St. Philip’s Episcopal Church

Visiting clergy will conduct services at “the Church by the Town Beach” in Mattapoisett, St. Philip’s Episcopal, from July 5 to September 6. Services using the 1928 Book of Common Prayer are at 8:00am and 10:00 am.

On August 2, The Rev. Robert Malm, Rector, Grace Church, Alexandria, VA will officiate. All are welcome to attend.

Barking Bulldog Sailing Regatta

Mattapoisett Yacht Club hosted the first annual Barking Bulldog Sailing Regatta this past Saturday outside Mattapoisett Harbor. It was a beautiful sunny day with light/medium shifty winds. The Regatta was held to benefit the new ORRHS Sail Team that was formed this past winter. ORR athletic director, Bill Tilden, joined in the fun by racing on one of the boats. There were two classes of boats participating, Ensigns and J-24s. After the races, MattSail hosted an after party at the home of John and Dawn Mello. Awards were presented to the top three finishers in each division.

This summer, some of the High School team will be racing in 420s in the MYC Tuesday Night Series.

Results from the Barking Bulldog Regatta were:

Ensign Class

1- Odyssey, Rick Warren

2- One Love, John Mello

3- Brou Ha Ha, Steve Clark


1- Fast Food, Bonnie Kirchner

2- Wild Thing, Cam Tougas

3- Pagramin, Freddie Popitz

Get Prehistoric at the Rochester Country Fair

The Rochester Country Fair, located at 65 Pine Street in Rochester, will celebrate its 16th Annual Fair from Thursday, August 13 to Sunday, August 16.

Admission to the Fair is only $4 on Thursday and $5 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Parking is free.

We will be celebrating a “Prehistoric” Theme at the Fair this year.

Events centered around this event will include our Parade which takes place on Sunday, August 16. We tossed around the thought of eliminating the Parade from the Fair’s lineup due mostly to police detail costs and participation. However, after polling the opinions of those who attended our Annual Dinner Dance fundraiser, the response was overwhelmingly in favor of continuing the tradition. So we’re hoping that spectators will come to line the parade route and the participants will decorate their vehicles and floats with a prehistoric or caveman theme or with articles now considered to be prehistoric by today’s standards.

Other “Prehistoric” events include a Dinosaur Dig Hunt, Children’s Bam Bam Strong Man Contest, Diaper Derby & Costume Contest. Please call Children’s event coordinator Lori Souza at 508-997-9100 if you have any questions about these events.

There will also be “Prehistoric” Photo Contest where participants can pull out old photos. Personal drawings will also be allowed and judged in a separate category. We will also be displaying older objects from the past, like old phones, unique items and antiques from earlier times. We hope the community will contribute to the photo contest and display!

Other new and exciting events to this year include:

Thursday, August 13 – Boston Fanueil Hall Magician & Juggler Robert Clarke will perform a non-stop high-energy, crowd-pleasing and action-packed show at 6:15pm.

Friday, August 14 – Rochester welcomes Marion’s 16-year old guitarist and musician Aaron Norcross who will perform with his band, Aaron Norcross Jr & The Old Dogs, from 5:00 – 7:00 pm.

This year’s Professional Wrestling will feature a Midget Match as well as the return of Rochester’s own Gary Eleniefsky. Professional Wrestling starts at 7:00 pm. Ring-side seating is available for $5

Saturday, August 15 – New London County Tractor Pullers features Limited Modified, Enhanced Farm, Pro Modified and Pro Enhanced Farm Tractor Pull Classes starting at 3:00 pm.

We are also very excited to bring a Live Concert by Vyntyge Skynyrd to Rochester on Saturday evening at 7:00 pm.

Of course our popular events like the Woodsman Show Competition, Cow Chip Bingo, Frog Derby Races, Pie Bake-Off and Live Auction sponsored by Camara’ Auction will also be returning. For a complete schedule of events, please visit our website

ConCom Meets with Candidates

With so many vacancies on various boards and commissions in Mattapoisett, it was surprising to see four residents come forward vying for a single slot made available with the departure of Tom Copps from the Mattapoisett Conservation Commission.

Chairman Bob Rogers invited the candidates to briefly share their backgrounds and reasons for tossing their hats in the ring saying, “Most time it isn’t fun being up here.”

Richard Francis said he has lived in town for 35 years and works for a local excavating company. He said he wanted to get into town politics and thought that the Conservation Commission was a good place to start.

Dianne Tsitsos told the commission that her background was in international business development and, more recently, she was consulting for local businesses. She said she was not familiar with the Wetlands Protection Act, but felt up to the challenge.

Mike Dubuc, a cranberry farmer, also is seeking a seat on the commission. He is a fairly new member of the community and is presently on the Agricultural Commission. He said he was somewhat familiar with wetlands regulations and was willing to help the commission.

Joan Belknap told the commission she is a science teacher and school principal, is currently working on projects for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and was part of the team that wrote the harbormaster plan for the City of New Bedford. She said she is familiar with the Wetlands Protection Act and other waterways regulations.

Rogers told the candidates the commission would review the resumes they had submitted and make a selection at their next regular meeting. He said the next step was sending the Board of Selectmen their chosen candidate for review and appointment. The group was thanked for their willingness to assist the town.

Earlier in the evening, David Davignon of N. Douglas Schneider & Associates, representing Jay and Julie Duker, came before the commission for a continuance of a hearing for the construction of a private recreational pier into Aucoot Cove.

Davignon had come before the board on several other occasions regarding the Duker application, each time being asked for additional information. On this night, Davignon was accompanied by Stan Humphries of LEC Environmental Consultants.

Humphries said the barrier beach that the proposed pier will traverse was acceptable or “to the performance standards” necessary to achieve a Chapter 91 license. On the issue of the beach being more or less viable as a reliable location for the pier, Humphries said, “I think it will take a significant storm to create a breach…. If that comes in the future, this owner has come forward with many ideas for improving the area … including beach nourishment at the low tide mark….”

Rogers voiced concerns that the pier would one day be disconnected from the shoreline due to the movement of the barrier beach and questioned the wisdom of placing a pier in this location.

Abutters Brad and Jane Hathaway were present to voice their concerns. This is not the first time the Hathaways have attempted to draw attention to the movement of the barrier beach over the decades and the rising waters.

“The high tide washes over that area now,” Jane Hathaway said, “…and the water is getting higher and higher with global warming.”

Brad Hathaway asked the chairman, “Does the Conservation Commission have any interest in eel grass?” He said the letter LEC had submitted to the commission claimed there wasn’t any eelgrass present where the pier will be constructed, but Hathaway countered that his pictures told a different story.

Rogers said a letter from the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries wasn’t strongly worded enough.

“They tell us to do everything in our power to protect eelgrass, but will they stand up if this gets appealed to the DEP?” said Rogers. “I don’t feel they’ll stand up,” he told Hathaway.

Hathaway said, “But if you allow this, then the abutters have to spend the money to appeal. If you deny it, they, the applicant, has to spend the money.”

This roused commission member Peter Newton to reply, “Whatever action we take, we take based on our conscience.”

Of the pier itself, which Davignon described as one that would be used only for small craft, Jane Hathaway asked, “You keep saying small craft, but who polices that? …What if the Dukers sell and someone wants to come in with a big boat in the future?” Newton and Rogers said that the Chapter 91 license would be pulled if that came to pass.

The hearing was continued until August 10, at which time Davignon was asked to revise the engineered drawings to reflect that all beach areas in the construction zone were barrier beaches and to show the wedge anchoring system that will be employed.

Rogers said a determination on the project would take place at the next meeting.

In other business, a Notice of Intent was withdrawn by Daniel and Lisa Craig of 4 Seabreeze Lane. The commission will issue an Enforcement Order and ask the Craigs, along with all the residents with deeded easement rights through the Craigs’ property, to attend the next meeting. The commission has been attempting to work with the Craigs in an effort to have encroached lands remediated. Rogers also said that he would ask the Buzzards Bay Coalition to attend the meeting.

The next meeting of the Mattapoisett Conservation Commission is scheduled for August 10 at 6:30 pm in the Mattapoisett Town Hall conference room.

By Marilou Newell


Evening Worship at Mattapoisett Congregational

On Sunday, August 2, the Church will offer an evening worship service and everyone is welcome! Worship will begin at 7:00 pm in Reynard Hall at the corner of Church and Mechanic Street in Mattapoisett. The service will include music, prayer, scripture and other traditional liturgical elements but the style will be comfortable and casual. Talented local musicians will provide the music.

The Sunday evening services will continue into the fall on the first Sunday in September, October and November. All are welcome to attend! For more information, please call the church office at 508-758-2671.

Rochester Board of Health Receives Grant

The Rochester Board of Health was awarded a grant from the Department of Public Health to begin a sharps disposal program for the Town of Rochester. Rochester residents who need to dispose of syringes can come to the Board of Health for their own personal container. Then when the containers are full, they can return them to the Board of Health for disposal.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Board of Health office at 508-763-5421.

Brad Barrows Memorial Athletic Fund Ride

The Sixth Annual Brad Barrows Youth Athletic Fund Motorcycle Ride will be held Saturday September 19 at The Stowaway Tavern (formerly Ricks Tavern), 35 County Rd, Route 6 Mattapoisett. Rain date is September 20. Registration is at 10:00 am, kickstands up at 12:00 pm. Cost is $20 per bike, $10 per passenger. No bike? Join us after the ride for $10. Proceeds to benefit youth sports and activities in the Tri-Town Area For more information, contact Dick Barrett at 774- 263- 4596. Hope to see you there.

New Businesses In Mattapoisett

While one new business owner found a clear path when asking for a license to conduct business in Mattapoisett, another found bumps in the road.

Katherine Gauvin, a local resident, came before the Mattapoisett Board of Selectmen on July 23 requesting permission to operate a catering and food concession truck in Mattapoisett serving what she described as “healthy” sandwiches. That prompted Selectman Chairman Jordan Collyer to exclaim, “What, no bacon?”

Alice’s Food Truck, as Gauvin explained, will provide on-site catering services for events, fairs, or special occasions. The truck will be fully fitted with Board of Health approved operating kitchen equipment and sanitation practices. Gauvin’s request was approved.

Also approved was Eric Desrosiers’ request for a Class II Used Dealer’s License to sell used automobiles online, but not before Vera Gibbons, his landlady, complained and voiced concerns.

“Captains Way is a private residential road,” said Gibbons. “We wouldn’t want business there.” Her concern was that used cars would be paraded on the roadway and increase traffic due to Desrosiers’ conducting business from the home she owns.

Gibbons even went so far as to say his living arrangement might be put in jeopardy if he was permitted to do business – even paperwork – from the residence.

After being told by Collyer to settle down, and that restrictions on how Desrosiers conducted business could be included in the license, Gibbons said, “Strike what I said then.” She was reminded that the meeting was being publically aired and that media was present.

Police Chief Mary Lyons was present to say she had no problem with the business when asked for her opinion. Desrosiers confirmed he was fully insured and bonded.

Desrosiers was issued a license with the restriction that paperwork and other business transactions would not take place on or near his residence. The used car business will be Internet based only, with up to three vehicles being warehoused at Mattapoisett Self-Storage when space becomes available.

Town Administrator Michael Gagne reported to the selectmen that the town is beginning the process of pursuing electrical aggregation with the assistance of SRPEDD and Good Energy LP, Conway, MA.

Electrical aggregation is a program by which cities and towns form a collective buying group so that the residents can benefit from a set electrical unit price. The towns nearby that have also agreed to such a plan include Acushnet, Rochester, Marion, and Attleboro to name a few.

Gagne said the aggregation document from Good Energy will be uploaded to the Town’s website, with a hardcopy available at both Town Hall and the library. He also said there will be public hearings to fully vet the benefits and receive resident input in the coming weeks. The public comment period begins August 11. Comments can be via email or dropped off at the Selectmen’s Office.

Roadwork on the Acushnet Road culvert was updated with Gagne stating that P. A. Landers, Kingston, MA was the low bidder at $578,000.

Casting and curing of the culvert can now begin, he said, noting that one portion of the project would be the most time consuming. He also confirmed that Mass DOT has approved the design, and he believed that the additional hydraulic figures they requested were just a formality.

In other matters, Selectman Paul Silva and Collyer questioned why the Harbormaster’s Office was closed at 5:00 pm, given the amount of boating activity taking place during the summer evenings, and why it seemed that on weekend mornings no one was there at 8:00 am.

Gagne said he would look into that and report back, although he thought the hours had been set for 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

A letter received from Brad Hathaway, 87 Aucoot Road, was read into the meeting. In the letter, Hathaway asks for the selectmen’s support in getting all public hearings regarding the proposed private pier planned for Aucoot Cove to be held locally. Silva said to put his request on the agenda for the next selectmen’s meeting to give the public opportunity to comment on his request.

The next meeting of the Mattapoisett Board of Selectmen is scheduled for August 11 at 7:00 pm in the Mattapoisett Town Hall conference room.

By Marilou Newell


Adult Wharf Dance

Remember planning all week for the Thursday night wharf dances? Remember meeting all your friends at the last dance just before heading off to college? You’ve been asking for a “flashback,” so the Mattapoisett Track Club is bringing it to you. On Friday, August 14 between the hours of 7:30 and 10:30 pm, come to the Holmes Wharf in Mattapoisett and we will play all the music you remember. This dance is open to anyone 18 years and older. Tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased in advance at The Slip, The Inn at Shipyard Park, Nick’s Pizza and Matt’s Blackboard. You can also buy tickets the night of the dance. So call all your friends and plan your outfit because you’re coming back to the wharf!

Bike for Clean Water

Fall is the perfect time to hop on your bike and enjoy the outdoors here in southeastern Massachusetts. If you love to ride and want to make a difference for your local environment, then sign up for the ninth annual Buzzards Bay Watershed Ride on Sunday, October 4 by visiting

The Buzzards Bay Watershed Ride is a fun community event that supports a great cause: clean water in Buzzards Bay. More than 150 cyclists participate in the Watershed Ride each year, pedaling across the beautiful Buzzards Bay region to protect clean water.

Whether you’re an avid cyclist or a more casual rider, you’ll enjoy the Ride’s gorgeous scenery through coastal villages, farmlands, working waterfront, and colorful cranberry bogs. Choose from a 75-mile route starting in Westport or a 35-mile route starting in Rochester. Both routes end with a seaside finish line party on Quissett Harbor in Woods Hole that includes dinner, drinks, and live music.

The Buzzards Bay Watershed Ride attracts expert and casual bike riders alike. Cyclists ages 12 and over are welcome to sign up. Many riders also form teams with their friends and families. Together, they put their cycling skills to work to raise thousands of dollars for Buzzards Bay. With a lunch stop, water and snack stations along the course, and on-the-road repair technicians available at call, all riders can feel safe and supported.

Each rider raises a minimum of $300, but many participants set loftier fundraising goals. All funds go directly to programs and projects that protect land and clean water around Buzzards Bay.

To learn more about the Buzzards Bay Watershed Ride and sign up, visit