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Field Hockey: Varsity Game 2016-10-27 3:30pm Dartmouth @ Dartmouth Bus: 2:15pm
Football: Freshman Game 2016-10-27 3:30pm Greater New Bedford RVTHS @ Greater New Bedford RVTHS Bus: 2:15pm
Field Hockey: Freshman Game 2016-10-27 4:00pm vs. Brockton @ Old Rochester Regional High School
Soccer:Boys Varsity Game 2016-10-27 4:00pm Cape Cod Regional Tech @ Cape Cod Regional Tech Bus: 2:15pm
Soccer:Boys JV Game 2016-10-27 4:00pm Cape Cod Regional Tech @ Cape Cod Regional Tech Bus: 2:15pm (Cancelled)
Volleyball: JV Game 2016-10-27 4:00pm Sturgis West @ Hyannis Youth Arena Bus: 2:15pm
Volleyball: Freshman Game 2016-10-27 4:00pm Sturgis West @ Hyannis Youth Arena Bus: 2:15pm
Field Hockey: JV Game 2016-10-27 5:00pm Dartmouth @ Dartmouth High School Bus: 2:15pm
Volleyball: Varsity Game 2016-10-27 5:30pm Sturgis West @ Hyannis Youth Arena Bus: 2:15pm
Here is today’s athletic schedule at Old Rochester Regional High School.  Come on out and support your local high school athletic team.
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Clown Sighting in Marion

Kids report clown lingering near Sippican School in Marion

By Georgia Sparling | Oct 13, 2016

MARION — Creepy clowns sightings are happening all over the country, and now they’ve made it to Marion.

On Wednesday afternoon, two Sippican School kids reported to police that they saw a clown in the ball field behind the Town House. Both children were on the same bus, and the reports were made after they got home.

“Whether they thought they saw something or they actually saw something somebody playing a prank, it is cause for concern,” said Lt. John Garcia of the Marion Police Department.

Police spoke with construction workers at the Marion Art Center who were working outside as well as others in the area, but none of them saw a clown. A search of streets in Marion Village also turned up nothing.

Garcia said this is the first report of anyone dressed as a clown in town, and that police will be in the Sippican School area over the next few days to keep an eye out.

He also said it’s not illegal to dress as a clown, unless it’s done with the intent of causing alarm.

“I suspect throughout the region it’s probably going to get a little worse between now and Halloween,” Garcia said of the clown sightings.

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Halloween Events in the Tri-town


Halloween is always a popular time of year especially for kids.  Halloween happens to fall on a Monday this year and there are many spooky and fun events planned in the tri-town of Marion, Mattapoisett and Rochester.

MATTAPOISETTThe Mattapoisett Police Halloween Parade is more than 50 years old and will continue this year on Monday, Oct. 31 at 6 p.m.

Following the parade there will be a contest for the most creative costumes. The winners range from pre-kindergarten to high school. Awards and the candy for 350 bags of candy are provided through donations by the community.

To help the police continue this event, mail a donation to the Mattapoisett Police Halloween Fund, P.O. Box 436, Mattapoisett, MA 02739.

Residents of all ages may come to this free event.

On Friday, Oct. 24 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. the Mattapoisett YMCA will host its annual Family Halloween Hayride and Party with Zip’oween. Kids can participate in haunted hayride, games, costume contest and crafts. A Halloween-themed zipline will also be set up. Refreshments will be available.

On Oct. 31, the Friends of the Mattapoisett Public Library will hand out candy in front of the library starting at 5 p.m.


The Marion Art Center will hold its annual Halloween parade on Thursday, Oct. 31. Costumed character of all ages are welcome to be a part of this family event.

Everyone will meet at the Music Hall on Front Street at 4 p.m.

Hannah Moore, along with selected Sippican School drummers will lead the parade. The route goes south on Front Street, up Main Street, right onto Spring Street, and back down Cottage Street to the Music Hall where goody bags will be handed out.


The Plumb Corner Halloween Party will be held on Oct. 25 from 1 to 4 p.m. There will be trick or treating, a haunted house, hay rides, pumpkin decorating, costume contest, spooky salon, games and food. DJ Howie will provide music and local vendors will have displays. The event is at Plumb Corner Mall, 565 Rounseville Road. The Rochester Women’s Club will sponsor a pumpkin carving/decorating contest as part of the celebration. Women’s Club members will be in attendance to judge the contest.  There will be many prizes for different age groups and styles.

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Fall Landscaping Maintenance Tips

Landscape Maintenance Tips for the Fall Season

fall landscapeFall.  When the morning air turns crisp and cool and the leaves begin to float softly to the ground.  Not only is it my favorite season, there are many maintenance tasks to be accomplished in the landscape.  The info below includes tips on what I have found are the most important and useful tasks-  so get out there, have fun with it, and enjoy the autumn weather!

Key Dates

  • Early October:  It is a good idea to winterize your irrigation system and blow out the lines.  Many landscape maintenance companies will provide this service for less than $50, or it is pretty simple to do it yourself.
  • October 15th:  Don’t plant any grasses or perennials after this date.  Many of them won’t survive, and you will have much better luck in the spring.
  • November 1st:  Don’t plant any evergreens (especially trees) after this date.  Some deciduous trees and large deciduous shrubs can be planted later if they are balled and burlapped (B&B), but I would recommend waiting until spring when you’ll have much better success.

Trees and Shrubs

  • Prune trees and shrubs to remove dead branches or to control their size.  Fall is the best time to do this for the health of the plants.  Consider consulting with an arborist before any major pruning on trees, or at least do a little research on techniques.  When pruning shrubs, always try to maintain the natural size and growth habit of the species-  Avoid over-pruning or sculpting unnatural shapes, unless you are creating a specific look such as a hedge.  Instead of using power shears to lap off shrubs on a straight line, consider using hand pruners to thin the interior branches to maintain a healthier more natural look.
  • Remember to check soil moisture, and water if needed.  Even though you may have your irrigation system shut down for the year, fall often brings some warm, windy days that can really dry things out.  Pay special attention to anything that was just planted this year.
  • Make sure you have plenty of mulch around trees and shrubs-  this helps maintain moisture and keeps the soil from drying out over the winter.

Perennials and Ornamental Grasses

  • Prepare tender and semi-hardy perennials and shrubs for the upcoming cold winter.  I like to let a few of the fallen leaves that tend to build up around the bases of these plants remain there for the winter-  they will provide insulation around the base of the plant from the cold.  This also saves you some leaf cleanup now that you can do in the early spring.  If necessary, place additional wood mulch around the base of these plants for more insulation- pay particular attention to areas with northern exposure.
  • Leave spent stems and seed heads on grasses and perennials until spring, to enjoy their winter beauty and to provide cover for birds and wildlife.  Or, if you must have a neater look you can cut them back now, to a height of about 6-8″ off of the ground.
  • Dividing:  Some plants can be divided in the fall and replanted in other areas.  Other species don’t like the fall division/planting though, and I think that spring is a much better time to do it.  If you decide to divide, remember to water the plants well for a couple of weeks.


  • Rake those leaves!  If left on the lawn they can smother it and cause issues such as mold and fungus.
  • Consider aerating your lawn.  Aeration allows greater movement of water, fertilizer, and air which stimulates healthy turf.  Aerating also increases the speed of decomposition of the grass clippings and enhances deep root growth.  Compacted soil especially benefits from core aerating.
  • You may want to fertilize your lawn or use a “weed and feed” type light pre-emergent herbicide in the fall for maximum growth the following spring.  Don’t over do it though, because fertilizer and herbicide can wash off of your lawn and the runoff can be harmful to water supplies and wildlife.
  • Assess the size and configuration of your lawn, and how much water you used this year to keep it green (or, brown?).   Consult with a landscape architect about how you can redesign your landscape to make it more attractive, sustainable, and functional.

Fall Weather Considerations

  • The days are getting shorter and the weather is getting cooler.  Keep an eye on the amount of precipitation we are getting-  Fall can have extremes of hot and cold, dry and wet.  Be observant.  If you have heavy rain for a couple of days then turn off the sprinklers for a week or so to compensate.  And if you have several days of warm, sunny weather then your landscape will certainly appreciate an extra drink.


  • Disconnect and drain hoses, but keep a hose handy for winter watering.  I also like to wrap insulation or put insulated covers over the exterior faucets as an added protection from freeze damage (I once had a pipe freeze and break UNDER my porch, and had to take apart the porch to fix it!).
  • Collecting seed:  Stop deadheading late in the year and allow the seedheads to dry on the plant.  Then you can collect the dried seeds to plant next spring.  Store them in a cool, dark place in a container that does NOT have an airtight seal, such as an envelope (it’s also a good idea to label the container so you remember what plant it is next spring).  Another option- leave the seeds on the plants and some perennials will re-seed themselves naturally.
  • Start planning your spring bulb garden now.  Spring-blooming bulbs are planted in the fall to provide the chilling time required for spring blooms.  Remember to prepare the soil and plant bulbs at the appropriate depth listed on the package for the species.
  • Start planning for design changes to your landscape for next year.  Fall and winter are the best times to get your plans in order, and spring is the best time to install the changes-  so get ready early for next spring, because it will be here before you know it!
  • Take a break and toss the football around.  Afterward, enjoy some warm apple cider with cinnamon.  Finally, rake your leaves into a giant pile and take turns jumping into them with the neighbor kids!

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Mandatory Water Ban for Mattapoisett and Marion

Mandatory water ban issued for Mattapoisett, Marion

Sep 15, 2016

Courtesy of: Drought Management Task ForceThe map shows the most updated drought conditions across the state.

MATTAPOISETT — Effective Friday, Mattapoisett and Marion residents will be under a mandatory water ban due to the continuing drought conditions in the area that have resulted in declining groundwater. On Sept. 1, the state Drought Management Task Force moved the South Coast area from a drought watch to a drought warning, only one step below the worst category – emergency status.

The state has also recommended a water ban for all nonessential outdoor water use, and the towns have issued the ban in an effort to protect water in the even of public health and fire protection needs.

Nonessential uses include watering lawns with sprinklers or automatic irrigation systems, washing vehicles – unless done in a commercial car wash or for necessary maintenance of agricultural or commercial equipment, and washing buildings, parking lots, driveways and sidewalks unless necessary to apply paint, preservatives, stucco, pavement or cement.

Nonessential outdoor water use does not include uses for health or safety reasons, by regulation, for the production of food and fiber, to maintain livestock, to meet core business functions, or for irrigating golf courses  – subject to town approval.

Exception are for gardens, flowers and ornamental plants watered with a handheld hose from 6 to 8 a.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. only, and for irrigation with harvested and stored stormwater runoff during those same hours. For those in Marion, watering is limited to Monday, Wednesday and Friday for even-numbered houses, and Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday for odd-numbered houses.

Also in Marion, the following outdoor uses are subject to approval by the Board of Water and Sewer Commissioners: irrigation to establish replanted or reseeded lawn or plantings, irrigation of newly planted lawns for homes or businesses constructed in the past year, filling of privately owned outdoor pools, and irrigation by golf courses to maintain tees and greens.

Marion residents using private wells and/or irrigating with wells are encouraged to participate in the restrictions.

Those found violating the bans may be subject to fines.

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Area Girls Soccer Roundup

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      Breaking down the 2016 girls soccer season for SouthCoast’s 10 teams

  • Apponequet, Bishop Stang, Dartmouth, GNB Voc-Tech, Old Rochester and Westport are coming off playoff appearances.


  • New Bedford High girls soccer, under the direction of second-year head coach Andrea Nogueira, hope to add some wins to last year's record.|

    New Bedford High girls soccer, under the direction of second-year head coach Andrea Nogueira, hope to add some wins to last year’s record. MIKE VALERI/THE STANDARD-Times

    • Posted Sep. 7, 2016 at 7:41 PM
      Updated Sep 7, 2016 at 10:08 PM

      Apponequet Lakers

      Head coach: Robin Ireland (9th year)

      Last year’s record: 14-1-2

      Key returners: Sr. MF Haley Dupre; Sr. FB/F Mackenzie Parisee; Sr. F Dayna Doyle; Jr. F Leanne Kendall

      Top newcomer: Soph. G Hannah Copley

      Our take: The Lakers graduated eight seniors and they have a lot of young kids coming up as they try to win a fifth straight South Coast Conference championship. They have some big holes to fill and will have a number of players who will have to grow into their positions in the early going.

      Bishop Stang Spartans

      Head coach: Robert Shields (1st year)

      Last year’s record: 13-3-4

      Key returners: Sr. F Jane Kuphal; Sr. MF Rebecca Michaud; Sr. FB Isabella Shields; Sr. G Mary Rishmany

      Top newcomers: Soph. F Rylie Carreau; Soph. F Aidan Jones; Soph. FB Katherine Yeargin; Soph. FB Katey Alberto

      Our take: The Spartans return a lot of talent and depth after reaching the quarterfinals of the Div. 3 South Sectional last season. Michaud returns after being named The Standard-Times Girls Soccer Player of the Year in 2015 and she’ll play a key role in the team’s precise passing game. Shields has inherited a very good team from former coach Expo Duarte and the Spartans will look to play at a quick pace and defend end to end.

      Dartmouth Indians

      Head coach: Mark Poirier (30th year)

      Last year’s record: 9-6-4

      Key returners: Sr. MF Cali Andrade; Sr. MF Lindsey Bedard; Sr. F Casey Good; Sr. FB Karina Almeida; Sr. FB/MF Raquel Santos; Jr. MF Sarah Vieira; Jr. F Jill Prout; Jr. G Rachel Pereira; Jr. FB Gwen Taradash

      Top newcomers: N/A

      Our take: The Indians return a good nucleus of players, especially in the midfield. Taradash will anchor the defense a year after earning Old Colony League and Eastern Mass. All-Star honors. Pereira was pressed into duty in net when graduated senior Jenn Wheaton broke a finger in the third game of the season last year and she helped lead the Indians to the state tournament. Prout and Good return as experienced forwards and they’ll need to set a good tone on offense on a team that will need to score more goals this season.

      Fairhaven Blue Devils

      Head coach: Walter Baiardi (3rd year)

      Last year’s record: Not available

      Key returners: Sr. MF Lauren Albec; Sr. MF Tary Ledogar; Sr. MF Leah Major; Sr. FB Elizabeth Vanasse; Jr. F Jan MacGregor; Soph. F Brianna Cruz

      Top newcomers: Fr. FB Daphne Veitch; Fr. G Olivia Bernardo; Fr. MF Anya Aadland; Fr. MF Claire Hubert

      Our take: The Blue Devils have to replace eight starters and have a lot of new faces. They have a freshman class with a lot of potential, but could hit some bumps in the road in the early going while their first-year players acclimate to playing at the varsity level. Albec, Ledogar and Major will be counted on to set a good tone early in the season and work together to help their new teammates get up to speed.

      GNB Voc-Tech Bears

      Head coach: Robert Harvey (1st year)

      Last year’s record: 11-8

      Key returners: Sr. MF Breana Cordeiro, Sr. FB Ashlee Cordeiro, Sr. G Payton Wildrick, Sr. MF Hillary Correia, Sr. MF Lylah Casey, Sr. MF Ashley Maloney, Sr. MF Nicole Jones, Sr. FB Cassidy Raposa, Sr. MF Kate Lima

      Top newcomers: N/A

      Our take: The Bears return 11 experienced seniors who will be looking to get back to the state tournament. Wildrick is a very athletic keeper who will anchor the defense and the team will look to move the ball quickly on the ground and run its offense through a solid group of midfielders.

      New Bedford Whalers

      Head coach: Andrea Nogueira (2nd year)

      Last year’s record: 3-11-5

      Key returners: Sr. MF Ari Bedoya; Sr. G Jaucilyn Timms; Sr. G Kendal Carvalho; Jr. MF/FB Peyton Calvao; Jr. MF/F Alyssa Araujo; Soph. FB Monica Eires; Soph. FB/MF Aaliyah Padilla

      Top newcomers: Soph. F/MF Tiana Francis; Fr. F Jaydah Bedoya; Fr. FB/MF Chiron Rose

      Our take: The Whalers have some speed to work with on offense and they’ll look to move the ball quickly and attack the net with a good combination of forwards and midfielders. Eires and Padilla will play key roles on defense, where Timms and Carvalho are both in the hunt to be the team’s starter.

      Old Colony Cougars

      Head coach: Paul Sleight (15th year)

      Last year’s record: 4-12-2

      Key returners: Sr. Stopper Kelsey Fillip; Sr. G Kendra Fillip; Sr. F Amanda Masse; Sr. FB Alexis Matton; Jr. MF Breigh Senior; Jr. F Rachel Silva; Soph. FB Bailee Amaral; Soph. FB Taylor Barkowski; Soph. F Raquel Rodrigues

      Top newcomer: Fr. MF/F Haylie Fernandes

      Our take: The Cougars return nine starters and Sleight is looking for good things on defense from the Fillip twins. Rodrigues will be counted on to score some goals and the team will look for contributions from a good sophomore class that picked up some valuable experience as freshmen. A key for the Cougars will be staying injury free, because they don’t have a lot of depth.

      Old Rochester Bulldogs

      Head coach: Jeff Lombard (16th year)

      Last year’s record: 10-8-2

      Key returners: Sr. F/MF Katelyn Bindas, Jr. FB Carly Demanche, Jr. FB Rachel Demmer, Jr. G Kaitlyn Kutash, Soph. F/MF Maddie Demanche

      Top newcomers: Jr. FB Caroline Murphy, Fr. G Kinsley Dickerson, Fr. MF Meg Hughes, Fr. MF Mary Butler, Fr. FB Gracy Greany

      Our take: The Bulldogs are facing more of a rebuilding season than their usual reload with a lot of positions to figure out. They return a good group of players who may hit some bumps early in the season as they learn how to play together. Lombard is very good at teaching his system and it will be important for his players to stay positive and not get down on themselves if they encounter some early-season struggles.

      Wareham Vikings

      Head coach: Megan Kashner (2nd year)

      Last year’s record: 0-18

      Key returners: Sr. FB Brett McSherry; Sr. MF Lisa Wynne; Sr. G Brooke Cannon; Jr. FB Madison Pinkston; Jr. MF Haley DeMello

      Top newcomers: Jr. F/MF Gabby Lefrancois; Fr. F Abigail Berriault; Fr. MF Kiara Suarez

      Our take: The Vikings are taking a one-year hiatus from the South Coast Conference, but will still play Bourne, Case, Fairhaven and Seekonk. They have added Old Colony, Bishop Connolly, Bristol Aggie and Upper Cape to their schedule. The team will have to replace 16 seniors, so there will be lots of holes to fill in the starting lineup. McSherry, DeMello and Berriault all have good shots and they’ll be counted on to move the ball and set the offense in motion.

      Westport Wildcats

      Head coach: Gary Muello (2nd year)

      Last year’s record: 9-5-5

      Key returners: Sr. F Jaely Pereira, Jr. G Ashley Thatcher

      Top newcomers: Soph. MF Acadia Cass, 8th MF/F Jenna Cadieux, 7th F/MF Laura Martel

      Our take: The Wildcats have one senior, six juniors, four sophomores, four freshman, one eighth grader and six seventh graders on their roster. They have a lot of new faces on a team that’s coming off a state-tournament year and will have to work together to be successful again. Thatcher returns as an athletic, tough keeper, but the team has some big question marks on offense, where it will have to replace the team-high 19 goals that graduated senior Reaghan Tripp scored last season.

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Meet the New Tri-town Teachers

Meet the new teachers!

By Georgia Sparling | Aug 31, 2016

Photo by: Georgia SparlingMeet some of this year’s new teachers below!

This year all tri-town schools except for Sippican School got new teachers. Meet a few of the members of the new class below.

Karen Horan

Old Rochester Regional Junior High’s new physical education teacher has 19 years of experience.

Why do you teach PE? You just feel better about yourself when you’re physically active and you get to socialize with lots of people. I like trying to get other people into fitness as well.

What’s your superpower? I’m very good at gymnastics. I have handstand contests every year with my kids and I always win.

Becky Okolita

This Marion native spent several years in California and is back to teach the high school’s new special education program for students 18 to 22 years old.

Why are you excited about this new job? It’s a dream job of mine. My motivation and eagerness will translate well to this job.

Claim to fame? I was one of the Lady Bulldog basketball champs in 1998.

Mackenzie Martin

A Mattapoisett native who now lives in Rochester, Martin will teach third grade at Center School this year.

Why are you excited to be back at Center School? It’s a wonderful community. To come full circle is awesome. I’m excited to teach where I went to school.

Fun fact: Rose [Bowman] was my principal. Mr. Tavares (associate principal) was my fifth grade teacher.

Kate Butler

The high school’s new part-time art teacher said she taught before moving to Mattapoisett and has substituted for tri-town art teachers in recent years.

What are you looking forward to this year? I’m really excited to be back in a high school environment and am looking to make students more mindful of art.

What type of art do you most enjoy? Printmaking and clay

Tell us a fun fact: I walked across Sydney Harbour Bridge (in Australia) to overcome my fear of heights.

Nikita Higgins

A New Bedford native, Higgins taught in her home city for five years as a fourth grade teacher before moving to Rochester Memorial School this year where she will teach fourth grade special education.

What qualities do you hope to contribute to the school? Enthusiasm and working with diverse learners, since I’m coming from New Bedford.

What’s your superpower? I shoot a three-pointer like Steph Curry.


Casey Rogers

Casey Rogers, a Mattapoisett native who now lives in Rochester is moving from Old Hammondtown School to Rochester Memorial School where she will teach fifth grade special education.

Why do you enjoy teaching in the tri-town? Growing up in the tri-town, I felt a really strong tie to the community. It’s nice to get to work with the children from your community.

What is your superpower? I am exceptionally good at random trivia.

Katelyn Twardzik

Twardzik, a Dartmouth native, taught in New Bedford last year, but is joining the Center School team this year where she will teach kindergarten.

What are you looking forward to this year? I’m looking forward to being able to enforce the social and emotional aspect of education.

What’s your special power? I like to integrate yoga and mindfulness into the classroom.

Lauren O’Brien

A Rochester native and Old Rochester graduate, O’Brien began taught at Bishop Stang High School the past two years and will now teach seventh grade science at Old Rochester Regional Junior High.

What are you excited about this school year? I’m excited to be back since I am an alum. I graduated in 2010. I’m excited to give back to the community as some of my teachers did for me.

Fun fact: I own a bulldog named Madaket. You may see her at [football] games.

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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.’”

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