Jennifer A. Hall

Jennifer A. Hall, 36, of Boston died July 5, 2015 unexpectedly in Boston.

Born in Weymouth, the daughter of Jean D. (Tetley) Hall of Mattapoisett and the late Roger W. Hall, she was raised in Whitman and lived in Plympton, Mattapoisett and Boston.

Survivors include her mother; her son, Nathan Hall of Mattapoisett; a sister, Jeanine Hall of Marshfield; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Her Memorial Service will be held on Friday, July 10th at11 AM in the Mattapoisett Congregational Church. Burial will follow in Cushing Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home For Funerals, 50 County Rd. (Rt. 6) Mattapoisett. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the charity of ones choice. For directions and guestbook, please

Academic Achievements

American International College (AIC) in Springfield, MA has named 461 students to the Spring 2015 Dean’s List. Dean’s List students are full-time students with a grade point average between 3.3 and 4.0. Included on that list are:

– William Coucci of Mattapoisett, majoring in Occupational Science, has been named to the Spring 2015 Dean’s List at AIC.

– Maxwell Risch of Marion, majoring in Nursing, has been named to the Spring 2015 Dean’s List at AIC.

Dylan Jones of Rochester, Massachusetts, recently attended Aviation Challenge at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, home of Space Camp and NASA’s official Visitor Information Center for Marshall Spaceflight Center. The week-long educational program promotes science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), while training students and adults with hands-on activities and missions based on teamwork, leadership and decision-making.

Dylan was part of the Aviation Challenge MACH III Program, a program specifically designed for students who have an interest in military aviation and the mechanics of flight. Trainees spent the week training with a team that flew a simulated F/A-18 fighter jet. The crew learned critical land and water survival skills and mastered Top Gun flying maneuvers. Dylan and crew returned to land in time to hear retired Space Shuttle astronaut Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger speak at their graduation.

Greg Sethares, Vice President for Academic Affairs at Bristol Community College, has announced the Dean’s List for Spring 2015. Tri-Town students named are:

– From Marion: Mihaela Battaglia, Linell R. Dean, Julie L. Geller, Dylan G. Glavin, Evaline Macfarlane, and Chelsea J. Seiders

– From Mattapoisett: Grady M. Branagan, Amina Cherifi, Hayleigh A. Dumas, Kylie L. Faison, Diana M. Paine, Jeffrey Paquette, and Collin R. Stellato

– From Rochester: Michael Baldwin, Patrick J. Bessey, Evan M. Costa, Joshua M. Cunha, Jessica L. DePrato, Caroline T. Reusch, Ryan J. Stopka , and Amber Viera

Laura Morse of Mattapoisett has been named to the Spring 2015 Dean’s List at Merrimack College. To achieve Dean’s List status, a student must earn a 3.25 GPA or higher based on a 4.0 grading scale.

Jonathan L. Morton of Mattapoisett has been named to the Dean’s List at Western New England for the spring semester of 2015. Morton is working towards a degree in Accounting. Students are named to the Dean’s List for achieving a semester grade point average of 3.30 or higher.

The following students have been named to the Dean’s List at the University of New Hampshire for the spring semester of the 2014-2015 academic year:

– Jessica Lowe of Marion has earned Highest Honors

– Ross Lacasse of Mattapoisett has earned Highest Honors

At the University of Rhode Island’s 129th Commencement on Saturday and Sunday, May 16-17, about 3,200 undergraduate and 660 graduate students became the University’s newest alumni.

The following Tri-Town students were awarded undergraduate degrees from the University of Rhode Island:

– Christine Jane O’Donoghue of Rochester received a Bachelor of Science in Communicative Disorders Cum Laude

– Lilli V Paknis of Marion received a Bachelor of Arts in French, Journalism Summa Cum Laude

The following Virginia Military Institute cadet was among the 756 cadets who were recently named to the Dean’s List for the second semester of academic year 2014-15. To be eligible for the Dean’s List, a cadet must have a term grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and no grade below C. Nicholas M. Nadeau a junior from Mattapoisett is majoring in International Studies. Cadet Nadeau’s parent is Ms. Leanne M Nadeau.

Friends of the Mattapoisett Rail Trail

The bike path project team is anticipating hitting another milestone next month: review of our proposed boardwalks should be complete leading almost directly to 75% construction and the beginning of permitting phase. The project is on schedule for construction to begin in 2016, and all construction funding is in place. Please come to our Harbor Days booth on July 17 and 18 to learn more.

In related news, The Summer Bike Challenge is in full swing. All you have to do is register on the website with your zip code and all your miles add to your Town’s team. Towns all along the South Coast Bikeway route are competing against each other for bragging rights. Individuals are competing for an array of prizes. Marc Anderson is the leader for May and June across the state. There are winners every month, so you aren’t too late to compete for honors in July and August. Go to to learn more or to register.

Chaperones ‘Survive’ Year After Year

The annual Survival camping trip is one of the most notable features of the Old Rochester Regional Junior High School experience. Each year since 1973, a large group of seventh grade students has traveled up to the hills and forests of Northfield, MA for a week of hiking, climbing, exploring, and learning about the great outdoors. This year’s trip departed on Sunday, June 14, and returned on Saturday, June 20.

As a byproduct of the Survival experience, many former participants continue to take the trip as chaperones. Noah Tavares, a rising junior at ORRHS, Jared Wheeler, a rising senior, and Evan Tilley, a rising sophomore, are among the students that travel up to Northfield each year to aid the seventh graders. Jillian Higgins was one of the many students who participated in this year’s trip. She, Wheeler, Tilley, and Tavares shared their experiences post-Survival.

This was Noah Tavares’ third year as a chaperone. For him, it’s all about seeing the seventh graders live up to Survival’s motto.

“I enjoy seeing the seventh graders succeed, and helping them achieve the many goals that the trip sets for them,” said Tavares. “[One of the best benefits of Survival] is watching the seventh graders unite and empower their fellow classmates to overcome challenges.”

Speaking on his best Survival memories, Tavares mentioned the great mountain views in Northfield that “we don’t get down here near the ocean.”

Wheeler has now been a Survival chaperone for four consecutive years. He had an interesting take on Survival’s effects on junior high culture.

“For one week, all the cliques dissolved and became friends,” he said, reflecting on his initial voyage as a camper in 2011.

Wheeler’s best memory – so far – is lying under stars with a group of fellow chaperones this past year. He called the experience “surreal.”

Survival has had a big impact on Wheeler.

“The friends I have made will last a lifetime, and the gratitude of the kids and their families makes it all worthwhile,” said Wheeler.

Tilley enjoyed being a chaperone for the first time in 2014, so he returned this year.

“I think it’s a good experience that creates lots of memorable moments and makes you appreciate your daily lifestyle,” said Tilley.

Tilley acknowledges that Survival has had a profound impact on him as a person.

“I’ve learned how to become more supportive, helpful, and optimistic,” he said.

All three of these chaperones plan to continue with the program in the future.

As any past Survival participant knows, climbing the Notch Mountain is one of the most physically challenging parts of the trip. Seventh grader Jill Higgins noted that this was the one thing she was nervous about before heading up to Northfield this year. However, when asked what her favorite part of the experience was, she said it was “the feeling of accomplishment and the great views at the top of the Notch.”

Like many before her, Higgins wasn’t sure what to expect on the trip.

“The hardest part was preparing, because you didn’t know what was coming,” said Higgins.

In Higgins’ experience, the most important lesson Survival taught was “learning to encourage and support the people around me.”

The mission statement of the Survival program is “A shared road to a stronger self.” Each and every year, Survival instills great values into the students who participate, allowing them to achieve this goal. For this group of chaperones, the lessons taught by Survival have left a lasting impact, causing them to come back each year. Higgins’ experiences resonate with the mission statement, and as 40+ years of Survival participants can tell you, the program does make a person stronger: mentally, physically, and emotionally.

By Patrick Briand


Munro Preserve Cleanup

Members of the Mattapoisett Land Trust invited the public to help remove weeds on Saturday morning from the Munro Preserve at the town wharves. A new bench was donated to the site by Alice McGarth in memory of her husband. Photos by Marilou Newell

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John S. (Jack) Musser, II

John S. (Jack) Musser, II, 90 died on July 2, 2015. A summer resident beginning in 1960, He lived at Peases Point in Mattapoisett year-round since 1978, and loved his water views of Buzzards Bay.

Jack was born on October 17, 1924, in Harrisburg, PA to Claire Van Dyke and Andrew Jackson Musser. He grew up in Harrisburg and attended Fork Union Military Academy and Penn State University, where he was a member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity. He served as an Army Air Corps aerial gunner in World War II, on B-25 bombers.

Jack was preceded in death by his first wife, Ann Bradshaw, his former wife Ruth Tate Musser, and his son David Van Dyke Musser. He leaves 3 children, John S. Musser, III, of Cambridge, MA, Barbara Musser of Petaluma, CA, and Laura Musser Montgomery of New Durham, NH; his brother Warren V (Pete) Musser; 7 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Jack was a member of AA for 40 years; a vestryman, treasurer, junior warden and usher at St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church in Marion. He was a board member of the SouthCoast YMCA for 32 years and co-donor of the Musser Family facility.

A memorial service will be held at St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church on Saturday, July 18 at 10:00 AM. His ashes will be buried in the St. Gabriel’s memorial garden beneath the AA bench.

Rochester Historical Society Meeting

The July meeting of the Rochester Historical Society will be an Ice Cream Social on Wednesday, July 15 at the East Rochester Church/ Museum, 355 County Rd. at 7:00 pm. Members will be entertained with music by the gospel group Know Greater Love featuring Tom and Sheila Perry and Carol Ann Sylvia of Wareham.

The Marion Pathway Committee

Thanks to the Marion voters for supporting construction of the pathway connecting the South Coast Bikeway. Show your continuing support and enthusiasm by making miles count! Join the Bikeway Challenge at

– Register with your zip code

– Edit your profile and be added to the South Coast Bikeway team

– Log any miles you ride to contribute to the team and Marion

Think before you get in your car to do local errands and choose cycling to the bank and local shops. Our planet will thank you as well as your healthy body. Be part of the National and Local Bike Challenge!

Selectmen Frown on Vacation Carry-overs

It is the end of fiscal year 2015, time for town employee requests to carry over unused vacation time into the next fiscal year – an annual custom that has Marion Board of Selectmen Chairman Stephen Cushing openly expressing his distaste for the tradition.

“I think everybody knows what my opinion on the carry-over of vacation hours is,” said Cushing on June 29. “I will once again say how important vacation time is.”

Harbormaster Michael Cormier requested the carry over of 80 vacation hours, which selectmen agreed was excessive.

Cushing acknowledged that the harbormaster position is often subjected to difficult work hours and a busy summertime, the time when most plan their vacations. But when the vacation requests happen on a yearly basis, Cushing frowned upon the steady practice of foregoing a vacation.

“I’m not going to take anybody’s vacation time from them,” said Cushing. “But they need to understand that the vacation time is theirs. It’s theirs to take…. It benefits the overall department in general, their family life, their personal life.”

Town Administrator Paul Dawson said the harbormaster department does try to take vacations during the wintertime, but even then there needs to be coverage.

“I get it, but I think sometimes … it’s difficult to find the time,” said Dawson. Then in a moment of slight awkwardness he said, “Mine (40-hour vacation carry-over request) is going to be the one that follows this. I tried to use it…. I tried to take a week off, but it wouldn’t work.”

But hey, at least it’s 40 hours and not 80, Cushing said.

“I’m not going to beat this one up,” said Cushing.

The selectmen approved both vacation carry-over requests.

Also during the meeting, selectmen quickly approved and executed the contract for the new fire chief.

The next meeting of the Marion Board of Selectmen is scheduled for July 7 at 7:00 pm at the Marion Police Station.

By Jean Perry


Cashing in on History

The Sippican Historical Society hosted a fundraiser heirloom discovery/antiques appraisal at the Marion Music Hall on June 27. Featured appraisers Frank McNamee and Jim Gahan examined a number of pieces of art, jewelry, and artifacts throughout the morning. Photos by Colin Veitch

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