School Daze


With the arrival of ‘Back To School’ marketing in the mail and on the television, my mind wanders back to a time when thinking about going to school created happy excitement in my little girl brain. The most memorable had to be entering first grade. In September 1958, I left home for good, so to […] Read more »

Fun with Crime Scene Investigation


The meeting room at the Mattapoisett Free Library on August 1 became a temporary “crime scene” so that kids could learn a little bit about CSI and the science behind it. “Detective for the day” Rob Magee, with some assistance from his father, Rochester Police Chief Paul Magee, gave some fingerprinting and dental impression demonstrations […] Read more »

Kids Explore History by Hand


The Mattapoisett Historical Society held Part II of their summer program “History by Hand” last Wednesday at the museum. Children ages eight and up were invited to learn through hands-on activities what it was like to live in Mattapoisett roughly 150 years ago. Last week’s program focused on the working aspect of life. “Around here […] Read more »

Pearls of Wisdom


Tabor Academy is known as the “School by the Sea,” and its incredible seaside facilities definitely live up to the name. Tabor’s marine biology lab sits right along the shore of Sippican Harbor and creates the ideal location for hands-on learning. About a year ago, Tabor began cultivating an oyster farm, which has since grown […] Read more »

Take a Hike: Osprey Marsh


There is a new Sippican Lands Trust property acquisition in Marion that just opened up to the public on Saturday, July 26 at 11:00 am. Naturally, I was there at 10:55 am so I could be one of the first to stamp the muddy trail with the imprints from the treads of my boots and […] Read more »

Marion Cares in the Form of Care Packages


When Natalya Ravera and Caroline Milam send off care packages to soldiers in Afghanistan, they are sending more than just toothbrushes, lip balm, and dental floss – they are sending their love along with the generosity shown by some of their neighbors in Marion. For weeks now, Natalya and Caroline, both ten years old, have […] Read more »

Stranded Sightseers Greeted with Kindness


If their bus had not broken down, then 34 sightseers from Delaware and Maryland would never have known that the quaint, charming center of Mattapoisett even existed. But there they were, seated at picnic tables and benches, smiling their way into the afternoon and appreciating the hospitality shown to them by the locals who came […] Read more »

Tri-Town Libraries Receive State Grant


The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) recently awarded a $10,000 grant to the public libraries in Rochester, Marion, and Mattapoisett to serve students in grades 3 through 8 and their families. The grant is one of 46 awarded across the state funded by the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). Only one other […] Read more »

Hamlin: Eyewitness to History


I recently attended Seth Mendell’s lecture on the building of the Cape Cod Canal in honor of its centennial anniversary. Surprisingly, Mendell began the history of the canal with the Pilgrims settling in the area. From then until now, the Cape Cod Canal has been a figment of imagination and a massive flowing reality. With […] Read more »

Where Houses Speak


He warned us that he’d jump from current day to many centuries prior, so we strapped on our virtual seat belts and began our journey. Speaking almost without pause except when passersby cheerily greeted him with a “Good to see you,” Seth Mendell transported us during his walking tour of Mattapoisett. This special event was […] Read more »