For the Love of Books…


When 5-year old Kennedy Zussy of Marion overheard her parents talking about how some New Bedford schools don’t have a school library for students, Kennedy found it unacceptable. No books? How can kids be smart if they don’t have books, the little girl wondered. “All year, they had, like, six books on the shelf in […] Read more »

Community Journalism Opportunities


The Wanderer is actively seeking community journalists, student writers, and experienced photographers to join our team delivering news and stories of interest from Mattapoisett, Marion, and Rochester to the Tri-Town area. As a community news correspondent, you will spend time attending the various meetings of a variety of town boards and committees, taking notes during […] Read more »

Marion Town Party Lights up the Night


The sky over Marion Center last Saturday night was all aglow. The low-lying, rain-threatening – but thankfully just threatening – clouds were saturated with a hazy orange that emanated from the giant bonfire in the middle of the field beside the Town House. Strings of party lights lit up rows of wooden picnic tables from […] Read more »

The Pedicure


Lots of things can be addictive. There are, of course, the most common like booze and drugs – legal and otherwise. There are food addicts, exercise addicts, and gambling is a big one for some people. I guess just about anything can become an addiction for someone somewhere on the planet. Mine is getting pedicures. […] Read more »

Record Highs and Lows for the Country Fair


It’s quiet now on Pine Street in Rochester. The roaring of engines, the buzzing of chainsaws, and the loud and rowdy country music have been replaced by the sound of crickets, remaining only in the echoes of our minds. The fairgrounds are empty, except for maybe a few scattered skeletons of the fair’s infrastructure, some […] Read more »

New Technology Brings Efficiency to Tri-Town Police


A recent sizeable grant has brought the latest in fingerprinting technology to the three Tri-Town Police Departments, bringing efficiency to a number of aspects of police business, say the three chiefs. The towns each received a grant from the Massachusetts Sex Offender Registry Board to purchase the latest in digital fingerprinting technology that will make […] Read more »

I’m a Wanderer


You can share your travel photos with our readers too. All you have to do is take along a copy of The Wanderer (or your favorite aardvark) and submit your photos by email to: or by mail to P.O. Box 102, Mattapoisett, MA 02739. You can also drop photos off at our office at […] Read more »

Watch Out for Baby Turtles!


Any day now, up and down the South Coast, hundreds of teensy baby turtles of different species – no bigger than a quarter – will emerge after weeks and weeks beneath the sun-warmed soil and make an adorable dash for their lives to their respective safety habitats. This moment right after birth is the most […] Read more »

Seahorse Campers Have Fun Giving Back


After seven weeks of fun, crafts, tennis lessons, sports, and games, campers at the Mattapoisett Recreation Seahorse Summer Explorers Camp have turned their attention to the community and how they can give back in the spirit of gratitude and goodwill. For the seventh week of camp, the kids have been counting their blessings and contemplating […] Read more »

Camp Cachalot Adventure


The Mattapoisett Boy Scouts Troop #53 worked as staff for all four weeks this year at the Boy Scouts of America Camp Cachalot. The Troop #53 staff counted for about a fifth of the staff at the camp this summer, a unique event to have a large number of active kids of their age in […] Read more »