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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.

Click on the links below to visit their website with lots of information on progress made and the days ahead.  Attend a meeting and see how you can help or make a donation.  It will make for a better community.

Visit www.orrturf.com for more information and a link for donations.  Check out their facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/orrturf/?fref=ts

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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.”

For more information, attend an information session on Jan. 24 at 6 p.m. at the Elizabeth Taber Library, or go to www.s-e-b.com/properties/for-sale-developments.

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Jarred Reuter of University of Virginia Play at Boston College Tonight

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Digging out after the Storm

Tri-town residents dig out after storm

By Georgia Sparling | Jan 08, 2017

Photo by: Georgia SparlingThe fluffy flakes didn’t exactly make great snowballs, but Christian Monty of Rochester had a great time trying to throw it anyway.

Tri-town residents woke up Sunday morning to find a winter wonderland and lots of snow, but for many it was good to be outside again.

“He’s been dying for snow,” said Susan Hagan said of her son Griffin.

The pair did make the most of Saturday’s snowstorm from their Marion home.

“We went sledding, had a snowball fight, made some cornbread,” she said.

The pair also had a painting project, but first they had to find the paint, which was delivered sometime after the snow started to fall.

“We had to go dig it out of the snow,” Hagan said as she shoved out her driveway.

Across the street, firefighters made their rounds, shoveling out hydrants.

Marion Firefighter Joel Waters said there were 250 to 300 hydrants in town that needed to be cleared of snow, in case of an emergency. About an hour into the job, Waters said, “So far, so good.”

During the blizzard, he noted that there had been some accidents on 195 as people slipped on the road.

In Mattapoisett, Fire Chief Andy Murray said it was relatively quiet during the storm.

“Seems like everyone was well prepared and stayed off the roads for the most part,” he said.

Mattapoisett resident Joanne Lane just moved back to the area after spending the past 20 years in Arizona.

“I had to learn how to drive in the snow again,” she laughed. “The snow was beautiful and lightweight. It was the perfect first snow.”

Other residents seemed to agree that it was the perfect snow.

“This is my kind of blizzard,” Sandy Hering said.

People felt lucky that the storm happened on a Saturday, allowing them to stay inside and off the roads.

“It’s unavoidable, so this was a beautiful way for it to happen,” Don Bamberger said. “And nobody lost power.”

Now, let’s see how long it takes to melt!

Tim Bolick doesn’t let the cold weather or snow keep him from training. “It’s just my normal training routine,” he said. (Photo by: Georgia Sparling)

The Dubreil kids have an adventure in Rochester. (Photo by: Heidi Dubreil)

Susan and Griffin Hagan enjoy the snow. (Photo by: Georgia Sparling)

This Mattapoisett snowman is the cat’s meow. (Photo by: Georgia Sparling)

Joel Waters and Dylan Glavin of the Marion Fire Department dig out fire hydrants. (Photo by: Georgia Sparling)

Sara Audette captured this photo of her niece Lila. (Photo by: Sara Audette )

Jim Wheeler and his dog Annie out for a walk after the storm. “We walked everywhere yesterday,” he said. “The roads were treacherous.” (Photo by: Tanner Harding)
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Toys for Tots

Tri-town Toys for Tots

Tri-town students, police fill three cruisers

By Tanner Harding | Dec 14, 2016

Photo by: Tanner HardingA giant teddy bear takes up the last bit of space in the back of a Marion cruiser.

MATTAPOISETT — Old Rochester Regional National Honor Society students teamed up with the Marion, Mattapoisett and Rochester Police Departments for a good cause this holiday season.

On Wednesday morning, students and police officers collected toy donations to support Toys for Tots, filling three police cruisers.

The cruisers sat in the parking lot and parents, teachers and other donators were able drop off any gifts they had.

The ORR Honor Society has done this event for the past four years, but this is the group’s first time working with the police, teacher Sarabeth Morell said.

“[Mattapoisett officer] Matt McGraw is the student resource officer here, and decided he wanted to help,” Morell said. “He was able to help get the police departments on board.”

Collections will continue through Dec. 16 at the school during business hours.

The Rochester cruiser also had a furry friend in the back seat. (Photo by: Tanner Harding)

All three cruisers were stuffed full with donations. (Photo by: Tanner Harding)

Students stood at Route 6 in front of the school to draw attention to the toy drive. (Courtesy of: Sarabeth Morrell)

The cruisers had their lights on so there was no confusion as to where the toy drive was.(Courtesy of: Sarabeth Morrell)

Sgt. Teddy Bear reporting for duty. (Photo by: Sarabeth Morrell)
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Christmas

Christmas Events in the Tri-town

ChristmasHard to believe, but Christmas is just around the corner. The Tri-towns of Marion, Mattapoisett and Rochester have many events planned to celebrate the holidays.  Check them out.

 

MATTAPOISETTThe Old Rochester Regional High School Drama Club will bring Charles Dickens’ classic story “A Christmas Carol” to the stage.

Performances are at the ORR auditorium and will be at Dec. 1-3 at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee on Dec. 4 at 2 p.m.

The cast has more than 100 students and stars Paul Kippenberger, Jack Roussell, Sara Achorn, Alice Bednarczyk, Kelly Bruce, Nicholas Claudio, Cammi Kidney, Kate MacLean, Michaela Mattson, Adam Perkins, Christopher Savino, Grace Stephens, Sienna Wurl and Damion Alton as Tiny Tim.

The adaptation and set design is by Director Paul Sardinha, and the costumes are by Helen Blake.

Tickets are $10 for students and seniors and $12 for the general public. They are available at The Pen & Pendulum in Mattapoisett, The Marion General Store in Marion and Plumb Corner Market in Rochester. Tickets may also be purchased at the door. For information and ticket reservations, call 508-951-5302.

Rochester-The Friends of Plumb Library are holding their annual Holiday Fair from. There will be a Silent Auction offering handmade items, gift baskets and gift certificates, a bake sale, the Rochester Historical Society selling shirts and books on local history, essential oils, Pampered Chef, Avon and a visit from author Nancy Cote. There will be entertainment throughout the day, including a visit from Santa from 11-12:30 p.m.

ROCHESTER Rochester’s Annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony will take place on Monday, Dec. 5 at the Town Hall on Constitution Way.

The tree lighting will begin at 6:30 pm

All in attendance will be treated to music by the Rochester Memorial School band.  Santa will be arriving to the holiday event by way of a fire engine.

Following the ceremony, free refreshments are available in Town Hall.

MATTAPOISETTThe Holiday in the Park activities begin in Shipyard Park at 3 p.m., so why not begin your celebration at the library?

The Mattapoisett Library will have a variety of holiday activities on Saturday, Dec. 10 from 1-3 p.m.

For children, there will be a gingerbread story time at 1 p.m. with Mrs. Burke, followed by a craft. Adults and teens will decorate ornaments with baubles and gems. Supplies will be provided.

Hot cocoa and cookies will be served. Everyone can dip into a grab bag of books and take one home, too.

This year once again the library is collecting new children’s books and pajamas in all sizes to donate to local shelters. Collection boxes are located in both the children’s and adult departments.

The library is located at 7 Barstow St. Call 508-758-4171 for more information or to sign up for the adult craft.

Mattapoisett’s annual Holiday in the Park and tree lighting will be held on Dec. 10, beginning at 3 p.m. at Shipyard Park.

There will be a chance to meet Santa, sample food from local eateries and participate in family activities.

Marion  The Sippican Woman’s Club will host its 30th Annual Holiday House Tour and Tea on Saturday, Dec. 10 from 10-4 p.m.

Under the leadership of Jeanne Bruen and a group of club members, this year’s “A Coastal Christmas” theme will be displayed at Handy’s Tavern and throughout town with five Marion homes open to tour-goers.

Advance tickets are $20 and are available in Marion at Serendipity by the Sea, The Bookstall and the General Store, and in Mattapoisett at Isabelle’s in the Ropewalk. Tickets are $25 on the day of the tour. Those purchasing tickets and those who already have them should begin at Handy’s Tavern, 152 Front St.

All proceeds from the tour go toward scholarships for eligible Marion high school seniors pursuing a bachelor’s degree.

The following day, Sunday, December 11th is the Village Stroll and Tree Lighting starting at 3 pm and Handy’s Tavern will be open from 3-5 p.m. for hot cider and cookies.

For additional information and tickets, visit www.sippicanwomansclub.org.

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Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving in the Tri-Town

ThanksgivingThanksgiving in the Tri-town of Marion, Mattapoisett and Rochester is almost here.  Here are some local events.

The Marion Council on Aging has tickets available to the yearly Old Rochester Regional Thanksgiving dinner. The event will be held on Nov. 23. The doors open at 11:15 a.m. and students serve dinner at noon. Call the Council on Aging at 508-748-3570 if you need a ride. Meals will be delivered to homebound elders.

6th Annual Guard Oil Turkey Trot 5K

This 5K is on a fairly flat course along Sippican Harbor. This is a timed event, and results are available for all runners. All runners will receive a complimentary T-shirt, and top finishers in each age group will receive medals. Register prior to Nov. 19 for $18 online at www.marionrecreation.com or register in-person the day of race for $20. The race begins at 10:15 a.m. It starts and finishes at Tabor Academy.

Open Skate at Tabor Academy

Grab your ice skates and take a turn on the rink during open public skating at Tabor Academy. Cost is $5 per skater or you may purchase an individual season pass for the discounted rate of $45. Visit www.marionrecreation.com for more information.

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