The Plimpton Effect


As I mounted my bike to head out on the Triathlon course for the second leg of the race, it occurred to me that I was like George Plimpton. Plimpton, highly respected writer and world-class amateur athlete, attempted very difficult sports activities. It didn’t matter that he couldn’t do very well whatever the challenge was, […] Read more »

‘Seahorsing’Around Before Harbor Days


There’s a sense of excitement in Mattapoisett during the week of Harbor Days each year. On Saturday, the tent was up at Shipyard Park, and tables and chairs were still stacked, waiting for someone to set them up for their first use. The Aardvark was out and about town this weekend waving at passersby, strolling […] Read more »

Opening Our Living Treasure Chest


Taryn MacGregor – 18, athletic, and on her Christmas break from college – never thought anything could derail her happy-go-lucky life. That notion was all but snuffed out the moment her car collided with a concrete flower pot along Route 18 in downtown New Bedford. In an instant, she learned a profound lesson: life comes […] Read more »

Summer Fun in Mattapoisett


The 2016 summer season is upon us and with that comes the opening of the Mattapoisett Historical Society Museum. This year’s opening theme features all manner of warm weather sports-related memorabilia from their extensive collection. In this tiny town, one would not imagine such a variety of activities, yet inside the historic museum’s walls you’ll […] Read more »

Outrunning, Out-climbing Alzheimer’s


When you lose your grandmother to Alzheimer’s disease, your mother to it, and now your aunt is stricken with the devastating illness as well, you get to thinking, is Alzheimer’s destined to be my inevitable demise, too? This is the reality facing 53-year-old Marion resident Terrance Lee who, at the time of turning 50, took […] Read more »

So Much More Than Eyeglasses


The first thing that generally comes to mind when you think of the Lions Club is eyeglasses. In 1925, Helen Keller addressed a Lions Club convention being held in Ohio with the stirring call to be “knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness.” That stuck and for decades the Lions Club both nationally […] Read more »

The Eye Catching American Oystercatcher


My usual afternoon ceremonial is along the shore of Crescent Beach, about half way to Ned’s Point Lighthouse where, what to my wondering eyes should appear, recently were two Oystercatchers never before encountered after years of bird watching. They were feeding on the mud flats of the inlet of the marsh near Pico Beach, a […] Read more »

ETL Begins Borrow a Bike Program


Starting July 11, the Elizabeth Taber Library in Marion will be lending out adult bicycles to library cardholders to enjoy for the day as part of its summer program emphasizing the importance of health and wellness. Library patrons age 18 and over can present their library card with driver’s license and borrow a bicycle, along […] Read more »

Tykes Learn By Doing STEM Experiments


Schools may be closed for summer, but learning takes place year-round especially when you combine fun tasks and the willingness of little children to imagine – just imagine. And that is just what happened in Rochester when a STEM program was launched. STEM, which stands for science, technology, engineering and math, is a system that […] Read more »

Wading Birds: The Egret


My most recent afternoon ritual for bird watching walk took me down Reservation Road to the point at the end of the Mattapoisett Peninsula. It leads past the Golf Course of the same name toward a residential landmark of the King estate, and now the YMCA where my daughter teaches pre-school. The golf course is […] Read more »