Marion Art Center Gallery Opening

The Marion Art Center is pleased to announce the opening of an exhibition of abstract paintings by Susan Strauss and Alison Horvitz. A reception honoring the artists and their guests will be held on Friday, June 3 at the Marion Art Center from 6:00 to 8:00 pm in the Cecil Clark Davis Gallery. In addition, members of the Marion Garden Group will present floral interpretations of the artists’ paintings. The arrangements will be on display as long as the blooms last. The Marion Art Center is a not-for-profit organization located at 80 Pleasant Street, Marion. The gallery opening is free and open to the public.

Tabor’s Summer Program

As the school year winds down and graduation approaches, Tabor Academy is looking towards the summer and the opportunities that it provides. The summer program is designed for kids of all ages and provides the chance to develop new skills and try new activities.

Bobbi Krein is the director of the Summer Program and is very excited to begin this next year of activities.

“Tabor Academy is the perfect location for a summer camp,” said Krein.

Since it’s right on the water but also has access to all the opportunities that Tabor’s facilities provide, there are a wide range of activities for kids to try. There are programs geared towards marine science, sailing, and swimming, and other land-based ones like ceramics, photography, squash, soccer, and lacrosse.

“One of the coolest things we do,” said Krein, “is we have enrichment programs like drone technology, GoPro, The Incredible Machine (which is a look at the human body), and Crack the Cube (a strategy-based course designed to teach campers the tools to solve puzzles like the Rubik’s Cube).”

Both the faculty and counsellors who work at the summer program and the campers who spend their days at Tabor get a lot out of the program.

“The program is built to nurture risk-taking in a supportive and loving environment,” said Krein, who sends her own kids to the summer program every year. She says her daughter loves sailing, Ultimate Frisbee, and fitness, and her son loves squash, soccer, and drama. They’ve both been able to take “safe-risks” at Tabor, exploring new passions and putting themselves outside their comfort zone in comfortable ways.

“Professionally, I love offering young people and not-so-young people the opportunity to take on new challenges and build talents in areas that they never imagined,” said Krein. “Our staff is able to get creative and build offerings that are engaging and fun, while interacting with the campers in our program. We create a culture of ‘be who you want to be and do what you want to do,’ so kids feel safe and supported to try new things.”

Krein loves that, in addition to all their work, “We also have an insane amount of fun while keeping safety and camper happiness at the center of our goals and mission.”

Following this belief in safety, sunscreen dispensers will be added to Tabor campus so that students and counsellors can stay safe and not sunburnt throughout the many days spent on the waterfront.

Krein sums up the camp nicely by saying, “the TASP values are respect, community, caring, growth, connection, and joy.”

Many current Tabor students were once campers, and a lot of the counselors are Tabor alumni. This network of Tabor involvement brings life to the summer program and helps many young children start their Tabor careers and discover some new passions that they’ll continue throughout their lives.

By Madeleine Gregory


Affordable Senior Housing

To the Editor:

I attended the Mattapoisett Town Meeting as I have done for 32 years. I was particularly interested in the discussion regarding the purchase of the Holy Ghost land on Park Street. I asked if this land would be for recreation and open space only or could the town consider building more housing for the elderly. A selectman answered there will be no elderly housing on this land. He did not acknowledge that there was a need for more affordable housing for the elderly.

This past summer, I was confronted with the lack of affordable housing in Mattapoisett. I had to find an apartment in three months, and I wanted to remain in Mattapoisett where I had lived with my family for 32 years. Though I am an elder, I was not ready to live in elderly housing. I was unable to find an apartment that I could afford in town and I resigned myself to looking elsewhere. Two days prior to signing a lease in Dartmouth, I received a call from a Mattapoisett landlord that an affordable, beautiful apartment had become available. I know how fortunate I am to still be living in Mattapoisett where my son and his family live.

Those of us who have lived in Mattapoisett for years and contributed to the life of this community should be able to continue to live here in our later years. It is in our interest to make the community at large and the selectman aware of the need for more affordable housing in Mattapoisett.

Cecile L. Sanders, Mattapoisett


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OC Creates a Results-Driven Program

Objective: To purchase a new piece of equipment. Goal: To secure a capital equipment grant. Problem: Grant required a plan, a purpose for the equipment. Result: Grant not achieved. Lesson: Every failure is a learning opportunity, a chance to re-think and start again.

And it was that loss that inspired Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School Assistant Principal Jackie Machamer to think outside the proverbial box – why not give the students a chance to partner with small and emerging businesses and help them achieve their real-time goals and objectives? Thus, OC Creates was born.

Problem solving and strategic thinking are part of each and every school day for OCRVTHS students. Students design and build, working in inter-discinplinary teams as part of their academic and shop experience. Now the school has a program that focuses solely on bringing real world problems into the shop while helping the students develop their skillsets in a richer, more layered experience.

OC Creates gives the students a chance to interface with local businesses and assist them by designing and building prototypes of equipment or pieces of apparatus that perform within the businesses’ industrial atmosphere.

“This is a new venture pulling together different shops whose collaboration will bring to fruition a product for a client,” Machamer said.

On May 18, Machamer, along with department heads Al Amaral, Mike Ferreria, and Mike Richards, introduced the students whose efforts created a hoist device for Anchor Insulation of Pawtucket, RI.

Acushnet senior Felisha Shiner from the metal fabrication and joining technology shop, Assonet junior Sky Bowker of CADD drafting and design, and Mattapoisett junior Nat Nicolosi from machine and tool technology explained how that collaborative process came together.

“I want to major in design,” said Bowker. “I did the detail drawings to build a machine to lift insulation, which is heavy.”

Prior to the development of the hoist machine, workers at Anchor had to either work on the floor or struggle to manually lift heavy rolls of insulation, Chris King of Anchor explained.

Shiner took Bowker’s drawings and thought, “I got this.”

The team would later learn that, sometimes, the first plan is not always the best plan, as half way through the construction process they had to go back to the drawing board. Shiner expressed her emotions at that juncture: “holy crap!”

In the end, the students’ focused efforts resulted in a finished product that Anchor could use to improve ergonomic functioning on their factory floor.

“It was a fun experience,” King said, finding the students to be “very impressive.” “Our expectations were exceeded.”

King plans to remain in contact with OCRVTHS and to try to “reciprocate and help partner students with real time projects in the field.” King had tried to work with vocational schools in Rhode Island, but they were unresponsive. As a Lakeville resident, he knew of OCRVTHS and has a nephew who is a student at the school.

“They were very responsive,” he said.

The group then went outside to see the finished product as Shiner demonstrated how it works to the clients.

Representative Bill Straus, who was on hand to witness the unveiling of the hoist, told the students, “I’m blown away by your presentation. You’ve already done the kind of skills that are useful outside the school. You’ve translated a concept to real life. A day like this is special.”

Principal Karen Guenette told the assembled, “Watching the stages, there was not only a great team building but a level of pride. They are proud. They know customer satisfaction is important. This was a great partnership.”

“Stuff like this happens all the time here,” Machamer said with a smile. With the development of OC Creates, the business community may now tap into the potential waiting to be explored at OCRVTHS.

For more information on how your business may partner with OC Creates, contact Jackie Machamer at 508-763-8011 ext. 119.

By Marilou Newell


Christina Kelsall Hingston

Christina Kelsall Hingston of Marion, MA, age 83, died May 25, 2016 from complications from a stroke. She also battled normal pressure hydrocephalus in recent years.

Christina was born on August 29, 1932 in Birkenhead, England to Robert and Phoebe Turner. Her brother Robert and sister Glenys predeceased her. Like her siblings, she traveled widely and relished the wonders of the wider world.


Christina married Bill on December 26, 1953. They emigrated with their three children to the United States in 1961 and lived in Cherry Hill, New Jersey until 1971. She worked at Planned Parenthood of Camden, New Jersey, for much of that time.


In 1971, the family moved to Needham, Massachusetts. While in Needham, she worked at Federated Dorchester Neighborhood Houses, a social services agency in Boston.


Upon Bill’s retirement in 1992, they moved to Marion, where they enjoyed many years with wonderful groups of friends and were very active in the civic and cultural life of the town.


Christina’s sweet nature, charming personality and engaging manner were widely appreciated and she made and retained friends from everywhere she lived and traveled during her long and interesting life.


The family is deeply grateful to the many friends and neighbors in Marion who made Christina’s life so fulfilling and who, in recent years, were so generous with their time and assistance.


They also want to thank the staff of Tender Hearts of Marion for their kind care in the last few years.

She is survived by her devoted husband of 62 years, William (Bill), children Mark (Ann) Hingston, Jane (Kim) Peck, and Kathryn (Bill) Carroll; six grandchildren Robert, David (Amy) and Christopher Peck and Andrew, Emily and Allison Carroll; and two great-grandsons, Michael and Matthew Peck.

The family will receive friends at the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home For Funerals, 50 County Rd. (Rte. 6) in Mattapoisett, on Wednesday, June 1st from 2 to 4 pm. A private burial is planned in Marion. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Elizabeth Taber Memorial Library, 8 Spring St., Marion, MA 02738. For directions and guestbook, please visit

Marion Fireworks Cancelled

Despite our best efforts, we were unable to raise the funds needed for the 2016 Independence Day Fireworks at Silvershell Beach. Thank you to all of our generous supporters. All monies raised will be kept in the Fireworks Account for 2017. Even though this summer’s show is cancelled, donations are still being accepted and all funds will go toward the goal for 2017.

Donations may be mailed to the Marion Fireworks Committee, 13 Atlantis Drive, Marion, Massachusetts 02738. Any questions, feel free to contact us at 774-217- 8355 or

Mattapoisett Historical Society Yard Sale

The Mattapoisett Historical Society will hold a yard sale on Baptist Street in Mattapoisett on Saturday, June 4 starting at 8:00 am and ending at 11:00 am. There will be a variety of items for sale: ceramics, rare seashells, furniture, Presto Press, etc. Come buy a treasure and support the Mattapoisett Historical Society.

Girls’ Track, Boys’ Tennis Win SCC Titles

Two ORR teams became SCC Champions this week: Boys’ Tennis and Girls’ Track. The boys clinched with a Friday win over D-R, while the girls won a meet over Seekonk and Voke that gave them at least a share of the #1 spot and won the SCC championship meet to further cement their glory. Boys’ Track also had a good week by beating Seekonk and Voke and finishing second to Dighton-Rehoboth at the SCC meet, while Baseball notched three wins.

            Baseball: The Bulldogs were at Wareham High under the lights on Monday night. The game was a back-and-forth battle that went to nine innings, but ultimately the boys lost 8-7. On Tuesday, the boys got a nice comeback win over Bourne, which ended their losing streak. Senior pitcher Bryant Salkind was excellent, allowing just four hits over seven innings enroute to the win. They were on the road again on Wednesday night to play GNB Voc-Tech. Junior Will Hopkins threw a gem, allowing just one run, three hits and three walks in a complete game. Salkind’s two-run singles scored sophomore Jake Asiaf and senior Hunter Parker, giving Hopkins all the run support he needed to win a 2-1 game. The game also marked Head Coach Steve Carvalho’s 200th win. On Friday, the ‘Dogs came back home to face off against Apponequet. Junior Sam Henrie returned from an appendectomy to fire six innings of two hit balls with 10 strikeouts to get the win in a 10-1 rout of Apponequet. Salkind had another strong day at the plate, going 3-for-3 with two RBIs, while sophomore Mike Kennefick had three hits and Parker added two plus a walk. This week, the guys are playing Case at home on Monday before traveling to Bourne on Wednesday and coming back home on Friday to play Fairhaven.

            Softball: The Lady Bulldogs began their week with a night game against Wareham High on Monday, which they lost 11-4. They were also away at GNB Voc-Tech against the Lady Bears on Wednesday afternoon, losing 5-1. Their sole hit in the game was a single courtesy of senior Courtney Dextradeur. On Thursday, the team traveled to Fairhaven to play the Lady Blue Devils in a make-up game at Hastings Middle School. They lost 3-1, despite good pitching from senior Deianeira Underhill. Junior Hannah Guard knocked in the team’s only run with a single. Finally, they played Apponequet at home on Friday night. Underhill got the win this time as she finally got some good run support. Junior Olivia Labbe had a single, a triple, and three RBIs, while sophomore Sophie Hubbard had a pair of hits. The girls are away against Case at Elizabeth S. Brown Elementary on Monday. They then have a pair of road non-conference games: against Bishop Stang on Tuesday and Coyle & Cassidy on Friday.

Boys’ Lacrosse: The Bulldogs were home against non-conference Archbishop Williams on Wednesday. They lost 10-8 in a tough game that featured three goals from star junior Landon Gougen. On Friday, the boys were away versus non-conference Sandwich High. Unfortunately, they let a 4-2 deficit at halftime turn into a 14-4 loss. Gougen scored twice, while the other goals came from sophomores Alex Lorenz and Zak LaBonte. They will be home against non-conference Dartmouth High in a rescheduled game this Thursday.

            Girls’ Lacrosse: The Lady Bulldogs played non-conference Sandwich High in a rematch on Monday, losing 15-11. The girls will play this week at non-conference Bishop Stang on Monday.

            Boys’ Track: On Tuesday, the Bulldogs began their week with a tri-meet against Seekonk and GNB Voc-Tech at New Bedford Voc. The team won both meets, which included wins from sophomore Evan Tilley in the 2-mile and junior Eli Spevack in the 400m hurdles. The annual SCC Championship meet took place at Apponequet on Friday. The Bulldogs finished second behind a number of strong performances. Among the contributors were sophomore Harry Smith (100m), senior Jared Wheeler (mile), Spevack (400m hurdles), and senior James Estudante (shot put). Junior Danny Renwick was extremely impressive, winning the 400m hurdles (58.5), 11m hurdles (15.2), and high jump (6-2). This week, the Bulldogs run against Bourne on Monday and send most of their top runners to the D-4 State Meet at Norwell High School on Saturday.

            Girls’ Track: The girls faced off with Seekonk’s Lady Warriors and GNB Voc-Tech’s Lady Bears in a tri-meet on Tuesday in New Bedford. The Lady Bulldogs won on both fronts, marching closer to an undefeated season. In the win, senior Zoe Smith took the 100m hurdles and fellow senior Emily Josephson won the 2-mile. Most athletes competed in the SCC Championship meet at Apponequet on Friday. The girls took an easy win, powered by strong performances from Smith (100m hurdles, 4x100m relay) junior Avery Nugent (5:37 mile), freshman Maya Doonan (100m), and sophomore Caroline Murphy (400m hurdles). Senior Nicole Mattson won the triple jump (33-8) while fellow senior Maddie Meyer won the 2-mile (11:57). Smith and Doonan also teamed up with sophomore Rachel Demmer and senior Lauren Ovian to win the 4x100m relay. The girls compete against Bourne on Monday and then participate in the D-4 State Meet at Norwell High School on Saturday.

            Boys’ Tennis: The Bulldogs’ first game of their busy week was at Apponequet on Monday afternoon. The team played Caleb Jagoda (Jr.), Maxxon Wolski (Jr.), and Geoffrey Noonan (Fr.) at singles, and all three won their matches, leading to a crucial 5-0 victory. The winning doubles teams were composed of Max Asker (Jr.) with Alex Reichert (Fr.) and Jake Thompson (So.) with Ray Williams (Fr.). On Wednesday, the ‘Dogs played non-conference Pope John Paul II in a make-up match. Sophomore Sam Pasquill (2nd Singles) and Jagoda (3rd Singles) were instrumental in preserving a 4-1 victory. The doubles teams of sophomore Jahn Pothier and junior Josh Lerman and Asker/Wolski also won their matches. The team returned home to play Case on Thursday. Pasquill, Wolski, and Noonan won their singles matches in a 5-0 victory. The winning doubles teams were made up of Lerman/Pothier and Reichert with fellow freshman Mike Leavens. On Friday, the Bulldogs clinched their second straight SCC title with a win over the D-R Falcons. Junior Alex Bilodeau, Pasquill, and Jagoda were the singles winners. The winning doubles teams were composed of Lerman/Pothier and Asker/Wolski. Although Dighton-Rehoboth put up a great challenge, it just wasn’t enough as ORR won their 37th consecutive match as a team. Their eventful schedule will continue, as the guys play the Wareham Vikings at home this Monday before facing non-conference teams Dartmouth High (Tuesday) and Pope John Paul II (Wednesday), with both games on the road. They will come back home to play Dartmouth again on Friday.

            Girls’ Tennis: The Lady Bulldogs started their week at home on Tuesday to face the rival Apponequet Lady Lakers. Apponequet solidified their standing atop the SCC, handing the girls’ a 5-0 loss. Juniors Katelyn Bindas and Alexis Parker battled very hard at 2nd Doubles, going to a 10-7 third match, but it wasn’t enough to eke out the win. Next, the girls faced off with Case at the Veterans’ Memorial Courts on Thursday afternoon, winning 4-1. On Friday, the girls played the Lady Falcons of D-R. They won 4-1, getting singles wins out of seniors Morgan Middleton and Olivia Bellefeuille. The doubles tandems of Parker/Bindas and freshman Delaney Pothier with junior Emma Collings were both victorious. This week, the girls will be at Wareham High on Monday night before returning home to play non-conference Dartmouth High Tuesday. They will stay at home to play non-conference Pope John Paul II on Wednesday and finish their eventful week with a road game versus Dartmouth on Friday afternoon.

            Below are the overall spring team records, followed by the conference records in wins, losses, and ties as of May 22.

Baseball: (10-6-0)(10-3-0); Softball: (7-12-0)(5-8-0); Boys’ Track: (7-1-0)(6-1-0); Girls’ Track: (8-0-0)(7-0-0); Boys’ Lacrosse: (9-5-0)(9-1-0); Girls’ Lacrosse: (10-5-0)(6-2-0); Boys’ Tennis: (14-1-0)(13-0-0); Girls’ Tennis: (13-3-0)(11-2-0).

By Patrick Briand


Man Charged with 153 Counts of Poaching

Mattapoisett Harbormaster Jill Simmons sensed something fishy on Wednesday, May 18, while giving a hand to a boater who was having a hard time backing up his trailer to the boat ramp.

Following her gut, her hunch led to the arrest of Belmiro Baptista, 65, of Pawtucket, Rhode Island for poaching sea bass.

“We got to talking,” said Simmons. “I asked him how the fishing was and he said it wasn’t that good and he only got five or six sea bass.”

Hmm, thought Simmons.

Baptista said he had a commercial saltwater fishing license, but Simmons wasn’t certain if it was even the legal season for commercial sea bass fishing. So she excused herself and phoned the Environmental Police. They told her commercial sea bass season wasn’t until August 1, and recreational sea bass season didn’t start until the following Saturday, May 28.

“So I said to him, how many bass did you get?” This time Baptista replied, “Eight,” Simmons said. “So we went from five to eight…”

Another check showed Baptista had been cited four times in the past 12 months for illegal catches.

“[The Environmental Police] came down and they’re the ones who have the authority to tear the boat apart,” said Simmons.

She said some of the fish were covered by clothes and trawling gear on the deck, which raised suspicions that there could be more on board.

“When they opened up the door to the cabin, I heard them say, ‘Whoa! We hit the mother lode!’”

According to Simmons and the Massachusetts Environmental Police, Baptista had caught exactly 153 sea bass, with 75 of them below the 15-inch size minimum. The legal limit of a sea bass catch is five sea bass.

Baptista was placed under arrest for failing to display the fish on demand, possession of undersized sea bass, possession of over the limit of sea bass, possession of sea bass in a closed season, and no saltwater permit.

Simmons said Baptista will likely have his commercial fishing license revoked as well.

Baptista will be arraigned on June 27 at Wareham Superior Court.

By Jean Perry


Senior Projects at Tabor Academy

It’s that time of year – Tabor Academy seniors are showing off all of the hard work they have put into their senior projects this spring. Senior project presentations are underway at the school this week, and all the projects are presented in abstract on Friday morning.

Senior Projects allow seniors in good academic standing to drop classes in the last seven weeks as necessary in order to pursue a project of their own creation. Projects typically include original art and music, all manner of building projects from boats to motorcycles, and internships in business, government and nonprofit organizations from architectural firms and catering kitchens to hospitals. The Senior Projects Committee approves the projects after a rigorous application process.

Some examples from this year include restoring a dory, performing an original stand-up comedy routine, writing and performing an original play, creating an album of original music, and creating native costumes from the Caribbean, as well as various internships and research projects.

On Friday, the entire Tabor community attends Senior Project presentations, a capstone event that allows the seniors to show all they have learned during the project period.