in fifth, Seekonk (14) in sixth, Wareham (10) in seventh, Fairhaven (6) in eighth and Bourne (0.5) in ninth.

The Bulldogs’ Danny Renwick won the 55 hurdles (7.96) and the high jump (6-foot-6), while Apponequet’s Aidan MacSweeney won the 1-mile (5:11.68) and Wareham’s Bradley Harunkiewicz won the shot put (45-11). The Bears got wins from Dejury Amado in the 55 (6.71), Noah Martni in the 300 (38.13) and the 4×400 relay (Devon Santos, Amado, Matt Cummings, Martin) in 3:45.91.

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Old Rochester Girls Basketball Team Readies for Playoffs

ORR girls basketball team readies for playoffs

By Tanner Harding | Feb 08, 2017

Photo by: Tanner HardingThe team works on offense during a practice.

MATTAPOISETT — The Old Rochester Regional girls basketball team is having its best season in years, and the players are ready to take full advantage of it.

“We want the conference championship,” senior co-captain Emma Collings said. “And then we can focus on a bigger goal.”

While a historically successful program, the team has had a few down years. However, currently sitting at 14-4 and in a three-way tie at the top of the conference, this year’s team has already qualified for the South Coast Conference tournament.

“We’ve continued to improve as the season has gone on,” head coach Bob Hohne said. “We have a lot of depth on our team. A freshman is leading the team in rebounds.”

The team struggled to score early on in the season and had a tough time scoring even 30 points a game.

In the past handful of games, however, the team has been able to put up 50 points.

“We’ve made a huge leap forward,” Hohne said. “The entire team has started to develop its identity.”

Hohne has coached the girls basketball team for 39 years, and while he generally thinks of himself as a defensive coach, the identity of his teams is always different.

“I don’t stick to a system,” he said. “I find a system that works for the talent we have.”

Sophia Church, another co-captain, agreed that finding the team’s game as the season went on helped with offense.

“I think in the beginning of the season we were still trying to find our team,” she said. “It was hard. The chemistry was off.”

But instead of falling apart, the team found ways to pull together.

From sharing meals to sharing jokes in group chats, the players know how important it is to be unified.

“We had team dinners to bond and we really welcomed the freshmen” Church said.

Senior co-captain Emily Hiller also attributed the team’s success to the friendship the players have fostered.

“I think everyone’s a lot closer this year, and everyone takes criticism really well,” she said. “It’s all about communication. We listen to each other. Whether you’re a captain or not, anyone can help.”

Collings said this closeness is different than past years on the team, where there tended to be a rivalry between younger incoming players and the older returning players.

“Last year there was butting heads, but this year we’re together,” she said. “It’s been really good. We’ve got good mojo.”

As the team plays its final stretch before the playoffs, the players can go into games knowing they’ve already secured a spot in the postseason.

They can also be confident that they’ll go even further.

“It’s awesome, it’s really rewarding,” Hiller said. “We’re a wicked good team.”

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T.U.R.F., Inc.

T.U.R.F., Inc.

Old Rochester Regional High School FootballWhat is T.U.R.F., Inc. all about?   Tri-Town Unified Recreational Facilities (T.U.R.F., Inc.) is a citizen-based non-profit organization, formed to fulfill the vision of a first-class facility at Old Rochester Regional High School.

The fields and facilities at Old Rochester Regional High School are the common ground of the Tri-Town area.  Every day brings a diverse group of students and community members together to run the track, hop on the tennis courts, or join their teams on the playing fields.  Each year thousands of friends, neighbors and teammates cross paths and strengthen connections.  The fields at the high school have not been upgraded since the school’s 2000 addition, and the facility is showing its age.

T.U.R.F., Inc. would like to transform ORRHS fields into a premiere facility for the tri-towns to use.  This would include:

  •  The installation of synthetic turf playing fields;
  •  The redevelopment of track & tennis facilities;
  • The rebuilding of grass baseball fields.


This complex will bring our athletic programs to the next level, creating more opportunities for our youth and recreational programs, and expand opportunities for adult athletic and civic programs.

Studies have shown that areas with modern recreational areas see a property value increase of 17% or more, and areas with poorly maintained rec areas see their property values decrease.

The Committee is looking for  your help, no matter how big or small.  They usually meet on the first Wednesday of each month at 7:30pm in the ORR High School Media Center, but you can also check out their Facebook page and  website page “Come To Our Next Meeting.”

T.U.R.F., Inc.

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Bus Service Begins in Marion and Mattapoisett

New bus route begins Monday for Marion, Mattapoisett

By Georgia Sparling | Jan 31, 2017

Courtesy of: GATRA/SRTAThe new bus route follows Route 6.

A new bus service from Wareham to New Bedford will begin soon, including service for Marion and Mattapoisett.

The Greater Attleboro Taunton Regional Transit Authority (GATRA) and Southeastern Regional Transit Authority (SRTA) collaborated on the new route, which begins Feb. 6.

There will be two round trips in the morning and two in the afternoon, Mondays through Wednesdays.

“This is a very exciting chance to link social services, businesses and the people of our collective communities to new employment and educational opportunities,” SRTA Administrator Erik Rousseau wrote in SRTA Administrator Erik Rousseau wrote in an email.

As the program is grant-funded, there won’t be any cost to the communities through which the buses will travel.

“It’s been a need,” GATRA Administrator Frank Gay said in 2016. “It’s been something that’s been identified for a number of years and something that we’ve been trying to figure out how to fund.”

Half of the funding, about $42,000, came from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, with the transportation services matching the amount.

Awarded in July, the grant will last one year, but GATRA can apply for a second year.

Gay said the transportation authority usually like to assess a new program over two to three years.

The program will be a boost for Marion and Mattapoisett residents in need of public transportation.

Council on Aging departments in the three towns offer some public transportation, and SRTA provides limited on-demand service for Mattapoisett residents who qualify for assistance to get to medical appointments. Marion and Rochester, however, do not belong to GATRA or SRTA, and unfortunately, the Route 6 route won’t improve public transportation for Rochester unless residents can get to the route on Marion or Mattapoisett.

While there are not specific bus stops in Marion and Mattapoisett, the bus can be stopped along the route ad there are approximate times the bus will pass prominent corners in each town.

In Marion, the corner is Route 6 and Route 105. Eastbound times at that location are 8:06 a.m., 10:06 a.m., 2:36 p.m. and 4:36 p.m. The approximate time buses will reach that corner going westbound are 8:40 a.m., 10:50 a.m., 3:20 p.m. and 5:20 p.m.

In Mattapoisett, the corner is at Route 6 and North Street. Eastbound stops are at 7:55 a.m., 9:55 a.m., 2:25 p.m. and 4:35 p.m. Westbound stops are 9:01 a.m., 11:01 a.m., 3:31 p.m., and 5:31 p.m.

Riders should arrive at least five minutes early.

There are a total of seven stops on the route: The New Bedford Terminal, the Southcoast Health System in Fairhaven, Shaw’s/Greater New Bedford Health Center in Wareham, the Wareham Multi Service Center and Cranberry Plaza, also in Wareham.

The fare is $1.50 each way and 75¢ for senior citizens 60 years and older, children ages 6 to 11, those with a registered disability and Medicare recipients. Children under 6 travel for free.

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Sippican Woods

Sippican Woods in Marion

Sippican Woods to offer affordable homes

By Tanner Harding and Georgia Sparling | Jan 18, 2017

Photo by: Tanner Harding

MARION — More affordable housing is coming to Marion.

Following the completion of the Marion Village Estates apartments, Baywatch Realty is proceeding with its adjacent 36-house development named Sippican Woods. Nine of those homes will go to lower income families in a lottery to be held in February.

The development is part of the plan for 60 apartments and 36 homes approved five years ago to add “40B” affordable housing for residents. The “40B” regulation allows the developer to bypass local zoning restrictions if a percentage of homes are sold or rented at below-market costs to people who meet the income requirements, and if a town has not met the state-required 10 percent minimum  of affordable housing in its boundaries.

The apartments, all of meet the state’s requirement for affordable housing, were completed in August 2015 and are full, said Ken Steen of Baywatch Realty. Affordable housing takes into account the median income in an area.

Preliminary work for the houses is underway, and Steen said the first affordable houses will likely be completed by the end of this summer.

“How many qualified applicants we have will determine the rate at which we construct the affordable houses,” he said.

Each affordable home is approximately 1,600 square feet, will have three bedrooms and one and a half baths, and will cost $213,300. Homeowners Association fees are $45 a month.

The affordable homes will only be sold to households with incomes at or below 80 percent of the area median income. The maximum allowable income starts at $46,000 for a single person and goes up to $76,250 for six people.

Everyone in the household must also qualify as a first-time homebuyer, and the household must be pre-approved for a mortgage.

The town also requires that preference be given to local residents for 70 percent of the homes, or six of the nine.

For this requirement, an applicant must be a current resident of Marion, have resided in Marion for at least five years, have a child who has lived in Marion the past five years, or be a full- or part-time town employee.

The remaining 27 homes are also generating a lot of interest. Though Steen said there isn’t a hard timeline for the project, some of the houses already have buyers.

He also said the project could take a year to finish or it could take three. It depends on demand.

“We started marketing them about four weeks ago,” he said. “There’s been a tremendous amount of interest.”

The deadline for the application to participate in the lottery is Feb. 14 at 2 p.m., and the lottery will be held Feb. 28 at 6 p.m. at the Elizabeth Taber Library.

“We’re excited to get into the for sale portion of the project,” Steen said. “We look forward to completing it. We think it’s a great product. We think it’s something the town is in need of.”

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