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Old Rochester Youth Football and Cheering Car Wash

Rochester Youth Football and Cheering

Who doesn’t need their car washed during this dry, dusty summer?   Join Old Rochester Youth Football and Cheering for their Car Wash and Bake Sale on Saturday, (tomorrow), August 20th from 10-2  at the Mattapoisett Fire Department.

The price is $5.00 per car.  Support your local football and cheering team and come on out and get your car sparkling clean and enjoy some goodies.  It’s all for a great cause.

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Fresh Air Fund in the Tri-town

Fresh Air Fund gets children out of the city, into the tri-town

By Tanner Harding | Jul 24, 2016
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Photo: Tanner HardingTracy Fiore, Ella and Lilah Gendrea, Faust Fiore and Ella in front enjoy the Harbor Days festivities in Mattapoisett.

MATTAPOISETT — Many people remember spending the summers of their childhood playing outside with their friends or swimming in the pool in their backyard. But in cities like New York, many children don’t get the opportunities to enjoy their summer vacation in those ways.

However, since 1877 the nonprofit organization Fresh Air Fund has been working to get kids out of busy cities during the summer months. The Fresh Air Fund was created to get inner city children from New York out of the hot city and into fresh air, particularly children hit by the tuberculosis epidemic, as fresh air was seen as a cure for respiratory diseases.

Today, families throughout the East Coast and southern Canada continue to host inner city children ages 7 to 18 for a week or two during the summer. In Mattapoisett, Tracy Fiore and her family are hosing Ella, a 7-year-old from New York City, for the second summer in a row.

“She’s a very bright little girl, very inquisitive, she loves doing anything,” Fiore said.

Ella was a bit shy around this reporter, but it was clear that she’s enjoying her time outside of the big city.

One of the goals of the organization is to expose the children to things that they wouldn’t necessarily get to experience in a city environment.

“[We do] things like walking barefoot on the grass, feeding the birds,” Fiore said. “I have chickens, so we check for eggs.”

Despite Ella’s young age, Fiore said she handles being away from her family well.

“She’s really brave and independent,” she said. “She’s very well behaved, very smart, very helpful.”

Parents hear about the program through television advertisements and can sign up through social service agencies or churches, and the children are then paired with a host family in a more suburban or rural area.

Fiore said she knows of families in Dartmouth and Rochester as well who are doing the program. Many people are like her, and host the same children multiple years in a row.

“When I picked Ella up,” Fiore recalled, “there were people with signs that said ‘welcome back…for the fifth summer.’”

Families interested in hosting a child next year can visit www.freshair.org to learn more.

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Gypsy Moths Invade the Tri-Town

Gypsy moths invade tri-town

By Tanner Harding and Douglas McCulloch | Jul 20, 2016

Courtesy of: Konrad Lackerbeck

The moths are everywhere. Fluttering around trees in your backyard. Flying into your windshield. Beating on the back door. But the big problem, experts say, is likely yet to come.

The fluttering horde is made up of gypsy moths, newly hatched from what is being described as the worst outbreak of the leaf-eating caterpillars since 1981.

Now, emerged from their cocoons, the moths are looking for mates and laying eggs – so that even more little worms can chomp on your trees next year.

The moths begin their lives as larvae, according to the University of Massachusetts Amherst Center for Agriculture, Food, and the Environment. A female gypsy moth typically lays about 600 eggs at a time, and the eggs usually hatch in early May.

The larvae complete several moults, then pupate toward the end of June. They emerge two weeks later as adult moths. The gypsy moth mating season usually continues until late July to early August.

The main reason for the severe outbreak this year is a lack of rain, causing the biggest gypsy moth outbreak since 1981, according to University of Massachusetts Amherst entomology professor Joseph Elkinton.

Gypsy moths are not indigenous to North America, and were brought here by a French scientist in 1869. The moths escaped from a laboratory in Medford and have been causing trouble ever since. While most insects play a vital role in our ecosystem, the gypsy moth has no ecological benefit. They’re strictly pests, according to Mattapoisett Tree Committee Chair Sandy Hering.

“Gypsy moths have been a real problem in various spots in the state,” she said. “I would say here on the South Coast we have pockets that are very bad.”

And residents have taken notice.

“The Tree Committee hasn’t received any specific complaints about it,” Hering said. “But at Harbor Days I heard people complaining about them flying around.”

While Mattapoisett hasn’t had any official complaints, Marion Tree Committee Chair Margie Baldwin said she had.

“I’ve had a few calls,” Baldwin said.

At Marion’s Fall Town Meeting, voters approved spending $10,000 in the event the Tree Committee needed to spray trees to kill larvae. However, according to Baldwin, the committee decided that wasn’t necessary this year.

The one natural enemy of the caterpillars is the fungus entomophaga maimaiga, one that grows naturally and affects the gut of the caterpillars, thus acting like a natural insecticide to control gypsy moth outbreaks.

“We asked for money to monitor the eggs, and it wasn’t as bad as last year,” she said. “But the problem is we haven’t had any rain, so the fungus can’t grow. It could be bad next year.”

According to Hering, the moth outbreaks in the 80s were horrible, but got better as the fungus started to affect them.

“Now, for whatever reason, it has gotten bad again,” she said.

At this point in the season, it’s too late to control the outbreak. Once the caterpillars turn into moths, they stop eating and concentrate on laying eggs, which will hatch in the spring.

“We can’t do anything until next spring when they hatch,” Baldwin said. “You have to exactly monitor the time of it.”

Baldwin anticipates that the committee will again ask for money in case it needs to spray the trees to combat the moths come spring.

There are several options for homeowners to protect their shade trees from gypsy moths.

Elkinton recommends hiring a professional to apply pesticides to trees in early May just before eggs begin to hatch. It can be pricey, however.

“It’s expensive, but so is cutting down a dead tree,” Elkinton said.

Experts recommend inspecting trees for signs of gypsy moth egg masses during the fall and winter and removing them.

Officials in Rochester could not be reached in time for printing.

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Marion 4th of July Horse Show

Washburn Park sees 69th 4th of July Horse Show

By Tanner Harding | Jul 04, 2016

Photo by: Tanner HardingRiders display their command of their horses at the Fourth of July Horse Show.

MARION — The Marion Horse Show Committee put on its 69th Fourth of July horse show this year at Washburn Park.

The show featured 78 different classes, ranging from miniature horse jumping to novice riding.

“We have all different types of horses here,” committee secretary Melissa Weigel said. “It’s open to anyone.”

People of any age and experience could register to participate in the events, which were judged by Tom O’Neil from Chester, New Hampshire and Marissa Wolk from Saundertown, Rhode Island.

New this year in the show was the Cowboy Classic, which was an event strictly for rescued horses.

“Many of the horses were rescued from kill farms,” Weigel said.

The event was named after a rescue horse, Cowboy, that participated in the show last year and died shortly after. Cowboy was rescued from a kill farm in Nevada prior to competing.

“It’s really special,” Weigel said of the new event.

There was a large crowd all throughout the afternoon, with the committee estimating around 200 people at any given time.

“I love how it’s open to the public,” Weigel said. “Maybe people who aren’t familiar with horses will see it and want to start riding. I love that the community can be involved.”

The committee also had a fundraising “Chinese auction” set up, which is run like a combination of a raffle and auction. All money raised will be used to host next year’s show.

There was also face painting and pony rides as well as food available.

Riders walk their horses around the ring. (Photo by: Tanner Harding)

The riders line their horses up for judging. (Photo by: Tanner Harding)

Olivia Peters, 7, from Marion gently plays with the mane of a pony. (Photo by: Tanner Harding)

The revived 4-H club Tails ‘N Trails had a tent at the show. (Photo by: Tanner Harding)
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Marion Fourth of July Parade 2016

The Marion Fourth of July Parade went off without a hitch yesterday.  The weather was hot and sunny and perfect for a parade.  The parade stepped off at 9 am and there was a great turnout standing along the route to cheer on their favorite participants.  The parade included our honored Veterans, local bands, floats of area businesses, Girl,  Boy and Cub Scouts, lots of new and antique tractors and also vintage cars.

There was lots of candy throwing and kids scrambling to pick it up as well as well as floats covered in bubbles.  Of course the parade always ends with all the local fire department trucks and vehicles with their loud sirens blaring. It really was a great end to a special parade.  It’s a local tradition that everyone always enjoys.

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ORRJHS Seventh Grade “Survival”

Seventh graders ‘survive’ wilderness trip

By Tanner Harding | Jun 19, 2016

Photo by: Tanner HardingFamily members wait for the seventh graders to arrive.

MATTAPOISETT — The families of 120 seventh graders waited excitedly outside of Old Rochester Regional Junior High on Saturday afternoon. Some had signs while others had balloons. All were waiting to welcome the students back from the 44th annual Survival week.

The students spent seven days in a field in Northfield. Three of those days were spent on outdoor education, such as learning navigation, learning the history of the environment around them and studying the mountains. The rest of the days were spent hiking.

Their first time out of the wilderness in almost a week, the students all seemed to agree on two things: Survival was a lot of fun, and the hiking was really hard.

“We hiked all day,” Jared Achorn said. “We didn’t get a lot of breaks.”

Ultimately, toughing it out is what Survival is all about.

During the hiking part of the trip, “the kids get limited food,” one of the organizers, Rory McPhee, said. “They get an apple in the morning and a cup of soup in the evening.”

But on top of learning wilderness skills and how to go to bed hungry, Survival also serves as a way for students to bond as the school year comes to an end.

“My favorite part was definitely the campfires,” Achorn said. “All the singing, getting to become closer with your friends, the whole experience was cool.”

Survival was started in 1972 by science teachers who wanted to teach students about the local environment. At the time they only went as far as Rochester. That field trip turned into an overnight trip, and continued to grow and evolve. The trip, as it currently operates, is more educational than the militaristic vibe it used to have.

The students were accompanied by 55 chaperones of all ages, including police officers, college students and eighth graders who participated in the trip the year before.

“I would definitely want to come back and chaperone,” seventh grader Carly Drew said. “It was fun.”

The packs the students lived out of for the week. (Photo by: Tanner Harding)
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Fieldstone Farm Market

Walls Up at Fieldstone Farm Market in Marion

Construction  of Fieldstone Farm Market is well underway.  The walls are going up as planned in preparation for a fall opening.  Fieldstone Farm Market, owned and operated by Arnie Johnson of Rochester will offer fresh fruits and vegetables as well as an ice cream window.  Stay tuned to our website for more updates as construction continues.  Arnie is very excited to be bringing a new, customer friendly market to Marion with local and fresh produce.

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This blog was posted on www.fieldstonefarmmarket.com on June 21, 2016.

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Graduation Day in Southcoast Massachusetts

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It’s Graduation time in Southcoast Massachusetts and many schools held their graduation ceremony this past weekend.  Saturday’s weather cooperated for area outdoor ceremonies and was a beautiful sunny day.  The schools that opted for graduation on Sunday did not fare so well.  Sunday brought with it drizzle and showers and rain by the end of the day.

Here is a list of area graduation dates for local high schools and colleges.

UMass Dartmouth held their ceremony on Friday, May 13th

Bristol Community College: Saturday, June 4th

New Bedford Voke: Wednesday, June 1st

Wareham High School:  Friday, June 3rd

Old Rochester Regional High School, Saturday, June 4th

Bishop Stang High School:  Saturday, June 4th

Fairhaven High School:  Sunday, June5th

Old Colony Voke:  Sunday, June 5th

Dartmouth High School:  Sunday, June 5th

New Bedford High School:  Thursday, June 9th

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Memorial Day

Memorial Day in the Tri-town

Memorial Day in the Tri-town.  Rochester held their Annual Memorial Day Parade on Sunday. Rochester fared far better with its Memorial Day celebration than Marion and Mattapoisett did on rainy Monday. Sunday, May 29, was a great day for a parade, warm and sunny. At the Town Hall,  the names of the fallen soldiers were read aloud and the Rochester Memorial School Band played patriotic songs before heading out for the parade. Rochester’s oldest living veteran, Hormidas “Butch” Boucher, was honored as well. Bouchard is 97 and a submarine veteran of World War II.

Mattapoisett was not able to hold their traditional Memorial Day Parade on Monday due to the heavy rains, but remembered the veterans with an indoor ceremony at Center School’s gymnasium.   The theme of this year was honoring World War II Veterans, although all veterans from the Civil War to the present day were honored.  Florence Eastman Post 280 American Legion hosts the annual celebration and Legion Commander Michael Lamoureux was the Master of Ceremonies.

Marion continued its 84 year Memorial Day tradition.  The Benjamin D. Cushing VFW Post 2425 members led groups of scouts and residents to the cemeteries in Marion to plant flowers at all the graves of departed veterans.  This year was met with sadness, since VFW Post 2425 will most likely be dissolved by next year.  The community as well as the Marion Recreation Department and the Marion Firefighters’ Association stepped up to show their support and have pledged to carry out the tradition in the coming years.  Each veteran’s grave will continue to receive a flag and a flower every Memorial Day.

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Fieldstone Farm Market

Fieldstone Farm Market of Marion Update

Here is the latest update for Fieldstone Farm Market of Marion.  The foundation has been poured and Arne Johnson, owner, is hoping to see the walls start to go up next week.  There is lots of activity at the site of the former Frigate Restaurant on Rt. 6.

The fruit and vegetable market will have fresh produce with an emphasis on fresh and local.  Having worked in the local produce field for many years, Arne has lots of experience in bringing the best possible fruits and vegetables to the community.

There will also be an ice cream window with local flavors.  Look for the fall opening of Fieldstone Farm Market and more updates as construction continues.

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