ORR Girls track team

Lady Bulldogs Celebrate League Title

Old Rochester track hopes to follow up seventh consecutive league title with strong performance at states

The 2016 Old Rochester Regional girls team gathers in the infield at Bourne High School to celebrate another league title.

Adam K. Ellis – Courtesy photo

The 2016 Old Rochester Regional girls team gathers in the infield at Bourne High School to celebrate another league title. The Bulldog seniors on this roster never lost a meet in their entire high school careers.

By Adam Ellis

Posted May 26, 2016 at 1:36 PM
Updated May 26, 2016 at 1:39 PM

BOURNE – Asked if winning ever gets old, Cindy Tilden smiled and shook her head.
“Nope,” said the Old Rochester Regional girls track coach.
The Lady Bulldogs wrapped up their seventh consecutive South Coast Conference title with a win over Bourne on Monday, which came on the heels of Friday’s victory at the SCC Championships – also an annual occurrence. In fact, the current group of Old Rochester seniors never experienced a regular-season defeat in their distinguished four-year careers.
“I always go back to this – they don’t want to be the ones to end the streak,” Tilden said.
ORR went 8-0 during the regular season, with only Seekonk giving the Bulldogs a battle.
“They were better this year than they had been in the past,” the coach said.
Long term, the Warriors represent the most likely challenge to disrupt ORR’s fantastic run of perfection.
“Their program is really moving in the right direction,” Tilden said. “In the past, they were strong in the throws, but this year they had some more talent in other areas.”
Still, the Bulldogs managed to consistently pile up victories of large margins due to their depth and top-end talent. On Saturday, ORR will put that skill to the test in the MIAA Division 4 State Championships, which will be held at Norwell High School at 9 a.m..
“It’s not very common for us to have a meet after the SCCs,” she said. “So for that reason, we sat a lot of our kids [against Bourne], holding them out for fear of injury and really just to get them some rest. At this point of the year, it’s really important to have the kids well-rested.”
A slew of Bulldogs are peppered throughout the performance list for the meet (found at, including a number of top-10 athletes.
Senior Zoe Smith is ranked second in the high jump, while classmate Maddie Meyer is seventh in the two mile. Smith is also third in the 100 hurdles, followed closely by sophomore Brooke Santos, whose personal best of 16.39 places her seventh in the event.
Smith is also headlining a 4×100 relay team currently sitting in eighth. She is joined by Lauren Ovian, Rachel Demmer and Maya Doonan. The 4×400 and 4×800 teams are each third.
“I expect us to do well,” Tilden said. “Our relay teams are really, really strong. And we have some kids who certainly have the potential to place.”

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Fieldstone Farm Market

Fieldstone Farm Market Update

Fieldstone Farm Market construction is moving along! The foundation has been poured and the forms removed.  Construction of the building itself will follow.  It’s exciting to see the progress which has been made so far.  It’s been a long road for Arne Johnson of Rochester to see his plans come to fruition involving permits and site work, but Fieldstone Farm Market is on its way to Marion, MA.

Fieldstone Farm Market will offer fresh fruits and vegetables, unpackaged for hands on selection as well as some packaged, ready to go food products.  It will also offer an ice cream window for cool treats.

Arne is hoping for a fall opening date and is excited to get his venture off and running.  Look for more updates as construction continues and the new building takes shape.  We will keep you posted every step of the way!

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boat race

Rochester Memorial Day Boat Race


boat raceIt’s almost Memorial Day and that means it’s time for  The Rochester Memorial Day Boat Race on the Mattapoisett River.

The boat race takes place on Monday, May 30, starting at 8:30 a.m. at Grandma Hartley’s Reservoir on Snipatuit Road, in Rochester and finishes at the Herring Weir on River Road at Route 6 in Mattapoisett.  The Rochester Fire Department always does a great job sponsoring the event led by Chairman, Arthur Benner.
The minimum age for contestants is 6 years old by Memorial Day. There will be two persons to a boat. The boat must be a homemade river racer, design of any material you choose.  A blend of canoe and kayak works best.  It is not intended to be an’ anything that can float’ event.There are no limitations or restrictions on types of paddles.
There are a number of Divisions, and trophies are awarded to the first, second and third place finishers in each division.  Divisions include Open/Men’s, Women’s, Junior Boys, Junior Girls, Co-ed and Parent/Child. Junior division teams are both contestants under 14 years old. Parent/child is for a parent with his/her child (child under 14 years old) or an adult (25 or older) with a child (child under 14 years old). Trophies are awarded to the first, second and third place finishers in each division.
Pre-registration is required. Contestants may register between 6:30 and 8 p.m. at the Rochester Grange Hall, located at 205 Hartley Road.  The first registration was on Friday, May 13.   This Friday May 20, will be the last day to registry.   No registrations will be accepted after 8 p.m. on Friday, May 20.

The boat race is a great family tradition in Rochester, Marion and Mattapoisett and surrounding towns.  Year after year, many of the same families return year after year and the tradition passes on to younger family members.  It’s a great family event.
Rules and registration forms may be obtained at Lloyd’s Market, and at the registration sessions. A signed registration form must be submitted by each contestant for a team to be eligible to draw a starting position.

The annual Boat Race Ham and Bean supper will be served on the Saturday evening of the Memorial Day weekend, May 28, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Rochester Memorial School, located at 16 Pine St. Tickets for the supper may be purchased at the door. Proceeds from the supper, along with donations, fund the expenses of the race. There is no registration/entry fee to race. Trophies and prizes will be awarded at 7:30 p.m. on Memorial Day at the Rochester Memorial School. For further information, contact Boat Race Chairman Art Benner at 508-763-2024 or email Art at

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Fieldstone Farm Market Breaks Ground in Marion

Fieldstone Farm Market in Marion, MA.  has broken ground and started work on the future building.  Watch this video by Marie Greany from BBM.  The heavy equipment has moved in and started their work and owner Arne Johnson is hoping to have the foundation in soon, so construction can begin.

Fieldstone Farm Market is hoping to open up in the fall with fresh fruits and vegetables and much more as well as an ice cream window.  Stay tuned here for more updates as construction gets underway.

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Old Rochester Little League

Old Rochester Little League Opening Day

Old Rochester Little League held its Opening Day on Saturday at Gifford Park in Rochester, MA.  The weather was warm and sunny and the skies were blue when the players, coaches and parents stepped off from Dexter Lane to parade to Gifford Park for Opening Day Ceremonies.  Glenn Lawrence did his  annual flyover to start off the ceremonies. The first balls were thrown and the season began.   This year there are almost 300 kids playing Little League in the towns of Marion, Mattapoisett and Rochester.  This includes Majors, Minors, Triple A, Double A, and Single A.

This is the fourth year that the three towns have combined into Old Rochester Little League.  The games are played at the fields in all three towns.  It’s been a great success and a great opportunity for all the local players.

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Fieldstone Farm Market

Fieldstone Farm Market Ready to Break Ground

Fieldstone Farm Market

Fieldstone Farm Market is ready to break ground next week in Marion.   Owner, Arnold Johnson has all the permits in place and  is hoping to start pouring the foundation on Monday, weather permitting.  This will be the exciting start to the building process with an opening date set for  Labor Day.

Fieldstone Farm Market will carry local fresh fruit and vegetables from local and regional farms and will cater to the local market.  It will also include an ice cream window.  Johnson is planning on carrying local products and a variety of ready to eat items such as fresh cut fruit cups, fruit baskets, fruit and vegetable platters, honey, jams, jellies, local cheeses, eggs, milk and maple syrup.

The idea is to keep the vegetables and fruit loose rather than pre-packaged.   Johnson has worked for a big Boston-area fruit and vegetable distribution company for 30 years before starting this venture, so he has plenty of experience in this industry.

Fieldstone Farm Market will be open seven days a week, 9am to 7pm with the ice cream window open until 9pm.  Johnson is committed to keeping the premises neat and clean and fairly quiet for the neighbors.  He hopes it becomes the popular place to get all your fresh fruits and vegetables.  Look for its progress in the months ahead.

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ORR Girls track team

ORR Girls Track Team Strong Out of the Gates

Girls HS Roundup: Zoe Smith, Old Rochester track strong out of the gates

By Staff Report

Southcoast Today

Posted Apr. 25, 2016 at 10:01 PM

Zoe Smith was a triple winner for the Old Rochester girls track team in its season-opening victory, a 124-11 win over Case.
Smith claimed the high jump (5-0), 100 (13.2) and the 100 hurdles (16.7). Brooke Santos won the triple jump (31-1) and the 400 hurdles (72.2).
Other winners included Maxine Kellum in the long jump (14-8), Madisen Martin in the shot put (28-9), Kelsey Holick in the discus (76-7), Emily Josephson in the 2-mile (13:01.01), Nina Bourgeois in the 800 (2:33), Nicole Mattson in the 400 (65.3), Lauren Obian in the 200 (28.8) and Avery Nugent in the mile (5:53).
The 4×100 team of Caroline Walsh, Nicole Santoni, Kellum and Obian won at 57.5, and the 4×400 team of Haily Saccone, Victoria McLean, Lucy Milde and Libby Davis won at 4:57.5.
The Bulldogs face Dighton-Rehoboth and Wareham Thursday at D-R.


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Boston Marathon

Tri-Towners at the Boston Marathon

Boston Marathon

The brave list of Tri-Towners who finished the 2016 Boston Marathon

Thirty-thousand people took to the streets for the 120th edition of the Boston Marathon. Of that brave and courageous crowd, nine of the individuals registered out of the Tri-Town area in Massachusetts – Marion, Mattapoisett and Rochester. emailprint
Posted Apr 18, 2016 at 9:59 PM  The Sentinel
Updated at 10:06 AM

Thirty-thousand people took to the streets for the 120th edition of the Boston Marathon. Of that brave and courageous crowd, nine of the individuals registered out of the Tri-Town area in Massachusetts – Marion, Mattapoisett and Rochester.
Brent Elkins, 47, of Marion, claimed the group’s top time at 3 hours, 22 minutes and 59 seconds. Karen Coucci, 52, of Mattapoisett, was the fastest Tri-Town woman coming in at 4:12:08.
Here are the remaining runners: Joel Hartley, 60, Marion, 4:26:31; Kirk Smith, 60, Marion, 4:31:44; Nils Johnson, 39, Mattapoisett, 4:46:29; Cheryl Williams, 51, Rochester, 5:01:51; Sarah Marchisio, 21, Rochester, 5:08:14; Sandee Stratton, 50, Rochester, 5:37:57; Pam Ciffolillo, 44, Mattapoisett, 5:40:48.

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ORR Put on Lockdown

ORR put on lockdown following threat

By Georgia Sparling | Apr 14, 2016

Photo by: Georgia SparlingRochester police were stationed at the entrance to the school during the lockdown.

MATTAPOISETT — A threat made via the Internet had Old Rochester Regional Junior High and High School on lockdown for about an hour this afternoon.

Police from all three towns responded to the school around noon, after ORR apparently received a report that there was a gunman on school grounds.

Sgt. Small of the Rochester Police Department was stationed at the main entrance to the school on Route 6 said it was not known if the threat was a hoax or not.

Several cars stopped along Route 6 as police officers secured the school.

“They were told to stay in place. They’re under the desks,” reported David Lizotte, a parent who was in communication with his high school-aged daughter.

He and his wife stood on Route 6 as they waited for more information on the situation. Lizotte said he has a son in the junior high as well, but he had only received a text from his daughter.

“As soon as it happened, I got a text from her. We wanted to come down right away,” he said.

A number of officers were already at the school for an anti-drunk driving presentation when the threat came in.

During the approximate hour that the school was on lockdown, officers with high powered firearms were stationed at all doors. Around 1 p.m., the all clear was given and officers were told they could leave their posts at the school entrances.

The school was one of several dozen in the state that received a threat today.

More information about the incident will be released at a press conference to be held outside the Mattapoisett Police Department at 4 p.m. today.

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Marion Fireworks

Marion Fireworks 2016

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The Marion Fireworks Committee needs your help. The deadline for donations for the 2016 Independence Day Fireworks is fast approaching. Our goal again this year is $50,000.

As you may know, all costs associated with the fireworks are paid for from the money raised through the fundraising efforts of the Marion Fireworks Committee.

Please consider making a donation. All amounts are welcome and are tax deductible.

The Fireworks are enjoyed by Marion and surrounding communities. Donations from residents in communities other than Marion are also greatly appreciated. If you and your family have come to Silvershell Beach for the fireworks in the past, please consider donating so we can continue this tradition.

Donations may be mailed to the Marion Fireworks Committee, 13 Atlantis Drive, Marion, Massachusetts 02738. Any questions, feel free to contact us at 774-217-8355 or The deadline for donations is May 1.

Thank you for your support and, we look forward to seeing you at the Marion Independence Day Fireworks in 2016!

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