Marion Town House

To the Editor:

Citizens of Marion will be asked in a public hearing at the Music Hall on March 1, 2018 to support the renovation of the existing Town House. Short on maintenance, and not originally designed to serve as a town administration building, it needs a lot of work. I agreed to serve on the building committee that the Board of Selectmen appointed to study whether it should continue to be used as our Town House. Our committee and our architects have completed an in-depth study of the old building and determined that it is structurally sound and can serve.

But how well can it serve? Is it possible to make an 1870s school building into an attractive and efficient townhouse for Marion in 2019? A careful look at the renovation plans by T2 Architects shows that you can. Credit our critics for forcing us to recognize that the existing building is larger than we need with the town facing so many other expensive projects in the near future. Our plan calls for the demolition of the octagonal annex (almost half of the entire structure) at the rear of the original building. In the proposed layout, departments are grouped for efficient operation, and space is available for a few additional staff if needed. Space is provided for state-mandated paper record storage and other storage in the waterproofed existing basement. High efficiency heating and air conditioning equipment, electrical and telephone equipment rooms, and the automatic sprinkler system for fire safety are also located there. The entire building will be well insulated and equipped with new windows. It will be made fully accessible for the physically handicapped. The result is an historic building of reduced size, much easier to maintain, yet having the monumental character that marks our town’s center.

After serving the town 128 years, the building is overdue for renovation. The cost estimate for the project is detailed and complete. The total cost for the building’s transformation into a unique asset is between 26 cents and 31 cents per thousand dollars on the annual tax rate. With reasonable care, the renovated building should easily serve for 50 years. I feel that Marion would be diminished by the loss of this icon. Please come to the public hearing at the Music Hall on March 1 to make your opinion known.

Bill Saltonstall

Member, Townhouse Building Committee

 

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Marion Voters Pass Marijuana Moratorium

There was one collective ‘aye’ and one lonely ‘nay’ during Thursday night’s Special Town Meeting vote to adopt a moratorium on so-called ‘Adult-Use Marijuana’ commercial establishments.

The moratorium will temporary halt any recreational marijuana dispensaries from moving into Marion as the Commonwealth poises to release its own final legislation regulating statewide marijuana sales on March 1, leading to an April 1 acceptance of adult-use marijuana dispensaries.

Although licensing for legal marijuana sales establishments is highly regulated under the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission’s draft regulations, the moratorium would allow municipalities time to review the state’s regulations and devise its own zoning regulations on potential placement of marijuana dispensaries.

The moratorium, however, is only in effect until December 31 of this year.

Selectman Steve Gonsalves introduced Article 1 proposing to amend the Town’s Zoning Bylaw by adding a new section to include the moratorium.

“The only issue before the voter this evening is whether or not we will act to request a moratorium,” said Gonsalves.

Marion voters during the 2016 November election passed ballot Question 4 to legalize marijuana “but regulate it in ways similar to alcoholic beverages.”

Planning Board Chairman Eileen Marum addressed the voters on Thursday night, saying, “I recommend that we pass the article, and the Planning Board has unanimously supported the moratorium.”

Marion resident John Conway approached the microphone just before the vote and pointed out that nearly a third of Massachusetts municipalities so far have adopted either a temporary or permanent ban on legal marijuana establishments. He urged legislators and town officials to look to the State of Colorado for information before looking into specific laws on zoning, local taxation, and other things like signage. “I think planning ahead of time makes sense.”

Conway added, as a pediatrician, that he holds concerns about teen use of marijuana. “We do see a lot of lives crumbling because of it… I know that this increases our job as pediatricians.”

Article 2 requesting $138,730 from certified free cash to replace the boiler at the Town House passed unanimously, paving the way for a new heating system.

The Town House has been using an external temporary heating source to warm the space since the heating system broke down on December 19.

Selectman Norm Hills introduced the article and said the 50-year-old gas-fired cast iron boiler had been kept in operation past its anticipated life expectancy through a “Band-Aid approach” as the Town decided whether it was going to renovate the Town House or rebuild.

The Finance Committee recommended the article, with Chairman Alan Minard saying, “Basically we’re between a rock and a hard place for providing heat for our employees and [the public]…”

The article as printed in the warrant originally requested a sum of $158,460, but a significant cost savings resulted from switching the temporary heater from a diesel-fueled generator to a gas-powered source.

Minard assured voters that there was indeed enough free cash to cover the cost of the repair, and facilities Director Shaun Cormier said the replacement boiler is convertible should it ever need to be relocated to another building, for instance a new town administration building should the Town House ultimately change its use as a town hall.

The Special Town Meeting was adjourned in just about fifteen minutes.

Marion Special Town Meeting

By Jean Perry

 

ORR Hockey Preps for MIAA Division 2 Tournament

Coming into the 2017-2018 season, Old Rochester/Fairhaven boys’ hockey wasn’t sure how its season would end up after graduating Noah Strawn, Sam Henrie and Landon Goguen, some of the state’s top players.

While they still had Tayber Labonte, who was 13th in the state last year with 54 points, the majority of this season’s roster didn’t have a ton of experience.

The South Coast Conference schedule remained fairly similar to 2016-2017; however, the postseason schedule had changed, with all Co-op teams being bumped up to the Division 2 tournament.

First, though, the Bulldogs had to take care of business in the conference, which came a bit more easily than they’d initially anticipated, winning the league with a 9-0-2 record (14-3-3 overall) with one game against Wareham left. Even Bourne, their top competitor in the conference, didn’t put up as much of a fight as Old Rochester head coach Eric Labonte expected.

“From before the season started, yeah I’m definitely surprised,” he said. “We lost major players from last year’s team and Bourne has like 15 juniors and seniors. They basically had everyone back and we lost key personal. So I was definitely surprised.”

Tayber Labonte has been a big reason why ORR/Fairhaven’s had continued success this year, scoring 25 goals with 22 assists (47 points, 11th in the state), along with Ryan Raphael, who has 13 goals and 19 assists (32 points) on the year.

But two players don’t make a team, so the Bulldogs needed to give some inexperienced players more time throughout the year and put an emphasis on what gets done during practice. Clearly that’s paid off.

“Really, practice time as the season progressed was important,” Coach Labonte said. “Getting kids comfortable with their new roles was what was important. And kind of a winning spirit, we’ve won the league over the last six or seven years. A lot of the times the kids even willed themselves to win even in games where we might be out-manned.”

With a program that’s had so much success over the past decade, a concern that might pop up is a sense of entitlement. Because of what team they play for, the rest of the SCC will bow down to them. But ORR/Fairhaven’s coach never witnessed any sign of that being the case.

“Even though I didn’t expect us to win the league, I certainly felt we could compete for a league title,” Labonte said. “Early in the season, when we beat Bourne 6-2, that was sort of a catalyst for us to realize that maybe I kind of short-changed these kids early in the season. After that win in the first game, you kind of realize real quick that we should be able to win the league again.”

But now comes the big test: the Division 2 MIAA tournament. Something not even ORR/Fairhaven’s coach has dealt with, with the program having competed in Division 3 over recent years. And while they realize there are tough teams at every division, ORR/Fairhaven expects every minute to be a challenge in the state tournament.

“At the Division 2 level, every game’s going to be a battle because we’re not overly skilled,” Labonte said.

ORR/Fairhaven will likely receive a favorable seeding heading into the tournament but won’t know for sure until the pairings are announced soon after the weekend.

Old Colony

Both Old Colony Cougars boys’ and girls’ basketball teams won the Mayflower Small Vocational Division and are looking to take home some more hardware in the State Vocational Tournament.

The girls (16-4) also won the Vocational Tournament in 2016-2017. They will play host to Franklin County Tech as the first seed on Thursday night at 4:00 pm. If they win, they will also play host again on Friday at 4:00 pm.

The boys (14-6) are looking for redemption after losing in last year’s vocational tournament. They’re also the first seed in their division and will host Worcester Tech at 6:00 pm on Thursday. If the boys win, they host once again on Friday at 6:00 pm.

Tabor Academy

Tabor girls’ basketball clinched a tie for best record in the Independent Schools League, with a chance to go undefeated in the conference when they take on the Middlesex School on Wednesday.

The Seawolves locked up a share of the league title after blowing past Lawrence Academy in a 91-59 win on Monday.

High School Sports Update

By Nick Friar

 

February Events for the Rochester Council on Aging

Bon Jour! Conversational French I and II will be held on Friday, February 23 in the conference room of the Rochester Police Station from 9:30 – 11:30 am.

On Sunday, February 25, our day trip takes us to Mayflower Brewing Company Micro-Brewery Tour. Lunch will be at Isaac’s, Plymouth MA. We leave at 11:00 am and return at 4:00 pm. Lunch from the menu is your only cost.

On Monday, February 26, enjoy Mike & Ann’s special lunch at noon at the senior center.

On Wednesday, February 28, the free blood pressure clinic is scheduled for 10:00 am. From noon to 2:00 pm, Senator’s Office Visit is scheduled.

Gonsalves Resigns as Selectmen

Marion Selectman Steve Gonsalves submitted a letter of resignation from the Board of Selectmen on Friday, February 22, a sudden move that Board of Selectmen Chairman Jody Dickerson said took him by surprise.

In his letter of resignation dated February 21, Gonsalves wrote only one sentence: “I hereby tender my resignation as Selectman for the Town of Marion, effective immediately.”

During a phone call on February 23, Gonsalves said he had only four words to explain why he resigned.

“I have a conscience,” stated Gonsalves, “and that’s all I’ve got to say.”

The Board of Selectmen has posted a special meeting for Monday, February 26, at 2:00 pm in the town administrator’s office for the sole purpose of to discussing Gonsalves’ resignation.

“I was surprised,” said Dickerson on February 23 in response to the resignation. “I thank Steve for his work for the town. It probably wasn’t an easy decision, but I wish him happiness and success in his future business.”

Dickerson said the board will mainly review the various subcommittees to which he was appointed as the representative of the Board of Selectmen and reassign them to the two remaining selectmen on Monday.

There was a contentious exchange amongst amongst the Board of Selectmen and Town Administrator Paul Dawson during the February 6 selectmen’s meeting during which Gonsalves accused Dawson and the two other selectmen of unfairly excluding him from the selection process for a Department of Public Works interim superintendent. Gonsalves differed with Dawson’s and town counsel’s opinion on whether or not Gonsalves faced a conflict of interest in the matter.

The conflict of interest pertained to the board’s search for an interim Department of Public Works superintendent and whether Gonsalves, whose son is a DPW employee, could participate in that search.

Gonsalves was adamant that the State Ethics Commission’s response to his inquiry cleared him of any potential conflict of interest, citing a part in the letter that stated no conflict would exist if another supervisor stood between Gonsalves’ son and the superintendent. On February 20, Selectman Hills during the Board of Selectmen meeting disagreed with Gonsalves’ interpretation, saying that State Ethics in that same sentence essentially negated the prior statement if the DPW superintendent was responsible for union contract negotiations that could affect Gonsalves’ son’s salary and benefits, or if the superintendent exercised authority over working conditions that could benefit Gonsalves’ son.

Gonsalves had announced two hours before the February 20 meeting that he would not be attending the meeting, so he was not present to comment and did not return a phone call from The Wanderer after the meeting.

On February 23, Gonsalves – who is still tree warden for the Town of Marion – thanked the townspeople who had supported him over the years.

“It means a lot to me,” said Gonsalves. “It was a tough decision.”

What happens next for the Board of Selectmen and the town? On the ballot for the May 18 election will be two open slots for Board of Selectmen – the one for a three-year term to replace outgoing Selectman Jody Dickerson, and one for a one-year term to replace Gonsalves.

Nomination papers are still available at the Town Clerk’s Office, and deadline to return the papers to the Town Clerk’s Office is March 26 at 5:00 pm. The election will take place Friday, May 18.

By Jean Perry

 

Hills Calls Out Fellow Selectman’s Accusations

Selectman Norm Hills fired back at fellow Selectman Steve Gonsalves on February 20 and called Gonsalves out for inciting a shouting match during the February 6 Marion Board of Selectmen meeting when Gonsalves accused Town Administrator Paul Dawson and the two other selectmen of inappropriately excluding him from the Department of Public Works interim supervisor discussion.

On February 6, Gonsalves explained how he received a “favorable response” from the State Ethics Commission pertaining to Dawson’s seemingly wrong determination that Gonsalves had a conflict of interest relative to DPW interim superintendent talks because Gonsalves’ son is employed by the DPW.

On February 20, in Gonsalves’ absence, Hills said Gonsalves was wrong in his interpretation of the State Ethics written response.

Gonsalves stated that State Ethics determined that unless Gonsalves was involved with the hiring of his son’s direct supervisor, Gonsalves could participate in the interim superintendent position. Because there is a supervisor standing between Gonsalves’ son and the superintendent, Gonsalves interpreted that as a green light to participate in the hiring process.

The email from State Ethics dated January 25, which The Wanderer obtained, does state, “…[The] DPW Superintendent will not be your son’s direct supervisor. Under these conditions, [Section] 19 would not be an issue for you…” However, in the same sentence, the letter further clarifies, “…unless the DPW Superintendent, upon starting the job, imminently would be involved in efforts or decisions affecting your son’s wages, hours or working conditions.” The letter cites examples, such as collective bargaining or a decision personnel matters such as a promotion, that would affect Gonsalves’ son’s employment status.

“This is the DPW Union contract,” said Hills. “It specifically identifies the DPW superintendent as the single person that makes decisions regarding wages, hours, or working conditions for all DPW employees.”

Hills said it was town counsel that determined Gonsalves had a conflict of interest, not Dawson, and it was Gonsalves who refused to accept town counsel’s opinion. After seeking advice from State Ethics, Hills said Gonsalves was asked to provide Dawson with a copy of the email. “That did not happen,” said Hills.

“Instead,” Hills said, “he chose to use our previous meeting as a bully pulpit to decry his perceived mistreatment and insult. The only person insulted has been Mr. Dawson.”

Hills said there was no excuse for Gonsalves’ behavior during the last meeting, saying that all along Gonsalves could have actively engaged Dawson or town counsel for clarification.

“No matter what he said or thinks,” Hills said, “Mr. Gonsalves does, in fact, have a conflict of interest that prevents him from participating in the DPW superintendent selection process.”

After the contentious discussion ceased on February 6, Gonsalves ultimately excused himself from the meeting out of spite until the DPW superintendent appointment of former selectman Jonathan Henry was over.

In other matters, the board approved Building Commissioner Scott Shippey’s request to increase Building Department fees, which have not changed since 2011.

“We’re still a little bit behind other towns adjacent to us,” said Shippey.

After reviewing the fees of similar towns including Rochester, Mattapoisett, and Wareham, Shippey proposed increases for permits and inspections averaging between $5 and $25, depending on the service.

“Electrical permits will go from $40 to $45 for residential and from $80 to $100 for commercial. Building permits will increase from $45 to $50, and foundation inspections will increase another five cents per square foot,” said Shippey.

Demolition permits will increase by $25 in each category; for example, a structure under 1,000 square feet will go up from $75 to $100, and structures over 1,000 square feet will go up from $125 to $150.

“It just went across the board like that,” Shippey said.

Certificates of Inspection, Shippey added, will also increase from $50 to $75, “Because it seems I’m doing a lot more of those lately.”

“Again, they’re very minor compared to other towns,” said Shippey.

In other matters, Town Administrator Paul Dawson, concerned about a higher than expected turnout for the board’s March 1 public hearing pertaining to the Town House renovation project, requested to change the venue from the Marion Music Hall to the Sippican School multipurpose room. The meeting will feature the Town House Building Committee and its subsequent subcommittee tasked with exploring a town hall option at the Senior/Community center on Mill Road, and the two options will be presented to the public that night.

That meeting will take place on Thursday, March 1, at 6:30 pm at Sippican School.

Also during the meeting, the board appointed Suzanne Maguire to the Marion Cultural Commission.

Extra benches from the Recreation Department, pending Conservation Commission approval of location of the benches, may be placed at Sprague’s Cove after a request from resident Susannah Davis. The matter was tabled until proposed locations of benches are submitted to the selectmen.

The board signed the employment contract for newly hired Council on Aging Director Karen Gregory.

Dawson announced that Marion resident Bill Claflin passed away and left to the Town various non farm-related tools that he owned. Dawson said he and Facilities Director Shaun Cormier met with the representative of Claflin’s estate, and Cormier subsequently took possession of a number of tools. “Some of them are just wrenches and things like that,” Dawson said, “but others are pretty intricate machinery that the DPW will make great use of.”

Dawson said Claflin was always supportive of the town, “And this is just one final act of kindness.”

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Selectmen is scheduled for March 6 at 7:00 pm at the Marion Town House.

Marion Board of Selectmen

By Jean Perry

 

ORR Unites for Spirit Week

What better way to spend the week before February vacation than by holding a Spirit Week? At Old Rochester Regional High School last week, they did exactly that.

It wasn’t rare to see Hogwarts students or Patriots fans wandering the hall in the themed dress-up days that encouraged students to take part in the fun on the lead up to a pep rally on Friday.

The majority of the school week consisted of Jersey Day (to support favorite sports teams), Pajama Day (a classic), Decade Day (dressing up in a specific decade’s style), and Character Day (think Halloween in February).

Friday held several events. For the final spirit day, students were encouraged to dress up in garments that demonstrated “school spirit.” However, Friday was also the last day at ORR for well-known science teacher Charles Howie. Students and staff alike dressed up in his signature outfit (a gray sweater and khakis) to honor him.

“Seeing people dress up as Mr. Howie was a nice tribute to the legacy he left at ORR,” commented Senior Class President Gabe Noble-Shriver. “Although his teaching methods were unique, he was appreciated by everyone.”

The annual Class Olympics pep rally took place in the afternoon, where the four classes at ORR would face off in team events to win cash prizes. The winning grade received $300, 2nd place got $200, 3rd won $100 and 4th place received $50 to put into their class funds. One of the events, Pictionary, gave pairs from each class one minute to draw given subjects before they were judged.

“Some of the favorite drawings were of Mr. Howie, their ideal new Bulldog logo, and Mr. Devoll cheering on the soccer team, even though he was one of the judges,” Freshman Class President Lucy Zhang said. “There was also a three-point shootout event, where a pair had thirty seconds to get a basketball through the hoop from the three-point line as many times as possible. One person would throw the ball, and the second would catch it and toss it back to the thrower. The freshmen girls won the event for us!”

Also played was the egg toss, a doughnut eating contest where one person held the donut on a string and the other tried to eat the donut with their mouth, and tug of war. Although the seniors were victorious in the tug of war competition, the junior class took home the overall first place Class Olympics trophy.

Despite the enthusiam and celebratory tone of Spirit Week and the pep rally, last Friday was a somber day for both the Old Rochester and Tri-Town communities.

Rochester PFC W. Becket Kiernan was laid to rest in the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne, and his procession made its way past the junior and high schools to allow students and staff to pay their respects. People lined the sides of Route 6 with American flags in hand to salute Kiernan as the procession made its way under a large flag suspended between two ladder trucks from local fire departments.

Principal Mike Devoll shared his thoughts on behalf of the entire ORRHS community.

“I would encourage all to consider something Becket said to a reporter from the OR School newspaper two years ago. He said, ‘Do something that, when you look back on life, you will feel fulfilled. Don’t chase money, do something that makes you happy, and don’t stop working until you get there.’ Great advice to live by from a great young man.”

ORR Update

By Jo Caynon

 

Talking Whales with Dr. Michael Moore

Michael Moore, a senior scientist with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), recently gave an afterschool talk at the Marion Natural History Museum on “Whales of Our Region,” with a special focus on endangered right whales.

Turns out, the kids already knew a lot on the subject of whales. For instance, Moore asked what defines a mammal, and one boy knew the answer: Mammals give live birth to their young.

Moore shared photos of humpback whales, right whales, and minke whales, many taken with a drone named “Archie” that is also used to collect samples from whales’ blow clouds for analysis. The overhead photos provided impressive views of whales engaging in “bubble net feeding,” where they swim upward in a spiral while blowing bubbles that encircle bait fish like herring, which the whales then eat in a great gulp. They are then able to push the salt water from their mouths while straining their catch through baleen.

The overhead photos also illustrated how individual whales can be identified – right whales by the callosities on their lips, minke whales by their white arm bands, and humpbacks by the white patterns on the underside of their tails (not visible to drones) – and monitored.

Beyond exploring different species of whales, Moore also discussed challenges to their survival posed by humans boating and fishing.

“I’ve spent my life looking at the balance between human life and marine life,” Moore said. “There is always a cost and a benefit.”

The cost to whales has been, and continues to be, steep. There is the danger posed by fishing gear like lobster traps and the danger posed by ship strikes. Five percent of the right whales’ entire population died in 2017. If that rate of loss continues, Moore said, they will be extinct in 20 years’ time.

Not to leave anybody too glum, Moore did show one last overhead photo of a whale, um, relieving itself in the ocean. Nothing will perk up a child like talking about whale doody. Which happens to be a very good fertilizer for the ocean, which is good for the fish, which is good for the whales.

Or, as Moore more simply stated, we must “save the whales to save the fish.”

By Deina Zartman

Practices of the Spirit

All church and community members are welcome to come to the Adult Education Series “Practices of the Spirit.” This five-week series continues on Monday evenings at 6:30 pm through March 19. This is a no cost five-week Lenten series presented by the Christian Education Committee at Mattapoisett Congregational Church. The class will take place in the Meditation Room on the lower level of the Church. Please enter through the Barstow Street entrance. Although best experienced as a series, the sessions may be attended individually as well. In order to properly plan, we ask that you email education co-chair Tracy Djerf at tdjerf@comcast.net if you are interested in attending or have any questions. Please note that drop-ins are always welcome. The classes will last one hour and the environment will be relaxed, educational and allow time to experience each of the practices. We encourage you to wear comfy clothes and bring friends. Hope to see you there!

Reverend Charles David Lake, Sr.

The Reverend Dr. Charles David Lake, Sr. passed away on February 16th at Tobey Hospital after a long illness. Chuck, as he liked to be called, was born in Boston on July 18, 1932 and graduated from Melrose High School in 1950.

Chuck was a scholar. He graduated from Brown University in June of 1954 where he received a Bachelor of Arts Magna Cum Laude. He was a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity, sang on the Brown-Pembroke Chorus and Chapel Choir and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa in the spring of his senior year.

He went on to earn a Bachelor of Divinity degree from Yale University in 1957. He went on to receive a Master of Arts in Christian Theology in 1963 and then attained a Doctor of Philosophy in Philosophical Theology in 1972 from the University of Chicago.

Chuck was pre-deceased by his father, George Otis Lake and his mother, Hazel Augusta (Berry) Lake. He is survived by his wife Jeanne Wickenden Lake of Marion; his two daughters, Stephanie Jeanne Lake of Sacramento, CA and Joanna Wickenden (Lake) McFadyen of Marion and his son, Charles David Lake, Jr and his wife Linda Sue (Crell) Lake of Mattapoisett. Chuck was the proud grandfather of Joanna’s two daughters, Abigail Rose McFadyen and Megan Nancy McFadyen and David’s two sons, Austin Mellor Lake and Marcus Brady Lake.

In addition to Chuck’s extensive education, he was a true man of the cloth as well as a dedicated civic leader. During his years at Brown, he was co-chair of the Religious Embassy Week for the Brown Christian Association and spent two summers on the student staff of the American Baptist Assembly in Green Lake, Wisconsin. At Yale, he participated in the Andover Newton Theological School’s summer program of Clinical Pastoral Education, including a unique experience working with patients of the last great polio epidemic. He also served as student assistant at First Baptist Church of West Haven, Campus Minister at Teacher’s College of Connecticut and Student Pastor of the Dingletown Community Church in Greenwich, Connecticut.

After graduating from Yale, Chuck was ordained to the Christian Ministry by the First Baptist Church of Melrose, MA, in response to a call by the First Baptist Church in America as their Assistant Minister with Special Responsibility for Christian Education, Youth Ministry and Campus Ministry.

Two years following, he was appointed full time Baptist Chaplin for the Colleges in Providence. During this time, he was a member of a team that created the University Christian Association. In addition, he developed a ministry with the Rhode Island School of Design, whose buildings surrounded the First Baptist Meeting House.

After four years in this position, Chuck accepted the Danforth Foundation’s Campus Christian Worker Grant for study first at Rhode Island School of Design and then at the University of Chicago Divinity School. During his first year in Chicago, he served as Interim Pastor at First Baptist Church of South Bend, Indiana. In 1963, he received a second Danforth Campus Ministry Grant and a University Scholarship for his final two years in residence at Chicago.

In 1965, Chuck moved to Columbia, Missouri to become Chaplain and Assistant Dean of Religion at Stephens College. During the next 11 years, he completed his Ph.D. In 1976, Chuck and Jeanne moved to Marion and he became the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Baptist Foundation for the Campus Ministry and Minister Coordinator of the Massachusetts Commission for United Ministries in Higher Education.

Chuck went into semi-retirement as Interim Pastor of the South Baptist Church of New Bedford. He also filled in to preach at his First Congregational Church of Marion, where his voice always carried to the rafters. All the parishioners will miss him dearly.

His Memorial Service will be held at the First Congregational Church of Marion on Saturday, March 3rd at 11:00 am. A reception will follow at the Community Center. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Deacon’s Fund, First Congregational Church of Marion, P.O. Box 326, Marion, MA 02738. Arrangements are with the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Route 6, Mattapoisett. For online guestbook, please visit www.saundersdwyer.com.