Tyler S. Ayan

Tyler S. Ayan, 22, of Marion died June 24, 2017 after injuries he sustained in a motorcycle accident.

He was born in Boston and lived in Marion for many years.

Tyler graduated from Old Rochester Regional High School and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Plant Sciences from the University of Rhode Island last month.

He enjoyed growing plants, hot peppers, fixing engines, target shooting and riding his motorcycle.

Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Trina and Robert “Scott” Cavanaugh of Marion; his brother, Airman First Class Michael T. Ayan, USAF; his sisters, Alyssa K. Fornaro of Marion, Jacqueline V. Cavanaugh of Wareham, Amanda L. Robinson of Wareham and Apryl M. Cavanaugh of Dartmouth; his grandparents, Marcia Robbins of Waleska, GA and Curtice Robbins of Wareham; a stepfather, Robert Fornaro of Plymouth; aunts and uncles, Nancy Robbins of Searsmont, ME, Philip Robbins and his wife Andrea of Melrose and Keith Robbins and his wife Tiffany of Woodstock, GA; his cousins, Kalyn, Nicholas, William, Isabella, Elyse and Sophie.

His funeral will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, June 29, 2017 in the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 2599 Cranberry Hwy., Wareham. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery, Marion.

Visiting hours are from 10:00 am to 11:00 am on Thursday prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to www.350.org.

For directions and online guestbook, visit: www.ccgfuneralhome.com.

MAC Opening Reception

The Marion Art Center is pleased to announce the upcoming opening of an exhibition entitled Coastal Visions x2, featuring artists Sarah Brown and Heide Hallemeier. From Friday, June 30 through Saturday, July 29, both of the Art Center’s galleries will be filled with paintings by the South Coast artists. A reception in their honor will be held on Friday, June 30 at the Marion Art Center, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. It is free and open to the public. At 7:00 pm that evening, the two artists will speak briefly about the creative inspiration and process behind their exhibited work.

Artist Sarah Brown, of Marion, has been has been exhibiting at the Marion Art Center since 1968. She studied art at De Pauw University and then went to art and music school in France at Fontainebleau. She has exhibited her paintings in galleries on Cape Cod, in Boston and Chicago. While often recognized for her vibrant watercolors, in recent years Sarah has been working with pastels. Her works reflect the wind, waves and lush gardens of our sea coast and surrounding communities. Using color and line, she expresses the special character of Southeastern Massachusetts. An active instructor, Sarah will be resuming her pastel classes at her Marion studio.

Heide Hallemeier was educated at the Art Academies in Vienna, Austria and Germany as a graphic designer. A resident of South Dartmouth, she is a signature artist member and past board member of the Rhode Island Watercolor Society and a past president of the Westport Art Group. Heide has exhibited throughout New England and Pennsylvania and has been accepted into many national shows, winning numerous prizes in juried exhibitions. She also juries and judges art shows across the area, is a painting instructor, and an participates in the South Coast Open Studio Tour.

Summer Conditioning Program

The athletes’ summer conditioning program will be offered to athletes again this summer.

This program focuses on athletes as a whole with emphasis on strength training, endurance and agility for all sports, preparing athletes for their fall sports or for general, overall conditioning.

This coed program will be offered to athletes entering grades 6-12. The cost is $100 and will be held Monday-Thursday, June 26-August 17 from 6:00 – 7:30 pm. The athletes pick which nights work with their summer schedule. We will meet at the Old Rochester track. Training by Cindy and Bill Tilden, Old Rochester head track and field coaches. Email orrtrackcoach@msn.com for info.

We will be offering a summer track and field program for athletes entering grades 5-12 held at the Old Rochester Track, Thursday and Friday mornings, 9:00 – 10:30 am, July 6-August 18. The cost for this sport-specific program is $125. It will be coached by Old Rochester head track coaches Bill and Cindy Tilden and Wareham head coach Chris Gardner along with Old Rochester Alumni. Email orrtrackcoach@msn.com for info.

Subdivision Proposed Near Great Cedar Swamp

On June 19, the members of the Mattapoisett Planning Board met with David Davignon of N. Douglas Schneider & Associates, representing Dennis Arsenault to discuss plans for a two-lot subdivision adjacent to Great Cedar Swamp at the end of Snowfield Road.

As Davignon explained the conceptual design, he was clearly aware of the many environmental issues the project must explore and appease before building would be allowed.

Davignon said a gravel roadway would be carved out of the woodlands traversing intermittent streams and swamp areas. This roadway would penetrate approximately 1,000 feet into Arsenault’s property at the end of Snowfield Road. There, deep into the wooded landscape, is an uplands area sufficient to create two buildable lots, a total of 10.3 acres he demonstrated.

“This project will require extensive permitting,” Davignon confirmed. He said that some years ago the soils of the uplands in question were tested and found to be “good” for two septic systems. He also explained that due to costs, the plans are for two private fresh water wells. Also planned for economy’s sake are overhead utilities. However, Davignon said everything was very preliminary.

“We’ll be seeking a waiver for stormwater management, sidewalks, and length of road,” Davignon told the board.

Board member Karen Field wondered about gravel runoff and dust causing an impact on the wetlands of the massive swamp system.

Abutter Peter Laferniere, whose property is located at the dead end where the roadway will be extended, said, “The Great Cedar Swamp has an extreme amount of water…. There are years it never dries.” Laferniere said that if a roadway is cut through the swamp to reach the island of uplands, “…it’s not going to drain naturally any longer.” He worried that his property would suffer from water runoff.

Chairman Tom Tucker said, “I have a lot of questions, but let’s wait till we hear back from the other boards.” And by that, Tucker meant nearly every board in town.

Davignon said he had reached out to the Highway Department, Water and Sewer Department, and Police and Fire Departments. He also said there would be hearings and/or meetings with the Conservation Commission, Board of Health, and the Department of Environmental Protection.

Tucker asked Davignon return to the board with responses from other departments for the next meeting.

Also coming before the Planning Board was Michael Sudofsky, owner of The Ropewalk and the Stowaway located at 30 and 35 County Road. Sudofsky was seeking to have his request for a Form A Not Required accepted. The application proposes to re-define lot lines due to possible errors made by previous owners. He explained that currently a lot line dissects one of the shops in the retail spaces located in The Ropewalk.

Sudofsky said the insurance providers for the two business entities were “not pleased” with the position of the lines as they currently are recorded. But board member Janice Robbins questioned the new lot plans.

“I would be more comfortable with a variance,” Robbins said, versus an acceptance of the reconfiguration by the Planning Board. “This is a pretty major overlap of lot lines,” she said. She also said that, while the board could accept lot line changes, they could not create setbacks that were “worse” than those grandfathered.

Tucker told Sudofsky that the board was not required to do anything with his application and suggested he pursue matters through the Zoning Board of Appeals.

The next meeting of the Mattapoisett Planning Board is scheduled for July 10 at 7:00 pm in the town hall conference room, a day out of sequence due to the 4th of July holiday.

Mattapoisett Planning Board

By Marilou Newell


With Clarification, Deck is Approved

On June 15 during a special meeting to address the Special Permit application for Augusta Rosenthal of 8 Quelle Road, the Marion Zoning Board of Appeals approved a deck addition after receiving bylaw clarification from the building inspector.

During the June 6 meeting, the board hesitated on voting on the application since it was unable to determine whether a garage/shed on the property should be factored into the equation when it came to non-conformities on the property.

In a memo addressed to the chairman, Building Inspector Scott Shippey said the board should not be concerned about a 5-foot setback and how that would affect fire and emergency access to the house once a deck is built because access to the rear of the house was not relevant.

As for the distance between the proposed deck and the abutting house, Shippey said, “I see no issues at this time.”

“I feel it fits within the character of the neighborhood,” said Chairman Marc LeBlanc. “If it were a full blown addition, then I would have no issue with it.”

The next meeting of the Marion Zoning Board of Appeals is scheduled for July 13 at 7:30 pm at the Marion Town House if there are any applications.

Marion Zoning Board of Appeals

By Jean Perry


Donald H. Chase

Donald H. Chase, 92, of Mattapoisett died June 19, 2017 peacefully at his son’s home after a brief illness.

He was the husband of the late Jacqueline K. (Key) Chase and Barbara (Jason) Chase.

Born in Taunton, son of the late William and Helen (Graves) Chase, he lived in Fairhaven and Mattapoisett for most of his life.

Mr. Chase was a self-employed carpenter for many years until his retirement.       He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

Mr. Chase was a member of the Machaucum Club, Mattapoisett Lions Club and the Pythagorean Lodge A.F. & A.M. of Marion.

He was a volunteer firefighter with the Mattapoisett Fire Department.

Mr. Chase enjoyed golf and sailing.

Survivors include a son, Mark Chase and his wife Anne of Bourne; two daughters, Gail Brides and her husband Brendan of Sandwich, and Leslie Davidson and her husband Tom LeComte of Sharon; six grandchildren, Abby, Nathaniel, Amanda, Kyla, Nathan and Patrick; three great-grandchildren, Lenna, Sam and Chase; and several nieces and nephews.

He was the brother of the late Richard Chase and Russell Chase.

His family will receive guests on Tuesday, July 18th from 10 – 11 am followed by a prayer service at 11 AM in the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Route 6, Mattapoisett. For directions and guestbook, please visit www.saundersdwyer.com.

Marion Art Center’s Outdoor Summer Art Festival

On Saturday, July 8, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, the Marion Art Center will host its 11th Annual Arts in the Park at Bicentennial Park, located at the corner of Main Street and Spring Street in Marion. Admission to the festival is free and street parking is available.

More than forty artisans from a broad array of mediums will display their works in tents throughout the Park. Arts in the Park is a juried show and sale featuring local artists and artisans offering unique and one of a kind, jewelry, glass, paintings and prints, baskets, ceramics, textiles, collage, photography, turned, carved and painted wood and more. There will be live entertainment by Yesterday’s Country Band, and the New Bedford Museum of Art’s ArtMobile will be on hand to provide art projects for kids from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. An exciting feature of this year’s festival will be the presence of OxCart from 11:00 am until 4:00 pm, serving many of Oxford Creamery’s most popular items, including lobster rolls, hot dogs, hamburgers, grilled cheese, French fries and ice cream.

There will be a raffle of art work that has been donated by the artist exhibitors. Raffle tickets will be for sale and can be purchased throughout the day. The proceeds of the raffle will benefit the operation and maintenance of the Marion Art Center.

Arts In The Park 2017 Exhibitors include: Ceramics by Chrissy Feiteira, Judi Goudreau, Tess Morgan, Nancy Rolli and Karen Zaharee; Fiber creations by Karen Donohue, Remmi Franklin, Liz Howland, Heather Kidson, Angelina Singer and Cindy Walsh; Nantucket baskets by William Judd; Fine jewelry by Donna Andrews-Maness, Emily Condon, Donna Driscoll, Lynn Hahn, Julie Kohaya, Trish Kozub, Brenda Morrison and Cesar Palm; Paintings, prints, photographs and collage by Sarah Brown, Barry Cronin, Stephanie DeGeorge, Jane Egan, Joe Goodman, Doug Hockman, Bryan McSweeny, Mary Ross, Donna Secour, Stephanie Stroud, Carol Way Wood and Chazz Wood; Hand-crafted bags and accessories by Barbara Materna and Chikako Mukai; Painted objects and furniture by Sarah Brown; Folk art fish by James Gallagher; Turned wood and hand-crafted furniture and bowls by Peter Lauricella, John Nadeau and Mark Sollauer; Glass creations by Liza Abelson and Rebecca Orella; Hand-crafted soaps and body care by Jennifer Marie Hofmann and assorted artwork by the artisans of Hatch Street Studios.

Marion Art Center’s galleries will be open throughout the event, and the latest exhibition of paintings by Sarah Brown and Heide Hallemeier will be for available view and sale. Visitors are invited to come inside and see the current exhibition of art in both galleries, as well as many works by Cecil Clark Davis in our theatre.

For more information, please visit http://www.marionartcenter.org/arts-in-the-park/ or call 508-748-1266.

Elizabeth Taber Library

Annual Meeting: The Marion Library’s Board of Trustees welcomes all to attend our Annual Meeting on Monday, June 26, 6:30 pm at the Elizabeth Taber Library. Libby O’Neill, the Library Director, will give a brief overview of the library’s services and programs and then highlight some of our accomplishments over the past year. During this meeting, you’ll have the opportunity to ask any questions and provide suggestions for services in the future. For more information, please call the Elizabeth Taber Library at 508-748-1252.

Outside Yoga: Please bring your yoga mat and join us outside of the library for a free yoga workout with Kathy Bliss. This yoga series will run for four Wednesdays at 10:00 am: June 28-July 19. If it rains, yoga will be relocated to the Marion Music Hall. To register, please call the library at 508-748-1252.

Summer Reading Program, “Build a Better World,” Kick-off Event: See the show that audiences are calling “Superb,” “A blast,” and “Heartwarming fun for the whole family.” Join magician and juggler Scott Jameson on Friday, June 23 at 2:00 pm at the Music Hall for an extraordinary performance that will have you laughing out loud and perched on the very edge of your seat. Umbrellas will be plucked from thin air, a drawing will come to life, basketballs will be spun and juggled, and a member of the audience will unlock telekinetic abilities. For more information, visit Scott’s website at www.scottjameson.com, or contact Rosemary Grey at 508-748-1252 or rgrey@sailsinc.org. This event is free. Don’t miss it.

This program is supported by a grant from the Marion Cultural Council, a local agency, which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

The Tale of the Mattapoisett Swordfish

High above the end of Long Wharf next to Mattapoisett’s Shipyard Park flies an iconic symbol: the swordfish weathervane. It has greeted thousands over the decades, moving with the shifting winds, witnessing the tides of time.

But what is its history, its story, how did the swordfish get there and what does its future hold? To get to the bottom of those questions, The Wanderer sought out the descendants of Sophia Means, F. Gilbert Hinsdale, and William DeYong Field, gathering oral histories from cousins Horace Field III and William “Billy” DeYong Field.

The story begins with Sophia Sword (no pun intended) who married William Allen Means in 1877. The couple had two daughters, Mary and Martha. As a widow, Sophia bought the land at 20 Water Street and built a home on the site.

Martha would marry F. Gilbert Hinsdale and they lived together in the house at 20 Water Street. Mary wed Horace F. Field, the son of William DeYong Field, a prominent landowner in Mattapoisett.

On June 16, 2017, Horace Field III would share his family’s history with the swordfish:

“My Great-Uncle Hinsdale had the swordfish made as a weathervane for the top of his boathouse at 20 Water Street,” Horace said. Hinsdale, known to Horace as ‘Uncle Gibby,’ had an interest in maritime memorabilia, amassing a collection of whaling-era materials that was later gifted to the New Bedford Whaling Museum.

The swordfish was modeled after an actual fish harpooned by Hinsdale. Although the exact date of its creation is not known, Horace believes it had to be in the 1920s.

Horace explained that during the 1938 hurricane, the boathouse that was situated at the 20 Water Street homestead ended up across the street, pushed there by the unrelenting storm surge.

“It landed in the back of the lot,” he said. Today, that former boathouse is 23 Water Street, a bed and breakfast. As you walk down Water Street, the homes numbered 20 and 23 both bear historic plaques that read “Sophia Means.” Of the boathouse, Field concluded, “It must have had good bones.”

After the hurricane, the swordfish was placed in storage deep within the recesses of the garage at 20 Water Street, never seeing the light of day until the 1950s. At that time, the swordfish was gifted to the Town by Hinsdale’s widow, Patricia, and was erected at the end of Long Wharf where it’s been flying ever since.

It’s interesting to note that Shipyard Park, the tiny but brilliant gem next to the wharves, was also gifted to the Town by Mr. Hinsdale during his lifetime. In fact, the Hinsdale and Field families have a long history of service to the community.

John Field was a selectman from 1966 to 1973, while Horace F. Field was a selectman from 1902 to 1916. And many boat owners know Horace Field III as the former harbormaster serving in that capacity from 1999 to 2013.

On June 13, 2017, the Mattapoisett Board of Selectmen gave William “Billy” DeYong Field’s great-great grandson to his namesake a Certificate of Appreciation for the decades he has dedicated to keeping the swordfish in viable condition. In a follow-up, he explained how the weathervane was crafted.

Billy said that Manuel Perry, who had been a local craftsman working for Hinsdale, was the artist responsible for its creation. “He was a master model ship builder,” Billy said.

“The swordfish is sort of like a model airplane,” said Billy. “There’s a frame and over that, wooden slates.” He said the swordfish is constructed of native white pine with a solid tail, fins, and sword. The weathervane is painted to mimic the blue hues of the animal in the wild. Then, a coating of epoxy is applied to protect and seal the wood.

“Through the years, about half of the original has been replaced,” Billy shared. He said that a major renovation was done in the 1970s.

He also confided that the hollow interior contains no less than three time capsules.

The first capsule he said holds a letter from Seth Hinsdale that describes the construction of the swordfish. The other two capsules hold unknown items.

Of the current condition of the swordfish, Billy said, “Well, it’s like an old man’s teeth,” lots of bits and pieces have been replaced. He hopes that in the not-too-distant future, a mold can be made of the weathervane and a fiberglass model created to replace the original.

“Maybe the original one can go into the Mattapoisett Museum,” said Billy.

For now, the wooden swordfish continues to grace the end of Long Wharf, having its picture taken and inviting the public to enjoy a place rich in history and steeped in the goodwill of those who love Mattapoisett.

By Marilou Newell


Grassi Bog Slated for Invasives Control

The frontline for the next battle in the Town of Marion’s war against invasive plant species will be Grassi Bog, and the Marion Open Space Acquisition Commission’s chosen weapon for the wetlands is the appropriately primeval-sounding “bloody glove method.” No phragmites shall be spared its wrath.

The Marion Conservation Commission approved the Notice of Intent for a plan to eradicate and manage invasive species at Grassi Bog, funded by a government grant that MOSAC acquired.

When one commission member wondered if they should go for a site visit to view the areas on the plan for invasive eradication, commission member Jeffrey Doubrava stated, “We’ve been to Grassi Bog enough times,” which was met with agreement.

The aforementioned bloody glove method, MOSAC Chairman John Rockwell said, involves saturating a cotton glove with glyphosate and hand applying it to the flower heads of the phrags. This method is favored in sensitive wetlands areas such as at Grassi Bog since the spraying of herbicides is considerably limited.

The application received approval with an Order of Conditions.

In other matters, Tabor Academy received a Negative Determination for its plan to install an underground grease trap (already approved by the Board of Health), two exit door locations, paved walkways, and a new electrical transformer with new trench at 215 Front Street. Some of the proposed work is within a flood zone.

Mark and Elizabeth Fredericks of 11 Bass Point Road were granted permission to raze an existing deck and replace it with a larger deck, 10 feet by 16 feet in size. The application received a Negative Determination.

Also during the meeting, the public hearing for a RDA for N. George & Laurie Host of 456 Point Road was continued until June 28. No one on behalf of the applicant was present for the hearing.

The public hearing for a RDA for Brian Dupras of 13 Card Drive was also continued until June 28 because the commission visited the wrong property during its site visit.

The next meeting of the Marion Conservation Commission is scheduled for June 28 at 7:00 pm at the Marion Town House.

Marion Conservation Commission

By Jean Perry