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

BOLD Moves Real EstateMarion Fireworks

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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Fieldstone Farm Market

Fieldstone Farm Market Coming to Marion

Fieldstone Farms

Fieldstone Farm Market is coming to Marion.  Fieldstone Farm will be a fruit and vegetable market including an outdoor ice cream window.  Arnie Johnson of Rochester is the owner and will be moving ahead with the construction phase in the weeks ahead at the site of the old Frigate Restaurant site on Rt. 6 in Marion.  He hopes to open around Labor Day.

Fieldstone Farm Market will feature fruits and vegetables from local and regional farms.  He plans on keeping the vegetables and fruit loose rather than pre-packaged.  He also plans to sell pre-made salads, fresh cut fruit cups, fruit baskets, fruit and vegetable platters, honey, jams, jellies, local cheeses, eggs, milk and maple syrup.  Arnie 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.  Arnie 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 Presents the Wizard of Oz

ORR’s ‘Wizard of Oz’ promises to be colorful, musical production

By Georgia Sparling | Mar 30, 2016

Photo by: Georgia SparlingGlenda the Good Witch, Dorothy and the Wicked Witch of the West come face to face in ORR’s production of “The Wizard of Oz.’

MATTAPOISETT — With copious amounts of costumes, elaborate sets and about two dozen munchkins, the Old Rochester Regional Drama Club is getting ready to take audiences on a magical trip down the yellow brick road.

The club is holding nothing back with its production of the “The Wizard of Oz.”

Director Paul Sardinha said the play will be an “assault of color,” with a poppy field turning to a field of snow and a scene that moves from sepia to color, not unlike the Technicolor opening of the classic movie.

Sardinha said he and costume director Helen Blake visited another school’s production of “The Wizard of Oz” and “we laughed like idiots,” he joked. They turned to each other and knew they had to bring the play to ORR’s stage, but they also knew it would be a lot of work.

“It’s huge,” Sardinha said. “I always over produce a show.”

There are nine scene changes in the first act and 11 in the second, plus a cast of 140. And then are the “puppies,” Sardinha’s term for the kids on the set who play the cute and nasally Munchkins and who welcome Dorothy.

The musical numbers also promise to be a trip down memory lane, or rather “Over the Rainbow.” Led by an orchestra of music teachers, students and other local musicians, the play is full of familiar songs, from the opening number with Dorothy, played by senior Hannah Deane, to the “Lullaby League/Lolly Pop Guild” medley.

All are invited to take a trip to Oz. The production will be Thursday, March 31 through Saturday, April 2 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 3 at 2 p.m.

In addition to Deane as Dorothy, the cast includes Evan Roznoy as Professor Marvel and The Wizard of Oz, Nick Claudio as the Tin Man, Kyle Costa as the Lion, Rikard Bodin as the Scarecrow, Sienna Wurl as Auntie Em, Drew Robert as Uncle Henry, Lexi Melloni as Glinda, Serena Iacovelli as the Wicked Witch and Sarah Lafrance as Toto. The ensemble includes Sara Achorn, Emily Faulkner, Colleen Garcia, Cammie Kidney and Celeste Hartley.

Costumes are by Helen Blake and music is by Michael Barnicle.

Tickets are $12 for students and seniors and $15 for general public, and are available at The Pen & Pendulum in Mattapoisett, The Marion General Store in Marion and Plumb Corner Market in Rochester. ORR is located on Route 6 in Mattapoisett. Tickets may also be purchased at the door.

For information and ticket reservations, call 508-951-5302.

Senior Hannah Deane plays Dorothy. (Photo by: Georgia Sparling)

Lexi Melloni as Glinda the Good Witch examines the remains of the Wicked Witch of the East. (Photo by: Georgia Sparling)

The Munchkins are played by about two dozen tri-town kids. (Photo by: Georgia Sparling)

Oh the Scarecrow…if he only had a brain. Rikard Bodin plays the straw man. (Photo by: Georgia Sparling)
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Virginia Cavaliers

Virginia Cavaliers in Chicago

As part of its preview of the Sweet 16, Sports is taking a look at each of the teams remaining in the NCAA tournament. Adjusted offense and defense statistics—which measure the number of points scored and allowed per 100 possessions—are from and the rankings are relative to the other teams still alive. All other advanced stats are also from (unless noted otherwise) and are through March 21.

Record: 28-7
Adjusted offensive/defensive efficiency: 119.3 (4th)/91.8 (1st)
Path to Sweet 16: No. 1 seed in Midwest; beat No. 16 Hampton, 81-45; beat No. 9 Butler 77-69

Impact player: Malcolm Brogdon, senior, guard. Tournament stats: 16.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 4.5 apg

MORE: Seth Davis reviews opening weekend & previews the Sweet 16

The Case For: Any honest accounting of the 16 teams remaining in this tournament would list Virginia as one of the three best,a long with Kansas and North Carolina. The Cavaliers are the top-rated team on They had regular season wins over Louisville, Miami, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Villanova and West Virginia. They have arguably the best player still dancing in senior guard Malcolm Brogdon, as well as one of the best inside-out combos when you include senior forward Anthony Gill. Everything about this team suggests it is on its way to Houston.

Virginia has turned into a national power on the strength of its defense, and that is no different this season. This is, however, the best offensive team Tony Bennett has had during his time in Charlottesville. The Cavaliers are 18th in the country in effective field goal percentage and ninth from behind the arc at 40.4%. Brogdon is shooting 51.4% from the floor. Gill is up at 56.5%. Point guard London Perrantes has connected on a blistering 47.9% of his 146 three point attempts this season.

On top of all that, Virginia may have the easiest path to the Final Four of any remaining team. Iowa State will provide a challenge in the Sweet 16, but if the Cavaliers win that game, they’ll be heavy favorites against the winner of Gonzagavs. Syracuse. It appears nothing will stop the Cavs from advancing to their first Final Four since 1984.

The Case Against: There are only a handful of teams capable of breaking Virginia’s pack-line defense. Iowa State, which has the top offense by adjusted efficiency among all Sweet 16 teams, is one of them. The Cyclones start three seniors and two juniors, led by go-to scorer Georges Niang, and already have wins this year over Kansas and Oklahoma. Iowa State also plays at a pace that is the polar opposite from what Virginia wants to do. If the Cyclones can establish that rhythm, they’ll make the Cavaliers uncomfortable.

In all but one of its losses this season, Virginia still held its opponent to 70 points or fewer. It will be hard for a team in this bracket to score enough to beat the Cavaliers. Can one of them defend well enough too?

We wish Jarred and the Virginia Cavaliers all the best in the game tonight!!

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Virginia Cavaliers

Jared Reuter and the Virginia Cavaliers

Virginia Cavaliers

Virginia Departs for the NCAA First and Second RoundsThe ‘Hoos are off to the NCAA Tournament!Want to see the Cavaliers in Raleigh? Tickets are available from PNC Arena here:

Posted by Virginia Cavaliers on Tuesday, March 15, 2016

March Madness is here and the Virginia Cavaliers are on the road.  Our own Denise Higgins-Reuter at BOLD Moves Real Estate has a large stake in these events.  Her oldest son Jarred Reuter will be playing basketball with the Virginia Cavaliers. She flew down to No. Carolina with members of her family to cheer Jarred and the team on.

The boys played their first game in the NCAA tournament yesterday at 3:10pm in Raleigh, No. Carolina vs. Hampton.  They won their first round 81-45 over Hampton.

Virginia will play Saturday against Butler at 7:10pm.



• Played the past two seasons at Brewster Academy (Wolfeboro, N.H.) for head coach Jason Smith
• Helped Brewster to a 67-3 record and back-to-back New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC) Class AAA championships and National Prep titles
• Tallied eight points and 7.5 rebounds per game in 2014-15
• Averaged 13 points and nine rebounds and shot 57.5 percent from the floor in 2013-14
• In 2012-13, Reuter was named the NEPSAC Class A Player of the Year after averaging 23 points and 12 rebounds for Tabor Academy

• Jarred Robert Reuter
• Born in Falmouth, Mass.
• Son of Denise Higgins Reuter
• Brother of Natosha, Gabrielle and Grant
• Mother played college basketball at the University of New Hampshire
• Enjoys spending time with family at home
• Chose Virginia because of head coach Tony Bennett and the staff, and for its great academics
• Undeclared major

 Denise Higgins-Reuter said, ” It’s an amazing opportunity and a total basketball community.”

We wish Jarred and his fellow Cavaliers good luck and a great game on Saturday!

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Old Rochester Regional High School

FORM Concert at Old Rochester Regional High School

The Annual FORM Concert was held at Old Rochester Regional High School last night.  FORM or Friends of Old Rochester Music holds the annual concert each year to raise money for music scholarships and also to have the tri-town students perform for and with each other.

All the tri-town schools were present.  Rochester Memorial School Band started the evening led by Mrs.  Chris Williamson.  Old Hammondtown of Mattapoisett followed led by Mrs.  Emily Lafleur.   Sippican School of Marion was up next on the agenda led by Mrs. Hannah Moore.   The Old Rochester Regional Junior High Grade 7 and then Grade 8 Band was next, led by Mr. James Farmer.  The Old Rochester Regional High School Band then finished off the individual band performances led by Mr. Michael Barnicle.

The Highlight of the night was the last performances by all these bands together to form the Old Rochester Regional District Concert Band.  There was a lot of adjustments to get all 530+ students all together with their instruments but the older students helped the younger and they all came together to play Star Wars and Grand Old Flag.  It truly was a spectacular sight to see all the students playing together in perfect timing.

Next week FORM will host the Choral Concert at the High School once again next Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at 6:30 pm.   I’m sure it will be as spectacular as the Band Concert last night.

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