MLT Donors’ Names Carved in Stone


Those who frequent the Mattapoisett Bike Rail may have noticed a new stone monument placed near the wooded wetlands where the bike path crosses Brandt Island Road. The new marker was placed at the site last week to mark the seven acres donated by Jeanette Mello of Mattapoisett who inherited the parcel from her parents, […] Read more »

Snow Daze


Dateline: Midnight, January 27 – wind is howling, the flying snow frosts windows and collects in the sills and exterior doorways. No one is out on the roadways. Earlier in the evening, as I headed to Town Hall to cover a Conservation Commission meeting, the eeriness of closed businesses and people-less sidewalks caused me to […] Read more »

New Book Features Local Volunteer


Norene Hartley of Rochester has a perspective and insight into the land, character, and history of Rochester that is unique. A descendant of the “original Hartleys” of Rochester, Norene, 69, grew up in and continues to live out her life in the rural Southcoast town, working as a carpenter and spending a great deal of […] Read more »

Sippican Students Reporting for Duty


They are a lively group of girls with an enthusiasm for reporting, packing press passes and having a blast. Meet the Sippican School Cub Reporters, a group of six sixth-graders who are all over the place – literally and figuratively – with an energy that is palpable and a nose for news that can smell […] Read more »

Wandering Wanderers


If you would like to 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 […] Read more »

Friends Write Letters for Justice


“They are prisoners of conscience … imprisoned because of their views … not because they are criminals,” Charlotte Purrington said as she sat quietly, studying the faces of people – those men, women and children who are suffering in jails or in oppressive countries – as she prepared to write another letter. On January 18, […] Read more »

Scented Memories


It comes through loud and clear, just as a voice easily crosses the water – the memory of a scent, of smell and all that it evokes. How clearly I can recall the smell of fresh yeasty breads and pastries in that black panel truck of the Cushman Bakery as it pulled up to our […] Read more »

Marion Art Center Members Show


Members of the Marion Art Center showcased their work during the opening reception of the MAC Annual Winter Members Show on January 9. Members were allowed to submit up to three pieces, and MAC Executive Director Deborah Bokelkamp said members not only have artistic skill, but they possess the skill of self-expression. “The person doing […] Read more »

Students, Staff Recognized for Excellence


For three years in a row, the Mattapoisett School District – Center School and Old Hammondtown School – has been recognized as a commendation school by the Massachusetts Department of Education, one of 42 schools receiving commendation status, and one of only five schools in the state to receive the status three years in a […] Read more »

Bobola Tapped to Revise Flood Zone Codes


Mattapoisett Director of Inspectional Services Andy Bobola was recently honored with an invitation to work on revisions to the Massachusetts State Building Code; specifically, those sections focused on structures in flood plains. Bobola was the only building inspector asked to participate on the code revision panel headed up by Michael Guigli, technical director for the […] Read more »